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Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road August 3rd 2022

Hi everyone We are now in Singapore,been here a few days,today is our last day,it’s totally changed since I Last visited so many yrs ago. Enjoy the photos SK... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 17th 2021

Saturday, 17th July 2021 One of the really nice things that happened to me during the staycation was that I was offered a complimentary check-in from as early at 7am on Saturday morning. The concierge contacted me the day before and offered me this great service. Since 7am was way too early for me, I opted for the 10am option. Receiving my room keys for level 22 of the property was a nice surprise. While the room configuration does not permit a window near the bed, the views from the bathroom was nevertheless gorgeous. More surprises awaited me in the room as I was presented with a generous serving of marcrons as well as two servings of cocktails at the level 9 cafe. There was also a mini-swimming pool within the premises. Needless to say, I ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road May 12th 2021

Wednesday, 12th May 2021 This was a Japanese-themed staycation as I embarked on a 3D2N getaway from my daily routine. Ideally nestled within the Dhoby Ghaut district, Ji Hotel wowed me for its very spacious Zen-inspired rooms as well as its attractive weekday deal. The spotless room reminded very much of my stay at Dormy Inn during my travels in Japan. The only exception was probably the absence of an onsen within the accommodation. During the staycation, I also found some time to pop by at the LTA SG Mobility Gallery in Little India as well as catching up with SS who was gracious enough to show me around the grounds of the former KK Hospital where she worked. As far as this staycation was concerned, I tried to keep it to the Japanese theme in ... read more
A modern Japanese inspired stay
LTA SG Mobility Gallery
Fort Canning

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road January 3rd 2020

Lyn and I arrived here on Christmas Eve at around 5.00pm. Met by Pip at Changi Airport after an initial flight leaving from Wellington at 6.55am to Sydney, a 3 hour transit then the flight to Singapore, by QANTAS. Uneventful and not too bad as both flights were in daylight which somehow makes the travel time seem more bearable. We'd stayed the night before in the Rydges Airport Hotel for a reasonable cost and it was much better then a God-forsaken early morning rise in Waikanae and the trip into the airport to be there by 4.55am. We're here for 3 weeks which will include a side trip to Ipoh in Malaysia to see something different this time around. Now only one sleep before we head home tomorrow - so, a summary of what we have ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road January 1st 2020

One of the (many) things I love about Singapore is the interesting architecture of the modern buildings and the careful conservation of historic buildings. And some of the historic buildings have remarkable stories attached to them. Most people, if they are at all familiar with Orchard Road, think of it as one long concourse of conspicuous consummation. It is all that, and then some. Huge malls connect underground to other huge malls that connect to other huge malls via skybridges. But along the way, there are a few spots where you can still see what things looked like in Singapore’s past. I went out this morning looking for one of these conserved buildings that I had read about, 14 Orchard Road, which had been the home of Malayan Motors. But before I got there though, I ... read more
The Cathay
Balloon dogs
interior of The Cathay

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 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




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