We departed Denver on the flight that would take us all the way to Singapore. We flew to Seattle where we had a three hour layover and Kim had her last Starbucks latte (sadness… ). We also switched to a Boeing 777 in Seattle, the largest jet Jacob had ever been on.
It was quite thrilling all around. After departing Seattle, we flew along the coast northward over Alaska and the Bering Strait and then dropped down into Tokyo. It was crazy because we left Seattle at 1:30 pm on Tuesday and arrived 10 hours later in Tokyo at 5:00 pm on Wednesday and we were in bright sunshine the entire flight. Our layover in Tokyo was very short, only 55 minutes. Enough to take a picture or two and buy Kim a Japanese magazine.
We continued on a different Boeing 777 to Singapore where we arrived 7 hours later at midnight on Wednesday. We had a 24 hour layover in Singapore and had planned to use the transit hotel located at the airport. We discovered that you could not use the hotel if you left the secure area and being that our next flight was 24 hours away we had to collect our luggage which forced us to leave the secure area. Our plan B was to stay at the Crown Plaza Singapore, which is also attached to the airport, and very posh. However, the Crown Plaza was full, so we went to plan C which was looking into getting a hotel in Singapore, but found that at 1:30 am they were all full unless we wanted to stay in the red light district. Therefore, we opted for plan D, and “slept” on benches in the airport.
By the time we had our luggage checked into 24 hour lockers and changed into our pjs, it was around 3:00 am. We awoke fully rested at shortly after 6:00 am and changed so we could catch a free tour bus into Singapore.