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  • Day4

    Marina Sands Hotel

    December 16, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Raffles for a Singapore Sling... Very cheesy music not really fitting with the venue and could be missed from the Singapore Itinerary. Marina Sands Hotel Skypark at night... Definitely recommend. Gardens by the Bay winter wonderland... Bit weird in 30 degree heat and foamy snow 😂😂😂Read more

  • Day26

    Robert's Round Up

    February 15 in Singapore ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    After a smooth 10 hour flight from Auckland we have arrived in Singapore, only to find our next plane - the 14 hour flight to London has been delayed by two hours due to the bad weather (Storm Dennis) in the UK. While we are waiting I thought I would reflect on our holiday experience over the past 4 weeks.

    In terms of the flights, Singapore Airlines was excellent, with good meals and refreshments on demand. On check-in at Auckland today, a very helpful SA staff member assisted us, and changed our allocated seats to give us extra legroom seats for the first leg of our journey. Great!

    The hotels booked on our behalf by Cruise Nation were all of a very good standard. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked both Australia and New Zealand - everywhere was so clean, and the people were exceptionally helpful and friendly. A great sense of humour was evident throughout. The smaller places we visited all seem to have utilised local volunteers (often retirees), who gave us a beaming smile and warm welcome, along with free maps of the area and helpful suggestions about local attractions. We were surprised to discover that tipping is not expected (compared with USA where it is virtually compulsory). The standard of living seems high, and workers seem to earn a good wage, without needing to depend on tips. We also loved the beautiful plants and vegetation, as well as the huge variety of colourful birds.

    Another interesting thing we noted in Australia was the extensive referencing to the country’s Aboriginal past - statements were read out before the opera, museum tours, TV programmes etc to the effect that it was important to recognise Australia’s indigenous people and culture. Australia Day coverage on TV highlighted the division in the country in as much as many people do not share the celebration of the arrival of British sovereignty with the first British ships on 26 January 1788. They instead refer to it as Invasion Day, mourning what is seen as the invasion of the land by the British and the start of colonisation. In New Zealand the indigenous Maori culture now seems to be part of everyday life for most New Zealanders, with the Maori language being taught in schools and spoken in the country’s parliament.

    In terms of the cruise, we were very impressed with our first experience of the Holland America Line. The food and service were excellent and all the staff and crew (mostly Indonesian) were cheery, well mannered and helpful. The entertainment was perhaps more sedate than that on some of the larger Royal Caribbean ships we have been on, but the production shows were very good and the ship did have franchises with the Lincoln Center Stage and BB Kings Blues Club. As we have cruised with a variety of different lines, we noticed a number of ‘extras’ not normally included unless an upgraded stateroom is purchased eg we had included: bathrobes, Elemis toiletries; daily fresh fruit in the cabin; complimentary room service 24 hours a day (no cover charge); good quality real napkins at all meals (including at the Lido buffet); real hand towels in all the bathrooms on the ship; free ice cream; and delicious free Five Guys-type burgers, hot dogs and tacos. Our cruise was the last for our Captain John Scott, and there was an emotional ceremony on deck as he rang the bell before entering his home port of Auckland for the last time.

    We picked up a few useful local words and phrases in Australia - Bonzer (good), Bogan (ned), Strewth! (It’s the truth) Yabber (to talk a lot).
    And in New Zealand - The Dairy (convenience store), Kia Ora (hello), Yeah-nah (yes, but I don’t agree with you), Sweet As (wonderful).

    All in all a wonderful holiday with many happy memories to treasure.
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  • Day3

    Day by the bay

    February 17 in Singapore ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    With fine weather forecast today we decided to walk around the bay area. We caught the bus to Marina Bay Sands, passed the obligatory temperature check (most public buildings undertake temperature checks when entering) and headed to the rooftop observation deck for spectacular views of the bay area. Most of the people up there were cruise passengers from one of the few cruise ships still plying Asian ports.

    We then headed into Gardens by the Bay, had lunch at Satay by the Bay (but had falafals instead of satay), and walked a circuitous route following the caches, visiting the waterfront, drinks at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, the Merlion and National Gallery of Singapore.

    On the walk back to Orchard Road we detoured via Fort Canning Park. The park is the highest point in the city centre (48m elevation) and was formerly home to a Christian cemetery. The cemetery continued to be used until 1865 when it was declared full and closed, but by the 1970s it was in such a state of disrepair, the cemetery was exhumed and many of the surviving tombstones were embedded in the surviving walls.

    Dinner was at a 24 hour outdoor eatery near our apartment.
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  • Day6

    Michelin Star restaurant - tick!

    February 20 in Singapore ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Our last full day in Singapore began with an MRT trip to Chinatown, perusing the many stalls, architecture and street art (and finding some caches on the way), before heading to the hawker stalls for lunch.

    One otherwise non-descript stall in the middle of the market generates a lot of attention - Hawker Chan was awarded a Michelin Star in 2016 for his soya sauce chicken rice, and is the world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal, at $2.80 a serve. We only had to line up for 20 minutes (the wait can be as much as an hour), and it was melt-in-the-mouth delicious. He marinates 180 chickens overnight in his secret soya based marinade and sells out every day.

