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  • Day78

    Singapore, Singapore

    March 5, 2015, Natuna Sea

    March 5th and 6th.
    Some of you probably know that the 5th was my birthday (I love birthday’s). First of all, our suite was decorated beautifully by our team that takes care of our room - champagne, balloons, rose petals spelling “happy b-day” on the bed. Then the 4 of us had freshly made hummus that Jeff had ordered and champagne on our balcony while we sailed in to the harbor at Singapore.
    We have been planning for months to meet our friend Mark Zimmerman during our visit; Mark has lived in Singapore for 5 years and seemd willing to take the 4 of us on for 24 hours. Mark is the son of some dear friends of ours from home (Maurertown), Zip and Phyllis Zimmerman. He had supplied us with a wonderful itinerary before we arrived so we were very excited to see him as we came out of customs to begin our adventure. We were also very happy to turn ourselves over to Mark as our guide after some of the cities we have been trying to get through on our own the last couple of weeks.
    We proceeded in the maxi-taxi to one of Mark’s special restaurants called “Jumbo’s” for pepper and chili crabs. We sat at our reserved table and were waiting for Mark’s friends Barry and Laura from Canada to join us. We were settling in with our drinks when I heard Jeff say “oh my, oh my” and Nancy say “holy crap”! I turned around to see Zip and Phyllis walk up to the table. They had been visiting Mark in Singapore for several weeks and planned it so it would coincide with our stop in Singapore. This was one of the biggest surprises we have ever had! They even kept their trip a secret from people back home for fear that someone would slip and give us a clue that they were going to be there. When Mark, Zip and Phyllis set their minds to a project like this, they are unstoppable. In any case, there were hugs all around and it meant a great deal to us to have a touch of home in the middle of our trip.
    Our “tour guide” Mark arrived the next morning to take us to some of the popular sites in Singapore. We viewed the city state from the top of the Marina Bay Tower and sampled a special breakfast dish and, of course, a Singapore Sling. The best part of the day was a visit to Mark’s home “Bliss” where Zip and Phyllis were waiting. It felt like a calm oasis in the city, especially when we went up to the roof to see the infinity pool that looked over the city. Singapore is a very clean and organized city which was an enormous change from what we have experienced recently.
    All too soon, it was time to go back to the ship. We did manage 45 minutes of power shopping before reboarding to be on our way to Kuala Lumpur.
    The first photo is my birthday dinner.
    The second photo is the Marina Bay Sands Tower.
    The third photo is Mark's Bliss rooftop.
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  • Day227

    Seetag 2

    March 21, 2017, Natuna Sea

    Wir schwimmen weiter im Meer (Natunasee) herum.
    Neptun, der König der Meere, stattet uns einen Besuch ab, denn wir überqueren den Äquator und das muss rituell gefeiert werden. Wobei die Mitglieder der Mannschaft deutlich mehr zu leiden haben als die Passagiere!
    Ein bisschen müssen wir heute arbeiten, denn wir brauchen ein Hotel in Hongkong und vor allem einen Weiterflug, denn sonst werden wir dort nicht eingelassen 🙁! Beides müssen wir noch heute an der Rezeption nachweisen - nicht so einfach bei Zeitlupeninternet, aber Dirk kriegt das hin!
    Ansonsten vergeht der Tag wieder sehr angenehm und sehr schön ruhig!
    Morgen ist Action angesagt - wir gehen gleich früh auf Wanderschaft 😃!
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  • Day1

    Singapore

    August 16, 2017, Natuna Sea

    ION Orchard
    ION Orchard is one of the biggest shopping malls of Singapore and also the best architecturally designed building. This shopping mall is a must visit if you are planning on being a trend setter. The shops here have a futuristic feel and give you a welcoming feel. People who are looking forward to do some luxurious shopping visit the mall. There are also some restaurants here owned by the famous Australian celebrity chef Luke Man Gan.

    The moment you enter this mall you will be in awe as to how glamorously the interiors have been designed. The mall is a complete artwork made from steel, glass and marble. The mall also has some extra special wash rooms for its high-end customers and celebrities. Featuring premium luxury brands, economy brands to fine dining restaurants the mall has everything you can ask for. The mall also houses some of the most luxurious and extravagant brand outlets, which have been applauded globally.

    Singapore has a good network of roads and is very well connected. This makes traveling completely hassle free and convenient. If you are looking forward to visit all of the above places then I recommend you to travel by bus as not only will it save you some money but also time. Check out https://www.redbus.sg for quick ticket booking and awesome discounts!! Bus Nos. 124, 128, 143 and 162 are the buses that can reach you to ION Orchard Mall.

    The food served in the restaurants is undoubtedly amazing. The restaurants here have a uniform code of interiors where each of them have huge golden chandeliers and a food opera. The restaurants here boast of serving more than 80 different foods. I personally recommend you to visit the restaurant ‘Salt Grill and Sky Bar’. It is located on the top floor of the mall and gives you a discreet sense when you dine. ION Orchard is not just about fine dining and shopping. It is much more than that. The mall also hosts several art exhibitions on its walls. Not just its walls but the mall also has its very own art gallery. Named as the ION Art Gallery it is located on the fourth level of this mall. Apart from art, it also hosts several cultural events not just from Singapore but also from across the globe. Spread across 5300 square feet of space this art gallery is visited by some of the famous designers and artists who display their artwork.

