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  • Day64

    Andy took Robert and I to the new school they built specifically for small people (3yr - 7yr), the early learning village, which was absolutely astounding the things they have done for the development of the youngest members of their school. And, on the walk home we saw a black cobra, slithering across the field, which, we came to find out later was called “snake field”.

  • Day61

    We're here!

    April 5 in Singapore

    After a long exhausting flight from Vancouver to Shanghai and then refusal to let us go downtown Shanghai to check out the skyline, we slept most of the way on the Shanghai to Singapore leg. My brother was there at the airport to bring us to their new place in Serangoon Garden. Two of the nephews were awake to greet us and soon after ward the littlest of them all finally made his way downstairs.
    We went for an early breakfast at the Serangoon Market and Hawker centre. Egg tarts, peanut pancakes, dumpling soup, sardine buns and some amazing coffee was the perfect way to start the day.
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  • Day63

    Singapur

    April 10, 2017 in Singapore

    Wow.. Wo soll man bei dieser Metropole anfangen!? Nach unserer Reise durch das chaotische Vietnam, mit seinem krassen Verkehrsaufkommen, dem ständigen Gehupe, der Laustärke, dem Müll, der Ungeduld und der Unarten, landet man in Singapur wie in einer Seifenblase. Nur damit es niemand falsch versteht, Vietnam hat uns wirklich viel gegeben und wir möchten keine der Erfahrungen missen, aber es ist doch schön, wieder mal ein bisschen Ordnung und System vorzufinden und davon hat Singapur auf jedenfall mehr als genug zu bieten. Die Stadt mit ihren beeindruckenden Bauten hat zwischen all den Gebäuden wahnsinnig viele Grünflächen und Parks, die zum Verweilen einladen, alles ist sauber und gepflegt, alles ist gut vernetzt, die Stadt ist auf einem super ausgeklügelten unterirdischen Verkehrsnetz aufgebaut und man entdeckt immer wieder neue Überraschungen und die Singapuris sind super nett und hilfsbereit. Zwar sind die Unterkünfte wahnsinnig teuer, aber was will man von einer Stadt, die im internationalen Vergleich mit ihren Lebenserhaltungskosten an der Spitze liegt, auch anderes erwarten. Daher nahmen wir uns diesmal ein Doppelstockbett in einem gemischten Schlafsaal eines Hostels. Mit den Zimmerkollegen des 8-Bett-Zimmers hatten wir Glück und kamen ohne größere Schnarchkonzerte oder ähnlichem gut durch die Nächte. An unserem Ankunftstag war bis auf Abendessen nicht mehr viel mit uns anzufangen. Am nächsten Tag starteten wir dann unsere Erkundungstour bei leichtem Regen. Ein Angestellter des Hostels, ein Singapuri, der unser Zimmer geputzt hatte, gab uns einige Tipps mit auf den Weg. Nachdem wir "Little India" erkundet und uns den Bauch mit indischem Essen vollgeschlagen hatten, stellten wir relativ schnell fest, dass wir in dieser Stadt noch eine Nacht länger bleiben mussten, um alle Facetten aufnehmen zu können. Wir verlängerten also unseren Aufenthalt im Hostel, buchten im Anschluss unsere Tickets für die Weiterreise mit dem Bus nach Kuala Lumpur auf dem Busbahnhof und setzten unsere Stadterkundungstour fort. Im Zentrum angekommen, ließen wir die Skyline und das abendliche Getummel an der Uferpromenade auf uns wirken, schauten uns eine Tanzveranstaltung auf der Bühne am Ufer an, stöberten durch die, uns unbekannten, Läden der unzähligen Shoppingmalls und landeten nach 10 Stunden Fußmarsch um Mitternacht todmüde im Bett. Auch am nächsten Tag gab es wieder volles Programm, denn auch "Chinatown", die Skyline bei Tageslicht und die ein oder andere Ecke der Stadt wollte noch zu Fuß erkundet werden. Nach diesen beiden ereignisreichen Tagen fiel der Abschied von der schönen und gepflegten Stadt schon etwas schwerer. Aber ebenso freuten wir uns auf "Kuala Lumpur" und traten somit am 10.04. die Weiterreise mit dem Bus an. "Goodbye Singapur" 🇸🇬 und auf nach Malaysia!Read more

  • Day276

    Singapore

    June 22, 2017 in Singapore

    Singapore is de meeste propere, moderne & gestructureerde stad tot nu toe. Een aangename afwisseling na 9 maanden in het toch wel chaotische Azië :). In het ArtScience Museum had Miel een interessante conversatie met robot Nadine!