    After a bubble tea and egg tart, we headed back to our apartment via Emerald Hill, an area of of double-storied terrace houses off Orchard Road built in the 1920's by Chinese immigrants. The style is known as the Straits Eclectic Style, combining components of Malay, European and Chinese architecture - half doors outside the main door to allow ventilation within the house while still maintaining privacy, European half-columns and Chinese-inspired reliefs.
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  • Day4

    Big fountain and Little India

    February 18 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    With 80% chance of rain today, we had a plan up our sleeve to do some indoors activities, but as the morning looked promising, we caught the local bus to the Fountain of Wealth.

    The fountain is built among five tower blocks which represent the fingers and thumb of a left hand emerging from the ground, and the fountain is the palm of the hand. With an area of 1680 square metres, it was the largest fountain in the world until 1999. During certain periods of the day, the fountain is turned off and visitors are able to walk around a mini fountain at the centre of the fountain's base, three times for good luck. We were there during one of these downtimes, so did our laps.

    Next stop was Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling. They quite often have a queue out the door of punters keen to hand over $44 for one drink, but at 11am on a Tuesday you could choose your seat. We wandered in for a look, but didn't partake (a local beer was $28 if you prefer!)

    The rain still hadn't arrived, so after lunch and a quick look around the National Library, we headed to Little India, an eclectic mix of restaurants, temples, churches and mosques. We caught the bus back to our accommodation and had a swim, before tea at the local outdoor cafe again.
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  • Day3

    Singapore Day 2

    December 15, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Up at 10.50am...and only because someone came into the room to turn off the air conditioning!

    Breakfast and another swim at the pool.

    Then journey on the MRT (underground) to Gardens by the Bay

    Experienced our first monsoon rain ☔☔💦💧💦☔
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  • Day2

    Caching and the Botanic Gardens

    February 16 in Singapore ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    First activity for Sunday morning was a caching event we were hosting in a park across the road from our accommodation. Given there's so few tourists here, and only about 6 active cachers in Singapore, we weren't expecting a big turnout, so 1 person was ok!

    After a bit of a chat with ZacharyKZH, a local cacher with 130 hides, he offered to accompany us to a few caches, and we ended up having lunch with him and caching until 2pm. He led us down some shortcuts and backroads we would never have found by ourselves.

    After lunch we ventured into the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the most visited botanic gardens in the world (5 million visitors a year), which also has the world's largest display of orchids (1,000 species) and 250 species of ginger on display.

    It turned very humid late afternoon so we caught the bus back to our apartment and had a dip in the pool, before a thunderstorm rolled in.

    Dinner was at a small hawker centre on Orchard Road, with only a handful of other diners.
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  • Day5

    Palau Ubin by boat and bike

    February 19 in Singapore ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We headed north today to Changi Village, about 1 hour by bus. After lunch in the hawker centre, we caught a bumboat to Palau Ubin, an island off the north coast of Singapore (10 min boat ride, $3 each - there's no timetable, just wait at the ferry terminal until a full boatload is ready, 12 people).

    During World War Two, Palau Ubin was a landing point for Japanese troops, which drew a huge influx of Allied troops to defend Singapore. This was a decoy move by the Japanese who then invaded the west of Singapore with ease.
    Previously home to a granite mine employing 2000 people, Palau Ubin is now one of the few undeveloped areas of Singapore, and home to just 38 residents.

    On arrival in Palau Ubin there are bike hire places lining the main street, so competition is keen. All day bike hire is $8 each. We got our bikes and spent a very pleasant 4 hours riding and walking the hills and dirt tracks of the island, collecting a number of caches on the way. We saw wild boars and monkeys close up, but only spotted otters and hornbill from a distance (much to Oliver's disappointment).

    We caught the bus and MRT back to the city and had dinner on the riverfront at Clarke Quay, followed by a walk around the area, and our first ice cream wafer from a street vendor.
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  • Day2

    Singapore

    September 21, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After a late 12.30 am check in, and a few hours sleep, we hit the streets and checked out the botanic gardens, did a Singapore river cruise, Marina Bay Sands and Skywalk at Gardens by the Bay.

    The Formula One Grand Prix is on here this weekend, so much hype and excitement around town. A lot of Lambos, Ferraris, McClarens etc driving around...we could have had a drive of one for about $480!!

    It's a pity that the city is covered in a smoke haze from fires in Indonesia, so photos didn't do it any justice.
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  • Day3

    Sentosa Island

    September 22, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After a good nights sleep, we checked out of our motel, who stored our luggage for the day, and ventured to Sentosa Island.

    Very hot at 37° today, so very tiring out in the elements. Sentosa has the only maintained WW2 Fort in Singapore so was quite interesting to see. Apart from that, it's really a family fun park with most activities too expensive for our tastes.

    Midnight flight tonight to Budapest via Munich so hopefully will get some sleep in our exit row seats.
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