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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 9th 2013

14 Night Gems od Southeast Asia Cruise on board Celebrity Millennium - At Sea - watch the video from the ship. Wednesday takes us north of Java on the way to Lombok. Weather has been a bit cooler- now it's only 27C! In the morning we were an hour on the sun deck before we went down to hear a lecture on Galapagos - pretty exciting and a lot of useful information before our cruise in the Galapagos in the fall. In the early afternoon we went to a wine tasting seminar - not because we need to learn more about wine, but it is interesting to taste a variety of new wines against each other. it was more for a few hours sun in the afternoon before we went into the gym. There was a ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 7th 2013

Crossing the Line ceremony when Celebrity Millennium was crossing Equator on her journey from Singapore to Lombok on the 14 Night Gems of Southeast Asia Cruise, January 7, 2013. The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite that commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the Equator. Equator-crossing ceremonies, typically featuring King Neptune, are for passengers' entertainment on ocean liners and cruise ships. The ceremonies are also performed in the merchant navy and aboard sail training ships. The ritual is a ceremony presided over by King Neptune (the ancient ruler of the seas) who wears a gold crown and holds a trident. The proceedings consisted of several phases or 'acts'. As part of the ritual polywogs (those who have not previously been initiated) are dunked in water. This procedure is intended to cleanse the initiate ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 6th 2013

First day in Singapore at our 14 Night Gems of Southeast Asia Cruise with Celebrity Millennium. We decided to go to the Garden by the bay. We only had a few hours; everyone had to be back on board by 12pm. The Marina bay cruise centre is not close to anything. The gardens and lake area are free to wander around but if you chose to go in the domes (flower dome and cloud forest) or on the sky walk there is a fee Marina Bay Sands features three 55-story hotel towers which were topped out in July 2009. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof, named Sands SkyPark From the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck there is a beautiful view to the city, Singapore flyer and the cruise terminal. ... read more
Supertree Grove
Sands SkyPark
Singapore Flyer

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 6th 2013

Our final day in Singapore, and just a few more places on the list to visit. We started with brief trips to Chinatown and Little India. These frantic frenzy places are often where the true culture and diversity can be seen within a city. I was particularly wowed by all the beautiful sari's, headresses and jewellery availble to buy (gutted there is no room in my backpack!). We also went to see a couple of the Hindu temples, with there amazing entrances. In the afternoon we went down to the Marina, taking in some of the historical sights, such as Raffles landing sight, and the very modern 'Gardens at the Bay'. These gardens are completely man-made, and are built on reclaimed land but nevertheless very impressive. The tree structure stand out in the Singapore sky line ... read more
Amazing entrance
Singapore flyer
Gardens at the Bay

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 6th 2013

So the website forced me to select a "Region" within Singapore, so I picked the only one with the word "Singapore" in it. Anyway, after some seven months of travelling, I was finally back home again, and not a moment too soon either. It had become a bit of a personal tradition for me to make it a point to spend the Christmas period at home, even during the years when I was studying in the US. There's just something different about the atmosphere and the air when Orchard Road lights up and the malls play those familiar Christmas jingles at year end. And I'm not even religious! Well I shan't dwell too much over my time back home, which was mostly spent catching up with family and friends, and recuperating somewhat from the travails of ... read more
Boat Quay and Financial District Skyline
Clarke Quay @ Night
We're not all so law-abiding

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour December 1st 2012

So here we are in Singapore. Journey out was ok after we overcome the delay in getting from Manchester to London. We made it to the gate just as they were boarding! Met with Joe and Gemma and arrived at the Fullerton in time to have a drink before going out for a meal. It is very warm. 32 degs and looks like we are in for a storm soon. As this is my first attempt at blogging I will leave it there. Raffles now for a Singapore Sling!... read more
Terrace
Fullerton
Iconic hotels

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour November 9th 2012

Marina Sands Bay Hotel: Singapore landmark... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour October 15th 2012

Wow, what a weekend. I reckon we've done as much walking in the city as we would have done if we had been walking on a long distance footpath and it was needed cos there is so much to see. Carol's exhausted and isn't complaining even though I've got us to the railway station ready for our next move 3 hours early; infact she's just disappeared to get a foot massage. It's not possible to do Singapore justice in a brief account. Highlights for us included first of all the initial impression of skyscrapers and masses of building work. Once you scratch the surface of that you realise that there is a totally fascinating master plan in operation with the aim of modernising the city, increasing its area, by land reclamation whilst at the same time ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour October 5th 2012

So, mid-autumn festival in China means that you get a week of holidays so I packed a pack and set off for Bali, Indonesia with a one day stopover in Singapore. At the start I figured that Singapore would be a one day stopover to just see one of the world's global cities. I quickly realized that there is so much going on there! The multicultural feeling is super cool, the food is amazing and the skyline is breathtaking! I stayed in a closet sized room for $100 a night and I was not prepared for the prices after being in Yongchuan for a few months. But, the feeling/vibe in the city is great. I had a beer and a bite in the evening I arrived and then during the day I folly here, I walked ... read more
Singapore's Chinatown
Hindu Temple
City of contrasts

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour August 8th 2012

Gardens by the Bay is a new park with cool architecture and plants that wraps around Marina Bay (Singapore) and consists of Bay South (open), Bay East and Bay Central (still to developed). The newly opened Bay South has 59 hectares and is the biggest and most amazing of the Gardens by the Bay complex (it cost $ 500 million dollars). It includes a Chinese Garden, a Malaysian garden and other theme gardens from different countries that shaped Singapore. It also has 5 different lakes, one of which is surrounded by marshland and boardwalks. SuperTrees It also has Super Trees that mimic real trees with solar panels ontop that generates enough energy to light up the Supertrees at night. The Supertrees vary in height from 25 meters to 50 meters and have over 163 species of ... read more
Supertrees
Baobab trees in Dome
Waterfall in Dome




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