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Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road March 24th 2019

Hiroshima We arrived in Hiroshima an evening earlier than expected and as a result had to find a place to stay. We found the Matsui Garden Hotel on lastminute.com and once there were reminded what a pleasure it can be to stay in a decent hotel - nothing flash but a good business hotel. Good room and WiFi and good location at a reasonable price. Then off to find a close by restaurant with good reviews that we found online, Izakaya. We got close and asked some locals where it was as the signage outside was all in Japanese. They were very helpful and managed to take us back to our hotel before we persuaded them we were going in the wrong direction. Needless to say 15 minutes later we were back at the place we ... read more
Sake in a box
Jazz Mingus .
Three school uniforms from blast

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road September 12th 2018

We were so wrong. Me and my wife never considered Singapore as a must see destination. With our limited resources to go on travels, we always thought why would we visit another mega city, when in fact we live in one, and have easy access to maybe one of the world's best known mega city, Tokyo, which we are not a big fan of. But then, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to go Singapore to attend a work related symposium. I was not so thrilled though that my original 7 hour flight to Singapore from Osaka was changed to more than 12 hour waiting/ traveling time, with a Tokyo stop. Osaka's international airport is still not operational as it was destroyed by the biggest typhoon to hit our city in the last 25 years. ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road May 12th 2018

Beginning back, another life ago, in my years of business travel, I have used the airline lounges in the U.S., as well as many foreign countries. Back in those days, the 80's, it was a quiet place to work. We did not have smart phones, as we often waited in line to use the pay phones with our company credit cards. Laptops were not quite available, so I just wrote memos and letters, to be typed later by a secretary, or even by me. My how things have changed! We evolved from shared computer stations and internet rooms, to laptops, and now tablets and smart phones. So, it is much noisier, mostly with people talking, too loudly, I might add. Whatever happened to phone etiquette? Some lounges have "quiet" rooms, where cellphones and noise are prohibited. ... read more
A horrible lounge
Great food at Singapore Airlines lounge
I need some sanity and quiet!

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 22nd 2017

22nd July 2017 Weekend This was a weekend staycation @ the Quincy Hotel Orchard Road for KW and myself. The main reason that we booked the Quincy is that this is one of the few hotels where all rooms enjoy complimentary club benefits. In a nutshell, all our meals were fully taken care of during the duration of our stay which was an excellent choice since we did not wish to step outside the hotel during our staycation. The swimming pool at the roof top was rather small even though it didn't seem to be crowded when I was using the facilities on both occasions. The hotel appeared to be a favourite choice among birthday guests since we noticed the service crew going round the tables during dinner and presenting small treats to the birthday boy ... read more
The roof top pool
Our room
Toiletries

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road April 3rd 2016

I had been eagerly waiting for my holiday with lots of expectations. I was considering traveling around the world just to visit new places and relax my mind for quite some time before resuming my job. I had been wondering all along which places I should visit as I wanted to spend the holiday in a special way. I went ahead and asked my colleagues at work, and that is when a particular colleague suggested to me that it would be worth visiting the Lion City-Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. I welcomed the idea with jubilation and could not help waiting for the holiday to start. It is one of the latest icons for Singapore, and you can simply not miss it because of its breath-taking architecture. Immediately my holiday commenced, I did waste any ... read more
Gardens by the Bay view from afar
Gardens by the Bay at night
The horizont at night

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road March 28th 2016

A simple Air Asia 1 hour flight brought us to Singapore, not as exciting as the train maybe but a whole lot quicker. I’d like to have told you we then booked into the Marina Bay Hotel. Kim has been desperate for a swim at the incredibly high infinity pool atop this crazy hotel, spurred on by some Germans we met, he’d been watching the room prices avidly, but at over £300 per night (plus 17% tax) I had to comment that it was a very pricey swim, and voted against. However, the Marina Bay Hotel dominates the skyline here, and haunted Kim because you could even see it from our room at our very functional YMCA (please no singing) hostel! Just to torture him further we took a trip up into The Marina Bay, not ... read more
Esplanade
Singapore slings #2-at long bar, Raffles Hotel
Cloud Forest-Gardens by the Bay

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road September 21st 2015

We are both feeling a little tired this morning, so are quite relieved we do not have much booked today. Just before we left Tenerife we heard, through Trip Advisor, about a food trail they do through the hawker centre in ION Orchard Mall. This is a free activity that looks to be sponsored by both the food stalls and the centre. Initially there were just the two of us, but we were later joined by a lady from Indonesia and her disabled son. Our host took us into the hawker centre and explained how many of the local and non-local foods are prepared, and in some instances were able to offer us a small sample. The guide was obviously very knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting and delicious. Think we will be eating very ... read more
ION sky tower
George´s favourite
cooking well

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 26th 2015

Sunday, 26th July 2015 Our SG50 Weekend countdown continued with a visit to the Istana grounds today. The skies were generally clear even though we welcomed the slight drizzle in the afternoon to bring down the scorching heat to a much bearable portion. It was helpful in that the roads leading to the Istana Building were lined with huge rain-trees that provided a welcome respite from the sunny weather. The State Rooms were also opened today and we had a rare glimpse into the elaborate interiors. This was a great Sunday to be out and about as we relived our NS memories where we were posted here during our Active Service.... read more

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 25th 2015

Saturday, 25th July 2015 There were simply too many "freebies" to partake as we approached closer to the SG50 Weekend proper in August 2015. In fact, the inaugural SIA Open House was also held this weekend and I would probably have registered for it should I had known it earlier. Anyway, we decided to pop by at the National Orchid Garden located within our very first UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The usual $5 admission was waived for all Singaporeans from now till end of August 2015. Mum and dad were pretty bored looking at the animals when we visited the zoo two weekends ago. The situation was quite different when we visited the orchid garden as they were happily snapping shots of the beautiful orchids of varying colours. To minimise walking ... read more
Swan Lake
Orchids
And more Orchids

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road May 17th 2015

Saturday, 22nd November 2014 I always wanted to do a blog of this wonderful place at the heart of Orchard Road. Having visited Ion Sky since last November, this entry came half a year late. I remembered vividly when the observatory was first opened, it charged a fee of $15 for the admission to Level 55. This was however waived and I was able to get in for free when I visited. I chit-chatted with the friendly concierge who informed me that the observatory is opened to the public everyday except when it is closed for private events. Getting to the top of Ion Sky is straight forward. Access is provided via a pair of fast moving elevators at level 4 of the shopping mall where the Ion Art Gallery is located. Once at level 55, ... read more
With a great view of the City
The sky's the limit
Bright and spacious interiors




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