Singapore is an island city-state, which is located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, and is one of the busiest ports in the world.  Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian peoples.  It is extremely clean, has a very efficient transportation system, and is a major financial center for this area of the world. It is also the place (at the Raffles Hotel) where the famous Singapore Sling drink was created.  The people were delightful to interact with for the day we spent with them.

This is a new hotel with a tree forest and affinity pool along the top that connects the 3 towers.

The two Barbara’s took a tour of the National Orchid Garden, which is located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Orchid Garden claims to have the world’s largest display of orchids, with over 3,000 varieties, and happens to be Singapore’s signature flower.





Carolyn and Mary Jane went to find the HopOn HopOff bus to tour the city, but got a different experience exploring the underground city that lies beneath the pavement.  It was amazing, with up to 6 floors of shops, restaurants, and services, all revolving around the subway traffic of four different subway lines.  It was immaculate down in this subterranean city, and we were able to find a great hair salon so Carolyn could get her curly locks cut.

We finally emerged in Chinatown and began exploring the Tanjong Pagar Conservation District, which has about 200 beautifully restored shop-houses in pastel colors with wooden shuttered windows.  They were fun to see.


Lots of different kinds of shops have taken up residence there, including a camera store, which we happened to be lured into.  Big mistake.  We spent over an hour there talking to the people and seeing the latest and greatest accessories for our cameras.  We are sure you can figure out the end to that story.

We were nearly out of time, so we went back underground and rode the subway to the cruise center where we caught the shuttle bus back to the Queen Mary at the container ship terminal (we are too big to fit in the usual cruise ship harbors).  We enjoyed our visit to Singapore and will come back again someday.


One Response to “Singapore”

  1. Betty Schnatterly March 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

    WOW, Singapore sure has changed since Ed & were there, I am thinking at least 30yrs ago. It is amazing, were there any snake charmers on the streets?
    I am trying to keep up with you all, but with the move it has been hard but will go back as soon as I get a chance. we are in our new office now and are trying to get settled. Think we will like it. Moved in yesterday.

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