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Asia » Singapore » Little India October 19th 2020

Monday, 19th October 2020 We started day 02 of our staycation with a sumptuous breakfast affair at level 6 of the hotel. Gone were the days where a full buffet spread greeted us in the morning. Instead, we were presented with a rather extensive menu where we could order any items that we fancy. The wait-staffs were welcoming and eager to serve which helped to elevate our dining experience at the Garden Pavilion. From our hotel, we decided to explore the surrounding Pek Kio neighbourhood for more food options. Along 130 Owen Road, we chanced upon Bakehaus, an artisan bakery that served really authentic croissants. Having opened their doors for slightly over a year, Bakehaus had gained its own loyal following judging by the number of likes on their FB page and rave Google reviews. What ... read more
Breakfast at Pek Kio neighbourhood centre

Asia » Singapore » Little India October 18th 2020

Sunday, 18th October 2020 It was a rainy day that greeted us this morning. Even so, this did not dampen our mood as we embarked on our staycation at One Farrer Hotel. H was held up with work in the morning so I decided to check-in earlier while waiting for him to arrive in the afternoon. I arrived at the hotel lobby sometime after 1pm today and was amazed at how quiet it was. Times were really bad as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. During check-in, I was informed that we had gotten an upgrade to the Skyline Room at level 18 of the property. Breakfast was served at the Garden Pavilion at level 6 on day one and at the Club Lounge at level 18 on day two of our stay. I believed the hotel ... read more
The bath
And the amazing pool

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village August 9th 2020

Sunday, 9th August 2020 Hotel G probably ticked most of the items on a Great Staycation Experience. Comfortable, plushy beds, powerful rain-showers, fluffy towels, a contemporary outlook, Metis brand of toiletries (that smelt great) and an efficient check-in experience. Oh yes, my room rate came with a complimentary breakfast thrown in as well. And all these came with a jaw-dropping price tag of SGD 90 over a National Day Weekend! What more could I ask for? Probably a queen-bedding configuration would be a nice touch. Anyway, the staycation experience during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that in-room amenities such as face masks and hand sanitizers were included on top of the usual fare. In addition, the usual Safe Entry and temperature-taking initiatives at the lobby level meant that all guests were thoroughly screened for symptoms even before ... read more
Free breakfast anyone?
Hotel G Staycay
Udon cravings at Itacho Sushi

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour July 17th 2020

Singapore is famous for a lot of things; for its culture, economy, cuisine, and also for its cleanliness. This country is one of the cleanest countries in the whole world. If we take a look at Singapore’s history, it becomes clear that a lot of effort has been put into its development. Despite being a small country, Singapore enjoys a very strong financial position. It is an investment hotspot in Southeast Asia. It is also considered as the cultural hotspot of Asia. A country doesn’t develop such a reputation by not doing anything. Singapore’s strong economy has allowed the country to invest in itself like crazy. It has a plethora of developed tourist attractions and infrastructure. What’s more, the country has a reputation for being really clean. Around 50 years ago, Singapore’s government launched the Keep ... read more

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 » Bugis Village February 13th 2020

My friend Mizzi who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and I had decided to meet somewhere halfway between Germany and Australia for a holiday. I had suggested Borneo since I had wanted to go there during my year in Singapore, but had never made it there. Mizzi liked the idea, and so we booked a two-week holiday in Sabah, one of the two Malaysian provinces in Borneo. On my way there it was almost natural to make a stopover in Singapore to see my friends and former colleagues Ben and Tishal. Ben lives in Singapore, Tishal in Johor Bahru, just across the border from Singapore in Malaysia. The whole trip had been meticulously planned, first of all with getting all the schedules matched up, second with the details of the trip in Borneo. However, life often comes ... read more
Panoramic view of Singapore CBD
Gardens by the Bay

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

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