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  • Day1

    Singapore - Day 1

    July 21 in Singapore

    The beginning of our journey....

    Today we departed Brisbane at 0910 via Singapore Airlines with Richard & Rachel - our first time travelling with family. We even scored an upgrade to Premium Economy for the flight; what a luxury!
    We touched down in Changi at 1430 in the afternoon local time (1630 Brisbane time). It was beautifully warm & humid, a stark contrast to the cold morning we had woken to in Brisbane. We jumped in a cab & headed straight to our hotel, the Pan Pacific Singapore. After unpacking & taking in the views & our surroundings we headed out to explore the city. Our hotel was in a great location & within easy walking distance of all of the city attractions.

    The area was a hive of activity as we had arrived to a country wide rehersal for the upcoming 'National 'Day' celebrations (Singapore celebrates 53 years of independance on 9th August 2018); it seems that everyone get's involved, including the military. We walked to Boat Quay via the bay (& the famous Merlion statue) & settled in for dinner & drinks alongside the river; we had a great view of the CBD & were treated to an awesome aerial display by the airforce including fighter jets & a Chinook helicopter carrying the biggest flag I have ever seen! - Thai style crispy fried duck, sizzling beef & a few Singapore Slings 🍹were on the menu & did the job nicely.

    We walked back to our hotel with our bellies full & our eyes wide with wonder at the bright lights & bustling cityscape.
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  • Day2

    Singapore - Day 2

    July 22 in Singapore

    It's Paul's birthday today & he was made a fuss of all day - cake & champagne from hotel staff on arrival, cake & singing at breakfast & personalised menus & more cake (souffle actually) at dinner! Needless to say, I think he had a good one!

    After filling ourselves with the most decadent & expansive buffet breakfast I have ever indulged in at our hotel we walked it off by visiting Suntec City shopping centre, Haji Lane & Arab Street. Of course we had to take Richard & Rachel for a Selfie Coffee! Richard was in awe of the city's architecture (as we all were) & took great delight in the many optical illusions that the designers had created.

    Our journey back to the hotel took us for a quick detour to Raffles Hotel gift shop (unfortunately the Hotel was closed for major renovations) where we picked up a gift for Bettye (Paul & Richard's mum) before Richard, Rachel & Paul retired to the pool. I took a quick taxi ride to Orchard Road - Singapore's major shopping precinct with every designer brand store you can think of in one stretch of road. What a nightmare - every man & his dog apparently visits Orchard Road on a Sunday! The stores were packed & I had to dodge a plethora of 'selfie stick' carrying tourists on the street! It was all worth it though, as I sourced Paul's favourite cologne & managed a side trip to Victoria's Secret as well. Cocktails & a swim at the pool were a wonderful reward when I finally made it back to the hotel.

    Dinner had been organised at Morton's Steakhouse, located within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The food, ambiance & staff were amazing; the prices eye watering. However, staff had gone to great detail to ensure Paul was treated like a star. In addition to personalised menus he also received a birthday card & photo of us all that had been signed by all of the staff.

    We finished off the evening with a walk & visit to Marina Bay Sands Sky Tower where we took in the incredible views of Singapore by night from the architectural wonder that is the "ship" atop the Marina Bay Sands resort! Pretty spectacular & well worth the experience!
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  • Day2

    Hop on hop off Singapore

    March 7, 2017 in Singapore

    Much like the first time we visited NYC we got ourselves some hop on hop off tickets for a little orientation of the city and to learn some cool facts.

    Cool fact #1 - there is no traffic congestion even in peak time. This is due to the high cost of owning a car, there is a high import duty on cars plus a limited number of car licenses available, the cost of these licenses can be as much as $50,000 and lastly ERP or toll roads everywhere.

    Cool fact #2 - the city is one of the cleanest places I have every seen where humans operate. This is due to heavy fines imposed on things like chewing gum and littering.

    Cool fact #3 - the city is also referred to as "the fine city" not due to the fact that its fine but because there are so many things you can get fined for.

    Cool fact #4 - Singapore has 4 main ethnic groups: Chinese, Indian, Malayan and Eurasians as they are referred to here (European and other asian minority's).

    The Island is pretty small so after finishing the first of 7 routes; we pretty much had a good idea whats where in the city.

    One of the things that I keep doing is comparing our hop on hop off bus experience here to the one in NYC. The one in NYC was very cool as there is so much history and the place has so much character (this is coming from someone who did not really like NYC), while Singapores history constitutes basically the arrival of Indians, the Chinese and Japanese takeover during the world wars. The city itself does not have much character in my opinion as its so clinical and modern that it all just looks the some. The only two places with some character is little india and chinatown but its not much different from similar areas in other world cities. The cool thing here is that there are trees and greeneries everywhere.

    Don't get me wrong this would be an awesome place to live as everything just works like a well oiled machine, to the point where its almost boring.

