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Asia » Singapore » Chinatown April 9th 2014

This morning I started the day at the Chinatown subway ticket office. I bought a three-day tourist pass for the subway and bus system that allows me to travel as much as I want. I used it to travel to Little India which is the equivalent of Chinatown, but is where the Indian community is based. I was there to join a walking tour and it turned out that about 15 other people had the same idea, so we were a bit larger than ideal size for a walking tour through a crowded urban area of market stalls and narrow sidewalks. Still, it worked out all right and the guide turned out to be very good. She was born here and, although she did not disclose her age, she claims to remember when Indian washer women ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Chinatown April 8th 2014

This morning I woke up without a clear plan for what to do today. After breakfast, I checked the weather report and decided to go to the Singapore Zoo. It is supposed to be one of the best in the world, so I was looking forward to it. The zoo turned out to be pretty darn good, IMO, but they do things a little differently from other zoos I have been to. The first thing to say is that it is located in the tropics, so the flora, as well as the fauna, are different. The grounds support remarkable growth of trees and other plants and the hot, humid weather makes many species we consider exotic to feel at home. The zoo specializes in primates and they have a very large troupe of orangutans. Generally orangs ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Chinatown April 7th 2014

I was up early this morning (a little before 4 am, in fact) so I could make it to the Perth international airport for my flight to Singapore. I got to use the Qantas lounge and that was nice - they even had a barista on duty to make espresso drinks. Before leaving Australia I exchanged my thirty seven leftover Australian dollars for Singapore dollars. Each one is worth a little less than a US dollar. The flight was smooth and we got into Singapore on time. There are a series of steps one must take when arriving in a new country (Singapore is the name of the city AND the country). By the time I got through passport control and collected my bag, cleared customs, used an ATM to get local currency, stopped at the ... read more
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Asia » Singapore March 29th 2014

Set off on an 8 day trip that takes me to Singapore for one night, then onto Sydney for one night and then back to Singapore for two more nights before heading home to London. Usually this is a 9 day trip with two nights spent in Singapore initially but on this occasion I got to position out as a passenger which meant I had one less night. Not complaining, was absolutely loving life being treated to this. Had couple wines and watched the film Twelve Years a Slave. I'd just finished reading the book, it's such a sad and horrific story. Probably wasn't the best idea watching it on a plane as I got bit emotional. I then slept for the entire flight and missed the meal services. Oh well. Got to hotel in Singapore ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Chinatown March 28th 2014

Our day began with a beautiful run in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. These gardens are what the entire island of Singapore was once made up of. They are one of the only few areas that are protected by the provisions of the World Heritage Site recognition within Singapore. The locals not only use these gardens to get their daily exercise and walk their dogs:) but they are considered to be healing and tranquil. We found them to be both. (Sorry, no photos as we could not run with our camera. I also wish that we could have "scratch and sniff" on this blog to share with you the aromas that are prevalent throughout this area.) Our next outing this morning involved a trip to an older part of the city to purchase our bus tickets to ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road March 27th 2014

We finally arrived in Singapore about 12 hours apart from each other, myself at 2:30 in the morning, and Chastity got here just before 2pm. we spent the afternoon wandering around the city, It was a hot and sunny afternoon ( 32 degrees celsius) and about 90% humidity. Included below are a few pictures from our walk and dinner. Both of us are really feeling the jet lag catching up so this a short entry!... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Zoo March 21st 2014

The River Safari We went to the Singapore river safari the next day, to see the four largest river animals live and learn all about the rivers. The first was the Mississippi River right near our home in Canada. We sortof skipped over it, but we did look at some of the fish and turtles that were new to me, like snapping turtles. I have seen them on TV, but not live so it was different. There were also Gars, a fish that is a lot like an alligator and a major predator in the Mississippi River. There were smaller fish too, and a beaver. I've seen many in the wild. We had a reservation at 1:00 pm for the mini Amazon river cruise. The boat went way too fast and we couldn't get any really ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Zoo March 21st 2014

Night Safari In the morning, the 10 year old came back from one of his friends houses. We went out for lunch at a nice little restaurant by their house. It was really good food, chicken Chinese broccoli, rice and soup, all really good. We then went to the mall to pick up some stuff and get sherbet. That night, me and Dad went to the night safari. We were there till 11:00pm. We first arrived and were just at the start of the fire pirates show, 2 men spitting gas out and holding out a torch making long spurts, shor spurts and making circles of fire. They would have to back up not to get burnt. It is so amazing how they do it and not getting burnt. The gas was in a bottle. Nearly ... read more
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Asia » Singapore March 20th 2014

singapore It took two days to get to Singapore from Joeburg and two flights. One from Joeburg to Hong Kong, then from Hong Kong to Singapore, then another hour to the house of my aunt Janine's friends and now ours. Their house was bigger than any that I have ever seen, but also very nice. They have four children, three boys and a girl. The little girl is three and the boys are 10, 14 and 16, and all very nice. We had jet lag, so we hung our for the rest of the day. The little girl was sleeping so we snuck around till the youngest of the boys came back from school. We played games on their XBox. The other two boys showed up over time, then the dad got home after them. We ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 19th 2014

Hi everyone. Had a good time in Thailand and then in Singapore. Helped by a Singapore Sling. The weather is amazing .can't believe how diverse the countries are, really enjoying each one as we tour and explore.today's visit was to Malaysia again another great time. Love to all. Trudy and Brian x... read more




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