Weekend inspiration: Singapore
Singapore is, in a word, a marvel. With over 5.5 million people, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. However, over 50 percent of the land on this island is covered by green spaces, including 50 parks and four nature reserves. Given all its greenery, and how spotless the city is, the city doesn't feel congested or cramped. Instead, it's a stunning confluence of Asian and ex-pat culture.
When you arrive in Singapore, we recommend making reservations at Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar in Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1. Try to go early for a drink and a walk around their scenic balcony.
If you have enough room after dinner, head over to Non-Entrée Deserts for desserts that will blow your mind. Make sure to order The Chocolate Avalanche or the Rubber Ducky, depending on if you like chocolate or mango sorbet, respectively.
There's no time to waste in this stunning Asian metropolis, so we recommend waking up early and checking out a local favorite for breakfast: Toast Box. We love the Kaya Toast, a sweet coconut based jam with butter on toasted bread.
After breakfast, grab a cappuccino and make your way over to the famous Gardens By The Bay. Stroll through all of it, but if you have a limited amount of time, don't miss the Cloud Forest - home to the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. If it's not raining, you have to see The Garden's "super trees," man-made trees that are each 25-50 meters tall and full of vertical gardens. After you've had your fill of the most beautiful flowers & greenery in the city, continue your walk to the Art Science Museum.
The Art Science Museum sits in the unique intersection of art and science. Each installation is interesting and many are interactive. Make sure to grab a coffee at their cute gift shop on the main floor on your way out.
The Marina Bay Sands Mall sits right next to the Museum. Head to the mall for an afternoon of shopping and, if you're hungry, grab lunch at Black Tap Burgers in the mall. Although you should expect a line, their crazy milkshakes are well worth the wait. Their cake batter milkshake is our personal favorite.
Dinner at Caffe Fernet with a beautiful view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a must. After dinner, if you have the energy, we recommend walking to Merlion Park to see Singapore's most famous foundation.
Wake up and grab a Kopi coffee in a to-go bag at Singapore Zam Zam, then continue your walk down Haji Lane and be on the look out for cute shops & restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Selfie Coffee – You can take a selfie and they'll print it on a coffee for you.
- Juice Clinic – Perfect for healthy foods and really fantastic juices.
- 68 Haji Lane – Cute boutique for jewelry, purses and handbags.
- Windowsill Pies – This is, hands down, the best smelling shop on the lane. Grab a slice of pie and head upstairs to their second floor to watch the bakers bake. If you go up one more floor you'll find a cozy Harry Potter-feeling attic room.
- Funq – A great place for drinks, people watching or a light lunch.
- Arab Street – This street right next to Haji Lane is incredibly cute with some great shops.
If you're looking for a pre-dinner drink stop by Atlas, a stunning bar. If you have time, make reservations beforehand – we arrived at 3 p.m. when they opened and there was already a line.
Cap off the night with a drink on the rooftop bar at Andaz Singapore. Enjoy a cocktail with an incredible 360-degree view.
On your way out be sure to stand with our botanically inspired #WhatLiftsYou wing mural on the 25th floor.
In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
We are going above and beyond to find creative ways to transport fresh food and produce, as well as basic essentials from the U.S. mainland to military and their families in Guam/Micronesia. On Saturday, March 28, we operated an exclusive cargo-only B777-300 charter to transport nearly 100,000 pounds of food essentials to Guam to support our troops.
In addition, we move mail year-round all over the world. In response to COVID-19, and in support of the military members and their families overseas, we implemented a charter network, transporting military mail to Frankfurt, which is then transported all over Europe and the Middle East. Since March 20, we have flown 30,000+ pounds of military mail every day between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Frankfurt (FRA). On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, we have carried an average of 35,000 pounds of mail to help families stay connected.
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