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Asia » Singapore » Geylang March 24th 2016

Singapore, March 7-10, 2016 After I left Korea, I had the chance to travel through Singapore and Malaysia for a couple of weeks. I started the trip with four days and three nights in Singapore. The city center is compact, but nicely laid out. I greatly enjoyed walking the streets and eating some wonderful food—which was a treat all throughout both countries. The first full day in Singapore I started by exploring the Gardens by the Bay. The whole area is beautifully designed. I enjoyed the Cloud Forest—a dome that houses fauna from tropical rain forests. The walk from the top to the bottom of structure is nice. After the visiting the Cloud Forest, I headed over to the Supertree Grove and walked along the elevated walkway which provides amazing views of the city center. After ... read more
Marina Bay Sands at Night
Singapore City Center
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore March 10th 2016

Singapore. Feb. 17. A thoroughly modern city, with many public spaces and sculptures, fantastic architecture and it looks just awesome at night, punctuated by creative illumination of threes, sculptures and buildings, and laser light shows from the heights of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Very high- end yachts hanging about. The first order of business was to get online and caught up on email, bank accounts and the blog. Cruise terminal wifi sucks pretty much everywhere we have visited on cruise ships, even in high-tech Singapore, so we found the nearest Starbucks, steps from passport control. Very strict immigration here, we have to go through passport control to just get on and off the ship. Actually, very strict everything. They call Singapore the fine city. There are fines for jaywalking, for unleashed dogs, for smoking ... read more

Asia » Singapore March 10th 2016

Singapore. Feb. 18. Tried the terminal internet last night, but gave it up. Others had no problem. We'll try Starbuck's on the way back if we have time; all aboard is 4:30. Took the subway to the Bay Marina area, where behind the hotel, in a city of 5 million people, we, of course, ran into David and Anne who had disembarked the day before and had just enjoyed the Gardens By The Bay before heading to the airport. We got lost in wonder at the detailed displays and explanations and incredible variety of plants in this spectacular public area. For a the price of a ticket, you can also tour two giant domed conservatories containing more than a quarter million rare species. One dome contains a cloud/rainforest, complete with a thundering waterfall dropping several stories ... read more

Asia » Singapore March 7th 2016

Well, I really meant to blog on a regular basis, but the wi-fi on board the cruise ship is so slow to load. I can't seem to write and then send it without eating up massive amounts of minutes, of which I have few. I got a cold from the plane and since there were 3 ladies behind me coughing from San Fran to Shanghai, I am not at all surprised. Had some scares about not having a Chinese visa. I was transiting the Shanghai airport only to HongKong so I was sure I did not need a visa. However, the United attendant had to read before she would give me a boarding pass to Shanghai, and then they kept demanding you open your passport to the Chinese visa in San Fran. The head purser in ... read more

Asia » Singapore March 7th 2016

Arrived in Singapore this am, it is very hot and humid to me. I am like a sopping wet rag, it just sort-of pours off me, not very attractive. Used the MRT, to travel to the "Gardens by the Bay" This subway system is very clean, and easy to use. I have enjoyed the freedom, the mass transit systems give me. I only wish that my state would get the light rail in Denver more set up and then extend it south. The garden were easy to find and well worth a visit. There are orchids all over, Went up to the walkway that connected some of the man made super trees. It was wonderful with cool breezes and great views of the city of Singapore. I have been to Singapore 2 other times, so have ... read more

Asia » Singapore February 24th 2016

Hallo iedereen, Ik heb weer een hoop ondernomen. Na mijn verblijf in Melacca, waar ik eindigde met een speciaal Hindoe-nieuwjaar onbijt, ben ik per coach ( zo'n schoolreisbus) naar Singapore gegaan. Singapore is een stadstaat waar vooral expats wonen. Alles super schoon en niemand doet iets wat niet mag want op elk klein vergrijp staan torenhoge boetes en (lijf)straffen. Het is een aparte plek, overal staan bordjes bij die je behoeden voor mogelijke ongevallen. Bij elke roltrap staan bordjes dat je je handen vrij moet houden zodat he de leuning vast kan pakken, je niet met je voeten te dicht bij de rand moet staan, etc. De uitzondering is little india waar mijn hostel stond. Met name in het tekka food centre heerst er vaak complete chaos. Dat is een combinatie van een markt en gedeelte ... read more

Asia » Singapore February 21st 2016

General info: Currency: Singapore dollar Cost of living: 1500ml bottle of water 2$, 50g bag of almonds 2$, meal in food court 10-15$ From the first moment Singapore air leaves no doubts you are in equatorial climate- hot and humid with brakes for downpours, but beautiful and nature is full of life. Places worth to see and visit in Singapore are for sure one of the most expensive hotels in the world Marina Bay Sands and neighbouring Gardens By The Bay. I would advise to walk there after sunset so you can experience charming lights and music shows. For nightlife lovers perfect place is Clarke Quay and Riverside. You can find there canopied complex of bars, restaurants and clubs with various styles and music types. In Jumbo Seafood Restaurant you can eat the most famous award ... read more
Singapore Beehive Building
Swissotel The Stamford
Singapore Lion fountain

Asia » Singapore » Little India February 7th 2016

Sunday 7th February 2016 We were excited to be heading to Singapore today having had a great time in Myanmar. Myanmar felt like real travelling again having to work hard to find places to stay, things to eat and generally getting around the city. Having said that, we were also looking forward to an easier time of it in Singapore where all of the aforementioned things should come easily. Checked out by 8am we were in a taxi with our new Polish friends and after 45 minutes we arrived at the airport. We dropped off our bags and got through security in record breaking time and sat to wait for the plane. We had a comfortable 3 hour flight south to Singapore and landed at 4:30pm Singapore time. We located the MRT (tube) and along with ... read more
Our curry at Banana leaf restaurant
Lanterns in China town
Fire work display

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 1st 2016

I sometimes forget just how wealthy Singapore is. Yes, there are some poor people, but you don’t see anyone sleeping in doorways. And yes, some of the housing is far from luxurious, though nothing that would be called substandard, unless you are a foreign guest worker, then accommodations can be pretty grim. Bear with me while I give you a few statistics to put things in context. (You may skip ahead a few paragraphs if you want, or you can read through and wow your friends with this knowledge.) When you look at rankings of per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Singapore comes in third, behind Qatar and Luxemburg. The United States comes in at number eleven, Australia at eighteen, and Canada ranks twenty-second among the world economies. Add to that, the island city-state is home ... read more
Marina Bay Sands
New Bridge St

Asia » Singapore January 31st 2016

Rob writes I'm actually writing this during the bus journey between Singapore and Malacca, up until now we've just not found the time to sit down and do it! So, we left Glasgow on the Sunday the 31st to start our 3 month trip of South East Asia.Its been 5 years since the first big trip and we think we have recovered enough to try and finish it ( a bit). The flights were some of the best I've been on in a while. For the first flight to Dubai we managed to get ourselves some emergency exit seats for all the leg room and easy access. Normally on flights I get upset by having no space, and then having to ask the guy next to me if he could possibly wake up and let me ... read more
All the seats
Tina & Rob - Singapore
Gardens by the Bay

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