Wednesday, May 14

Singpore - From a Weary Traveller

All went to plan - I flew from Brisbane to Singapore and my sister flew from Adelaide.   I arrived as planned one hour before her, and after a stroll around the airport, met her as she came off her plane.

Soon we had our luggage, had climbed into a taxi and were on our way to the Big Hotel.  The hotel is new - some months actually, and is a simple "boutique style" - our rooms are small but adequate, and we have all we need.  There is a cafe on the lower ground floor - same as the reception area.  It is quite modern, and the staff for the most part have been exceptional.

I did have cause to complain as my room was not serviced at all yesterday, which of course I only discovered late in the afternoon, and I did tell them I was unimpressed, but soon my room was done while we had a light evening meal.

Breakfast is included - and that has been pretty good really - fresh fruit, juices, cereals and a variety of hot and cold foods.  Don't ask for iced coffee - there's no milk.  Just "black" coffee with iceblocks!!!

On the first night we walked to Raffles Hotel - and had a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar, before walking around some of the shopping places, then getting a taxi back to the Big Hotel.    The next morning we walked to Orchard Road and walked along all the shops on one side, before getting on the SIA Hop on, Hop off bus and heading to the Botanical Gardens where we visited the Orchid Display.


Day Two - we walked to  Rochor Canal Road, to meet up with the SIA bus again, and did the tour again right up to the Botanical Gardens, though we didn't get off - stayed until we reached Orchard Road again, and walked back the other side of the road checking out the many amazing shopping complexes.  We had lunch at Robert Timms Restaurant - resting our already weary legs before heading out to get a taxi. 

It wasn't easy but we did find a taxi rank and waited and waited until the queue shrunk and we climbed in and headed for Marina Bay Sands.  How awesome is this place!!!!  Luxury at every turn!!!!  We walked through from Tower One to Tower Three, bought tickets to go on the Marina Bay Sky Park - went up in the lift to the 57 th floor I think.  The view was awesome.  It had rained heavily in the morning and it was a bit misty.  Maybe a bit of pollution thrown in, but it didn't make for clear photos.


Marina Bay Sands 

View from the top of Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay and the Super Trees

Marina Bay Sands from the Gardens by the Bay

Super Trees
By the time we walked to the Gardens by the Bay we were really knackered - our feet crying out for some respite.  We caught a shuttle bus for a tour of the gardens, before giving into the cries of our feet, and catching a taxi back to the Big Hotel.  

3 comments:

peter petterson said...

Good luck with the trip. Great pics too.

Di Hill said...

Loving it so far.

Angsana Velavaru said...

Amazing post. I love all these photographies.