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  • Day54

    Winding down in Singapore

    June 10 in Singapore

    Geschter Abig simmer guet in Singapur acho und sind grad als erschts en saftige Burger mit curly Fries ga esse - uf das hemmer eus so gfreut gha! Für vil meh het eusi Energie denn aber nid glanget, darum hemmer de Samschtigabig mit Lion King im Hotelbett verbracht.
    Hüt hemmer so richtig usgschlafe - und tatsächlich meh oder weniger bis zum Mittag duregschlafe! Wohl dringend nötig gsi... dernach hemmer mal chli planet, wasmer in de negschtä Täg wend mache - es git so viles zgseh da! Am Bela sini Tipps plus sTourist Handy wo eus sHotel zur Verfüegig gstellt het, hend eus scho mal en erschti Prio vorgä.
    Endlich ufgstande und duschet simmer ca am 2 mal usem Hotel cho und in dr Nöchi vu Chijmes (es ehemaligs Chloster) ines dütsches Resti :) hoch leben Käsespätzle! Dernach hemmer euses HopOnHopOff Ticket welle ga poschte - und bi dere Glegeheit nu gschnell ins naheliegende Shoppingcenter wege paar Chlinigkeite ga luege ga... aber da in Singapur chamer "chli" und "shoppe" nid sinnvoll im gliche Satz erwähne! Das Shoppingcenter isch mind. 3x so gross gsi wie bi eus - isch aber doch so unbedütend, ases nur knapp bi Google Maps erwähnt isch...
    Später hemmer eus mit dr erschte HopOnHopOff Fahrt en erschte Idruck vu dr Stadt gmacht - und es gfallt eus sehr! Alles isch sehr suuber und gepflegt, en coole Mix zwüschet Kolonialstil und Skycrapers. Nur s Marina Bay Sands Hotel het a dr Martina nid so gfalle, für sie gseht das Schiff eher nachere Seegurke us :)
    A propos Marina Bay Sands: das Viertel isch ursprünglich mal Wasser gsi und isch mit importiertem (!) Sand ufgschüttet worde. So isch de Stadtstaat um stattlichi 25% gwachse (8'000 Fuessballfelder).
    Später simmer nu chli dOrchards Rd derabgschländeret - unglaublich vil Lüt hets in dere Ichaufsmeile! Denn uf Empfehlig vum Bela ind Emerald Hill Rd ga aperöle und zrugg in Hotelpool ga abchüele :)
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  • Day27

    Singapore

    June 9, 2017 in Singapore

    With our first country down and 1/12 of our trip complete. We said goodbye to Bali as we flew to Singapore. We were pleasantly surprised by the bustling metropolis. Singapore is extremely modern, well organized, and clean! The extensive subway system makes it very easy and cheap to move all over the city.

    Andreas and I spent three days exploring the city. We ate at a Michelin star dumpling restaurant for cheap. We explored the cloud forest (enjoying the AC), the botanical gardens, and the sky gardens. Singapore is an orchid lover's dream as we saw hundreds of different beautiful species. We spent one morning on a free tour of China town and visited Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist temples. The Buddhist temple had "Buddah's tooth" and was encased in 370 kg of gold. That evening we did a five hour push-scooter tour of the city visiting two spectacular light and water shows. Our group definitely turned a few heads when we scooted through restaurants, malls, as well as up and down escalators. Next stop: MalaysiaRead more

  • Day5

    Cavanaugh and Orchard Rd

    April 1, 2017 in Singapore

    I started today with an early morning quest to find street food.

    Setting off at about 5 30 am, I didn't really know what to expect. I was surprised to see so many people wandering the roadways so early on a Saturday.

    After walking for quite some time down Orchard rd, I came across a rather sketchy area where there were a lot of young folks hanging around. To my left, I saw an adult boutique and a few policemen patrolling the area. I soon realized this is probably not somewhere I should be. But alas, when I looked right - I found it! A street vendor serving early morning (or late night for some) Singaporean specialties. So before high tailing it out of there, I got a plate of "Singapore's famous hainanes chicken rice" for $5.

    This dish was interesting. A must try if you're a first timer in Singapore - I think once was enough for me. The chicken is seasoned and poached (or steamed - it's hard to tell) and chilled. Once cold, the meat is served over hot butter rice. The chicken was very tender, but I couldn't quite get over the fact it was cold. The rice was fantastic.
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  • Day2

    Breakfast Melbourne, dinner Singapore

    May 21, 2017 in Singapore

    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

  • Day1

    Singapore

    October 7, 2017 in Singapore

    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 10,000 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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  • Day3

    A day in Singapore with Murphy

    May 22, 2017 in Singapore

    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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  • Day96

    Singapore - Days 1 and 2

    July 8, 2016 in Singapore

    The flight south to Singapore took 2 1/2 hours and it flew by... ah thankyou! We arrived to a nice, relaxed and modern airport - a far cry from Thailand. We managed to grab a 24 dollar taxi ride to Chinatown where our hostel was located. Our taxi driver Benjamin was incredibly friendly and gave us a comprehensive list of activities we must do - we're only here for 3 days man! Despite our prison cell of a hostel room I got an excellent impression of this city/state. It was clean, the taxi drivers are great and the weather beautiful; pretty much a constant 33/34 degrees. We spent our first day exploring china town, which was by far the best China town I have ever experienced! To me, China town's are generally full of character but are run down and probably a hot bed for crime. However, this was saturated with modern markets, music, dancing classes, street food and even magnificent artificial rooftops over the food street complete with enormous fans to keep customers cool in the oppressive midday sun. Needless to say for a 5 dollar bowl of noodles and prawns, we ate here most days! Now I mentioned a dance class, we were lucky enough to stumble across a street Barn dance class on a large square, about 100 people taking part, hilarious! This was yet another surreal event, with the highlight being the Asian cowboy shaking his moneymaker like he was born to do so. After a night of milkshakes and seafood we hit the hay exhausted. The next day was one of the busiest days of the trip as a whole..... we began the day negotiating the metro for the first time, we are a fan! The carriages were clean, not too busy and get this, people actually smile and looked like they were happy to be alive. I had to double take after our experience in London. So we caught the train to the Gardens by the Bay for a relaxing walk among the sculptures, impressive flora and waterways. After a good sweat here, we took refuge in the air conditioned Marina Sands shopping complex with the largest array of brand shops such a Prada and Gucci I have ever seen - cue the sweating again! At least we found something reasonable to eat. From here we headed for the famous Orchard Street for more of the same. To be honest although we couldn't afford to shop in most of these places, the stores were magnificent and the countless shopping centres along this stretch were even more so. We recovered for an hour in the cell and once again headed out for a night on the town. We decided to head for the Ce La Vi bar on the roof of the 5 star Marina Sands Bay Hotel. The shape of the iconic building was enough to make my night but was trumped by the classy music, beautiful skyline view and tasty cocktails, even if the bill came to £37 - Holy Jebus! Our next stage of the night was my personal favourite - the Casino! I have zero experience in Casinos and with free admission for tourists we gave ourselves 50 dollars each for the night. Sarah spent the first half an hour teaching me about casino rules and how to play the dreaded roulette! Unfortunately Sarah lost the 50 dollars within twenty minutes which must be some kind of record - not sure about the standard of my teacher! Resultantly I spent more time on the 2 cent minimum bet machines and only lost 2 dollars for the whole night.... a fact that Sarah will not hear the end of for a long time. We gathered our wits and reigned in our excitement before catching a lift with another friendly taxi driver back to the boudoir. Our final day was spent lying in, eating and getting ready for our excursion to Singapore's Night Safari.Read more

  • Day1

    Auf nach Singapur

    February 17 in Singapore

    Raus aus dem Alltag und vor allem raus aus der Kälte in Deutschland. Nach den stressigen letzen Wochen und Monaten haben wir uns diese kleine Auszeit mehr als verdient.

    Ich bin definitiv kein Freund des Winters. Was gibt es also besseres als der klirrenden Kälte in der Heimat zu entfliehen? Und was bietet sich da besser an als Asien? Doch wohin? Asien ist groß und immerhin waren wir bereits letztes Jahr schon dort. Neue Route? Nochmal zu den gleichen Zielen und schauen was sich verändert hat? So viele Entscheidungen...

    ... wir lassen uns treiben.
    Gebucht wurden lediglich Hin- und Rückflug Berlin - Singapur und 4 Übernachtungen im Hotel G Singapur. Der Rest wird sich im Laufe unserer Reise ergeben.

    Die Reise beginnt...
    Koffer packen, natürlich wie immer kurz vor knapp und dann ab zum Flughafen. Umstieg in Zürich mit geringem Zeitfenster - doch was soll ich sagen? Es hat mal wieder geklappt und 13 Stunden später sind wir am Changi Airport in Singapur wo wir das erste Mal positiv überrascht wurden. Abgesehen das der Flughafen für mich einer der schönsten und modernsten ist, verlief die Einreise recht schnell und reibungslos. Alles sehr strukturiert und technisch auf dem neusten Stand. Das hatte ich wirklich nicht erwartet. Auf zum Taxistand, rein ins Taxi und ab zum Hotel.

    Es ist mittlerweile 21 Uhr am Sonntagabend. Wir haben unser Hotelzimmer bezogen, uns frisch gemacht und sind bereit die Stadt zu erkunden. Wie kleine neugierige Kinder schlendern wir durch die Straßen, überwältigt von der Architektur, einem Mix aus altem Kolonialstil und modernen Hochhäusern. Unser Ziel: Eine nette Rooftop Bar.

    Laut Lonely Planet gibts davon so einige hier.
    Wir landen im Lighthouse, der Bar auf dem Fullerton Hotel Dach mit traumhaften Blick auf das Marina Bay. Was wir zu diesem Zeitpunkt jedoch noch nicht wissen: Es gibt noch viel schönere Plätze. Und so lassen wir unseren ersten Abend bei kühlen Singapur Slings über den Dächern von Singapur ausklingen.
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  • Day10

    Orchard Road

    December 4, 2017 in Singapore

    Heute war Powerprogramm angesagt. Vom Frühsport im Botanischen Garten, shoppen auf der Wahnsinn‘s Orchard Road. Singapore Sling im Raffles Hotel. Sky Park und Garden by the Bay und dann noch eine Bootstour! Jetzt bin ich platt, ach ja mein Koffer ist auch endlich da. Singapore ist der Wahnsinn...

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