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  • Day6

    Today was really just about flying from Melbourne to Singapore. The flight was really good - 10.30 to 6.30 (4.30 Singapore time). There was monsoonal rain when we arrived - hopefully the picture shows the volume of water coming off the roof as we waited for our hotel transfer. Fortunately, the rain eased after we checked in. Our hotel is very close to Orchard Road so we walked there about 8 pm and went into a food hall to eat. We didn't need much as we seemed to have eaten a lot on the plane. With two full days now in Singapore, we're trying to work out where to go.....Read more

  • Day7

    You all be pleased to know that Murphy has come on holiday with us. Not being too hungry this morning after eating a lot yesterday, we walked to Orchard Rd, had a coffee and muffin and checked out our tourist brochures. With our package with Singapore Airlines we got some freebies - a pass for the hop on / hop off buses and free entry into many attractions. Janette read about a book on Singlish - a dialect which is a cross between Singaporean and English. We caught a bus to a spot closest to the shop selling this book and then walked for what seemed like miles in what seemed like 100%+ humidity. Anyway, we found the shop only to see a sign on the door "closed for stocktaking". We walked further to visit the Malay Heritage Centre. Guess what? - closed on Mondays. Caught a bus back to the Suntec City. This massive complex has a food hall the size of Benalla. We had a lovely seafood lunch each.
    One of our freebies was a river cruise, so again a bus to a point near Clarke Quay and took the cruise. Very interesting to see Singapore from that vantage point. One crew member took great delight in posing passengers for photos so that it looked like they are holding buildings in their hands.
    Again the bus- this time to Raffles Hotel and a traditional gin sling in the 'long bar'. As it was 6.30ish we ate the as well and then took a leisurely stroll back to our hotel with a stop for a coffee on the way (everywhere is open till 10pm).
    J&J
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  • Day8

    Started the day at local stall where we bought a flash new ipod case which we were after and a very expensive pair of binnoculars which we were not. They will be well used when checking cattle eartags! Our amazing salesman, Geoffrey, has a daughter studying design at RMIT.
    Then we on the Singapore Flyer (like the Melbourne Star). Half an hour of truly magnificent views. Then it was off to the Botanic Gardens - we loved the orchid and ginger gardens (in fact we had a sensational lunch with ginger flavours at the restaurant in the ginger garden). The main gardens were amazing but you would really need to spend a day there. How lucky were we to see a " Singaporean goanna" - it even has the same gait as our Molyullah Goanna!
    After packing our bags and a casual meal it is off to the airport ... next notes from Paris!!
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  • Day58

    Ankunft in Singapur nach anstrengender Reise von Samosir via Medan mit einem suizidalen Fahrer. Leichter Kulturschock nach einem Monat Indonesien. Netterweise können wir hier im Condo mit Pool bei Lala, einer Freundin und ehemaligen Kollegin von Linda übernachten. Abnahme von Lindas Gips im Luxus Raffles Hospital, der Fuss sieht schon wieder sehr gut aus. Mit einer Aircast-Schiene kann sie jetzt wieder problemlos km-weit laufen. Wir bleiben hier noch ein paar Tage bis zu einem MRT-Termin und erledigen ein paar Dinge. Start in Singapur mit Märkten, Malls, Streetfood und Marina Bay. Das erste Mal seit zwei Monaten Erinnerung an unser normales Leben beim Abendessen im Markt zwischen den Bankentürmen im Finanzviertel.Read more

  • Day39

    • Singaporelaisten erikoisesta murteesta ja japanilaisten herkullisesta ruoasta •

    Zwischen den Reisen, die hier erfreulicherweise immer wieder anstehen, findet sich natürlich auch der ganz normale Alltag. Selbst im fernen Asien ist auch dieser nicht immer so spannend, dass er einen Blogeintrag verdient. Trotzdem gibt es natürlich immer wieder erwähnenswerte Situationen.

