Singapore 2017

Our Europe trip has finally arrived!!

We got our plane to Singapore without any problems and arrived on time. Had a bit of problem trying to get a train to our accommodations because I didn’t want to get a SMRT card and pay the deposit when we would only be there for one day…but we sorted it and got the train to Aljunied and walked through the less than salubrious neighbourhood to our hotel. We suspected that the ‘shops’ across the road and surrounding the hotel were actually brothels, but oh well, they left us alone.

We basically fell into bed in the tiny room and got up in the morning ready to tackle our day. It was very nice to be warm again!!

We had breakfast of Prata with coffee and teh tarek and then got the train into Raffles Place.

Breakfast in Geylang, Singapore

From there we walked to La Pau Sat for a coffee (since I hadn’t had one) and to show Eileen what a flash hawker Centre was like. No pictures since I have whole albums of Singapore from when I lived there 🙂

Then it was getting on to time to meet Doris, so we walked towards Chinatown and had a quick look at the temples there – though we were dressed too scantily to go inside. We met Doris – she was walking on the street ahead of us – and went for a tour of the Chinatown Heritage Centre – I had been there a few times but found it very interesting. Doris had never been (nor had Eileen, obviously) and they found it quite interesting as well.

Next stop was the Maxwell Hawker Centre for lunch. I had chicken rice, of course, and it was so delicious! I had a young coconut drink for dessert. Yum!

Lunch at Maxwell Hawker Center, Singapore
Lunch at Maxwell Hawker Center, Singapore

We then walked to the train and passed the interesting Oasis Hotel building – new since I lived in Singapore – and I had to take photos of that. And of Eileen and Doris walking in the 5 foot way in Chinatown.

Eileen and Doris near Oasis Hotel
Oasis Hotel, Singapore
Oasis Hotel, Singapore

We got to Raffles and they have moved the Singapore Sling bar out of the Long Bar and into a different one while it’s being renovated, I guess. The drinks were expensive and the service not so great, but it is an institution!

At Raffles Hotel – rope chandelier
At Raffles Hotel
Doris at Raffles Hotel
Eileen, Bianca and Doris at Raffles Hotel
Drinkies at Raffles Hotel

Doris had to leave us then to get to her appointments and Eileen and I then walked to Marina Sands – photographing it along the way:

Marina Sands Hotel and Casino, Singapore
Marina Sands Hotel and Casino, Singapore
Marina Sands Hotel and Casino, Singapore

I love the weird science museum building 🙂

We decided to go to the top to the Sands Sky Park Observation Deck. The views were pretty amazing from up there. You can also see the infinity pool etc that is only for the residents. A bit out of our price range, however!

Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands Sky Park Observation Deck, Singapore

We were quite footsore and tired but had to walk down to the gardens to get to our meeting point with Geri, at Satay by the Bay. There were a couple of good views of the Supertrees. I would’ve liked to go on the skywalk there but we ran out of time, and Eileen would not have liked that in any case!

Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

It was so nice to see Geri again after all these years. We had a nice dinner of satay, of course. And silly us, we forgot to get money out and poor Geri had to pay for our dinner! We were mortified, but not so much that we wanted to walk the distance to the train station and back before eating!

Dinner at Satay by the Bay, Singapore

Then it was time for the Garden Rhapsody show. It was a fantastic light show in the Supertree Grove. There were quite a few people there and we were lucky to have fine weather with it.

Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Night Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Night Views at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Garden Rhapsody, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

After that, it was time to say goodbye to Geri and go back to the hotel. There were huge queues for the train ticket machines and we just wanted to get out of there, so got a taxi to the hotel to pick up our luggage there. We had a little bit of a rest there while we repacked our bags and then walked to the train to get it to the airport.

Singapore airport is always good value, so we had some more to eat – bah kuh teh for me – finally! And Eileen had had enough of Asian food and chose Burger King. 🙂

Then it was time to walk around a little before getting the flight to Zurich at 1:25am.

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