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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour November 4th 2019

The trip started in LA, where John and I stayed the night before our big flight. In the “biz” they call this a re-positioning flight. It allows you to find a good deal on a business class international flight from an airport that’s not near you. Fortunately, John has status with Marriott and a ton of points which we used for a free room, and it’s really easy to fly into and out of LAX. I was coming from work, so I got to LA around midnight – just enough time for a good night’s sleep and a quick workout in the morning. One of the other perks to John having status at Marriott is that we had free access to the very nice lounge for breakfast! I stocked up on some free Halloween candy in ... read more
Getting in the zone
Dog costume party in LAX!
Business Class is the way to go

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour November 3rd 2019

After a solid night's sleep, I woke up fairly rested. I headed to the gym while John slept a little more. The gym was located on a very high floor in a corner, with floor to ceiling windows. Incredible views! It was well-equipped - like a regular gym. A ton of cardio machines, some weight machines, and free weights. The bathrooms attached to the gym had nice showers, a wet sauna, dry sauna, and a beautiful hot tub (no jets but looked awesome). John said the hot tub in the men's room has a window that looks out over the city. The one in the women's room had frosted glass. But still so relaxing! If we were there for 1 more day, I would have made full use of it. As it was, we were tight ... read more
In the bathroom!
Breakie
Amazing architecture

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour August 25th 2019

Sunday morning, we were up early having planned with Mary to do the Sentosa Island cable car before boarding the ship. Marg and I went to a beaut little bakery (Vietnamese?) just behind the Lavender MRT Station. We had sampled lots of their fine food over the past two days. Then, into a cab from the hotel to the starting point for the journey, likely to take about an hour return. We struck a good taxi driver again who pointed out many historical buildings as we wound our way across the central area of Singapore. Once again, $9.00 was a cheap fare for the three of us. Once onto the cable car, we had great views of Singapore Harbour, hundreds of freight ships at anchor, interesting buildings, and as expected our first look at the Pacific ... read more
Sentosa Cable Car
Sentosa Cable Car
Sentosa Cable Car

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour August 23rd 2019

Early afternoon we met up with Mary and David in the hotel foyer, and planned a trip to the Gardens by the Bay for the afternoon and evening. This would introduce us to the MRT system in Singapore which is both quite cheap and very frequent and useful. Getting on at Lavender Station, we were amazed at the politeness of the locals - 4 seniors get on and immediately 4 seats were vacated for us. After a quick change of trains, we were soon at the Bayside and, walking through a rather long concourse, arrived outside the gardens. One thing we notice is that there are no seats for the public in the stations or on concourses between services. So the locals sit on the floors. Seniors can get down should they choose. However, based on ... read more
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour May 17th 2019

We got up this morning to find that it was raining again. We had planned some final sunbathing, but not in this weather. At 10.30am, the captain and his two top officers held a presentation meeting in the theatre. This was a very interesting insight into the building of the ship, the future of it and normal operational processes. This concluded with a guest question and answer session. After that, as it was still raining this was an ideal time to do the packing ready for our exit from the ship tomorrow. All larger bags need to be outside of the cabin by 10.00pm this evening for collection by the cabin steward for assisted offloading. We met a Canadian couple at lunch who had very much the same feeling about this ship as we do. It ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour July 24th 2018

Finally we were able to visit the stunning Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. The weather in Singapore was perfect. Cloudy and about 28 degrees. Very pleasant but it was still nice to be in air-conditioning when available. Each time we stop in Singapore we try to do something different and while we have been to the Gardens by the Bay a number of times we had never made it inside the exhibits. It took two starts as the first day that we went the Cloud Dome was closed but fortunately we had a late checkout of 3pm so we set off again. The exhibits are amazing and very clever with the plants of many different countries flourishing as well as a 35 metre man-made mountain and waterfall. After we left and ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour May 10th 2018

Woolly says – We’d decided on a slightly later start to the day, as I trotted to the metro the sun was blazing and I was grateful for the freezing temperatures of the carriages. Four short stops and we took the escalator upwards to find ourselves right under the strange three tired structure with a boat on top that we had seen earlier in the week. The casino at Marina Bay Sands encompasses more than 15,000 square meters of gaming space spread over 4 levels. Boasting one of the world's largest Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the casino is also home to over 600 table games, more than 1,500 slots and wasn’t on our agenda, it was however one of the most interesting buildings to look at and you had to wonder at how they had got the ... read more
What a waterfall
In the flower dome
In the flower dome

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour April 30th 2016

SINGAPORE - 2nd April This was the end of the first leg of our cruise from Sydney and there was going to be another turnaround of passengers. Like Hong Kong we were only here for one day instead of the normal two, and as we have been here and done most the sights we knew what we wanted to do. Our aim was to visit The Gardens by the Bay - so more on that later. Singapore has a wealth of attractions and over the past 5 plus years we have seen the Marina Bay Area grow from reclaimed land to what it is now. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the focal point with its boat shaped roof top sitting on three blocks. The city has come along way since Sir Stamford Raffles founded it ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour December 18th 2015

December 18, 2015 As expected, Todd is up before everyone else, however he slept in somewhat, 6:45 am. I guess I needed to catch up on my sleep from all the travel. Michael woke up briefly at 6:45 am, however he went back to bed, he got up again around 10:00 am. Cindy and Jenny were up at 8:00 am. This morning we had not major commitments other than being at the cruise ship this afternoon. Jenny and I needed to run this week. With the travel over the last few days, it was not possible. We never left the flat until 9:00 am so it was already very warm this morning. Jenny and I only made it a few miles and then had to quit. Not only was it hard to run with all the ... read more
View of the Garden by the Bay from our cruise ship
Hawker Market in the Vito City district of Singapore
Hawker Market in the Vito City district of Singapore

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour November 28th 2015

This evening we entertained Frank and um Hartong. We enjoyed a four course dinner on a riverboat while cruising the Singapore River. The views of Marina Bay and the lights along the river are magical at night!... read more
The lights on the River
Full moon on the river
Dancing Lights




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