Blogs from Raffles Marina, Singapore, Asia - page 4


Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina October 14th 2012

Finally, today was our last day :( We walked over to Marina Bay Sands across the Helix Bridge for a look at the Arts Science Museum. We then joined a boat cruise on the Singapore River. We had done a cruise by night previously so wanted to do one during the day. It was lovely and cool out on the water, but incredibly hot once we were off the boat, so once agai... read more
Arts Science and Marina Bay Sands
Shophouses on Boat Quay
Business Class Lounge and Changi Airport

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina October 13th 2012

After breakfast in the Pacific Club we caught a cab to Kampong Glam in Singapore. I had seen on Samantha Brown's Singapore show how you could get perfume made, so I was heading straight there. The store was named Jamal Kazura Aromatics. It was a beautiful shop where you could choose from all types of Middle Eastern oil based perfumes or have one made to suit. You could also purchase divine crystal bottles to store the scents in. We both purchased a couple of different scents and I bought a lovely bottle for my jasmine perfume. We then spent an hour or so wandering around the area, before heading to Little India for a bit of a look around. I found Little India fairly disappointing, it seemed extremely dirty and tacky, but possibly we were in ... read more
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India
Pan Pacific Hotel Pool
Arts Science Museum and Marina Bay

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina October 12th 2012

A very short blog as not very much happened! We were lucky enough to get an email while we were on our stop in Dubai offering us a Business Class upgrade for our flight home to Melbourne from Singapore for only $300!! Naturally we replied immediately and said yes - very excited! We arrived in Singapore after a fourteen hour flight, divided into two by a three hour stop in Dubai. We had arranged a hotel transfer but unfortunately it didn't show up so we caught a very cheap ($19 AUD) taxi into town and arrived at our hotel - the Pan Pacific, Singapore. This is our second time at the Pan Pac, but this time we don't have any of our children with us so we can splurge on Club Rooms. Here is a link ... read more
View from our Pan Pacific Harbour Studio Room
Pan Pacific Lobby

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina September 24th 2012

Söndag Raceday! Något av Singapore ogillas av mittendelen av kroppen. Dock inget som inte kan motas med en överdos av Imodium. McFrukost och sedan styrdes kosan mot landmärket och vattenhålet Raffles hotel. Det var här som Ngiam Tong Boon år 1915 skapade den rosa tjejdrinken Singapore Sling i hotellets Long Bar. Sedan dess har receptet utvecklats och slingen finns nu i flera varianter och färger. Jag provade en grön Spring Sling, baserad på äppelvodka och Apple Sourz. Rätt OK faktiskt. Dagens spaning är att man slänger alla jordnötsskal direkt på golvet. Det såg inte ut som att de sopades upp varje dag direkt. Nu till själva målet med utflykten till Singapore; Formula 1. På nyheterna kan man se Bernie Ecclestone och någon minister deklarera att de efter tuffa förhandlingar nu förlängt F1-avtalet i Singapore till 2017. ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina September 22nd 2012

Lördag Otroligt nog sov jag väldigt bra i den stenhårda sängen. Mcfrukost och lite senare en stor Pauliner på ett tyskt ölhak. Oktoberfest börjar trots allt idag ;) En lååång dag för att utforska Singapore till fots slutade med att vi smet in, och gick vilse, inne på Ritz-Carltons domäner och fastnade på ett inhägnat område fullt med vakter. Det är tydligen här F1-stjärnorna bor... Nu gällde det att hitta en värdig exit! -Vi bluffade oss ut genom att myndigt stega fram och beställa en limousine som tog oss ut och över till Marina Bay Sands (MBS), de tre byggnaderna med pool på taket över alla tre. Efter en spännande kvalomgång kommer vi nu att se Hamilton och Maldonado(!) i första startled imorgon. Det kan bli spännande... Smått osannolikt fick vi tag i en taxi även ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina July 23rd 2012

Well yesterday we went back on the hop on hop off bus and also a boat on the Singapore Harbour - not a lot been happening really just chilling. We came back to our room and found a present as we have not had wifi in our room without using a dongle. They have kindly given us a candle - do you know how heavy a candle is - so looks like we may have to send some things home as our bags are starting to get heavy and I think If I put anything else in Mike's rucksack he may lose the plot with me this time. We went up to the pool for a couple of hours just chilling as I started to feel like I was on a merry-go-round and needed to take ... read more
Art & Science Museum

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina July 22nd 2012

Well decided we would stay another night in Singapore so two more nights to go. Went into the shopping arcade to book us a hop on hop off bus tour and got a real great deal which included a couple of water taxis as well including a trolley bus. The first trolley bus I went on was with my bestest mate in the whole wide world Sylvia in Washington. This one was not like Wally's trolleys in Washington with Sylvia and did not stop but really informative none the less. Mind you when I decided to sit at the back and was told by the man with the headphones on you do not want to sit there cause you cannot hear anything - I did what I was told - Cor in a different country I ... read more
Downtown Singapore

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina July 21st 2012

Well just waiting for the plane now in Narita Airport in Japan to fly to Singapore. Having the lounge access is great - just to let you know I have had the shakes today as I walked past a Starbucks. Think I need to go to an AA counsellor, ha ha. Anyway no incidents last night i.e. Mike did not go sleep walking in the buff. I have been doing some detective work (Mike in the dining room with the dagger) being Inspector Clouseau that I am - I think it was the sake he had before going to bed. May see if Singapore has sake so I can test out my theory - don't worry I will make sure he has some PJs on this time. Touch down in Singapore - well what a place. ... read more
Singapore Harbour

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina May 31st 2012

Drugiego dnia zwiedzalismy Singapur i po calym dniu chodzenia stwierdzamy ze jest to bardzo nudne miasto dla bogaczy. Po za centrami handlowymi i restauracjami najwieksza atrakcja jest Marina Bay ze slynnym hotelem z kasynem Marina Sands. Jest tam tez fontanna Lwo-Ryba ktora jest symbolem tego miasta. W czasie robienia zdjec pod Lwo-Ryba bylismy glowna atrakcja turystyczna dla ludzi chyba z Malezji, ktorzy koniecznie chcieli zrobic sobie zdjecia z nami (na jednym zdjeciu jestem z trzema przemilymi paniami ktore lapaly nas pod pache i ciagnely do zjdecia). Pan Young wlasciciel naszego hotelu powiedzial nam zebysmy zwiedzili Little India - indyjska dzielnice w ktorej bylo ponoc pyszne curry. Niestety bylo zbyt goraco (40 stopni) zeby chcialo sie robic cokolwiek, wiec pstryknelismy jedno zjdecie pod Sri Veeramakaliamman Swiatynia ktora byla zamknieta na czas modlitwy. W drodze powrotnej ... read more
Wesole Malezyjki
Swiatynia indyjska

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina May 10th 2012

I make no secret of my enjoyment of Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Check out my previous account of Raffles "British Colonialism at Its Best," from May of 2009. If I could afford it, I’d stay there. Heck, if I could afford it I’d live there. But, alas, it’s financially out of my reach. I can, however, shop in Raffles Arcade, visit their museum, and have a drink at the Long Bar. So, I’m walking along Beach Road, headed for Raffles, intending to do a little window shopping, maybe pick up a souvenir. A young woman comes up to me and points to her wrist, as if asking for the time. I shrug, point to my watch-less wrist, and shake my head. “Etes-vous Francaise?” (Are you French?) she asks. “Non, je suis Americaine.” She continues to speak ... read more
Raffles Arcade
Garden Court
Clean paths

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