    If you think that 30 years ago this place was very similar to the rest of Asia its really incredible what money and focus in the right place can do to turn things around. This place could not be more different from the rest of Asia that we have seen.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day1

    Singapore

    December 2, 2016 in Singapore

    Singapore - this country and city stands for a great economy, super friendly people, cleanliness and a culture that's somewhere in between Asian and western. I guess that makes it a good country for my first ever trip to Asia: you can dive into the depths of Chinatown or Little India, but there are different “levels“ and once you're overwhelmed by those very different cultures it's only a short metro ride back to Singapore downtown, which could easily be a European metropolis.Read more

  • Day27

    One day left

    June 15, 2017 in Singapore

    One day remaining so more sightseeing. We went to Gardens by the Bay (worth googling). 101ha of gardens with two massive bio domes, one of which has a waterfall cascading down a 42 metre mountain. It's very hard for me to do it justice - suffice to say, next time you're in Singapore, do yourself a favour.

    Having failed to buy the book on 'Singlish' on the way over, we went back to Bugis St this afternoon and bought it.

    Getting ready to go out for dinner and then check out the lights. We leave for the airport at 8am tomorrow so I guess this is about it.

    Cheers Janette and John
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  • Day26

    The day we lost

    June 14, 2017 in Singapore

    We knew we had this day coming, but you put it out of your mind till it arrives. So 3 hours at Prague Airport, then a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt taking about an hour. A mad dash to the correct terminal and another couple of hours wait before a twelve hour flight to Singapore. So, about 18 hours travelling and the putting our watches forward seven hours. We've got a couple of days to adjust to the time zone. We got to our hotel about 6pm, very tired and a tad hungry. We walked out of the hotel saying that we would go into the first place that looked OK. It turned out to be a Vietnamese Restaurant and it was more than up to par. The owner suggested we share a prawn noodle dish then share a dish featuring larger prawns (all in tanks in the restaurant). We were shown how to eat the main wearing plastic gloves. Just when I should have taken the camera...

    Anyhow the hotel is very nice. Janette had requested an upgrade to a high floor to get a view - she got it. - we're on 34 with only a couple more above us. Unfortunately for her, the lifts are on the outside of the building. She'll get used to it (?). Photos give an idea of the height.

    Tomorrow - a full day in Singapore. We'll be going out early so we can have breakfast outside somewhere.

    J&J
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  • Day74

    Singapur

    February 25, 2017 in Singapore

    Von den Perhentians bin ich auf dem Weg nach Indonesien. Was bietet sich da mehr an als ein Zwischenstop in Singapur.

    Viel hatte ich schon von dieser Stadt gehört von Arbeitskollegen, Freunden und Backpacker und bin so entsprechend neugierig auf diese Stadt.

    Die Suche nach einem Hostel lässt schon erahnen das diese Stadt teuer ist im Vergleich zu den anderen asiatischen Städten und Ländern.

    Wie sich später herausstellen sollte um einen Faktor von 5 bis 6 mal teurer, was aber im Vergleich mit Deutschland und Dänemark immer noch günstig ist.

    Bei der ankunft am Flughafen (SIN) fällt schon direkt auf, hier ist etwas anders. Sauber, organisiert und effizient gestaltet. Dieser Eindruck bestätigt sich schnell, denn kaum raus aus dem Flughafen schnappe ich mir das erst beste Taxi und überraschenderweise will der Taxifahrer nicht mit mir handeln oder mich über den Tisch ziehen, wie das in Asien üblich ist, sondern schaltet ganz selbstverständlich das Taximeter ein. Da es schon fast 23 Uhr ist lasse ich mich nur noch zu meinem Hotel bringen und entspannen mich ein wenig um am nächsten Tag frisch in den tag starten zu können.

    Ausgeschlafen und gestärkt mit einem leckeren Fruchtjuce geht es am nächsten Morgen los und ich ziehe meine Runden durch die Stadt. Klar das Ziel vor Augen den Löwen und das Marina Bay Hotel zu sehen. Auf meinem Weg durch little India mache ich einen stopp beim Friseur denn es ist schon wieder Zeit für einen Haarschnitt, der letzte ist ist immerhin schon fast einen Monat her. Der indische Kollege hat einen super Job gemacht, so entschloss ich mich kurzerhand zu einer Rasur bei ihm und zahlte insgesamt 12 Singapur Dollar was rund 8 Euro sind.

    So ein Beauty packet macht ganz schön hungrig, also ging es es weiter nach Chinatown um mich dort etwas zu stärken. Bei sweet and sour chicken und Dumplings fragte ich mich schon wie ich diesen Tag überleben sollte denn es war unerträglich heiß und schwül und ich wunderte mich nur wie manch anderer hier im Business Outfit (lange Hemden und Hosen) nicht schwitzend herumlaufen kann.

