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Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village August 9th 2020

Sunday, 9th August 2020 Hotel G probably ticked most of the items on a Great Staycation Experience. Comfortable, plushy beds, powerful rain-showers, fluffy towels, a contemporary outlook, Metis brand of toiletries (that smelt great) and an efficient check-in experience. Oh yes, my room rate came with a complimentary breakfast thrown in as well. And all these came with a jaw-dropping price tag of SGD 90 over a National Day Weekend! What more could I ask for? Probably a queen-bedding configuration would be a nice touch. Anyway, the staycation experience during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that in-room amenities such as face masks and hand sanitizers were included on top of the usual fare. In addition, the usual Safe Entry and temperature-taking initiatives at the lobby level meant that all guests were thoroughly screened for symptoms even before ... read more
Free breakfast anyone?
Hotel G Staycay
Udon cravings at Itacho Sushi

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 18th 2020

How quickly plans change. Thanks to the threat of The Virus, particularly on cruise ships, we literally walked away from our 8 day cruise from Singapore up the Malaysian Peninsula to Phuket and back. There were just too many horror stories of quarantined ships breeding more sickness. Still, we managed 3 enjoyable days in Singapore. You will be spared the multitude of photos this time. We’re now at Changi Airport waiting on our flight to Sydney, Australia where we will spend the next month. Singapore is not a typical Asian bargain. Hotels are expensive. We paid $200 a night for a pretty ordinary room. When a beer costs $16 Canadian I flinch! Considered the safest city in Asia, there was not an obvious police presence. Plenty of electronic surveillance and strict enforcement though. Caning is a ... read more
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Orchid Garden
Asian Civilizations Museum

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 13th 2020

My friend Mizzi who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and I had decided to meet somewhere halfway between Germany and Australia for a holiday. I had suggested Borneo since I had wanted to go there during my year in Singapore, but had never made it there. Mizzi liked the idea, and so we booked a two-week holiday in Sabah, one of the two Malaysian provinces in Borneo. On my way there it was almost natural to make a stopover in Singapore to see my friends and former colleagues Ben and Tishal. Ben lives in Singapore, Tishal in Johor Bahru, just across the border from Singapore in Malaysia. The whole trip had been meticulously planned, first of all with getting all the schedules matched up, second with the details of the trip in Borneo. However, life often comes ... read more
Panoramic view of Singapore CBD
Gardens by the Bay
Jewel

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 1st 2016

I sometimes forget just how wealthy Singapore is. Yes, there are some poor people, but you don’t see anyone sleeping in doorways. And yes, some of the housing is far from luxurious, though nothing that would be called substandard, unless you are a foreign guest worker, then accommodations can be pretty grim. Bear with me while I give you a few statistics to put things in context. (You may skip ahead a few paragraphs if you want, or you can read through and wow your friends with this knowledge.) When you look at rankings of per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Singapore comes in third, behind Qatar and Luxemburg. The United States comes in at number eleven, Australia at eighteen, and Canada ranks twenty-second among the world economies. Add to that, the island city-state is home ... read more
Marina Bay Sands
New Bridge St
shopping

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village July 17th 2015

Friday, 17th July 2015 We wouldn't coin it as a perfect staycation as we believed that the Carlton could do much better. The deluxe rooms that we stayed in were refurbished recently even though the separate shower stalls leave much room to be desired. The smallish design does not allow you to leave your clothes inside the shower as they would get wet easily. The smallish size extended to the outdoor pool which was inadequately designed to cope with the 900 odd guestrooms. Coffee sachets were from "Super" which did not enhance the overall stay experience. As far as staycation is concerned, I would probably avoid this 4 star property in future. The highlight of our stay was probably a nice congee lunch at Imperial and a great shopping experience at Raffles City Marketplace. Our dinner ... read more
Nice bedroom design
Imperial Treasure Congee
@ Raffles City Marketplace

