Sunday, March 11, 2012
In Transit: Carefree Clare
Launching today, In Transit, a new series dedicated to friends who are just visiting the Lion City (for business or pleasure). Jetlagged but still witty and athletic (she asks about hiking trails...I look evasive), is Clare Bundy, an old college friend from Vassar. Hailing from Los Angeles, she has left behind her two darlings Harry and Rosie and her husband James Haygood (the guy who does all the cool superbowl ads). In Singapore on business, Clare is staying at the Marina Bay Sands (pictured above), the iconic hotel and not, as our dear friend Hilary suggested, an attempt by the Italian navy to dock a ship.
1) So Clare, what had you heard about about Singapore before coming?
That it was very clean. A friend may have joked that it is the office park in Asia.
2) What was your first impression when you got here?
I noticed the sign inviting passengers arriving at Changi airport to come visit the butterfly pavilion in Terminal 3. I found that...interesting.
3) What is the first thing you ate here?
Shrimp shumai (dumplings), delicious.
4) How is Singapore different from Los Angeles?
Well, L.A. is spread out and has mountains. You never get a vista here...it's kind of like New York City but greener.
5) What do you want to do while you are here?
Leave the hotel. Which I just did by coming to your house! Oh, and see something older than 30 years.