Blogs from Singapore, Asia


Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay March 30th 2015

Wow. great city. Even better at night ­čśŐ... read more

Asia » Singapore March 29th 2015

I'm writing this from the perspective of a Singaporean. Singapore is now a world-class cosmopolitan city that has its humbled beginnings as being a part of Malaysia. This little city-state also known as the tiny red dot on the World map gained independence 50 years ago under the leadership of the late founding father of modern Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It is also a fitting tribute that I should choose to do my write-up today as this day also marks the State funeral of the late Mr Lee. For starters, Singapore or Singapura as it is called in Malay, means Lion City. Singa means Lion and Pura means town. The mascot of this city is the Merlion which can be found overlooking the Singapore River along the Esplanade. This former British colony founded originally by ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 23rd 2015

We bid a fond farewell to Singapore tonight! It was a wonderful introduction to our Asian portion of the cruise. The country is in mourning as their First Prime Minister died today; he was 91 years old and had brought Singapore from an undeveloped country beautiful, modern, clean and safe place, not to mention financial and shipping hub. We toured with a group from the ship today to the river for a short boat cruise along the historic area followed by a trishaw ride through the India section of town. A stop at the infamous Raffles hotel was next for our Singapore Sling and back to the ship. Cable cars span over the ship to Sentosa Island where Universal Studios has a complex and to Haber Mountain. We just rode the cable car over to Sentosa, ... read more
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Raffles Hotel

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 22nd 2015

After breakfast we went on a hunt for vodka, not an easy task in Singapore. After walking two malls, the deed was accomplished and we were ready to check out of the Pan Pacific hotel and board the bus to the Insignia. Our cabin was filled with luggage (4 huge bags, 2 medium and 2 small) and left little walking space, but since it was time for lunch, we left that chore for later to gain strength for the task at hand. Two hours later we were organized and pleased with the results. We were ready for 109 days of life aboard Insignia and a glass of beer.... read more
New Home!

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 21st 2015

Out on the street at 8:00 am this morning as the humidity is quite oppressive. First stop was The Gardens by the Bay which is a huge complex that can be walked for free along part of a man made river with an assortment of native flora. The paying parts of the garden were a Skywalk, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Hours were spent enjoying what surely must be every plant in the world! So happy to see a tulip exhibit but most have not bloomed yet. Next stop Sky Park above the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - 57 stories above the ground. Best view of Singapore from here. Back to our hotel for a siesta and dinner with cruise mates we met two years ago from Ottawa, Canada who are also taking this cruise.... read more
Mirror, Mirror...
Sky Park - Marina Bay Sands
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome from above

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 20th 2015

Lucked out today when we arrived at the Singapore Flyer early in the morning. We were able to board our own capsule (usually holding 28 people) and get the most awesome view of Singapore. The humidity is so high here that after walking around we were quite wet and decided to cool off by the pool. We will be out even earlier tomorrow in order to not be overcome by heat.... read more
Alone in our Capsule
What a view
Cool by the pool

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 20th 2015

We have arrived! Our flights were happily uneventful and most enjoyable thanks to first class and business class accommodations provided by Oceania Cruise lines. A driver was waiting for us at 1:45 a.m. and took us to our most beautiful hotel Pan Pacific which is close to all that Singapore has to offer and which we shall enjoy for the next four days. We are wide awake as Singapore is 12 hours ahead of New York so we will stay the course until tonight and try to get on track time wise.... read more

Asia » Singapore » Little India March 11th 2015

Singapore has changed an incredible amount in the 20 years since we lived here from 1992 to 1994. There are many more developed areas of the city, especially Marina Bay. Some things, however, have changed very little such as our special place Little India. It was always the area we loved most, not just because it was the first suburb we lived in all those years ago, it was where I had my first full time teaching job and the food is simply amazing, but because it is like being absorbed into a unique cultural experience within an already intense cultural experience. The sounds of temple chants and the Hindi language and the flip flop of thongs, the smells of spices and flowers, the sight of a multitudes of flowing coloured saris, flower garlands and Indian ... read more
Little India temple

Asia » Singapore March 9th 2015

Singapore : Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay, Arab Street, Orchard Road, Little India, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay... read more

Asia » Singapore February 26th 2015

Singapore Was f├╝r ein Kontrast! Nach 4 Monaten (mit Unterbrechung) in L├Ąndern, wo man nicht sicher ist, ob es flie├čend Wasser gibt, wo man bei jedem Schritt aufpassen muss, dass man nicht in ein Loch f├Ąllt, wo der ├ťbergang zwischen Strasse und M├╝llhalde flie├čend ist, wo es nach Sonnenuntergang finster ist,... ich k├Ânnte noch einige (halbwahre) Klischees aufz├Ąhlen :-) Jedenfalls bin ich kurz in Singapore, und genie├če das moderne Leben.... read more

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