    Eine von diesen war der authentischste japanische Essensabend, den ich bisher erlebt hatte - er wurde nämlich von zwei japanischen Austauschkommilitonen arrangiert. Durch eine gemeinsame Gruppenarbeit haben wir uns etwas näher kennengelernt, und sie haben auch viel spannendes über ihr Land und ihre Kultur erzählt (umso nützlicher, als dass ich mit Anja aus Österreich bald nach Japan fliege!). Dies mündete dann irgenwann in einen schönen Abend, an dem die beiden sich viele Stunden in die Küche gestellt haben, um uns ein sehr vielfältiges japanisches Dinner zuzubereiten. Fisch und Hühnchen mit köstlich gewürzter Sauce, Aubergine, Kohl und frittiertes Tofu waren nur einige der Köstlichkeiten. Ich war überrascht, wie ähnliche Grundzutaten dort wie bei uns verwendet werden. Die Würzung und auch die gesellige asiatiache Essensfreude, bei der alle mehr oder weniger von gemeinsamen Tellern essen, machen das ganze aber dennoch zu einem kulinarischen Erlebnis, welches sehr viel Spaß gemacht hat!

    Überdies prägt noch etwas weiteres den Schulalltag: Singlish, die singapurische Art, Englisch zu sprechen. Singapur hat vier Amtssprachen, von denen Englisch jedoch sie Hauptverkehrssprache ist. Dieser wissen die Singapurer ihre ganz eigene Note zu geben. Neben der speziellen und zum Teil überhaupt nicht verständlichen Aussprache finden sich auch rein singlishe Wörter. Eine Auswahl dieser findet sich auf einem der Bilder. Besonders hervorzuheben ist hierbei jedoch das Wort "Lah". Je nach Person wird dieses Wort ans Ende nahezu jedes Satzes gestelt, ohne dass es irgendeine Bedeutung hat. Persönlich finde ich, dass es den Sätzen einen recht jugendlichen Charakter verleiht, allerdings sprechen auch einige Dozenten sehr "Lah"-fixiert. Ferner sagen die Singapurer vielfach "Can" (also "können"), um Zustimmung zu signalisieren. Im regulären Englisch wären hierzu teils längere Floskeln nötig. Singapurische Lebenfreude geht also eigentlich ganz einfach: Can, lah!
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  • Day61

    Besuch Sentosa an der Singapore Strait mit Blick auf Containerschiffe vor künstlich aufgeschütteten Strand. Abends Gardens by the Bay - grundsätzlich schön, aber Light Show Star Wars Special, ziemlich schwach. Die eiskalten Konsumtempel überall in der gesamten Stadt sind unterm Strich verstörend.

  • Day59

    Vorwegnahme des weiteren Weges, in stark weichgespülter Form. Insbesondere Little India hat uns gut gefallen. Linda hat endlich das erste Teil ihres Stormtrooper Outfits.

  • Day43

    Well I never expected to do a footprint here, but the last 90 mins have been quite remarkable.

    Get this! Changi has a Butterfly Garden at T3! It's late evening so not much flying around, but it's still ace. Pitcher plants and everything!

    Then I got a tea with milk ... cultural differences start here. Two gloops of condensed milk, a glug of evaporated milk, some thick tea and a top up with hot water. Actually pretty nice since I like condensed milk 😃 I sat at a table with a young Philipino woman who it turns out works here in one of the lounges. 12 hour days with Saturdays off. We chatted for nearly an hour, travel, politics, suicide ... A much more interesting transfer than I expected. Off to find my Tokyo plane now, and hopefully a good sleep 😃Read more

  • Day4

    Clocked a long run around this run-friendly super clean city! Hierdie Singaporeans maak uit !! Ja dis amper hospitaal klinies maar daar is oral n gevoel van beheer en orde, als loop soos stroop. Leierskap en visie verander alles, die ekstreme boete kultuur dra verseker meriete. Ek bly net verstom oor hoe dit 'n 360 kontras met die res van Asië is. Chinatown, Riverside , Marina bay, Jubileee bridge en Cbd ek het gewrap voor ons 7 ure vlug. 'n Perfekte amper moeitelose manier om die stad te groet... ek twyfel of Roedolf weer hier sal kry.

