Singapore Slinging

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We didn’t actually drink a Singapore Sling (a drink I envision to be similar to a Long Island Ice Tea), but Joel and I did go to Singapore together on our long trip back to the US.  We’d each been many times on our own, as it’s the closest place to renew your visa when you’re living in Indonesia.  But because we had moved on different dates (him first and me following a few months later) our visa schedules weren’t in sync and we always took these trips alone.  It was fun to explore the city together, show one another our favorite spots and finally visit the place we’d been saving for our couple’s trip- the Buddhist hell museum at Haw Par Villa.

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Well I said I wanted to blog more then I didn’t post anything for a month, but I swear I have an excuse and that excuse is my computer died.  It was a sad, sad day, but my last MacBook was probably about eight years old so it was time to upgrade.  Lucky for me I had a trip to Singapore lined up to renew my work visa so I stayed an extra day to do some computer shopping.  I came home with a new MacBook Pro and I couldn’t be happier.  Let’s hope this one lasts another eight years.

I stayed at Porcelain Hotel in Chinatown where I stayed on my first trip to Singapore last year.   It’s inexpensive, incredibly convenient and my room was a beautiful, stark white cocoon.   This trip I got upgraded digs due to two separate reservations being made for my trip (standard room booked by work then a suite secured by me for me).  I politely declined paying extra to upgrade for the two nights that my work had booked, but they upgraded me anyway probably to save themselves the labor of cleaning the extra room had I made the switch.  It was a pleasant and welcome surprise.

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During my last trip, I discovered the neighborhood of Telok Ayer and made good on my promise to do a little exploring in the area.  Of course returning to my favorite coffee spot Free the Robot, then meandering around to photograph all the buildings on the surrounding streets.  My next trip itinerary will hopefully include the Red Dot Design Museum that I discovered but didn’t have a chance to visit.

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Since Joel and I have different visa renewal schedules we still haven’t had the chance to visit Singapore together.  I think I’ve had enough solo exploring having gone alone four times now.  We’re looking a possibly December during our holiday break so we can finally visit Har Paw Villa which we’ve been saving for a couples trip and maybe even squeeze in a romantic dinner.

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High Above Singapore at Marina Bay Sands

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My last stop in Singapore was the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.  Pretty typical tourist spot, but the views from the 57th floor are unbeatable.   You get a sneak peek of Gardens By the Bay from above and it was nice for me to survey my morning walk- my last post was photos from the park in front of the clock tower and the Merlion.

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I can’t say enough how much I love the rainbow seats.  Would it have been easier to go with a uniform seat color?  Probably, but mixing it up is so much more visually appealing.

The Viking Ballard forever!

My Viking Ballard shirt enjoying a view from the top.

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After Marina Bay Sands I had about an hour to walk to the hotel, passing the beautiful Raffles Hotel on the way, check out and head to the airport.  But it looks like I’ll hit Singapore one more time before getting my work visa and I’ll have two whole days for exploring!

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A Morning Walk in Singapore

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Singapore, so beautiful and clean!  My trips here have all been solo and way too short.  I look forward to one day taking a leisurely Singaporean vacation with Joel, but until then I’ll take whatever holiday I can get.  Last weekend I made another brief, solo trip to the Lion City.  It was just a quick overnight jaunt so the only plans I made were for a long morning walk to do some overdue exploring.  One of the things I miss most about life in Seattle is walking!  Singapore gets an A+ on walkability, so aiming to take full advantage of those super Singaporean sidewalks, I diligently kept my promise to hit the tourist spots that I missed on my last trip.

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My last trip I stayed in Chinatown so this time I switched it up and found a cheap spot in Bugis as to get familiar with a different part of the city.  Bugis was an ideal starting point for my morning expedition with its close proximity to the marina.  Even on a Monday morning Merlion Park was packed with picture seeking tourists.

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My only indulgence on this trip (I didn’t do any shopping) was paying to go the visitors deck at Marian Bay Sands.  I’ll be editing and posting that bunch soon.

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It’s Singapore time!


Hello friends!  I’ve been a little MIA for a bit and unfortunately it’s because I was sick yet again.  Long story short- more bacteria in my system, another hospital visit and now finally feeling healthy and peppy again.  My sickness forced me to push my scheduled trip back a week but I made it out of the country on Monday just before my visa expired !

I stayed in Chinatown because it was central to all my visa errands which I got done first thing on my first day- go me!   Chinatown was perfect for the solo traveler- block after block of hole in the wall food stalls and tiny restaurants and bars.  Not having much time for sightseeing, I kept my Chinatown antics to just eating and sleeping, but I did swing by the colossal Sri Mariamman Temple, apparently the city’s oldest Hindu temple.  But being on the hunt for coffee and breakfast meant I couldn’t stay for service, only stopped long enough to snap a couple photos.


Second on my agenda was Christmas shopping!  I had a long socks and underwear list so I looked for the closest Uniqlo.  I found one in Bugis Mall which is a five story mall that is connected by sky bridge to another giant mall- perfect!  Joel had recommended Arab Street to me for some more boutiquey, hip shopping so I dropped my mall bags and headed that way for browsing and dinner.



The Arab Street area was indeed brimming with shops and restaurants. The stores ranged from trendy vintage spots to custom perfumes bottlers to persian rug joints to clothing stores selling traditional Muslim dresses and hijabs to stark, modern boutiques with trendy accessories.

There were so many Mediterranean restaurants I was sad that I had to choose just one place to eat!  You never know how much you’ll miss hummus until there’s no hummus.  I ended up at a Turkish place eating juicy, roasted chicken over rice while enjoying a pretty grandiose view of Sultan Mosque. 


On Wednesday I flew out at 1:40 (direct flight- thanks Air Asia!) so I had the morning to take a stroll down Clark Quay Waterfront.  The colorful shutters and buildings along the waterfront were so dang cute!   Clark-Quay-color-shutters


It was too early for any of the touristy spots to be open which made for a nice, quiet morning stroll.  The trees along the walkways were done up with Christmas lights and the office buildings had towering fake trees with ornaments.  There’s still a disconnect in my brain with this weather and the holiday season.  I can’t wrap my head around a 90 degree Christmas, but nonetheless the lights and trees were a good, festive push in the holiday direction.


Sadly I didn’t make it to the Marina Bay Sands complex.  Photos from the SkyPark on top is definitely on my to do list for my next Singapore trip.  Being here only Monday night through Wednesday afternoon was just too short to see it all!  Living in the third world country like Indonesia means that you travel to places like Singapore for your higher end goods and services so trips are most often filled with errands, doctors and shopping lists.  Joel and I want to carve out some time next year to get here for some relaxation but with so many exotic places to travel our dance cards are looking pretty full.


The excitement from my trip must have been contagious because by the time I got home Wednesday night Joel and I were already planning our next getaway!