    (Merci aan Laura V voor de schone foto's!)

  • Day1

    Singapore

    May 15 in Singapore

    Orchard Road: A must visit destination

    Rue de Passy in Paris, Oxford Street in London, and 5th Avenue in New York— these are iconic shopping streets in the fashion capitals of the world. Add another name to this chic list—Orchard Road, Singapore. The entertainment hub of the Lion City, Orchard Road lets you experience mall and street shopping like never before. We give you some reasons that will definitely make you write ‘shopping in Orchard Road’ first on your holiday itinerary. Reaching Orchard Road, especially from Kuala Lumpur, is no hassle at all. Book an express bus ticket online from https://www.redbus.sg/, save up on money and time, and splurge it all here!

    There is something for everyone here with regards to fashion. No matter your fashion sensibilities, you will find branded apparel suited for your style.

    1. Wheelock Palace here is one such place that will let you express your style statement. You can find a lot of cheap stuff here.

    2. ION Orchard Is for those luxury shopping experiences. Walk into this majestic place that is home to more than 300 top brands from across the world and is also Singapore’s first multi-sensory experiential mall. If you want to check on a variety of food, head to the basement. You will find variety of snacks and food to choose from. If shopping is what you are looking at, then level 1 to the top level is where you must move on. It is a great place to hang out with family and friends.

    3. Far East Plaza- Street shopping is done best here. All your trendy everyday wear options are solved here with the range of t-shirts, skirts, day dresses and accessories on offer. Unlike other shopping mall, you will feel more comfortable and relaxed in this place. You will come across a lot of young entrepreneurs as owners of these retail shops. You will come across a lot of unique and interesting products that may fulfil you list of collections. The selection is quite modern and stylish and why not?? With young entrepreneurs along!! Stylist clothes, fancy gadgets, customised suits and clothes, you name it and you can find it here. if you are done with shopping, some great food options is also something you can look at in this place.

    Similar to London’s Oxford Street or Hong Kong’s Tshimshatsui, this bustling boulevard got its name after the nutmeg and pepper plantations that once lined it in the 1800s. Flanked on both sides by local and international department stores, tiny boutiques, offices, spas, beauty salons, hotels, entertainment spots, restaurants, and cafes, one could spend a whole day trawling the stretch starting from Tanglin Mall on Tanglin Road down to Plaza Singapura at the lower end of Orchard Road.

    Shopping malls and centres are stocked with practically everything under the sun from apparel, consumer electronic items, local/international fashion labels and housewares. There is always some kind of fair or activity taking place in the malls and centres so there is never a dull moment. And if you are weary, take a breather at one of the many alfresco spots along the road and watch the world go by.
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  • Day5

    Gardens of the Bay

    July 1 in Singapore

    Frühstück gabs heute bei der Toast Box in Lavender, da wir uns vor Tioman bei Decathlon mit Tauchausrüstung eindecken wollten. Auf dem Rückweg führten wir ein nettes Gespräch mit einem Einheimischen der ebenfalls eine Honda fuhr und kauften dann beim Marina Square Tickets für den Gardens by the Bay. Unser Fazit dazu: ohne Skyline(da diese wegen "Regen" gesperrt war - zu viele Menschen auf engem Raum und Gerüche für Anika.. Erwartungen waren höher als das gesehene.. Danach ging eine verzweifelte Essenssuche los die mit Reis & Kaltem Huhn endete. Allerdings ohne Lichtershow die ich unbedingt nochmal sehen wollte - Pech gehabt. So ging auch unser letzter Tag in Singapur zu Ende, denn am nächsten Morgen sollte unsere Reise weitergehen...Read more

  • Day1

    Hot in the Lion City!

    March 8, 2015 in Singapore

    Welcome to the next blog!

    This time T and I have jetted off sans-kiddies for 5 days just hanging around Singapore. Yes that means it might be party time in Bexley though I hear the spies are keeping a close eye on things with everyone except the Pope and the Queen checking up.

    We left Sydney on QF81 (an Airbus 330 for those who need to know) and a couple of movies later arrived in Singapore. First thing to note ... it is hot. Made our way through Immigration grabbed the bags and left - Customs consisted of a bored officer sitting at a door with a sign saying 'Nothing to declare'. Nothing like in the US.

    We grabbed a cab and $20 later were at the Hotel. This city is very green, lots of trees, flowers, and other greenery all very well kept. It also lives up to its reputation of being very clean. The Carlton Hotel is very nice and seems to be very central to everything.

    T and I went for dinner at a food court in the Raffles Centre which is across the road. A bowl of chilli beef or chicken was probably not the best idea but hey the locals were out in force so why not us.

