Singapore Series: Departing Melbourne for Singapore

Singapore - Marina Bay Sands

Singapore – Marina Bay Sands

Departing Melbourne…and the trip has officially begun… 

It is Alex (my partner’s) birthday today and is actually the reason why we are heading off to Singapore for a week long holiday.  This is my birthday present to him.  And so the trip begins.  Today we fly with Jetstar to Singapore (return flights for two direct Melbourne/Singapore A$770, bargain). 

Singapore is an exciting city and some of the attractions we are hoping to visit including the Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.

Our 7hour 50minute flight turns to 9 hours but that’s ok, just happy to be on solid ground.  The Parkroyal Hotel located on Kitchener Road, Little India is our first stop via a S$28 taxi fare from Changi Airport.  Lovely taxi driver who seemed to manage to do the 30 minute trip in 3rd gear only.

Singapore according to Wikitravel:

“Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port.

Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.”

At the hotel I let slip during check-in that it is Alex’s birthday today and… what do you know….gorgeous tiramasu cake arrives which we can’t finish but manage to eat far too much of anyway.  Our hotel is in the heart of Little India  which is a little piece of India sitting north of Singapore city.  We head out to explore… and yes…. the name is pretty’s a little India.  Loads of people, cars, shops and food places.

We decide on Indian (what else?) for dinner (S$20 total) and end up sitting next to a couple of young guys from (you guessed it)..India who are studying in Singapore and looking to head to Australia to finish their studies.

After dinner we wander the length of Rangoon Street and head down some random side streets, eventually making our way back to a coffee house located next to the Parkroyal Hotel for “Kopi” (local coffee – S$1.80).

I think Alex will like the next door coffee house as they are showing soccer on the TV.  We make it to bed by 10:30pm local time (12:30am Melbourne time).  Great feeling to be here and have the week ahead of us.  Tomorrow we expolore Chinatown. 

Happy birthday Alex.[showmyads]

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