A Travellerspoint blog

April 2018

Business Class and a lie flat bed in future!

Singapore > Auckland

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Despite having seat 51D which has no seat in front of me so that I was able to stretch out my leg, I had a niggling feeling that something was not right with my right leg when I entered the plane.

It was a restless overnight flight back to New Zealand.

When I left the plane walking through customs my right leg was in even more discomfort. Doctor the next day who ruled out DVT, blood clot, knee or hip …

PS - I was laid up in bed in great pain and discomfort on pain medication for the next week. It took many more weeks slowly reducing my dependence on the pain medication with ever slight improvement each day before it came right. Even now I don’t know the cause. To make things worse, I still had another week of annual leave that I had “things to do” including swimming at my local beach.

I hate to think what would have happened if I did not have seat 51D or a bulkhead seat and had to endure the 10 hour flight with even more restricted leg room!

So perhaps it will be Business Class and a lie flat bed in future!

Posted by bruceontour 02:49 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

Shank’s pony through a bit of Central Singapore.

Crosby returned and off we went to see mainly by shank’s pony a bit of Central Singapore.

Aboard the local bus for several stops and breakfast in Chinatown Complex Market (& Food Centre).

Again I will let the photos take you through what I saw.

As the day progressed it was humid and thanks Crosby for guiding me through the mainly air-conditioned alleyways and buildings.

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Chwee Kueh and Chee Cheong Fun

Chwee Kueh and Chee Cheong Fun

Popiah (springroll) and Kueh Pie Ti

Popiah (springroll) and Kueh Pie Ti

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Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu), Temple Street

Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu), Temple Street

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Nankin St

Nankin St

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“Heading Home”, bronze sculpture by Lim Leong Seng of a rickshaw puller

“Heading Home”, bronze sculpture by Lim Leong Seng of a rickshaw puller

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Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Fuk Tak Chi (Hakka Temple) Museum, Telok Ayer Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Chulia Street

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Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

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Boat Quay / Singapore River

Boat Quay / Singapore River

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Cavenagh Bridge

Cavenagh Bridge

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Anderson Bridge

Anderson Bridge

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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

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National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court & City Hall)

National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court & City Hall)

The Arts House at the Old Parliament

The Arts House at the Old Parliament

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court Cell)

National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court Cell)

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National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court)

National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court)

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St Andrew's Church (Anglican)

St Andrew's Church (Anglican)

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Bak Kut The (Pork Ribs Broth)

Bak Kut The (Pork Ribs Broth)

It was time to bid farewell and I hope that it won’t be such a long time till we can meet again.

Thankfully Crosby gave me some hard cash, $2 note for the MTR to get me to the airport but on arrival at Bugis Station saw the signs saying that the MTR was not operating due to all day maintenance, but buses were provided for a SGD$1 (no change) to get me directly to T3. So it was a very quick trip to be dropped off at the departure level at the airport.

Quick check in and with boarding pass in hand for seat 51D had time to kill. My timing was good as there was enough time in the airport’s 24 hour cinema before my 7:50 boarding time to see the whole of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a good old New Zealand film 2016 (Sam Neil and Julian Dennison) which I had not seen.

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Changi Airport Butterfly Garden

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Posted by bruceontour 02:49 Archived in Singapore Tagged changi_airport_butterfly_garden Comments (1)

No Singapore cash, No Wi-Fi and it was getting late

Day 13 Delhi > Singapore

Three of us were flying out this morning / lunch time and Sally had organised an Uber ride. Ngaire and I joined her at 8am / 08:00 for the short and quick 30 minute trip to the airport. So how much did I see of Delhi? Nothing so that means I need to return!

We each had to check in at our respective airline counters and then after security met up inside for an airport breakfast 342 rupee / NZ$7.30 / US$5.30 and our farewells, Ngaire to London and Sally back to New Zealand via a stop over in Guangzhou, China.

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Ngaire, Sally

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Saw some New Zealand wines in the duty free shop.

Villa Maria Marlborough Cellar Selection 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 3,560 rupee / NZ$75.70 / US$54.70 (gold).
New Zealand supermarket costs 780 rupee / NZ$16.50 / US$12.00.

Villa Maria Marlborough Private Bin 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 2,980 rupee / NZ$63.30 / US$45.80 (white).
New Zealand supermarket costs 690 rupee / NZ$14.60 / US$10.60.

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Opposite the departure gate was Starbucks so Brenda will get an India cup to add to her collection.

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The plane was a bit late leaving than its scheduled 12:10 / 12:10 departure time.

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Taking off from Delhi

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Seared Fish Fillet in Herb Veloute

Seared Fish Fillet in Herb Veloute

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Sunset as we headed east

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Touch down at Singapore after the 5 hour 40 minute flight. After getting another password for the airport Wi-Fi made initial contact with Crosby via WhatsApp to let him know that I had arrived.

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The plan was for me to meet him at the Bugis MRT station. With 30 people in front of me in each of the immigration queues, I wondered how long it will take to clear this. So my message to Crosby that I sent to him while waiting in the immigration queue was that I will let him know when I have the MRT ticket in my hot little hands ….

I knew that the airport MRT station had ticket machines which took credit card but would it accept mine? NO! The usually manned ticket counter was closed being so late. Having no Singapore cash on me, what do I do? Go back upstairs to change some money? Thankfully some kind person at the ticket machine brought my SGD$1.65 ticket! I gave her some US$$$$.

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But down in the bowels of the airport MTR station it wasn’t connected with the airport Wi-Fi so it was back upstairs to let Crosby know what was happening but more importantly when to expect me at Bugis station.

Thankfully he had already sent me instructions of how to get to my hotel as when I got to Bugis station there was no sign of him.

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With Maps.Me on my phone in one hand and asking exactly which way I had to go after surfacing out of Exit C made it to G Hotel with no problems.

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Then after connected with their Wi-Fi, messaged Crosby. It was an hour since my last message as to me the MRT seem to take forever to get to Bugis Station even at this late hour of the night. He wasn’t far away so off we went for a late dinner just one block from the hotel at Aroy-Dee Thai Kitchen along in Middle Rd. After some 20 or more years it was a long overdue catch up! I had some fried glass noodles.

Posted by bruceontour 01:56 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

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