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  • Day5

    Today we left Marina Bay Sands and have moved to Studio M Hotel on Robertson Quay.
    Quirky loft rooms with mezzanine bedrooms with 3m windows looking out on the surrounding office buildings, hotels and apartments.
    Frankie and I took a stroll along the riverbank which allows you to walk along the whole stretch of the river both sides. We took a river cruise to hear of the history and architecture.
    Got caught in a thunderstorm-boat driver gave us his umbrella to get to cover!-we got lunch outside in the covered terrace of 'Little Saigon'-re-remembered how good peanut satay sauce is, Frankie not keen! We explored the local mall and streets before heading back to the pool.
    Early night so we can venture out to Sentosa Island tomorrow.
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  • Day6

    Today we jumped in a cab and headed to Sentosa Island. The cable car is closed for maintenance for the week so we got the cab straight onto the island. Very organised road layout underground for all island transport.

    We got dropped off at the entrance for Universal Studios Singapore. We'd booked earlier so could walk straight in. Was excited to show Frankie as he hadn't been before, I'd been to the Florida version. We walked from Hollywood to Madagascar, to Far Far Away to Jurassic Park to ancient Egypt to Sci Fi City and finished in New York, naturally! We both really enjoyed the 3D Transformers battle and Waterworld stunt show based on the film. We got soaked through on the Jurassic Park Rapids but was a lot of fun!

    We finished around 5pm and headed to the Sentosa Express, the free monorail that connects the mainland to the beach in Sentosa. We went to the beach which felt like a different place altogether-so chilled and like paradise with a sandy beach and beach bars. We walked all the way along to the Sentosa cable car stop at Siloso Point-that's where we saw peacocks (5 hens, 1 peacock-what a guy!). We wanted to ride on the cable car so we could see the views of both the city and the island. We got off at Imbiah station and decided to luge to the bottom. These are plastic carts with one handle bar that use momentum to get going. We followed the track (Frankie raced off!) and made it to the bottom-more fun than I expected, don't tell Frankie!

    When we were off at the bottom we walked to find a beach bar for dinner. We decided on Coates and shared a hoisin duck pizza and salad on the beach. We walked back to the monorail to get back to Vivo City shopping mall on the mainland-after some browsing we waited (and waited) for a taxi back to our hotel. The rates are so cheap that it seems the best way to get around, especially if shared with more than one of you.
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  • Day7

    After lunch we headed to Chinatown. Like many other Chinatowns, it was as you'd expect, lots of tourist stores and street vendors. Bright adorned shutters and canopies. We did a bit of shopping and wandering before heading north towards Little India.

    We walked up South Bridge Road, taking a detour to see Raffles Hotel and the Fairmont for Mum, she'll be staying there when she visits in just 4 weeks!

    We ventured to Little India next when the bright lights were shining as the sun had set. Lots of open fronted stores selling bright clothing, jewellery and food.

    On the way back to the hotel we stopped for Malaysian food-more satay sauce!-and jumped in a cab back. Frankie had downloaded an app to avoid the really long queues at malls. Loads of shopping malls in Singapore!!
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  • Day8

    We didn't get up to too much during the day-some shopping, some relaxing by the pool, some packing-for dinner we headed to 'Satay by the Bay' which is an open air food market with various stalls in the 'Gardens by the Bay'.

    Afterwards we headed to the Supertree Grove for the light show (7:45 every night) so we could see it from ground level. Really busy and good atmosphere-Frankie took some great photos on his Digital SLR which really show the bright colours and height of the trees. I was also happy as the music was good (shout out to Mr Buble, feeling good).Read more

  • Day8

    We grabbed a cab-Frankie ended up living like a local and used the cab app to avoid long lines, using the wifi from restaurants/cafes, I was happy being chauffeured around!-and went to the Science Centre Observatory where they have free stargazing every Friday 7:45-10pm. We were given a time slot at 9pm to view the main telescope. After waiting, we got our turn-we saw Saturn! So clear and the rings were visible too-so interesting to see through the lens and then also the bright dot in the sky through the top of the observatory in the far distance.

    We also got to see close-up views of the moon too with clear craters. It was a half moon tonight. Frankie got some great photos through the lens helped by one of the young volunteers.
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  • Day12

    If London to Delhi was a culture shock, Delhi to Singapore is something else! High rise buildings everywhere, modern architecture, super clean, no hassle from hawkers, all very easy - yet, it is all a bit too easy and it doesn't have anything like the heart and soul of India. Leila, however, has declared it the best place in the world, I think because the beef noodle soup she devoured at the street food market was the first proper meal she has eaten in a week! Josh is loving the fact that there is an iPhone in every room for guests to use.
    After dinner at a hawker centre, we walked around Marina Bay and watched the fountain and light show in front of the massive hotel with a ship on the roof. Very humid, even at 10pm. We ducked into a shopping centre just to cool down!
    Kids in bed ready for a day at Universal Studios tomorrow. Craig and I are hitting the beers in preparation .....
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  • Day7

    Today after a relaxed start at the hotel, we headed to Chinatown around lunchtime. On the way we came across the best unexpected surprise for lunch-a Friends themed cafe as part of the shopping mall 'Central'-Central Perk Cafe.

    We both had Ross' Thanksgiving leftover sandwich with a honey mustard gravy for the moistmaker! They showed episodes on the big projector, served tea in central perk coffee cups and there was a themed area where you can buy merch. I've said if Frankie loses me, he knows where I'll be!!Read more

  • Day4

    Just moved into our hotel. Can't swing a cat. Dad got a new bright Shirt! Bought some booze and having cheap happy hour in our room. Bloody Ainsley just took a photo of my big Arse! Try to do a better photo now.

  • Day4

    Beautiful walk from the hotel to the Gardens by the bay today. Almost 30 degrees but still a great walk! Visited the Flower Dome with flowers and plants from various Mediterranean climates. They have grown their own pumpkins for the Autumn Harvest.

  • Day1

    Well we made it safe & well to Singapore! The flight from Brisbane took 8 hours & there is only a 2 hour time difference making it 3.15pm local time (5.15pm Brisbane time) when we landed.
    Changi Airport is huge and has 4 seperate terminals connected by little trains! It is also soooo clean!
    We had a lovely taxi driver who drove us to our hotel (Ibis on Bencoolen) via the coast road & filled us in on all the places we need to visit & the foods we need to try - the latter being, BBQ stingray & fried carrot cake at the Newton Hawker Centre - we will let you know how we go with this...
    Once checked in, we headed out to explore our new surroundings. We caught the MRT (train) from Rocher to Clarke Quay (a hip & happening area on the river filled with restaurants, clubs & bars) for a bit of a nosy. We had dinner at The Bungy Bar & watched the Bum Boats ferry passengers down the river. It was a great spot & we got to view the Marina Bay Sands hotel's light show in the distance. Very cool!
    We were very tired after our first little adventure (we had walked over 10000 steps) but our first impressions are that Singapore is a vibrant, colourful, clean city with a focus on green areas & recreation for visitors & locals alike.
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