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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! 🙂

Of course, we have again some pictures for you:


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Bretzelitos 🙂

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).  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:

 

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Bretzelitos travel to Singapore – St. John Singapore and the Stamford Hotel

Little Bretzelito had yesterday a meeting with at St. John Singapore to hand over a small “thank you bag” of the Johanniter group in Niederkassel. Johanniter is the name for St. John in Germany. The CEO of the St. John in Singapore, Mr. John Seen, welcomed us in his office and showed us around the whole St. John building. Especially the heritage room of the St. John was really impressive. It has documents of the long history of St. John here in Singapore.

The two Bretzelitos got a pin of the order of the St. John and as well a small thank you bag for Germany. Later on, Mr. Seen invited us to have lunch with him in a close-by traditional food court. We had some delicious rice and chicken – and enjoyed a lot. All these small restaurants next to each other are something amazing and you certainly have a great experience.

After our meeting, we went back to the hotel to update the blog and to get some good rest. In the afternoon we jumped shortly into the pool before we went out to the Stamford Swissotel. This tall building is around 230 meters high and has a very lovely bar in the 71st floor with view over the city. We enjoyed some small finger food and two cold tiger beers during we saw the sunset over Singapore.

Our next stop was the close-by Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel to enjoy some traditional Singapore Sling cocktails. The Singapore Sling was invented in this very bar. The Raffles Hotel has a completely different architecture in comparison with most other hotels in Singapore. It has colonial style architecture, is only two stories high and completely in white.

When we went out of the Long Bar, we saw a bus stop down the road and decided to take the next bus into the direction of Harbour Front. The trip went along some parts of the large harbour of Singapore and we have been able to see parts of a large container terminal.

At Harbour Front, we went into a shopping mall where you are able to find more common chains and brands out of europe which are not so expensive. Big Bretzelito found something in the GAP store and little Bretzel got a new t-shirt as well.

After two beer at a German style restaurant which is called Brotzeit, we went back to the Hotel by subway and called it a day.

Of course we have some pictures of the day:

 

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Bretzelitos travel to Singapore – Marina Bay Sands and the gardens by the bay

Yesterday we two went to one of the most stunning buildings here in Singapore –  the Marina Bay Sands. The three tall buildings with the 57th floor on top which looks like a ship is certainly a magnificent piece of architecture. We went to the Marina Bay Sands around lunch time. First of all, we went through a large shopping mall along very expensive shops and high quality goods. Little Bretzelito has a bit the feeling that these shopping malls are nearly nothing special anymore for Singapore.

In the shopping center, big Bretzelito has favourite nail polish shop. He has been there before and was very happy with the result. Before the appointment, we had some time to take the elevator up to 57th floor and to enjoy the view above the gardens by the bay and the harbour. Truly very impressive!

As soon as big Bretzelito finger nails were made handsome, we moved on to the gardens by the bay. The park is very magnificent and we both are very impressed by the work and detail which is behind this park.

Of course, we went up to the Supertree Grove and sky walk. These trees are generating their own energy and they are wonderful! I am very impressed by the idea of sustainability which you are able to find here in Singapore gardens and parks. Unfortunately, the Supertree Grove was not open through a thunderstorm warning. So we had some typical chinese lunch in one of the close restaurants before we climbed up the trees .

After a stunning view and some difficult steps for big Bretzelito – afraid of heights from time to time, but he managed it very well yesterday 🙂 – we went on to the cloud forest and later on to the flower dome.

These two buildings which are part of the gardens by the bay are by far the most impressive gardens within a building which little Bretzelito has seen before. The whole construction and lay-out idea is absolutely great and the experience you have is certainly the entre fee worth!

Alone the cloud forest with the 7 stories high waterfall and the cloud production facilities to develop the feeling to stand in cloud forest which is similar for instance to the one we visited on our hiking trip to Saba last year is impressive. Also the variety of plants, trees and flowers is so large that you are able to find on every corner something new.

Especially in the flower dome, we have seen new flowers which we might have seen never before. In both gardens are for sure orchids again in the focus and alone the variety of the orchids is impressive. We stopped counting the different varieties.

In total, the visit two this two buildings and the gardens of the bay have been absolutely worth it. The architecture, ideas, arrangements and variety of flowers, plants and trees made this visit very enjoyable and gave us a positive energy about the fauna of the Singapore area.

From the gardens by the bay, we walked along the Singapore river to the arts and science museum which is directly at the Marina Bay. It looks like a large lotus flower as building. Interestingly, even though it is such a difficult structure, you are not able to see any major structure or construction part. Everything is within the facade and the lotus flower is clearly recognisable. Certainly a very interesting architectural solution and another interesting building here in Singapore.

We enjoyed the evening light at the waterfront of the Marina Bay. Across the Marina Bay is a floating football field which is currently closed. We have been able to see some otters sunbathing and play on the football field. These otters are living in the Singapore river and in the Marina Bay. Truly a fascinating view.

As we finished our short tour around the arts and science museum, we went back to our hotel via the helix bridge. The helix bridge is constructed in the form of a real human helix and is very beautiful illuminated by night.

Shortly before the hotel, we decided to have a small dinner at the Paulaner Wirthaus next to our hotel. After some nice Bavarian dishes, we went up to the hotel room and called it a day.

We also made a lot of pictures during our visit. But unfortunately, little Bretzelito has soon the meeting with St. Johns here in Singapore and not the time to look through the pictures. But as soon as possible, the pictures will be added to our blog!

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Bretzelitos

 

 

Bretzelitos travel to Sinapore – First full day in Singapore

Bretzelitos travel to Singapore

Fourth stop: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Traveled so far: 11040 km

Yesterday we went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, northwest of the city centre. The garden is 74 hectar large and a world heritage site accepted by UNESCO last year.

You have several different parts within the botanic gardens. The most interesting parts are in my opinion the orchid garden and the rain forest. In the orchid garden, you can find an enormously high amount of wonderful and very detailed orchids. It is impressing how much they care about the orchids and with which love to the detail. The arrangements and the ideas how to arrange the garden are brilliant.

Besides the orchids garden, the rain forest is an interesting part of the botanic gardens. You can find wild living animals in the rain forest. For instance, we saw several iguanas, chickens and squirrels. Also snakes should be living in that rain forest part.

In general, we enjoyed a lot and can only recommend to spend some time during the next Singapore visit in this garden. It is very relaxing and gives you a very positive emotion.

In total we walked around six kilometers through the park and spent at least three hours. To be honest, I did not keep the time in mind.

After the botanic gardens, we went back to the hotel and enjoyed some time at the swimming pool here in our hotel. The hotel – as well the swimming pool – is at the moment well visited. The friendly bartender told us that especially many Asian families spend the weekend in Singapore as weekend trip. So we expect to have a bit less crowded swimming pool in the next days.

In the evening, we decided to have dinner at Clarke Quay. We went into a typical Japanese restaurant and enjoyed some very good and fresh Sushi. You were even able to taste the fresh sea water.

As digestif, we went around the corner to the Paulaner Brauhaus – to drink original German wheat beer and to eat Bretzels in a German restaurant in Singapore is certainly a well appreciated result of the globalization and export of the Paulaner Brauhaus.

As small evening walk, we went a long the Singapore rivers down to the Marina Bay. We saw the rainbow bridge, the old parliament as well as the theatre of Singapore.

Back at the hotel, we decided to have a last one in the Paulaner Brauhaus which is next to our hotel (yes, here exist even two of them). We had two steins of beer and something small to eat. Afterwards, we called it a day around 1 am.

Of course we have some pictures for you: