Blogs from Singapore, Asia - page 7


Asia » Singapore April 17th 2015

The bus from Melaka pulled into the Queen Street Bus Terminal in Singapore 4 hours after departure, and right on time. There is a motorway between KL and Singapore, with regular toll booth stops, so the trip was a breeze, in another comfortable bus. I had no Singapore dollars on me, and I was hoping there would be an exchange booth at the bus terminal, but no such luck. So, I was directed to a shop across the street where I was able to exchange the last of my Malaysian ringgits for Singapore dollars. Bugis MRT station was 300 meters away, so the idea of getting a taxi to my accommodation was scrapped, I would take the train instead. Once again I’m staying at the Wink Hostel in Chinatown. The price has risen in the 2 ... read more
Looking up one of the super trees
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore » Bukit Batok April 16th 2015

India en Nepal, waar we onze reis begonnen, behoren tot de armste landen van de wereld. Het GDP per Capita in Singapore ligt op 80 000 dollar, dat betekent dat de gemiddelde Singaporees meer verdient dan de gemiddelde inwoner van Monaco. We begonnen de reis in armoede, chaos en onmenselijke omstandigheden en eindigen in welvaart, orde en bovenmenselijke omstandigheden. Van Indonesië zijn we naar Kuala Lumpur gevlogen, een moderne en relatief dure stad. Kijkend door het raam van de trein tijdens de zeven-urige rit naar Singapore, bleek er niets anders dan palmbomen in Malaisië te groeien. De jungle is omgehakt ten behoeve van palmolie. Aan de grens van Singapore hebben we overnacht, gewacht totdat André, de vriend van de zus van Nadja, er was. Hij heeft zich zo in kunnen plannen dat hij ons persoonlijk terug ... read more
Camera's op het strand

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village April 3rd 2015

Easter Friday, 3rd April 2015 A hearty buffet lunch followed by a nice weekend stay at one of their lovely rooms. For the great prices we paid, we couldn't ask for more. ParkRoyal on Beach Road had been one of my preferred hotels when it comes to weekend staycations. Their room rates are not overly-expensive and the modern room condition is a nice touch considering that the hotel had been around for quite sometime. While the immediate neighbourhood might not have a lot to offer, this hotel is a comfortable stroll from Bugis Station where numerous malls dotted the landscape. Of course, if you are like us who aspire to spend more time in the hotel, the spacious swimming pool is sure to delight. Forget about the room service menu as similar local offerings could be ... read more
Nice rooms
Great local lunch spread

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay March 30th 2015

Wow. great city. I wasn't too convinced at first. Maybe it was just the jet lag but we took a river cruise and got our bearings and it kind of started to make sense. fantastic at night 😊 very expensive though!... read more
Raffles Hotel
Kids statues
The weirdest hotel

Asia » Singapore March 29th 2015

I'm writing this from the perspective of a Singaporean. Singapore is now a world-class cosmopolitan city that has its humbled beginnings as being a part of Malaysia. This little city-state also known as the tiny red dot on the World map gained independence 50 years ago under the leadership of the late founding father of modern Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It is also a fitting tribute that I should choose to do my write-up today as this day also marks the State funeral of the late Mr Lee. For starters, Singapore or Singapura as it is called in Malay, means Lion City. Singa means Lion and Pura means town. The mascot of this city is the Merlion which can be found overlooking the Singapore River along the Esplanade. This former British colony founded originally by ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 23rd 2015

We bid a fond farewell to Singapore tonight! It was a wonderful introduction to our Asian portion of the cruise. The country is in mourning as their First Prime Minister died today; he was 91 years old and had brought Singapore from an undeveloped country beautiful, modern, clean and safe place, not to mention financial and shipping hub. We toured with a group from the ship today to the river for a short boat cruise along the historic area followed by a trishaw ride through the India section of town. A stop at the infamous Raffles hotel was next for our Singapore Sling and back to the ship. Cable cars span over the ship to Sentosa Island where Universal Studios has a complex and to Haber Mountain. We just rode the cable car over to Sentosa, ... read more
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Raffles Hotel

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 22nd 2015

After breakfast we went on a hunt for vodka, not an easy task in Singapore. After walking two malls, the deed was accomplished and we were ready to check out of the Pan Pacific hotel and board the bus to the Insignia. Our cabin was filled with luggage (4 huge bags, 2 medium and 2 small) and left little walking space, but since it was time for lunch, we left that chore for later to gain strength for the task at hand. Two hours later we were organized and pleased with the results. We were ready for 109 days of life aboard Insignia and a glass of beer.... read more
New Home!

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 22nd 2015

I just returned to Germany after a year in Singapore. I worked extremely hard while I was there since I was doing three jobs at a time: consulting work for our Singaporean office, consulting work for our Kuala Lumpur office, and research for our German headquarter. So my job also involved a lot of travelling – to conferences to Hawaii, Paris, and San Sebastian and back and forth between Singapore and KL. At times I was in KL almost every week. There was loads of work to do. However, projects were diverse, super interesting and fun, so I did not mind the amount of work too much – also because I knew it would be for a limited amount of time. Although I worked a lot I still managed to see a lot around the ... read more
Apéritif at Sky on 57
Central Business District

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 21st 2015

Out on the street at 8:00 am this morning as the humidity is quite oppressive. First stop was The Gardens by the Bay which is a huge complex that can be walked for free along part of a man made river with an assortment of native flora. The paying parts of the garden were a Skywalk, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Hours were spent enjoying what surely must be every plant in the world! So happy to see a tulip exhibit but most have not bloomed yet. Next stop Sky Park above the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - 57 stories above the ground. Best view of Singapore from here. Back to our hotel for a siesta and dinner with cruise mates we met two years ago from Ottawa, Canada who are also taking this cruise.... read more
Mirror, Mirror...
Sky Park - Marina Bay Sands
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome from above

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour March 20th 2015

We have arrived! Our flights were happily uneventful and most enjoyable thanks to first class and business class accommodations provided by Oceania Cruise lines. A driver was waiting for us at 1:45 a.m. and took us to our most beautiful hotel Pan Pacific which is close to all that Singapore has to offer and which we shall enjoy for the next four days. We are wide awake as Singapore is 12 hours ahead of New York so we will stay the course until tonight and try to get on track time wise.... read more

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