Blogs from Singapore, Asia - page 14


Asia » Singapore » Bukit Batok August 3rd 2015

Hi all! I know it has been a good few years since I wrote a blog but I thought i'd see if I could give it another go! This time i'm not off on some adventurous travels (although I hope I will be from time to time) but I'm living and working in the fabulous city of Singapore. To fill those of you in who haven't heard, I got a job at an international school out here and so after some fairly hefty organisation I closed up 'shop' in London, packed my bags (all 35 kilos of them... 5 kilos over the weight limit, which I paid heavily for!) and got on a flight bound for the humid, bountifully green city of Singapore. (I know, I know; technically it is the island city state off Malaysia.) ... read more

Asia » Singapore August 1st 2015

Saturday, 1st August 2015 Majulah Singapura, our Golden Jubilee. This year marks our 50th Anniversary since independence and we were really happy to be given tickets to attend the parade at the Padang this evening. We arrived at Raffles Place at 3 in the afternoon for an early dinner at Coffee Club Glasshouse before proceeding to the Padang at 4.30pm. Crowds were streaming in from all corners of Singapore by then. After going through the security screening and collecting our fun-packs, we were seated at the stand at around 5pm. Our seats were located at the East Sector - great for the views over City Hall but bad for viewing the fire-works. The fun-pack had some useful stuffs this year including a food container and a scarf for me to bring overseas when the weather is ... read more
On our way
The Parade - all formed up
Everybody had a great time today

Asia » Singapore August 1st 2015

We woke up at 6 in the morning to go to the airport. Were were now leaving Indonesia. But to get to Miami we first had to go to Singapore. So, we had a day in Singapore. When we go to the Indonesia airport, we had breakfast. Then in a rush wen to the airplane almost missing our flight. It was about an hour flight to Singapore. When we arrived in Singapore, we dropped of all of our bags except one of them that we were taking around the city. We took a taxi to a Maxwell hawker market to have lunch. The last time I was in Singapore I did not like this market because I was dead tired, but today I wasn't. I had veggie roles, some type of meat and rice, and cabbage. ... read more
Youngest Person Ever to complete challenge
My Favorite Hindu Goddess - Kali
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 26th 2015

Sunday, 26th July 2015 Our SG50 Weekend countdown continued with a visit to the Istana grounds today. The skies were generally clear even though we welcomed the slight drizzle in the afternoon to bring down the scorching heat to a much bearable portion. It was helpful in that the roads leading to the Istana Building were lined with huge rain-trees that provided a welcome respite from the sunny weather. The State Rooms were also opened today and we had a rare glimpse into the elaborate interiors. This was a great Sunday to be out and about as we relived our NS memories where we were posted here during our Active Service.... read more

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 25th 2015

Saturday, 25th July 2015 There were simply too many "freebies" to partake as we approached closer to the SG50 Weekend proper in August 2015. In fact, the inaugural SIA Open House was also held this weekend and I would probably have registered for it should I had known it earlier. Anyway, we decided to pop by at the National Orchid Garden located within our very first UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The usual $5 admission was waived for all Singaporeans from now till end of August 2015. Mum and dad were pretty bored looking at the animals when we visited the zoo two weekends ago. The situation was quite different when we visited the orchid garden as they were happily snapping shots of the beautiful orchids of varying colours. To minimise walking ... read more
Swan Lake
And more Orchids

Asia » Singapore July 20th 2015

Apparently it's freezing cold in Sydney but while we're still in Singapore that's no worry for us as it's lovely and warm here. Well actually Kev, who doesn't seem to mind the cold, has no qualms about returning to a cold Sydney. On Wednesday we had a bit of a wander around the area where our hotel is situated followed by an exploration of the Old Parliament House area where there are some beautiful old Colonial buildings. This was followed by a visit to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling, the cocktail invented by the Raffles head bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 and subsequently enjoyed by celebrities from Noel Coward to Somerset Maugham. At $31 a drink the hotel are certainly capitalising on these facts but such a price doesn't seem to have put anyone ... read more
One Singapore Sling is enough Michelle
The honeymooners at the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel
Raffles Hotel

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour July 20th 2015

Our last day and we are worn out. The Singapore heat and humidy is taxing which adds to our tiredness. We grab a cab to have a look around Sentosa Island. If we were at the start of our journey, there would be plenty to do on Sentosa, but we have run out of enthusiasm so end up just strolling the island to discover Universal studios, Mini Zip line, Sand castle art, Indoor flying, Sea world and a wave pool. We do however catch the cable car as it's pretty easy sitting and enjoying the view. On the taxi ride home, we discover many blocked roads as the buses have brought hundreds of people in for a full dress rehersal of the 9th August 50th celebration of their national day. Blocked from our hotel, we opt ... read more
Merrion at Sentosa
Starting the flyover
F18's make a great sight in formation

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village July 17th 2015

Friday, 17th July 2015 We wouldn't coin it as a perfect staycation as we believed that the Carlton could do much better. The deluxe rooms that we stayed in were refurbished recently even though the separate shower stalls leave much room to be desired. The smallish design does not allow you to leave your clothes inside the shower as they would get wet easily. The smallish size extended to the outdoor pool which was inadequately designed to cope with the 900 odd guestrooms. Coffee sachets were from "Super" which did not enhance the overall stay experience. As far as staycation is concerned, I would probably avoid this 4 star property in future. The highlight of our stay was probably a nice congee lunch at Imperial and a great shopping experience at Raffles City Marketplace. Our dinner ... read more
Nice bedroom design
Imperial Treasure Congee
@ Raffles City Marketplace

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Zoo July 17th 2015

Michelle got her Singapore wish as we went for breakfast with the orangutans at the zoo. After a 45 minute bus ride to the zoo, you have a buffet style brekky and they drop the branch so the monkeys can get from their enclosure to the breakfast area. You don't get to hold them, but can get up close for photos. It's not for me, but Michelle enjoyed it. We then had a few hours strolling around the famous zoo and saw the white polar bear, the white rhinoceros, the white tigers and the white zebras with black stripes. It is fairly disappointing as most animals are sheltering from the heat of the day. Returning back after lunch, we head over the bridge to discover the man made Garden of Trees. The area was created in ... read more
Mum and baby
Michelle with the orangutan in the green shirt
Going home

Asia » Singapore July 16th 2015

We land at Singapore around 9.30 am. As it was an afternoon flight from London, neither of us could sleep on the plane. Customs was very slow and its a good hour and half just to get out of the airport. Taxi to the hotel, checked in and have some Yum Cha for lunch. With both of us extremely tired, we know to stay awake and fight the urge for an afternoon nap. Our hotel is in Marina bay, so we walk over to the famous Marina bay complex with the shape of a boat built across the buildings. The whole harbour area and architectural design buildings are a sight to see, as we wander around. All around the area they are setting up for the Grand Prix car race, as it must be on soon. ... read more
Singapore from our balcony
The famous Marina Bay complex
Singapore skyline from the harbor

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