    Located on Orchard Road, ION Orchard is easily reachable from the centre of Singapore. The mall is just at a 30 minutes distance by road from the Changi International Airport. Travelling by bus would therefore be a better option and time saving. If you are planning to stay at the Marriott Hotel then the mall is located just opposite. Before you visit this mall make sure to check out their website for some discounts and exciting offers. The mall is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily seven days a week.
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  • Day1

    A Bus Ride from Four Seasons Hotel to S

    December 7, 2017, Natuna Sea

    Four Seasons Hotel

    The hotel is housed in a beautiful and modern 20 storeyed building located on Orchard Road. The hotel is considered to be a residential paradise within itself and is just minutes away from some of the best shopping centres, family attractions and the major financial district of Singapore.

    The hotel is at a distance of about 22 kms from the Changi International Airport and takes upto one hour to cover this distance. The distance being quite huge the fare would make a hole in your pocket if you end up booking a cab. Why splurge on unnecessary things as you are starting your vacation here. I decided to cover this distance by Bus and booked my bus tickets from this website called https://www.redbus.sg. I was quite surprised as the bus arrived as per departure time and reached Four Seasons Hotel in time.

    The hotel is just10 kms away from the center of the city which measn you are just steps away from the shopping and entertainment district of Orchard Road as well as the Botanical Gardens of Singapore. There is a restaurant within this hotel known as the One Ninety Restaurant which is famous for its uniquesly decorated warm woods. The hotel is known to serve and specialise in international and singaporean specialities like laksa and wonton noodles. It is a 5 star hotel and a stay here cost me around 350 SGD. The hotel has about 255 guest rooms and a full serviced spa where you will be pampered like a kid. The hotel also has 2 indoor and 2 outdoor tennis courts and a modern business centre if you are planning to stay in this hotel while on a business trip.

    The best way to reach Sky Bar KLCC was by Bus as all other means of transport were either full of traffic or proved to be costly. I boarded a bus from Orchard Road Bus Stop which is just 7 minutes away from the Four Seasons Hotel. The bus dropped me off at KLCC Bus Stop in Malaysia which is just 10 minutes away from Sky Bar. The total duration of the journey was about 10 hours and i did not have to wait for long as there was a bus every 1 hour.

    Sky Bar KLCC

    Every evening the Sky Bar in KLCC Malaysia is beautifully eliminated with jaw dropping lights. It is a glamorous cocktail lounge which is set on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Sky Bar is considered to be one of the coolest venues when we speak of the nightlife of Kuala Lumpur. This place is recommended for its good location and pictursque views of the city. The bar is completely surrounded by Cabanas and a huge pool on one side. The bar area has some high stools and are in different colours. I found this quite pleasing for my eyes. While I was sitting and having my drink the panaromic view was simply impressive. It made me feel on top of the world.
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  • Day1

    Many and more people are hopping onto the vegan bandwagon and switching to a healthier way of eating and living. Consuming vegan food has its own benefits, and while some consider it to be extreme, the results are there for all to see. Just ask Peter Dinklagege aka Tyrion Lannister about it. And if you do, pass our regards to him! A visit to these vegan restaurants in Singapore could win you over.

    Given that their located in easily accessible locations, the fastest way to reach these food joints would be to get a bus from https://www.redbus.sg and tour the city-side while you are at it.
    Sunny Choice: Based in Rail Mall, Sunny Choice does not draw much attention to it, keeping itself simple and fresh and all things vegan. Cold-pressed juice is served before the mains for that enzyme boost and its organic produce includes fruits, vegetables and even chia seeds.
    Create Healthy Lifestyle Café: An organic café that not delivers on the quality of the products but on the price points too! Its budget-friendly menu does pull in a large number of people. So if you are up for sharing your table with other customers and don’t mind the constant piping of sounds.

    Kampung Senang: This is one is not just healthy, but looks to give back to the society in whatever manner possible, being an eco-conscious charity that looks to aid cancer patients. Their organic kitchen is also connected to their Holistic Lifestyle Centre that promotes holistic health and detoxification to several institutions through its many programs.

    Original Sin: The enduring popularity of this Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant in Chip Bee Gardens is a marvel in fickle Singapore, where so many restaurants open and close in a blink. A marvel, but not surprising. Founded in 1997 by owner-chef Italian-Australian Marisa Bertocchi, it’s maintained impeccable standards and stayed true to its lights; we’ve been regulars since 2001.

    In the same way that South Indian vegetarian food is so satisfying, that carnivores might not even notice the absence of fish or flesh on the menu.

    Pollen: There are only a few restaurants in Singapore that can boast of private Mediterranean herbs and vegetable gardens. This restaurant is known to serve fresh produce that is used liberally all over the dish. The dishes are decorated in a pretty manner and the best thing about the menu are these starters. Make sure to try out over roasted baby beetroots and curd. There are also two healthy main course options that you can indulge in like roasted artichoke and salt bake celeriac with truffle.

    Real Food: The best place in the city to have organic food is undoubtedly Real Food. This beautiful vegetarian restaurant has about four outlets on the entire street. It was started by 3 friends who were tired of the unrecognizable ingredients in food. The dishes contain a mix of soy, garlic, onion. It is completely gluten free. Real Food is one of the most visited joints by the locals living here.
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