Bras Basah

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  • Day24

    Day 24/72: Singapore day 2

    November 20 in Singapore

    We woke up and had a lazy breakfast at the hostel this morning, enjoying the cake we picked up from a bakery late last night. We got the MRT to the botanic gardens and spent an absolutely beautiful and very hot and humid morning wondering around the gardens. The gardens are huge, with so many different areas, lakes and trees, with rainforest sections, fountains of all kinds and English country garden sections to make us feel slightly at home in the sweltering heat.

    The really impressive part of the garden was the orchid gardens, which cost about £3 to enter, and were absolutely huge and gorgeous; crammed full of the most beautiful hybrids of orchids in the world. There is a whole heritage and vip section of the orchid gardens, where famous or influential people who come to Singapore botanic Gardens get an orchid hybrid bred and named in their honour. A special favourite of ours was the Princess Diana orchid, which was absolutely beautiful.

    The heat in Singapore is very different to the heat in Thailand. In Thailand the heat is the first thing you notice when you walk out the door, whereas in Singapore the heat kind of sneaks up on you, to the point where you don't realise how hot you are until you find it impossible to try to cool down. We walked around the orchid gardens baking in the heat, wishing desperately that there would be the slightest lick of wind to soothe us, and standing slightly too close to the fountains to try and get the cool water to possibly splash on us a tiny bit.

    Once we had exhausted the gardens we headed to Chinatown where we enjoyed a huge lunch at a Chinese restaurant. The lunch consisted of egg fried rice, sweet and sour pork and kung pow chicken, and was absolutely incredible. We were very obviously the only tourists in the restaurant and the only people who had no idea how the whole premise of sharing large plates of food worked, but luckily the waitress was very friendly and explained it all as she gave us forks instead of chopsticks...

    We spent a while wondering around the shops in Chinatown, marvelling at inner painted bottles. Our next stop was the Gardens by the Bay. This time we paid to go inside the Cloud Forest: a dome very like the Eden Centre, in that it's an environment inside a dome where many plants are grown. It's quite incredible, huge waterfall in the middle and clouds hovering to create environments for many different types of plant, including lots of carnivorous ones. The centre had lots to do and learn about, and at the end had a huge portion on climate change and how to do better.

    The next dome we went to was the Flower Dome, which wasn't quite as impressive as it seemed to be mainly dedicated to Christmas decorations... But included a lot of roses which smelt incredible.

    We walked across a very impressive bridge past part of the F1 track and wondered into a very expensive shopping centre and got an enormous chocolate brownie and dark chocolate cake from a chocolate shop called The Dark Gallery. It was incredible; the richest brownie, but still incredibly light and fluffy!

    Right now I am writing this blog post while Tom gets his hair cut at a very expensive barbours, and absolutely raves about having a head massage while they are washing his hair; 'I'm never washing my own hair again!'
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  • Day44

    Stadttrip, Singapur

    November 16 in Singapore

    Singapore ist eine unglaubliche Stadt. Man ist überwältigend von der Anzahl und Höhe der Hochhäuser, 🌁 die Größe und Massen der Einkaufszentren (unter 5 Stöcke geht hier nichts) und von der Weihnachtsstimmung die hier verbreitet wird 🎅. Alles ist mit Weihnachtsdeko verziert, es läuft überall Weihnachtsmusik und es werden ganze Parks, Fotostationen oder Märkte mit Weihnachtsthema, aus dem Nichts errichtet☃️🦌 Also Deutschland könnte sich eine Scheibe abschneiden. 🎄
    Und trotz dieser Größe, war es mit Abstand die grünste und schönste Stadt, die wir je gesehen hatten, mit Baumaleen mitten in der Innenstadt und riesige Grün- oder Waldflächen🌳
    Außerdem war jede einzelne noch so abgelegene Ecke makellos sauber!
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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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • Day1


    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

  • Day74


    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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