Tuesday, 5 January 2010

One Week itinerary in Singapore

We wanted to escape the dreary damp weather in Hong Kong for the Xmas vacation so were fortunate to be able to crash at my cousins place in Singapore while he and his missus braved the rain, hail, sleet, snow, ice and general transport chaos, on their trip back to Ireland. Here's a few of the things we got up to during a very chilled out relaxing week.

Botanical Gardens including the extensive Orchid Garden

Sentosa Island which is south of the city centre but connected by bridges has lots of beaches and touristy attractions

Pulau Ubin which is a small island off the east coast where you can explore on a bike and get a feel for how the locals lived before modernisation and the financial sector kicked in

Shopping at the numerous markets and HUGE shopping malls where there is little sign of a recession given the number of folks carrying bags of designer label gear

The National Museum has a great permanent exhibit of the history of Singapore and how it separated from Malaysia

Raffles Hotel and shopping plaza where you can fine dine or sip a cocktail in a historic setting

Food glorious food courts which are everywhere and as well as being super cheap, they feature cuisine from all over Asia.  It is truly food heaven!

The Zoo and Night Safari.  OK - I'm kind of cheating here as although I've been to Singapore 3 times and wanted to go I've somehow just not made it yet but someday I definitely will.....maybe

We flew back to Hong Kong on New Years Eve just in time to head out on a boat and see the fireworks on the harbour

All in all not a bad way to finish of the old year and see in the new one.  How was yours?

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Maya January 05, 2010 1:55 am  

Looks like a great week--very nice photos. Hong Kong is on our list of possible places to spend a future NYE. This year we were in the bush. Bagged the highest peak in Victoria on the last day of the year and were in bed well before midnight!

Quickroute January 05, 2010 2:40 am  

@ Maya: Yours was a much healthier option - I need a hike to expunge all the toxins I've had this past week

nick January 05, 2010 4:47 am  

Some interesting sights there. I like the photo of the missus appearing to get soaked to the skin! And the beautiful rope bridge. Our own Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge has been closed because the approach roads are all covered with ice!

Quickroute January 05, 2010 6:30 am  

@ Nick: yeah I hear the weather is absolutely dire at the mo - stay warm!

Thriftcriminal January 05, 2010 8:42 am  

Looks good, I have a school friend living out there these days, might have to look him up when the big holiday gets planned.

Quickroute January 05, 2010 9:09 am  

@ Thrifty: It's definitely worth a visit - I still prefer HK though

Baino January 05, 2010 12:05 pm  

All I remember of Singapore was the oppressive humidity, then I've only ever been as far as the transit lounge. Looks lovely and very clean!

DIY Stevo January 05, 2010 5:34 pm  

Great stuff, Paddy. I really want to visit SNG and be in HK for New Year's Eve. I spent New Year's Eve eating Korean BBQ.

And you know how I spent New Year's Day.

Quickroute January 05, 2010 6:26 pm  

@ Baino: yeah its pretty hot n' humid year round and almost unnaturally clean

@ DIY Stevo: I like the Korean BBQ's but DIY on New Years Day is dedication to your craft

VE January 06, 2010 2:19 pm  

Good choice. I've been to Singapore many a time. It's a beautiful city. I remember sitting at the Satay club enjoying some good times. These photos brought back a lot of memories.

姍姍 January 06, 2010 9:43 pm  

Cool, you have covered almost all for Singapore :)
Was in Taiwan for New Year, another lovely country worth visiting :D

wandermom January 08, 2010 4:38 pm  

Stunning photos!
Looks like you guys had a great New Year.
Happy 2010 Quickroute :)

NicoleB Egypt January 09, 2010 11:04 am  

Thanks for taking me along!
That looks like one awesome place to spend a few days.
Love that Safari and all the nature!

Quickroute January 10, 2010 5:47 am  

@ VE: Yeah it's a cool city and nice and laid back

@ Venny: taiwan is on my list - I must get some pointers from you

@ Wandermom: Thanks and same to you

@ NicoleB: It's a cool city alright with plenty of photo ops for ya

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