Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 3 in Singapore

 The roof top pool deck of the Changi Village Hotel
 A Singapore Airlines flight coming in for a landing at Changi Airport.

The one thing I've been interested in doing since setting up our trip to Singapore is to arrange a tour of the World Famous Tiger Beer brewery. After breakfast and a rooftop swim, we headed out on the journey to the brewery. More photos on the way of the trip inside the brewery.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lunch in Singapore-Orchard Road

Ok, I admit it. I was pretty tired when we arrived and missed  taking a fancy snap of the hotel . Thank Google for the use of the image above. When I've stayed in Singapore, the place that is most comfortable and grand is the Changi Village hotel. It's outside of the main city of Singapore, closer to the beaches and secluded in the sleepy little are of Singapore called Changi Village (naturally)

The sleek modern design of the hotel is cool and relaxing. 

The next day on the taxi ride to downtown Singapore: Orchard Road shopping district. Notice on the overpass the flowers and hanging plants. 

So green around the highway and so radically different from the 405, 134, or 5 in LA.

 The downtown shopping district is still pretty green. Oh yeah, I forgot I'm on a tropical island city ;)

 Little cars at a traffic stop. Takashimaya shopping plaza is just around the corner.
 The huge interior atrium of the Takashimaya Shopping center. 5 floors above ground of shops and restaurants with an additional 3 floors of the same underground.
Walking underground from Takashimaya Center to another mall Wisma Atria shopping center we head into the Food Republic (food court) and line up for the local favorite Thye Hong Hokkien Mee. (Hokkien noodle dish).  But don't just take my word for it:

Each plate of noodles is served in the traditional leaf sleeve. Which was the original  "street plate" which the noodles sold.
Fresh prawn in a savory sautee sauce with chili over stir fried noodles. Squeeze with lime and bon appetite. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Welcome to Singapore-Changi Airport

Above we see a long Koi pond which stretches the length of a concourse I would typically find in LAX. But this isn't LAX, it's Changi International Airport in Singapore. Which is a HUGE airport in comparison to most of the airports I've traveled through.
 Some of the many Koi hanging around in the pond. It must get kind of the same for the Koi after a while. Same black tile all around 24/7.

When you get tired of looking at the Koi or strolling the pond, or having a drink at the Tiger Beer pub (off screen) you can relax in comfortable chairs in the cozy atrium. All they need is tropical birds....and after the welcome wall below we see......

 Tropical Birds of Singapore and Malaysia courtesy of the Singapore Bird Park!
Well, they were made of wood, but they added some great color to the palm trees, tropical plants, and    waterfalls in the receiving hall.
More to come soon as we get through the immigration check point and out into Singapore to get something to eat. ;)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Traveling Over Seas

Above is the largest luxury liner in the Singapore Airlines Air fleet: the AirBus 380. It's a huge plane with a gentle ride. Which reminds me of riding in a cruise liner. When we departed LAX, I couldn't feel we had actually lifted off the ground until I looked out the window and didn't see the tarmack. We're on route to Narita Airport in Tokyo Japan, to lay over and then leap over the South China Sea to Singapore.
The line after disembarkation going through Japanese customs. It was a short line but with no a/c in the hall, it was HOT!
A welcome sign on our way into the main terminal to find the gate for the remaining 8hr leg of the trip to Singapore.