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Month: August, 2016

Bretzelitos travel to Singapore – Round trip, Supertrees, St. John Singapore, Marina Bay, Mount Faber, Sentosa, National Museum of Singapore and flight back to Paris

In the last days, we had not so much time to continue our blog.  Nevertheless, we would like to write about the last days as well and tell you what we did – even while we are already back in Europe.

Last Thursday, we started our day with a round-trip with MRT through Singapore. We went up with the North-South Line to Yishun station and had a look around. We went also into the next shopping centre and had a look for new shoes. Unfortunately, the prices have been the same as in Europe, so we decided to skip this opportunity.

Afterwards, we went back to the hotel via Jurung East in the West of Singapore. We had lunch with some colleagues of Bretzelito in the Millenia Walk next to our hotel. The afternoon was rather unspectacular: Little Bretzelito had to prepare a presentation for the St. John’s organisation in Singapore for Friday.

In the evening, we went to the Supertrees in the Gardens by the Bay and enjoyed the wonderful light show which had a retro topic that day, accompanied by some retro music.

Last Friday, little Bretzelito had the presentation at the St. John’s headquarter about his work with St. John’s in Germany and the work of his regional association. He had to prepare a presentation and was busy the whole day. During the day, we have been not really able to do anything outside of the hotel because of strong haze  conditions in Singapore. The haze was produced through wildfires in Indonesia and filled the city with strong smoke.

In the evening, we had a again a walk around the Marina Bay and finished the day – guess where – in the Paulaner.

On Saturday, we went again to Sentosa Island and to Mount Faber. We reached the so-called “state of fun” by cable car from Mount Faber station, after we had a short look around the park at Mount Faber.

On the island of Sentosa, we started our day with a great lunch in the Hard Rock Cafe. Little Bretzelito was very happy and enjoyed some very good ribs and pulled pork. Our first attraction was the so-called Luge tracks. The Luges are small vehicles which you are able to steer and brake. They have no engine and work only by gravity. We tried out both tracks which go downhill and had a lot of fun. As fun part to go back to the starting point, a chair lift brings you back up the hill again and gives you a beautiful view over the tracks and the island itself.

Later on, we went up to the “Mega Zipline.” Little Bretzelito was climbing through “ClimbMax” which is an aerial obstacle course set amongst the treetops of the park with loads of challenges. Afterwards, we went together to “Mega Zip line” which is 450 meters long and goes from 72 meter above sea level to zero. It goes over the wild forest of the island, the beach and a part of the bay of Sentosa. We have been sweating a lot during this and our clothes have been just soaking wet afterwards.

To celebrate our success, we went into a 7eleven and found orignal beer from Breda, Netherlands. There was even advertisement for the beer. Little Bretzelito was amazed and we had to drink a Breda beer in Sentosa!

Since the Luge ride was by far our most favorite attraction of the day, we decided to go back to the tracks and to do another five rounds on the tracks. We enjoyed it a lot! Especially because the night was setting and it became dark on the tracks. Luckily, they have colourful illuminated the tracks and it was just perfect!

After a long but very enjoyable day, we went back to the Hotel and had a shower. We decided to end the day as usual in the Paulaner… where beer was the cheapest as they were celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Yesterday, the day of departure came already and unfortunately. We both wanted to stay longer. Our flight was in the evening at 22:50 local time Singapore. So we had the full day to enjoy Singapore. In the morning we went to the National Museum of Singapore. We had the luck to enjoy a free tour through the museum with a guide and learned a lot about the history of Singapore. Around noon, we went into the restaurant in the museum and had a quick lunch before we visited some further exhibitions. Around 13:30, we went back to the Hotel and prepared our luggage. We checked out at 15:00 and decided to enjoy the last hours at the hotel pool before we went around 18:30 to the airport.

Now, we are back in Paris and look back to very beautiful and lovely days in Singapore. The flight back to Paris was very enjoyable and we both got some good rest during the flight. The flight was uneventful and had with 12:45 hours a normal duration.

That was definetly not the last time we went to Singapore! ­čÖé

Of course, we have again some pictures for you:

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Bretzelitos travel to Singapore – Formula 1 Track, National Stadium, Fort Canning Park and Marina Bay

Yesterday, we started our day with a walk along the other side of Marina Bay. We saw the ongoing preparations of Singapore’s Formula 1 race track and pit lane for the teams. We walked further on along the riverbank of Kalang and Geylang river up to the national stadium of Singapore. The stadium is rather large and offers place for 55.000 people. Next to the National stadium, you can find the smaller indoor national stadium and two large swimming pools which are used for training and competitions. Of course, also a shopping centre is next to the stadium. You find shoping centres everywhere here in Singapore, it is unbelievable how many shops exist and survive here. They belong certainly today to the establishment and developed nation of Singpore.

The stadium is build directly on the riverbank of two rivers which are flowing into the Marina Bay. You can find some training lanes for rowers on the two rivers and also a paddleboat rental. From there, we went to the stadium MRT station and we took the next Metro back to our hotel.

After a short rest, we went to the Fort Canning Park. The park is a former fortified garrison with a bunker underneath which was used during the second world war and afterwards. Unfortunately,  the so-called battle boxed was closed and a visit was therefore not possible.

In this park which is on a small hill near the central business district of Singapore, you have the location of the first house of Raffles. Raffles was a british statesman and Lieutenant-Governor of British-Java during the colonialism.

Afterwards we walked over to the Marina Bay and walked once again around the Marina Bay and enjoyed the spectular views.

We walked back to hotel after we spent some time at the promenade. We entered as usual the Paulaner to have dinner and some beers.

Some pictures of yesterday:


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Bretzelitos travel to Singapore – Little India, Sentosa and Chinatown

Yesterday we went to little India in Singapore. After a quick breakfast we started our tour and took the metro to the little India MRT station (MRT stands for: mass rapide transport).┬á This little indian quarter feels certainly like really being in India. All these mixed shops next to each other – car tire store next to a jeweler and traditional indian clothing store – and the colourful houses are generating an Indian feeling. Around lunch time, we had some lunch in a chinese restaurant before we went into Mustafas department store. You can truly say, you are able to find everything in this store. The department store is around two blocks large and has in general around fifth floors. It was amazing and without asking to take which way out, we would have been certainly lost.

After we finished our little tour in little India, we took the MRT to Harbour Front. In Harbour Front, you have the opportunity to change to the monorail which brings you directly to the Sentosa island. Little Bretzelito was already very excited just because of taking the monorail . This little island is an unbelievably beautiful amusement park and you certainly don’t miss any attraction. From the Universal studios of Singapore which are present there, a water park with water slides, a beach, a zip line, an aquarium, a cable car system and much more to find here. We enjoyed a lot our visit in the aquarium and saw a lot of fish – oh really? Nevertheless, the rays, sharks and jellyfish have been very beautiful and it was a great and interesting visit.

As we finished our aquarium tour, we decided to take an overview of the whole island and tried out the cable car system. One system runs from West to East on the island and the other one connects Harbour Front with Sentosa and Mount Faber. We had a beautiful view over the island, the harbour of Singapore and the skylines around us – it was certainly worth the money!

Back on the mainland, we decided to take MRT back to the Hotel. After a short rest and a shower we went to Chinatown and had a look around. We took some beers before we went back to the Paulaner where we finished our day.

Some pictures of the day: