Well...we made it.
That was a long flight my friends. Melissa said it best; flying to the other side of the world is like childbirth, if you haven't done it in a few years, you forget how painful the experience is and you're willing to do it again.
Honestly, we have very little to complain about. The flights were long, but they went just fine. Everything was on time and aside from one crying baby, there were no troubles on the plane. We had about a three hour layover in Tokyo-Narita. The whole time we were in the terminal, we were staring at the plane that was taking us to Singapore. Lucky Jack was able to sleep on that entire flight.
We landed a bit after midnight and (after a quick stop at the duty free) our driver was waiting to take us and our 7 suitcases to our temporary apartment in the Newton neighborhood. The apartment is a bit small, but it's very nice. It has a great pool, gym and continental breakfast on weekdays. It is also only a 5 minute walk to the subway station.
Today (Thursday) we were able to take a somewhat easy day. We went to Starbuck's for breakfast and then spent the rest of the morning unpacking. We went back out around 2:00 to get lunch and pick up some groceries. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that our MRT (subway) cards from four years ago still worked just fine and still had about S$20 on each of them. For lunch, there was only one choice. Melissa has been dreaming about dumplings at Din Tai Fung since we left Singapore 4 years ago.
Jack was even able to practice his chop stick skills.
After lunch, we went to the grocery store and quickly remembered how expensive it is to shop here. That is going to take some getting used to.
We made our way back to the apartment and went for a quick swim. We've been talking about making dinner, but I really don't think it's going to happen. Jet lag seems to be getting the best of us and it looks like we are going to crash. A quick peanut butter sandwich may be all that happens for dinner tonight.
We've got a big day tomorrow. I'm going to run into the office in the morning, and then we are going to spend the afternoon looking for a permanent place to live. I think we've got seven different apartments and condos on the agenda for the afternoon. Wish us luck!