Blogs from Boat Quay, Singapore, Asia


Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay June 29th 2019

Singapore was inserted into the itinerary primarily as a layover from Tokyo to Perth, however once we heard we were due to be there, we decided we may as well spend a night or two for old time sake. The flight here was perhaps the first hint at a major airplane meltdown by Senan, but in truth that was actually all our fault. I had noticed that there was something weird with the Peppa Pig's on the tablet, but never went back to fully investigate. And so it was that we were on the plane for a 6.5 hour flight when we discovered, horror of horrors, that PEPPA DOESN'T WORK! Senan was due a nap, but he wasn't succumbing to it until his got his Peppa hit, but there was none on the in-flight entertainment system. ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay February 27th 2019

4th visit here, still finding lovely new things to do! After Gill came through off her flight we got a taxi from the rank as we couldn’t work out where the Grabs were allowed to pick up and didn’t want to not be able to find the driver. The taxi we did get went a longer route round to get to the hotel, but it cost 22SGD, so not too much more. A Grab would have been 18. 3rd time at the Holiday Inn Express, Clarke Quay. We are so over the walk from the MRT now, next time we’ll go to the Quay Hotel I stayed in a month ago. Gill was raring to go straight out so we walked along Boat Quay to the Merlion, took some pics, then went to the smart Fullerton ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 30th 2019

So excited that it was time for my annual jaunt to SE Asia (Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia). The first leg of my 6 week trip didn’t go to plan, however, or at least not to the timetable. I was bright and early at Heathrow, as usual, and was so happy to meet my buddy Martin for coffee, especially as he will be in Thailand in the same place from Saturday. We were all on the plane and ready to leave when they found a leak in a (the?) fuel pump. My tripit app kept me up to date with the succession of delays, at least 5 delayed departure times until after 4 hours they finally admitted they couldn’t fix it and we all (500 or so) would have to go to hotels for the night. New ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 7th 2019

(Cj writes): This is the fourth time we’ve been to Singapore, and our third joint trip (I met Nik and Solli here for a fun-filled week last June, and Steve came years ago when it was an astonishingly exotic destination). Yet we’ve managed to go to some new places as well as old haunts. Old haunts: Chinatown and Clarke Quay (aka ‘Tourist Central’). New discoveries: Kampong Glam and Little India (which smells like Rajasthan as soon as you set foot there) and Sim Lim Square, actually a tower block crammed to the gunnels with shiny tech shops. SC - we also managed to get up to the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. A stunning observation deck we we watche the sun go down and the the Marina Bay light show from above. Similarly ... read more
Light showat Marina Bay from the observation deck
Light show at Marina Bay 0 Ground level
Light show at the Super Trees in Gardens ByThe Bay

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 4th 2018

Mein Bus aus Melakka brauchte statt 3,5 Stunden, sagenhafte 7. Gegen kurz vor 20 Uhr erreichte ich mein Hostel. Das Bahnsystem ist der Knaller und alles sah wie geleckt aus. Ich richtete mich in meinem 8-Bettzimmer ohne Fenster ein und machte mich auf zur Marina Bay. Der absolute Oberhammer! Die beleuchtete Skyline und das Marina Bay Sands Hotel sahen aus wie gemalt. Ich lief die Promenade entlang und konnte das alles gar nicht fassen. Ich fühlte mich wie in die Zukunft versetzt. Ich schlenderte durch die Lobby des Marina Bay Sands Hotels und auch durch das dazugehörige Shoppingcenter, bevor ich mich auf den Rückweg machte. Der nächste Tag war leider verregnet, sodass ich nach Chinatown fuhr und mich im Shoppingcenter vergnügte. Da ich eh nichts kaufen wollte und konnte probierte ich mich durch sämtliche Parfümläden und ... read more
Ein feucht-fröhlicher Jahreswechsel
Schön bepackt

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay April 4th 2017

What's the weather like? HOT. DAMN HOT. Landing in Singapore at 10pm, we stepped outside to wait for our shuttle bus and felt a brick wall of thick heat whack us in the head. Deciding this was not a good move, we go back inside the airport to wait for our shuttle. Repeat this experience several times over the next 24 hours and this kinda explains Singapore for us...but, not to be deterred we did see some cool stuff. We were taken on a tour of a vibrant area with tiny streets karaoke bars and many many food places bustling with people at 11 on a Monday night, before arriving at our hotel - The Scarlet, which is a small and gorgeous boutique hotel near the Chinatown area. BED! GOOD! SLEEP! Even better! In the morning ... read more
Scarlet hotel chair of beauty
Evie in her relaxing state
Markets - jade and trinkets galore

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay October 8th 2015

My trip around Asia began with three days in Singapore. I am not quite sure how I checked out of Changi Airport so fast! Within 30 seconds my bags were on the carriage, I was through immigration and in a taxi on the way to the hotel. That is what you call efficiency and I believe is what set the bench mark for an efficient three day trip of Singapore... When I had started planning my adventure around Asia, there were certain things I wanted to do in each country. Singapore was no exception to this, and I had a long list of the places that I wanted to see and visit. I began exploring around Clarke Quay which was almost like a student hub; with bars, restaurants and shopping centres galore. In England, the shopping ... read more
The Long Bar
The Aquarium at Sentosa

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay August 9th 2015

Singapore came from the Malay word 'Singa' which means Lion and 'pura' meaning town.... lion town. In 1965 Singapore became independent from Malaysia so this year was their 50th anniversary... and boy did they celebrate it in style! "Majulah Singapura' means 'Onward Singapore'. It is also the name of their national anthem. And it is a phrase what was hard to miss last weekend. Apparently they spent millions on the celebrations, which included; the Black Knights doing incredible flybys, a free symphony concert in the Botanical Gardens, a parade which was televised on large screens around the city, fireworks every night during the 3 days, free transport, free phone calls and much, much more. I really got a chance to see how proud the Singaporeans are of their city and what independence means to them. Sitting, ... read more
Marina at night
A rainy day at Sentosa Island
Some proper hawker food!

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay March 30th 2015

Wow. great city. I wasn't too convinced at first. Maybe it was just the jet lag but we took a river cruise and got our bearings and it kind of started to make sense. fantastic at night 😊 very expensive though!... read more
Raffles Hotel
Kids statues
The weirdest hotel

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 23rd 2015

We had a VIP send off at Laamu island, said goodbye to Regina and management and took a bouncy speed boat back to the airport on Kadhdhoo island. The airport was very small and operated by no more than 5 staff. Had bags searched for coral and then we sat in a room waiting for the plane to Male and then onward to Colombo for flight to Singapore. The Bubble has burst, back to normality. Arrived in Singapore after a 3.5 hour night flight and have to make our own way to hotel by taxi. Our room is not ready so we wait in the foyer and Fran falls asleep. Finally get into room and refresh ourselves before stepping out into Singapore streets. Very cloudy, cannot see a blue sky but temp is 32 degrees. We ... read more
Singapore financial district

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