Category: Singapore Stop-over

Raffles Hotel – Singapore

You cannot visit Singapore without paying a visit to the famous Raffles Hotel (maplink) for the popular Singapore Sling.

After queuing for about 30 minutes we finally entered the historical “Long Room” and settled in for some peanuts and a sling. We couldn’t believe the amount of discarded peanut shells on the floor. Apparently part of the tradition at Raffles is to shell your peanuts and drop the shells on the floor (check out the pictures below).

The drinks arrived and we totally got into it but only had one each as they come in at $33.00 each. One more item ticked off the bucket list.

Singapore’s Merlion

The Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore, depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres, weighs 70 tonnes and located in Merlion Park on the edge of Marina Bay.

We were in Singapore in 2002 and shortly afterward the Merlion was relocated from what used to be the mouth of the Singapore River to it’s present location. The relocation process was pretty tricky and makes for an interesting read (Wikipedia). We took a stroll from here to Raffles for a Singapore Sling.

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Cloud Forest

This magnificent indoors garden is an absolute spectacle. There are different types of spectacle too – the flowers; hidden artwork and sooo many selfie taking people.

There is so much colour everywhere you look. Some of the hidden art is brilliant with monkeys, dragons and characters carved out of the bases of huge trees.

Another aspect to the enjoyable experience are the views through the glass dome to the “Supertrees” and the bay; once again spectacular.

Floral Dome

One of the attractions at the Gardens by the Bay is the Floral Dome which is the 2nd installment of internal gardens. This is a “wetland” type of environment with a central mountain containing multiple water cascades. Truly beautiful.

Sky Walk

We took the sky-walk among the garden’s “Supertrees” and it did not disappoint. The views are amazing and it really puts the massive scope of this development into perspective. This is an engineering marvel.

The Supertrees dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft).

Floral Fantasy

Another fantastic display of floral art. This was our last stop of the Gardens.

We then closed out the visit with a light-show in the “Supertrees Grove”

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Singapore’s Chinatown

Off to check out Singapore’s Chinatown today to take in the colours and flavours of this important part of visiting Singapore. What a fantastic place to visit, even though we only touched on a small part of it we totally enjoyed the experience.

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We’re on our way. Woohoo!!

Our F.A.B. (Fischer.Alexander.Brown) Tours group headed out of cold old Melbourne this morning headed for warm Singapore on our QANTAS A380.

Arriving in Singapore we were spirited away by our trustee driver to the Orchard Road Hotel. A quick unpack then saw us head off to the Australian High Commission for a couple of beers with our old neighbours, Doug & Larissa, from Melbourne. It was a fantastic way to kick off the trip and a great catch up with fantastic friends who we haven’t seen for ages.