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village April 3rd 2015

Easter Friday, 3rd April 2015 A hearty buffet lunch followed by a nice weekend stay at one of their lovely rooms. For the great prices we paid, we couldn't ask for more. ParkRoyal on Beach Road had been one of my preferred hotels when it comes to weekend staycations. Their room rates are not overly-expensive and the modern room condition is a nice touch considering that the hotel had been around for quite sometime. While the immediate neighbourhood might not have a lot to offer, this hotel is a comfortable stroll from Bugis Station where numerous malls dotted the landscape. Of course, if you are like us who aspire to spend more time in the hotel, the spacious swimming pool is sure to delight. Forget about the room service menu as similar local offerings could be ... read more
Nice rooms
Great local lunch spread

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village January 9th 2015

Singapur Zunächst mal eine wichtige Erkenntnis: Singapur ist ein eigener Stadtstaat. Wie wir darauf gekommen sind - kommt hier. . . Dass es in Singapur den Singapur Dollar gibt wussten wir schon, warum das so ist, allerdings nicht. Unsere erste Erfahrung mit Singapur beginnt also schon in Malakka – der letzte Stopp vor Singapur. Wir steigen in den Reisebus, der uns nach Singapur bringen soll und fragen vorher noch die Ticket Verkäuferin, wie lange die Fahrt wohl ungefähr dauert. So 4 bis 4,5h war ihre Aussage. Also gut. Gerade richtig, um mal wieder einen Reisebericht zu schreiben. Nach 2.5h der erste Stopp. Ein guter Zeitpunkt für einen Peestopp. . . Der Busfahrer schreit irgendwas in seinem schlecht verständlichen halb Indisch, halb Englisch. Ich packe meine Sachen gar nicht erst ein. Alle Leute verlassen den Bus. Wir ... read more
Skyline Singapur
Infinion Pool
Aussicht vom Marina Bay Sand Resort

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village November 11th 2014

A comfortable flight, an efficient entry through Changi Airport in Singapore and a taxi took us to the Ibis on Bencoolen Hotel. We've stayed there before on previous trips and it felt a little like coming home. We were heading into our final week of this trip - the previous eight weeks seemed to have gone by very quickly! We ordered room service and decided to leave any more sightseeing until next day. It was very hot and humid next morning when we left the hotel. We started the day with a walk through the nearby streets of Little India. It was great to be surrounded by the colours of India again. The shop houses were painted in bright colours and the streets were still strung with banners celebrating Deepavali (the Hindu festival of lights which ... read more
Looking up at the Supertrees
Birthday dinner
Colourful shophouses in Little India

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village May 6th 2014

Singaporeans, and honestly Asians in general, are hugely into fashion. On any given day, I see at least 2 girls wearing what I would consider my nicest party dress and f*&% me heels to work. It hurts my feet just looking at them….and here I am, wearing my tennis shoes on the MRT and changing into my nice, serviceable Hushpuppies once I get to the clinic. My Clinical Instructor (CI), also wears heels to work. Yes, she treats patients while wearing heels. And dresses sometimes. So with this in mind, I've been actively searching out some good places to shop for nice clothes. Now back home I would just pop into the nearest Ross or Marshall's to stock my closet with a bunch of cute pants and tops without breaking the bank. There are no Ross's ... read more
Sagar enjoying some ice cold coconut water
Chicken rice and char siu pork!
Satay chicken and peanut sauce

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 12th 2014

This blog really began years and years ago when Singapore refused me entry due to having visible tattoos and the behavior and appearance of the person who was travelling with me....another reason why I forever a sworn solo traveler. For years I could only get a transit visa limiting me to a few hours to transit out of there again..so a lot of careful juggling of airlines and times is involved in Asian travels as its such a handy transit hub.Coming back from the Philippines I was planning on doing the usual hanging around the airport for as long as I was allowed and grabbing a sleeper room for a few hours. As i went through immigration I picked the line with the big happy jolly giant customs official as he looked like an OK sort ... read more
Orchid Garden
Enchanted Garden
Enchanted Garden




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