    {Issy}
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  • Day44

    Today was all about me. I was being selfish and just wanted to spend some time alone. Tomorrow I meet up with the tour group and I know I won't have much space for a while, so I politely excused myself from all group activities and did my own thing :)

    I started the day by calling mom and talking to her a bit, I sent her some pictures that I haven't had a chance to upload to my blog yet and she was amazed! I think I've convinced her that Singapore would be a great place for her to visit ;)

    After talking I wandered out to find a post office. Same comments as before, finding places in Singapore can be a challenge! I was wandering around following Google Maps, right at the spot that it said the post office was supposed to be just not seeing it. And there were hardly any people around for me to ask for help... Eventually someone was able to direct me to the post office haha. I had to go underground 2 levels through this sketchy stairwell in the middle of a plaza. Who would have guessed! After the post office I decided to see how far I could walk underground before the "links" between the malls ran out. Quite far apparently, actually I didn't even go the full distance I could have because I saw an exit I wante. to take. I started at the Ocean Colours Financial District building and ended at the Marina Bay Sands building. Maybe 20 minutes of walking?

    In the Marina Bay Sands building I decided, as persuaded by Mom earlier on the phone, that I should spoil myself a bit and get a pedicure. Tomorrow is my birthday afterall and I'll be travelling, not enjoying ;) I also got my eyebrows down because, why not? Then I had a nice lunch, no rush no need to consult anyone, it was nice! Although making a decision was tough because I really wanted a soup and sandwich. I did find a place that met my needs but it wasn't quite as good as I was hoping :p you know how some places try to make themselves seem fancy by overdoing their food with fancy items? That's pretty much what this was, but it was good! Because I was in the Marina Bay Sands I had planned on going up to the Skypark to get a 360 view of the city and an original Singapore Sling but sadly I didn't get to. I was going to but then I heard thunder and it looked like it was about to start pouring. So instead I wandered back to the hostel while giving Alanna a virtual tour of the city via a Messenger Video Call ;)

    On the walk home I ran into some folk from the hostel who were heading to eat but I declined joining them and went back to catch up on some writing. Pf course while enjoying another beer :p after a while my friends returned and I stopped writing in order to be social and so goodbye to Nick, the Argentinian living in Vancouver. Maybe we'll cross paths at home! Isabela and I then went to the market again to grab a few more beers. Sounds like there are plans brewing to drink at the hostel tonight. Another Canadian girl, Monika, has friends flying in tonight and has a bottle of vodka to share with us apparently.

    And lots of drinking did occur! I ended up going to bed at 5am with a 7am alarm set :/

    It was interesting night with people jumping around from outside to inside and across the street for food and just random mingling, maybe 8 people at the max? We played some card games and did a lot of talking. One woman staying there tonight is an expat who needed to get away from home for a while. And oh man I will not complain about Vancouver housing prices ever again after talking to her! Currently they pay $4000/month in rent for a one bedroom just outside of the city centre!! In some places rent can get as high as $10,000. Absolute insanity. Although income is of course mich higher as well, her husband earns twice what rent costs, but still. Absurd! I really enjoyed talking with her. It's a different life here clearly... Money flows freely it seems, or if not freely then easily. Most people who live in Singapore aren't locals but expats and there's an entire "wives of expats" community that don't work and just take care of the home and go out drinking with friends etc etc. Crazy. I suppose that the majority of the people who come here for work are highly educated and very intelligent, the best of the best. Very very interesting. Would explain why so many of the locals seems to party a lot and let loose on all evenings of the week.. Work hard play hard right?

    That was evident during the trips we made for food over the course of the evening. We went to McDonalds twice and to a food court type place one. Don't judge haha. Everything is close by so it's not an issue! The first McDonalds trip a very drunk guy was asking everyone if he should break his 18 month vegetarian streak for a McChicken, the second time another drunk was going around smelling everyone trying to see where the flowery smell was coming from (hint, outside lol), and the third time there was a drunk man touching peoples hair! Haha everytime that we go out in the evening we see very intoxicated locals. And we know they're locals because they either mention it or ask why we don't just move to Singapore already. Very interesting.

    Anyway, at midnight all the people around the table sang me happy birthday it was so sweet! And of course I asked the Brazilians to sing in Portuguese because it reminds me of home when the family does the same <3 I guess because of the time change I'll get almost 2 days worth of birthday wishes, that'll be fun ;)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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