I recently visited my son, Fred, and his wife, Priya, in Singapore. I hadn't been there in 10 years and it was wonderful to go back again. In this photo essay I will share some of my experiences and images.
My low cost flight from Thailand on Scoot Airlines was comfortable enough but landed 11:30 pm. The trip through immigration and customs was very quick and efficient. After a brief wait for my luggage, I was ready to go to my hotel, but since the subway had closed I needed to take a taxi. The trip was quick and the fare was $27 SD (or about $22 US). Even better the return trip to the Airport via the subway was only $2 SD (or about $1.63 US). I should note that Singapore limits cars and traffic in this city of 5 million is much lighter than traffic in Minneapolis, Minnesota (less than 1 million). And as you might guess the mass transit system is excellent. (Here is a link to the Singapore MRT http://bit.ly/R0wOBU ).
I checked in at Swissotel: The Stamford asking for a room on an upper floor and was given a room on the 53rd floor. The night lights and views were spectacular.
The next day I met my Fred and Priya for a snack at a sandwich shop in the Hotel's complex. (The Stamford, Fairmont, and Raffles Tower are all in the same complex along with a subway station, a grocery store, and a mall. Very convenient.
After the snack we went by subway to the Botanical Gardens ( http://bit.ly/SjJbMM ) where we enjoyed a nice walk, took some photos, and had lunch.
After returning to my hotel by bus, we decided to take in the Nightly Laser Show at Marina Bay ( http://bit.ly/XWUVGE ). The show takes place 2 or 3 times every evening and consists of the Laser Show, Music, and also images projected on to water spray in the Bay. This first night I took photographs from the bridge facing the bay.
After the show and a dinner at a food court overlooking the Bay we made plans for the next day: to visit the Little India (for Nepali Food) and view the light show close up.
On Monday Fred had to work, but Priya and I visited the Malls by the Bay. Later we met my Son for Lunch at Marche (http://bit.ly/S7BgmD) an International place with a Swiss motif.
After lunch, Priya and I returned to The Stamford and visited the area around the hotel.
Later we went to the Night Safari ( http://bit.ly/S77ajg ) It was a good experience, but sadly there was not enough light to take good photographs of the animals I did however take a nice photo at the "Fire Show".
I returned to the Gardens by the Bay, the day of my departure.
Let me leave you with a few more images of Sinapore as I look forward to my next visit to this world class city nation.
I hope you enjoyed my photo blog. if you like these images they are available here http://bit.ly/Pdt05u