Blogs from Raffles Marina, Singapore, Asia


Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina February 9th 2020

I like the small, out of the way, quirky museums. Sure, when in Chicago I drop by the Chicago Institute of Art which is wonderful, but Tokyo’s Museum of Tobacco and Salt, now that’s an experience. I had read about the Funan Digital Life mall being torn down and replaced with a “lifestyle” mall, and I wanted to see it. On my way there, I realized that the Civil Defense Heritage Gallery was right across the street. I figured that merited a look, but first the mall. The Funan Digital Life mall was a landmark in Singapore for several decades. It was six floors of electronic stores, selling all manner of computers, cameras, cellphones, appliances and consumer electronics. It was geek paradise. I had my doubts about it being torn down and rebuilt as ... read more
Funan lyf cycle track
Funan lyf rooftop
Funan lyf

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina February 9th 2019

After the movie “Crazy, Rich Asians” came out, people have been asking me if there really is a building that looks like a ship resting on three pillars in Singapore. The answer is yes. That iconic building is Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, and it is pretty spectacular. In addition to the jaw-dropping architecture, it boasts a high-end mall with a river running through it, complete with gondolas. It contains one of the most profitable casinos in the world, and the roof top deck with the infinity edge pool is stunning and unique. Rooms run between $600 and $6,000 a night; I, of course, have never stayed there, but for a small fee you can go up to the deck. The pool is reserved for guests. But there is more to Marina Bay area than ... read more
gondolas in the mall
levels of the mall

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina November 24th 2018

Marina Bay Hotel We had a feeling this was going to be another long day. Roisin and I had a relaxing morning in our apartment as we hadn’t arranged to meet Adeline and Ashton until 2pm down by the Gardens by the Bay. We had a choice to either eat lunch in the neighbourhood of our apartment or nearer to our meeting point by the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We both looked at each other and uttered those immortal famous last words in unison; ‘I’m sure there will be something to eat down there!!’ (In the same vein that Napoleon had said to his starving army: ‘Don’t worry men, I’m sure there will be something to eat when we get to Moscow!!’) We had arranged to meet Adeline and Ashton somewhere near ... read more
Catch a boat through the shopping mall underneath the hotel
The Financial district - Singapore
Looking down on the Supertrees - Gardens of the bay

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina August 23rd 2018

I slept in a little later than I had planned, but I think I needed it to do what I had planned for the day. I got my included breakfast, just a lite bite for me: two strips of bacon, a salmon mini-quiche, and fruit. Little did I know I would not eat again until 3pm!! Once I put all my stuff in my purse that could fit, including the provided phone from the hotel (really!), I made my way down to Marina Square Mall and across the street. It was only just after 9 am, but it was already a humid hot. Gardens by the Bay The walk itself was quite pleasant, along the bay, over the helix bridge and along the promenade. I bought a combined ticket to see the Cloud Forest and Flower ... read more
Cloud Forest waterfall
Flower Dome - sunflowers!
Super Tree Grove

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina August 22nd 2018

My flight left Dubai at 2:30 am. I don't know why, but I was a bit nervous about my first trip. I mean, this used to be second nature to my living here before, so why was I nervous? I don't know, but it all went smoothly. Because of my new credit card, I was able to enjoy lounge access, despite traveling in economy and still needing to build up my miles. So, I got a light, very late dinner (I didn't eat much during the day) and a glass of wine while I waited. I read my book (Crazy Rich Asians) to prepare me for my trip! The flight was also pretty smooth. It was not full, a 777 on its way to Brisbane with a stopover in Singapore. I was one of the few ... read more
Coconut ice cream
View of hotel lobby
Street food center on esplanade

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina May 11th 2018

Woolly says – We’d sat over breakfast looking at the map, lots of museums still to see but we felt that we had been in so many something a little different was needed. We could cover some more temples, but we were templed out, Zoe suggested shopping and was swiftly outvoted which was when we came across something that doesn’t really feature in the guidebooks. Having plotted the metro route we were off, as the train raced through the dark I sat with my Mammoth Book of Facts reading about Haw Par Villa (formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden) which is an 8.5 hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, it was the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the ... read more
Heading into Haw Par Villa
Skyline of Singapore
Scenes of mythological stories

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina May 8th 2018

Woolly says – Having decided to get breakfast on the run we’d headed straight onto the metro and into the financial district of Singapore, I’m not altogether sure how we manged that but with so many exits and a lack of signage it was an easy error to make. My tummy was screaming with hunger and having spied a bakery café I trotted through the door and settled myself comfortably, sadly for my tummy once Jo and Zoe had perused the menu we were quickly heading back outside. The city is expensive, very expensive but I was sure we could buy coffee and croissants for less than S$40 (approximately £20 GBP), we stood in the street studying our map having now idea which direction to head in when a nice young lady approached us ... read more
Looking around the city
Looking around the city
Parliament and it's large neighbours

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina December 20th 2017

I think I might have cracked the adding of photos, so here are a few more, hopefull named and captioned. That’s it fron Singapore!... read more
Singapore Cricket Club
Singapore Cricket Club entrance
The old parliament building

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina December 12th 2016

Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Chennai mid-day Monday and closed the airport. Luckily for us our flight hadn't taken off so after an hour or two of waiting Singapore Air cancelled our flight and put us up for the night. The early evening drive in to town from Changi took us down the familiar but changed East Coast Parkway. I could almost taste the Soft Shelled Crabs as we headed past the East Coast Village hawker centre. I was glad to see it. I have told many people if they have a few hour stopover in Singapore then go here to fill the time. I am not sure if anyone listened but at least I now know those that did would'nt have been disapointed. The second half of the drive was past sights new and some ... read more
Changi Airport
Shelley in the queue

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina December 16th 2015

December 15 – 16, 2015 Our family is excited about our new adventure, visiting Asian countries we have never been too. The trip will also be a celebration of Marcy’s life as her wish was to spread her ashes at sea while we all went on a cruise as a family. We left our home around 6:45 am to head to the airport. Since we had several of us in the car we used the HOV lane to avoid the dreaded Houston traffic. After parking at the Parking Spot, we headed to Terminal D at the Houston IAH airport. Before checking in, we waited for Erv, Tim and Gayle to arrive. Since we were on the same reservation we thought it would be better to check in together. Once the rest of our family arrived, we ... read more
Jenny and Michael - ANA All Nippon flight
Dinner - ANA All Nippon flight
Dinner - ANA All Nippon flight

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