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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 26th 2014

Well, Singapore’s a strange place isn’t it? There are lots of things to like and lots to dislike but almost all of them are in some way strange. As per usual I knew very little the country before arriving. I know a lot of people who have spent time in Singapore so naturally assumed that it must be some sort of reasonable sized place…it’s not. It’s one major island that is like 40x20km and a few other small islands. I suspect that makes it smaller than Calgary by footprint (I only suspect it cuz I’m too lazy to look it up and confirm it – besides, I don’t have wifi in the lovely café I’m currently spending the afternoon in while you are all at work!) but with approx 6 million people. Singapore is an amazing ... read more
Transformers
Singapore beat Gordon Ramsay
Chinatown

Asia » Singapore January 21st 2014

Greetings from Singapore! We made it safe and sound after a 10 hour flight to Tokyo from Vancouver and then a 7 hour flight to Singapore on Nippon Airways. Nippon Airways, a Japanese airline was very comfortable and provided excellent service with full service meals, beer, wine all complementary. We even managed to get some sleep! However, our travels were not without a glitch. We pride ourselves in never having any travel problems, missed connections or lost baggage. Well, our luck has run out. Because of a delayed flight from Saskatoon we missed our connection to Vancouver through Edmonton. But they did mange to get us to Vancouver Thursday night on a later flight. But, our luggage never made it!! That dam West Jet. They assured us they would deliver our bags to our hotel in ... read more
Finding our Lost Luggage
Can you believe this structure??
Singapore Sling!

Asia » Singapore January 2nd 2014

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Asia » Singapore December 31st 2013

Getting insights of this open-minded culture.... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina December 28th 2013

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Zoo December 20th 2013

Up for an early morning swim. We checked our bags in with the concierge then grabbed a couple of taxis out the front of the hotel to take us over the other side of the island (SGD27-30) to the zoo. Breakfast was a buffet. A quick diversion to feed some elephants who literally purred with appreciation. As breakfast continued a few of the zoos orangutans chose to visit - they have a fairly large area in which to roam and this cafe is part of that so as fruit and seeds are provided they come across and deign to sit around whilst the silly humans gawk at and photograph them. The zoo as a whole has fairly large and well maintained enclosures and we spent a few hours there. As luck would have it the flashest ... read more
Elephants at Singapore Zoo
Nic feeding elephants
Jesse feeding elephants

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina December 19th 2013

We flew Scoot out of the Gold Coast. The flight was brought forward a couple hours without any real notice and the seats we had paid extra to book were not what we ended up with but the flight was fine and on landing in Singapore customs and immigration were efficient and problem free. We went straight to the transport counter (just before the taxi rank) and organised a van for 5 of us plus luggage (SGD60). Our first impression of Singapore was how clean and neat and organised everything appears. The Marina Bay Sands porters and check-in were friendly and the door guy was suitably embarrassed when he greeted Nic as Ma'am-Sir (in his defence he approached from behind so saw the luscious locks before the manly mo). As we waited around 10 minutes for ... read more
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore December 19th 2013

Final destination and time for a bit of a wind down. Strolled around the bottom of Orchard Rd - John trying to locate somewhere that sold satay's - but no longer in this part of town. Discovered from a local that we needed to take the MRT out to Newton Circle where there is a food court that still sells them - so guess where we headed?? Yes John is in 7th heaven having found his beloved satay's. And yes they do taste different from anything we have back home. Next day walked around the harbour area. Some amazing architecture in this part. Went to the top of The Sands - this is a hotel complex that looks like it has a boat sitting on top of three pillars. Awesome view of Singapore. We got a ... read more
The Sands Hotel
Helix bridge
View of business district, floating soccer field in fore ground

Asia » Singapore » Chinatown December 13th 2013

CLEAN! My first word to describe Singapore. Only a three hour flight away from North Vietnam and I can tell I am in a totally different world. So organised and sooooo clean! Singapore reminds me very much like Hong Kong but less busy. I only spent a couple of days here so didn't do an awful lot but have a really good opinion of Singapore from my short stay. I stayed in a ten bed dorm in China Town. I thought this would be a bit of a noisy hostel as it was really near Boat Quay but it turned out to be very quiet, but a nice hostel all the same. The first night, I walked down Boat Quay towards Marina Bay Sands with Maikel, a Dutch guy I met in my hostel. We went ... read more
Maikel using his chop sticks! Yay
Giant Floating Baby!
China Town

Asia » Singapore December 13th 2013

My third time to Singapore. It’s almost like visiting an Australian capital city – everything’s in English, the currency’s just about on par with the Australian Dollar, so it’s really easy to pop off the plane and get a cab into my hostel in Chinatown. First up I’m told it’s not too busy tonight and there’ll only be a couple of people in my 10 bed dorm. Nice start. I don’t have much time before I’m off to meet my two friends, neither of whom know each other, down at a new cocktail bar she’s opened called Jigger and Pony. I’m first one there, so I get a start on the cocktails. I have an Espresso Martini due to being hell tired after all the packing and travelling. Not to mention it’s 10pm Singapore time, which ... read more




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