    After dinner we went back to the Hotel and since it was happy hour we ordered 2 Singapore Slings from the bar. Very sweet and refreshing. After a walk around the block we called it a night.

    More tomorrow!
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  • Day2

    The last day before .....!!!!

    March 9, 2015 in Singapore

    Today was the day T and I started out exploring.

    We were up nice and early followed by a quick breakfast and a walk up Orchard Road. This is the prime shopping strip for Singapore and every major shop you can think of is here - too many to list suffice to say there are squillions of shops.

    It is interesting walking around you have the brand new shopping malls with lots of glass through to small terrace shops just off side streets a short step away.

    We stopped in at the Information Centre and organised a couple of bus trips, a Zoo visit, and a visit to the Gardens by the Bay - more on all that as and when it happens!!!

    We then walked back to the hotel sit in the air conditioning for a bit before heading out to lunch. Singaporeans love their food courts as there are thousands of them scattered around with really good food, Lunch today was steamed pork buns and they were good!

    In the afternoon we went for a marathon walk around to the Marina Sands and Gardens by the Bay. The Marina Sands Hotel is the famous one that is shaped like a ship sitting on top of 3 big buildings. It is kinda scary looking as it is so high.

    The walk around there was interrupted by one of Singapore's afternoon thunder storms. It was really heavy and lasted about 15 mins, it did help to cool things down. We did what the locals seem to do and disappeared underground into one of the malls.

    After a walk around the Marina Bay Sands and dinner in the Garderns we caught a taxi back to the Carlton and scored a very friendly cabbie who helped explain some of the finer points of Singapore - large areas like the Sands and the Gardens are all built on reclaimed land. Once back at the Hotel we did what everyone does in Singapore and went for a couple of Singapore Slings!

    These are a really nice cocktail and very refreshing with lots of alcohol. T had her first and then announced 'Well that didn't touch the sides' so we had to have another one, Will sleep well tonight!
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  • Day3

    Happy Birthday to me!!!

    March 10, 2015 in Singapore

    Yes it was my birthday today, woohoo! Thanks for all the birthday wishes. That's all we'll say on the matter.

    Today we did the tourist thing and hopped on a couple of those open topped tourist buses you see running around many cities. Fairly cheap and a good way to learn about Singapore.

    Singapore is one of the most expensive places in the world to own a car. The government charges a 100% import duty on every car, people have to bid for the right to own a car and this right only lasts 10 years before you have to buy a new one - and a new car, and there is a congestion toll to discourage people from driving in certain areas. This means Singapore is one of the biggest exporters of second hand cars only beaten by Japan. The public transport system is very good and cheap.

    It still doesn't mean there aren't a lot of cars on the road, there are heaps but it moves pretty well. There are still a lot of Ferraris, Lambourghinis, and especially Porches on the road though Korean or Japanese cars are the most popular as expected.

    Another interesting fact is that Singapore has expanded its land area by 25%, pretty soon it will be as big as Australia - maybe not. That explains why you'll be driving along Beach Road but you are a long way from the coast, it used to be on the beach. Reclaiming land is a logical approach when you only have a small island to start with.

    Anyway T and I did a loop of Little India and then went across to Chinarown. I remember being dragged through Chinatown as an angelic 7 year old and being less than impressed. This time though it was very different, a really interesting place with lots of small shops selling just about everything.

    In the middle of Chinatown is a big Buddhist temple which was really ornate.

    T and I had one of the best meals we have had for lunch, purchased from one of the street stalls of which there are a few.

    The architecture here is really interesting, you have the massive glass skyscrapers surrounding the older original buildings. These old buildings were very practical, the family worked downstairs in the shop and lived upstairs. The shop section all had a 5ft wide walkway so people could get out of the afternoon downpours and still walk along. Most of the upstairs residences have glass in the windows now but there are a few with just bars and storm shutters.

    Even today you see the high rise residences with washing hanging out the windows on long poles. Most people live in government flats that are actually quite nice and not the old blocks they were in the past.

    Our evening activity was the Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo. This was really well done. It is set up sort of like the Dubbo Zoo in that there are no fences but it is a lot more compact than Dubbo. They load you onto tram-type things that they drive you around on and they give you a commentary on each animal. They have all the expected animals - lions, tigers, elephants and lots more. In some sections like the deer and tapirs the animals can come right up to the trams and check out what is going on.

    After the zoo it was another open top bus ride back to the hotel.

    Of course when ever you travel with my wife she invariably runs into someone she knows. We were at the bus terminal this morning and she met Peta and Michael (Mud) friends of Rachel and Warwick's.

    It's a small world!!
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