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Asia » Singapore June 19th 2014

We landed in Singapore at 4pm and by this point I was shattered from the lack of sleep and my hangover was kicking in. The airport was quite empty but it was huge, looked new and was really nice. It took a little bit of time to get through immigration but we got our bags, went to the taxi rank and jumped straight in a taxi to our hostel without any problems. The driver just wanted to talk to us but luckily for me Freeman was in the front so I sat behind the driver and avoided the conversation because I was so tired. It turned out that the taxi driver used to be in the army and was based in Lincoln near where we live in England for a few years, crazy. We got to ... read more
Marina Bay Sands Hotel & The Helix Bridge
The Float Stadium - Marina Bay

Asia » Singapore » Little India June 17th 2014

I arrived in Singapore on the evening of the 17th June and as expected was overwhelmed by the humidity as I left the airport to board the shuttlebus which would take me to my hostel. I was greeted by a member of staff called Shy who checked me in. Having lost 7 hours and spent the best of 14 hours on a plane I was fairly tired but managed to squeeze a few cans of tiger beer down as I sat outside and chatted with Shy and a few other travellers. As is normally the case with hostels it wasn't long before a guitar appeared and we all passed it round playing average covers of classics. I went with a bit of James Taylor which went down well (still got it). The lack of sleep soon ... read more
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Asia » Singapore June 16th 2014

Dinsdag 10 Juni tem Maandag 16 Juni 2014 Ik ben blij dat de vlucht voorbij is als we in Singapore aankomen. Het afhalen van de bagage en de immigratie gaat redelijk snel en voor ik het besef sta ik aant de uitgang. Bij de balie van het luchthaven vervoer reserveer ik een taxi die er al redelijk snel is. Het is eigenaardig genoeg aan het regen ondanks de warmte. Ik maak een praatje met de taxichauffeur, het is net spitsuur dus er is veel verkeer. Aangekomen op het adres slagen we er niet in om de hostel direct te vinden. We bellen even de eigenaar op en die komt ons tegemoet, het is Jong. Wat later ontmoe ik ook SK, de mede-eigenaar. Ik word hartelijk ontvangen. SK heeft ook een lange fietsreis gedaan dus kent het ... read more
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Asia » Singapore June 13th 2014

After leaving Bangkok for the last time we headed for our final destination in Asia, Singapore. As soon as we arrived Carly said she could live here. Singapore was clean smelled nice and there wasn't litter all over the floor. All the things Carly looks for in a town. It was pretty good though, from the worlds best airport right through to our hostel which was all set up for the World Cup. The first day we picked up tourist travel cards which gave us unlimited transport for the 3 days we were there all for £20 - and that was for both of us! Every underground stop appeared to be attached to a shopping centre so we did a lot more walking through shops. On our first day we strolled through Clarke quay which had ... read more
Gardens by the Bay
Nighttime Singapore

Asia » Singapore June 12th 2014

Today we had the cable car and Panda visit planned so it was on to the subway down to the water front to catch the cable car over to Sentosa Island. Another expensive tourist trap but we went anyway. Sentosa Island is just really an amusement park but the cable car provided a great view and different perspective. Deciding to use the public transport out to the Zoo/River Safari was really a breeze and one train ride and a connecting bus bought us to the Zoo complex. Yet another expensive place, but the Pandas were a ‘must see’ today. Paying the extra S$10.00 for the boat ride we set off to find the Pandas. The River Safari is quite frankly rubbish with little in the way of decent exhibits until the Pandas. Pam spent what seemed ... read more
Time For A Feed
Yummmmm.... Bamboo!
So cute!

Asia » Singapore June 11th 2014

Our plan for today is to catch the hop on hop off bus to see as many of the highlights as we could, spending the S$33 each to be able to use all of the routes we set off. First stop was the Singapore Flyer, a large wheel like the London Eye down by the Marina Bay Sands. Having been on one before we gave it a miss and headed off to the large hotel and the viewing platform at the top. After another S$25 each to go up we reached the platform and to be honest it was a great view of the city with the F1 track visible along with most of the city. Not spending too much time at the top due to the heat we headed back down to the Marina Bay ... read more
View From Sky Park Marina Bay Sands
Sky Park Marina Bay Sands
Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore June 10th 2014

Off to the airport via water bus at 12.00 to catch the 4:00pm flight to Doha, good thing we left early as Venice airport to leave from is a shambles, the worst airport we have been in and we have seen a few, it took close to 2 hours to get through the booking on, security and then through the gate, don’t want to do that one again. Finally boarded and good flight to Doha. Doha airport is brand new, only opened on 27/5/14 and is huge but hard to find a coffee to be sure. Only a 3 hour layover so not to bad and Qatar Airways are a good airline and would recommend in this neck of the woods. We arrived in Singapore early and boy is it hot. We got to the hotel ... read more
Orchard Road
Orchard Road
Orchard Road

Asia » Singapore June 1st 2014

I have a tendency to over-romanticize things. (Some people reading this are nodding their heads right now.) What can I say? I'm nostalgic for an era that ended before I was born, the era when travel was an adventure. I'm always the guy on the airplane wearing a safari outfit, wedged between the business men and the kids going to visit their grandparents. The real story I'm on a grueling business trip to Singapore, then Islamabad. By the illogic of the Fly America Act, I am required to circumnavigate the globe, with significant layovers in Manchester, England and Washington D.C. As if that weren't sufficient punishment, the enemies of logic forbid me to fly over Indian airspace, so I must fly from Singapore to Dubai, wait nine hours, then backtrack to Islamabad. My story I am ... read more
Orbit City
people lined up to buy toast
My new suit

Asia » Singapore May 29th 2014

A big thank you to my brother Ian, who flew in from Vietnam this morning to meet us unfortunately Karen was unable to make it. Ian flys back to Vietnam this afternoon so it was a quick trip. We went to a nice Asian restaurant for lunch that had some interesting items on the menu as the photo testifies. We sail this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for Malayasia where we visit three ports, then on to Phuket.... read more
Ian & myself
Ian & Colleen

Asia » Singapore May 28th 2014

23/05/14 Before we left Brisbane Greg Reinke said to me that was another Reinke couple on board, very unusual as it is not a common name. Well we have been dining with a lovely couple originally from N.Z. but now live at Surfers Paradise, and last night the gentleman whose first name is Carmen told me his surname is Reinke, imagine that they are sitting at our table. I told Greg and I will be introducing them to each other at dinner tonight. Another day in paradise I.E. tropical North Queensland, the marine pilot we have had on board for the past few days has been very informative as we negotiated the reef and he left us today. At one point near Thursday Island he stated that we only had 3.8 metres of water under the ... read more
Watermelon carving
Ice Dolphin
Timor




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