Today our car was inspected for road worthiness and safety equipment. It passed without a problem. Next, we went to the Organizer's Room to sign on, get our route book and credentials. All of the crews and officials have now shown up and we've met a lot of old friends among the competitors.
Tonight there will be a Driver's Meeting, a cocktail hour and a group dinner. We've been assigned a start time tomorrow at 9:14am; very civilized.
The Singapore Botanical Gardens and the Orchid Pavilion:
After completing registration, Brant and I grabbed a taxi and headed across Singapore to the Botanical Gardens. As we travelled across the city, we both remarked that Singapore is the cleanest city that we've ever seen. There is literally an army of street sweepers, gardeners and maintenance men keeping the city sparkling. As you may have heard, it is a serious crime to throw gum on the streets (signs in the airport actually warn against chewing gum); engage in graffiti or litter at the many bus stops throughout the city. These rules are strictly enforced and as a result the streets, the cars/taxis and the parks are spotless. People are patient and que up for everything.
|This is the orchid named after the |
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Our visit over, it was now time to pack up our gear and see if we can load it into our little Porsche and get ready for tomorrow's departure......not so easy a job.
One last shout out........before I left, I made a small bet with my grandson, Asher, on tomorrow's Super Bowl. He, of course, picked the Patriots, so let me end with a message to him: "Fly Eagles, Fly."