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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour May 13th 2014

I have been in Singapore for six weeks now and in spite of the loads of work I do I managed to do a little bit of sightseeing and get an impression of the city. It is an amazing and crazy city, full of superlatives with so many things going on. There is amazing architecture. For example, from my office window I can see the Marina Bay Sands, three high rises which are located right next to each other and linked by a structure that symbolises a ship on their very top. On this “ship” there is the famous Infinity Pool, a pool where the water seems to be ending in the sky. When it is dark there is a laser show that takes place almost every evening at this building. Other buildings look like a ... read more
Gardens by the Bay II
Gardens by the Bay III
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore » Little India May 12th 2014

Mustafa Mall, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park When we, a team of eight wanderers from India, landed at Changi Airport in the early morning hours, there were signs of the overnight rainfall but it was not raining and the climate was pleasant when we came out and proceeded to our hotel CherryLoft which was in Little India on the side of Rangoon Road. As our check-in time was at noon, we completed the booking formalities and kept our luggage safely in the locker room there. The hotel had a nice view from outside. The front office personnel were courteous and helpful. We then just walked beside Rangoon Road towards Mustafa Shopping Mall, one of the giant malls but economic comparing to other shops in Singapore, needless to say the most expensive Asian country. We spent ... read more
Riverwalk Restaurant
Moving for Safari
Jungle Tram

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village May 6th 2014

Singaporeans, and honestly Asians in general, are hugely into fashion. On any given day, I see at least 2 girls wearing what I would consider my nicest party dress and f*&% me heels to work. It hurts my feet just looking at them….and here I am, wearing my tennis shoes on the MRT and changing into my nice, serviceable Hushpuppies once I get to the clinic. My Clinical Instructor (CI), also wears heels to work. Yes, she treats patients while wearing heels. And dresses sometimes. So with this in mind, I've been actively searching out some good places to shop for nice clothes. Now back home I would just pop into the nearest Ross or Marshall's to stock my closet with a bunch of cute pants and tops without breaking the bank. There are no Ross's ... read more
Sagar enjoying some ice cold coconut water
Chicken rice and char siu pork!
Satay chicken and peanut sauce

Asia » Singapore May 3rd 2014

And she's back again! Not complaining, absolutely love the place! This time I got to spend two nights in Singapore, then had a nightstop in Sydney again (separate blog entry) and finished the trip with another two nights back in Singapore. We actually did so much in this week, was an amazing trip and crew. On our first night in Singapore I had to take a miss on heading out for drinks. Was absolutely exhausted from my weekend antics and wanted to be fresh for the rest of the trip. I managed to get about 14hours sleep so obviously needed it! The next day a group of us headed to the beach at Sentosa Island. This really is the best place to come if you are looking to catch some rays as it's too hot to ... read more
Swimming (paddling) to wee island
Where we swam too
Cool down hut

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour April 27th 2014

Last time I wrote something here I had just returned from a great and very relaxing holiday on the island of Lanzarote. And having recharged my batteries was really important for the months that were to come. I had two and a half months left to write up my PhD, submit it, and prepare for a nine month work secondment to Singapore. Crazyness… During the next months, my whole world was revolving around the PhD. I made sure I got enough sleep (which was not always easy because I must admit that there were quite a few nights when it was difficult for me to go to sleep), kept a healthy and balanced diet, worked out four times per week, and did not drink any alcohol. No travelling, no visitors. But, most importantly, I worked on ... read more
Reflections @Keppel Bay
Reflections @Keppel Bay pool
Sunset @ Reflections

Asia » Singapore April 26th 2014

My first Saturday night in Singapore was a success! I was invited by some classmates of mine from the Bangkok days to join them for their weekly dinner and drinks night. We ended up going to this really great mexican restaurant (you can take the girl out of Texas…..) called Lucha Loco, where one of my classmate's sister was a chef. The food was great, and the drinks were delish! I obviously had to order the house margarita (when in Rome) and then tried this amazing passionfruit cocktail. All in all, a great experience, company included. It felt like we were all old friends, even though I hadn't seen my classmates in over 16 years and I'd just met their friends, but they were all fun and friendly, and very welcoming. After dinner we went to ... read more
Delicious fall-off-the-bone spicy braised ribs and a beef and pineapple taco
Delicious appetizer, courtesy of the chef!
A very long list….

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road April 25th 2014

So after sleeping 14 or so hours, I decided to take a trial run at finding my internship site. One of the great things about Singapore is its public transportation system. Fortunately, my host mom and her son gave me a MRT route map and told me which stops to take and which lines to go on…because it is really confusing for a first-timer!! I did not take any pics this time around because I didn't want to make it too obvious that I wasn't from around here, but I'll sneak some with my iPhone next time! So I walked from the house to the MRT station and took the Circle Line to Harbour Front, where I switched to the Northeast Line to Dhoby Ghaut, and then took the Jorong East Line to Orchard Road. Confusing ... read more
The patio garden
My room!! Super cozy, and stays cool even though its on the 5th floor!
My closet :)

Asia » Singapore April 20th 2014

3 whirlwind nights in Singapore....where to start?! We started with an 8 hour flight to Dubai. I'd managed to get us seats together 'in the middle in the middle in the middle' of the plane, which I soon lived to regret. 2 wonderfully robust gentleman appeared either side of us fussing with their bags. I found myself praying that these gentlemen were hovering over the seats Behind us. But no, no. Hayley and I were rapidly condensed to a seat and a quarter. After the cramping, invasion of personal space and constant elbow/jaw bashing, the seats 'in the middle in the middle in middle' we're definitely not a great plan. STA had sold the 'quick' stopover in Dubai as 'just long enough, not much waiting around'. In hindsight I fear STA failed to mention that we ... read more

Asia » Singapore April 14th 2014

4thApril Singapore We arrived into Singapore on a very hot & humid morning. This is the third time we have been here in the last few years but the first time we have arrived by sea. We berthed at the brand new cruise terminal which has recently opened within sight of the metropolis of Singapore city. The skyline here is dominated b the Marina Bay Sands Hotel which we have seen from a basic structure to the completed building. We went up to the viewing platform on our last visit (2011) where there are amazing views of the city. The amount of building has not ceased and they are reclaiming more and more land from the sea to accommodate the need for space. An island republic in the Malay Peninsula, Singapore has come a long way ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Chinatown April 11th 2014

This morning I took a combination of subway and bus to the Jurong Bird Park. (See photo) This is basically a zoo, but dedicated solely to birds. It has a series of walk-thru aviaries as well as birds that are apparently out in the open air. I'm not sure how they get the pelicans, storks, and others to stick around... The park turned out to be more engrossing than I expected. The birds seem very well cared for and quite active. Even the raptors were hopping and flying in their large enclosures. I have seen a number of different species of penguins and flamingoes already on this trip, and I saw more today. (See photos) I attended one of the shows. I generally don't like performing animal shows, but this one was at least semi-educational. (There ... read more
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