Darin Hancock

Proud Canadians living in the true north, with a passion for travel.
Living in: Mackenzie, Canada
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  • Day65

    Selfie Stick

    April 9, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Amber and Jackie had to have a selfie stick for the trip. We stopped at the Mustafa Centre at the north end of Little India one day when we were down there. Amber’s never ever did work unfortunately, in spite of the effort of a few. Jackies didn’t work either. Or so she thought. And a day later someone discovered the on switch, and like magic it worked.
    And now that goddam thing goes everywhere with us.
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  • Day65

    Gardens by the Bay

    April 9, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    One of Singapore’s premier attractions, on the southeast coast of the island in the shadow of the famous Marina Bays Sands hotel sits Gardens by the Bay. Artificial trees, sixteen stories tall covered in greenery winding its way to the top. It’s a stunning sight to see in the day, and unreal at night to lay beneath them and enjoy the light show that goes nightly, for free.
    For an added treat take the elevator to the top of the super tree, have a drink or two, wait for the lights of the city to come on, meet some people from around the world and generally take it all in. This isn’t one to miss.
    The lights of the skyline are absolutely amazing, as are the lights of the unknown number of freighters out in the Singapore harbour queued for unloading or loading. It’s a crowd pleaser to be sure.
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  • Day64

    Stamford American Early Learing Village

    April 8, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Andy took Robert and I to the new school they built specifically for small people (3yr - 7yr), the early learning village, which was absolutely astounding the things they have done for the development of the youngest members of their school. And, on the walk home we saw a black cobra, slithering across the field, which, we came to find out later was called “snake field”.Read more

  • Day64

    For a Walk in the Jungle

    April 8, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We went with the whole group for a morning hike through the jungle, and on a tree top trek. Had to protect ourselves from some local wildlife, and patiently awaited the wild boars to show themselves. It was super hot and humid, and amazing. And we saw no snakes!
    Then a quick lunch and some relaxing time during a heavy downpour to thankfully cool things off for a little while before heading out again for supper.Read more

  • Day63

    A quick side trip to Chinatown

    April 7, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The crew needed a cold drink, and we weren’t having much luck in Little India. So we took the MRT a couple stations to Chinatown, and found a great little hawker centre in People’s Park where we could have a cold beer, Snow, it was called which we thought was kinda funny. We also shared a spinach and red bean bun, egg pancake and a spicy potato wrap of some sort.
    And the girls decided that because we had done so much walking in the last couple days they needed a foot massage. And that added enough spring to their step that we were able to take the long way back to the house.
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  • Day63

    A day in Little India

    April 7, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The sights and smells of Little India are like no other. There is so much to see and so much food to try. We had a recommendation from a local of a place just around the corner from where we met him, with the claim of the best biryani in the city. It didn’t disappoint, with omelette style eggs, whole chicken eggs and scoops of vegetables that, in spite of being fantastic, we aren’t totally sure what they were. An extremely interesting walk through a Hindu temple, that we wish someone could explain to us. The ornateness of the building is unreal. It was the day before the Tamil New Year, and preparations were taking place on some of the streets.Read more

  • Day61

    Clarke Quay for lunch

    April 5, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We had a visit with the family after breakfast and then headed out downtown to the Clarke Quay to see the sights and have lunch. It was a gorgeous day for a walk along the Singapore River watching the storm clouds roll in. The skyline is so amazing.

  • Day61

    We're here!

    April 5, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After a long exhausting flight from Vancouver to Shanghai and then refusal to let us go downtown Shanghai to check out the skyline, we slept most of the way on the Shanghai to Singapore leg. My brother was there at the airport to bring us to their new place in Serangoon Garden. Two of the nephews were awake to greet us and soon after ward the littlest of them all finally made his way downstairs.
    We went for an early breakfast at the Serangoon Market and Hawker centre. Egg tarts, peanut pancakes, dumpling soup, sardine buns and some amazing coffee was the perfect way to start the day.
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