April 17, 2013
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Todd Talk: Singapore

So, most of the time on this blog you have to hear me blabbering on about pillows and cats and how I wish everything was either blue or teal, so I thought I would give your eyeballs a break and let you read a bit about the other side of the Band Wife life from my husband Todd‘s perspective. Todd got the chance to go to Singapore and Australia a few weeks ago with the band, and he charmingly agreed to answer a few questions and share some iphone photos from the Singapore portion of his trip.

Did you get to do anything new that you haven’t done before on this trip?

Well yes I suppose so.  That’s usually one of the goals when I go overseas.  I was able to contact a mutual friend that’s lived in Singapore for several years, and he and his wife generously squired me about town and took me to some of the best spots.  We went to the world’s highest microbrewery called LeVel33 (which I guess is just physically the highest off the ground), and it gave a fantastic view of the city. That view was almost as good as the view from atop the world’s most expensive casino property/hotel the Marina Bay Sands, which we also checked out.  That place is amazing from the ground and especially from the top.  Just Google some images if you’ve never seen pics of it.

Other firsts were getting to experience the fancy airport lounges in airports (we went to the Qantas Lounges usually).  I’ve decided that’s the airport version of being on a tour bus.  It made the airport experience go from dull and lifeless to “let’s just go fly somewhere so we can hang in the Lounge for awhile.”  Also I got to try first class for the first time from LA to Chicago.  There were 15 buttons just for how I wanted to recline my fancy seat.  It was fantastic.

Did you eat any cool or weird food?

Yep!  Dragonfruit, waffles on a stick, Yeo’s grass jelly drink, an iced milo, pie face (a chain that makes tasty shepard’s pies), and Kickapoo Joy Juice soda.  Also Australia has very tasty red wines in general.  I didn’t get too adventurous when it came to the foreign foods.  Last time I tried a kangaroo burger, which was just okay, so this time around I just decided to play it safe for the most part.

Was Singapore different from what you thought it would be?

In some respects, yeah.  All I heard in advance was that it’s a fairly clean place with similar living standards to the US (which was true), but I didn’t do any other research before going.  So when we landed and started driving around and I saw all the street signs were in English I was totally surprised!  I had no clue that English was one of the four main languages spoken there.  So it made it a lot easier to get around when we were there, but it was still confusing to me the whole time.

Oh and their death penalty for illegal drugs is always intimidating, even though I’ve never even touched an illegal drug in my life.  Also scary was this one sign that said “Warning- anyone caught stealing will be eaten,” and they didn’t seem to be joking…

What was one of your favorite shows while you were there?

Well for the Mutemath shows, it would have to be a toss up between the Singapore show, because the venue was so nice as well as the fans, and the Melbourne, VIC show at Billboard, because the crowd was so amped.  But I also have to say that I had just as much fun at two other shows while we were there.  The first was Big Scary, our Australian opener for most of the shows.  Their stuff is so great and they have really catchy melodies and cover a ton of ground for just a 2-piece.  The second cool opportunity was getting to see My Brightest Diamond for the first time, which (for this show) was also just a 2-piece.  Their singer does some amazing things vocally and musically.  It was my first time hearing her music and I was really impressed.  Also her drummer, Earl Harvin, was ridiculously good.

How much did you miss me?

At times, I’d say it was as much as a soulmate can miss it’s opposite.  But some times were easier than others.  The 3 days in Singapore actually felt like 5 and a half days, since when I first left you.  And then the week after that just felt like a normal 7 days.  But then the 8th day actually felt like 4 whole days stuffed into one day, and I wish you would’ve been there to help pass the time…and so on and so forth.

If you didn’t catch it, he’s quoting parts of the move “The Jerk” in that last answer. We love that movie. Thanks for sharing your trip Todd, so glad you’re home safe and sound!

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