    Aber gut, nicht jammer sondern Strecke machen 10km liegen schon hinter mir und einige noch vor mir. Dann ist es endlich so weit, da ist das Marina Bay und der Löwe, welcher leider zur Säuberung eingerüstet war. Ich verweilte ein wenig und genoss bei einer Sprite die Aussicht bevor ich mich nach gutem zureden eines super netten Backpackers entschloss in den "Garden by the Bay und Cloud Forrest" zu gehen. Beide bekommen einen extra Eintrag im Blog.

    Tag 3 fängt Mega entspannt an mit einem Frühstück/Mittagessen gefolgt von der ersten richtigen Fußmassage meines Lebens. Auf dem Weg durch das Szeneviertel der Stadt streifte ich durch die Bar und Kneipen Straße in der es wirklich ausgefallene Bars gab. Wie könnte es anders sein, würde meine Aufmerksamkeit durch ein an der Decke hängenden Flugzeug geweckt. So kehrte ich also in die Wings Bar ein in der man auf einer Art runaway sich ein Bierchen genehmigen kann.

    Da sich mein Singapur Abenteuer auch langsam schon dem Ende zuneigt mache ich mich nach dem Bier auf den Weg zurück ins Hotel und denke noch darüber nach wie beeindruckend diese Stadt ist.

    Sauber, modern, ein Schmelztiegel der Kulturen. So schnell werde ich diesen Asiatischen Hub nicht mehr vergessen.

    Mit Blick nach vorne freue ich mich schon auf Bali.
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  • Day43

    Walking Around

    February 22, 2017 in Singapore

    After Bugis Street we decided to walk over to the Fountain of Wealth and then to Marina Bay, Youngmin wanted to see it during the day before she leaves tonight. I really enjoyed the walk! I really do just enjoy wandering here and looking at all the different, impressive architecture. Along the way we found an overpass that went through a Marriott hotel (I think) and I loved the building itself! Black stone everywhere, beautiful curving wood mixed with glass for the courtyard ceiling. It's great. I notice that there seems to be a number of buildings that feature black and wood mixed together. Personally my favourite combination! I think it's rather elegant and sleek. Anyway, after nerding out about this building a bit we continued trying to find the Fountain of Wealth. It is so confusing navigating here sometimes! Google Maps doesn't tell you when to use an underpass or overpass or a "link" between two malls - it's pretty neat actually you can pretty well walk the entire downtown area without ever leaving a building because they're mostly all connected somehow. But anyway, eventually we found our way to the Fountain after a ton of walking and stopping for a cheap, and not very good lunch at a food court Thai place.

    The Fountain of Wealth itself was pretty neat! But honestly I was so tired of walking at that point that I don't think I really truly appreciated it. There are some pictures attached, but what I really thought was neat is that the Fountain can be enjoyed from two levels. The upper area is outdoors and there were benches that you could sit at and a nice spray from the water to keep you cool. The lower level is indoors and you see the Fountain from where the water comes up through glass. There were a bunch of restaurants surrounding the Fountain base but none were all that busy. I guess because it was something like 2 or 3 pm at that point.

    After the Fountain we walked to the Marina Bay area one last time. While sitting enjoying the view we both Recieved phone calls at the same time, a good coincidence! My call was from the teachers at the school <3 It was so cute and so nice to see them all! Ganesh organized the call from his account but I spoke with Beda, Bobita, and Mahadev! And waved at the other teachers in the background. Nice to see that some of the things I helped them with are working ;) They told me how much they miss me and it made me feel like I really did have an impact, but also I miss them. I hope that I can continue to talk to them in the future :) They were all curious about the weather and I forgot that I was only wearing a tanktop when I answered. Oops haha. Recall that bare shoulders are not a thing over in Nepal ;) One of them commented that I wasn't wearing enough clothing lol. Oh well. Anyway, I guess I haven't describe the weather much? It's hot. About 30 degrees Celsius and Humid! Constantly sweating and gross. It's been fairly overcast too the last few days, I can only imagine if it were sunny.. Even as it is I think I burned today while walking around. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to suck haha.

    After our respective phone calls, Youngmin and I said goodbye :( She had to return to her hotel to pick up her bag and go to the airport. So I walked back to the hostel and had some time to myself before other people showed up. I wrote a few postcards - the first I've ever written - while drinking a very refreshing beer. Mmmmm. While I was writing a man came up to me telling me that he "saw" me in a dream last night and if I could just spare a few minutes of my time and go with him around the corner where he's meeting some of his students because he's a yoga instructor. I definitely did not go with him. What a strange experience..

    At some point my Brazilian friends returned from their own day's journey and we chatted for a while. We also met two new people staying in our room at the hostel, a guy from Argentina living in Vancouver and a girl from Peru. A lot of South American's this time around! We all decided that we wanted some beers and walked to the market together. We drank the beers at the hostel and the guys went out to the Gardens by the Bay while the girls stayed in and got much more rest than the men did ;) It was a good evening just socializing, playing Uno, and jenga. Much needed after a day filled with walking!
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