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Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay February 24th 2020

Last night was frustrating. Admittedly, we should have allowed more time for dinner so we weren’t in a rush, but in theory it should have worked. We decided the quickest way to get back to the Marina Sands Bay Mall food court was by Grab, and it was, it took less than 10 minutes and cost 6SGD. The nice driver was complaining about business being hit by the virus. He works a 12 hour day and most of his journeys are 6SGD, like ours, so after deductions he only makes about 50SGD a day, and he can easily spend 20 of that on a McDonalds. Apparently the burgers are very small here so you need to eat a few of them! There are only a few Grab drop offs allowed and we chose the Skypark but ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay February 23rd 2020

Arriving in Singapore was a breeze, as usual, although AirAsia hadn’t bothered to give out landing cards so we all had to do this in the landing hall. Immigration took 5 minutes and our bags were out in a trice. I changed some money in one of the normal exchange places as the rate was identical to on the xe app and so the same as my bank. They didn’t need to see my passport. Then I got the transfer bus from T4 to T2 to get the MRT, topping up my EZ-link cards for Gill and I. As we had left Langkawi on a half empty plane 20 minutes early I was at the hotel by 1pm. On the MRT only about 10% were wearing masks, but the Chinatown stop, usually really busy, was very ... read more

Asia » Singapore February 22nd 2020

After a 13 hour flight and no sleep, the first day was a bit of a loss especially as it rained heavily a few times and we got a bit lost trying to find the River! Singapore has become very expensive for food and drink since we were last here. Had a so-so Chinese meal at Forum restaurant by the river which cost a fair bit for not much. We were staying at the Marina Bay Sands which is also not cheap but has amazing architecture. Sadly it has no ambience so we would probably not choose to stay here again, though the room was very nice with great view over the Bay and Gardens. If you stay here, sign on and get a card for the deals in the bar and restaurants otherwise it is ... read more
Otters in the Garden
The Tree Garden
Gardens at night -changing colour

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 18th 2020

How quickly plans change. Thanks to the threat of The Virus, particularly on cruise ships, we literally walked away from our 8 day cruise from Singapore up the Malaysian Peninsula to Phuket and back. There were just too many horror stories of quarantined ships breeding more sickness. Still, we managed 3 enjoyable days in Singapore. You will be spared the multitude of photos this time. We’re now at Changi Airport waiting on our flight to Sydney, Australia where we will spend the next month. Singapore is not a typical Asian bargain. Hotels are expensive. We paid $200 a night for a pretty ordinary room. When a beer costs $16 Canadian I flinch! Considered the safest city in Asia, there was not an obvious police presence. Plenty of electronic surveillance and strict enforcement though. Caning is a ... read more
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Orchid Garden
Asian Civilizations Museum

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 February 1st 2020

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Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 22nd 2020

The Belly of the Carp Singapore River was known as the Belly of the Carp to early traders because of its sweeping curve and the prosperous symbolism that comes with the golden carp. In Chinese legend the carp is a lucky fish. In Chinese, fish (yú) has the same pronunciation as the word 余 (yú) for ‘more’ or ‘plenty’, representing prosperity. In Buddhism, the fish symbolizes happiness as they have complete freedom of movement in the water. They represent fertility and abundance. Whenever I visit Singapore I always spend at least a little time along the river. This year I picked up this nifty pamphlet from the Asian Civilizations Museum called The Singapore River Walk, put out by the National Heritage Board. As I started to read through it, I found there ... read more
Asian Civilizations Museum
Riverside Point

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay January 20th 2020

Plan for 2020 - London- Singapore - Krabi/Ao-Nang - Ko Lanta - Ko Muk - Ko Lipe - Langkawi - meet Gill back in Singapore - Melaka - KL - Penang - Singapore and home. Time to be off again, having hung on until November to see if I got any work, didn’t, so cheered myself up a LOT by booking a flight to Singapore, coming back on March 6th. The cheapest flight was Royal Brunei, but wasn’t prepared to compromise myself by putting money into that homophobic economy, and couldn’t face either a long stopover somewhere in China so BA it was, booking in December, 4 months later than last year and much more expensive. The price looks OK but now hold baggage needs to be added separately, a sneaky trick. Their seat selection prices ... read more

Asia » Singapore January 19th 2020

I wasn't in such a rush to get away this year. Both Kenji and Stevie were home for Christmas, and Stevie and his girlfriend stayed on for New Year. So there was time to pack up the gallery carefully, and all the artists and craftspeople came to take their work away. We can give the space a good clean before reopening with an exciting new exhibition , "JUNGLE" , collated by stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott, on 28th March. So that gave me plenty of time to sort things out and take Lottie-dog to her holiday home with Tutu and Dave in Somerset so she doesn't have to watch the annual suitcase packing. One sad event ..... a reluctant goodbye to Gormley-pig , who had been unwell for about six weeks and wasn't responding to medication. ... read more
Singapore hairdresser treat
Flowers outside Kathy’s flat
Plants at Kathy’s flat

Asia » Singapore » Jurong West January 8th 2020

I like horse racing and I like Singapore, so going out to the Singapore Turf Club on New Year’s for the Prosperity Stakes sounds like a good time. Kranji Racetrack is out on the northern edge of the island of Singapore, but you can get there on the MRT for just a couple of dollars. There are forests and lush green lawns out there; a very different vibe from the downtown core. And once you get there, you can pay for entrance to the track with your MRT transit card. I’d been to Kranji for the Prosperity Stakes about five years ago, and I remembered it as a fun time. I paid my admission to the track with my E-Z Link MRT card, and just inside the gate a nice lady was giving out packets of ... read more
Good Luck
Singapore Turf Club
Grooms and Trainers

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