Singapore Journals

Singapore, an eye-opener

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A travel journal to Singapore by Marianne

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Quote: Singapore is a true metropolis. Commercial success is its driving force. Old buildings have been demolished. Result: a modern, well-organised city

Singapore, an eye-opener

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Overview

Singapore Photo, Singapore, Asia
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I didn’t know much about Singapore. I didn’t even particularly want to go there. We were flying Singapore Airlines to Mataram, Indonesia and were told that we could have a stopover in Singapore. And I’m glad we did this!I fell in love with the modern architecture, the skyline, Little India and also the shopping malls. And not only because of the airconditioning, which is a relief after the heat and humidity outside...In the end I didn’t buy anything because this was the start of a 6-week holiday and I didn’t want to carry surplus luggage. Quick Tips: Be a law abiding tourist! It’s not so difficult as you are reminded continuously of all the things you mustn’t do.I knew...Read More

Grand Seas Resort

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Hotel | "Hotel 81"

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Before going to Singapore I did a ‘quick round on the internet’ and to my horror I found out that virtually all hotels in Singapore were frightfully expensive. I am not interested in hotels which offer all sorts of luxurious extras. I simply want a bed. When we are visiting cities we walk from early morning till late at night because we want to see the city. After I had almost given up I came across the hotel chain: Hotel 81. They have 11 hotels in Singapore. We chose the one in Geylang. Geylang is east of the centre on the way to the airport. We love walking and that’s why we often take hotels which are not right in the centre. This gives us an extra ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Grand Seas Resort
2424 N Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
(386) 673-9337

Food Courts and Hawker Centres

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HAWKER CENTRES:At Hawker centres you`ll have a choice of of Chinese, Malay and Indian food. You find yourself a seat before ordering your food, place a tissue packet or something on the table top. This is some sort of an unorthodox signalling to other diners that the table has been taken up. However, sharing a table with unknown diners is common practice if you are unable find a vacant one. You then have to place an order at each stall, stating your table number and making your food selection. It is not very difficult to make your choice as their are photos of all the dishes. Most hawker centres have a number on each table. At some hawker centres and food courts self-service i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Pagoda Street

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Attraction | "Chinese Morning"

Pagoda Street Photo, Singapore, Asia
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We walked through Pagoda Street and Terengganu Street admiring the beautifully painted shop fronts. Merchants offer you silk kimonos, barbers offer you a shave (not me, my husband), herbalists sell intriguing potions. There are tea emporiums, everything oriental is represented. We then passed shops where they sold houses, cars, whole interiors, television sets made of carton. Children toys? we wondered. No! These carton domestic objects are meant for the dead. Quite by chance we passed a gathering of Chinese families. A Chinese ceremony was in progress and we could join them. We entered a big hall, everywhere carton houses, one metre in hei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Pagoda Street
Pagoda Street, Chinatown
Singapore

Raffles Hotel

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Hotel | "British Glory"

Raffles Hotel Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Our starting point for the morning was the Raffles Hotel. It was exactly as I had imagined it: pomp and circumstance. Tiffin and scenes from Somerset Maugham's stories flashed through my mind. While seated under the frangipani trees of the Palm Court he wrote:"The Casuarina Tree". Raffles was a man of huge importance for the east India Company. In the 18th century, Singapore was a small fishing village. When Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, first saw Singapore he immediately grasped its potential as a trans-shipment port. He bought the island for the East India Company and invited Chinese and Indians to immigrate to the new town, thus inaugurating Singapore's present multi-cultural soc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
Singapore 189673
+65 6337 1886