Singapore

Southeast Asia…..cont. 

How could you not like Singapore?!?  This is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city:  fine museums, lovely parks and gardens, awesome shopping.  We’re fortunate to have a sibling living here.  My brother always knows where to find a good meal or refreshing libation.  Yesterday, he took us to Ngee An Mall on Orchard Road for the grand re-opening of Kinokuniya Books.  This bookstore is HUGE!  And it was just remodeled and enlarged.  Total ecstasy!  After wearing out the credit card, we took a cab over to Clarke Quay on the Singapore River.  A pleasant lunch at Ricciotti’s Italian Restaurant was followed with a 40-minute riverboat ride touring Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Robertson Quay and Marina Bay (25 Singapore dollars per person.)  Later, we returned to the ship for dinner in the Pinnacle Grill—steaks done “Pittsburgh style” and a nice selection of wines.  The day closed with a concert under the stars by Debby Bacon.  The lights of Singapore at night made a lovely backdrop.  Good food, good company, fabulous entertainment, and a terrific environment—it don’t get no better than this!

But then again, day 2 found us reveling in high-speed broadband internet.  We did some computer upgrades, monitored some sites, and then went out for lunch at the Old Armoury.  Vatos is an interesting Mexican/Korean fusion restaurant.  The chips and salsa were typical, but the burrito, tacos and quesadilla each had a subtle but unique twist in flavor.  Very nice.  Our Singapore days came to an end way too soon.  Now we are “at sea” on our way to Colombo, Sri Lanka.  More later!

 

Marina Bay Cruise Terminal Northwest
Marina Bay Cruise Terminal Northwest

 

 

 

Marina Bay Cruise Terminal Northeast
Marina Bay Cruise Terminal Northeast
Kinokuniya Bookstore in the Ngee An Mall.
Kinokuniya Bookstore in the Ngee An Mall.
This is only part of the magazine section of Kinokuniya Books!
This is only part of the magazine section of Kinokuniya Books!
This is a very large bookstore!
This is a very large bookstore!
6 (1024x551)
On Friday, March 9th, Kinokuniya reopened following major expansion and renovation. The principles were on hand for the media. I managed to get their photo also! The tall geltleman on the left rear had already spent a few moment with me earlier.
Ahh, ready to board!
Ahh, ready to board!
8 (1024x562)
crossed under the Cavenagh Bridge in Boat Quay. Note the playful sculpture on the wall!
Cool view of the Marina Bay Sands!
Cool view of the Marina Bay Sands!
Waterside view of the Art Science Museum.
Waterside view of the Art Science Museum.
11 (1024x576)
View of the Flower Dome/Cloud Forest. (This actually looks like a sinking boat!)
Raffles Place--the original landing site.
Raffles Place–the original landing site.
Raffles Back Entrance
Raffles Back Entrance
Back into Clarke Quay
Back into Clarke Quay

 

Debby Bacon playing under the stars and before the night lights of Singapore!
Debby Bacon playing under the stars and before the night lights of Singapore!
Night view of Singapore.
Night view of Singapore.
Night view of Singapore.
Night view of Singapore.
The Armoury
The Armoury
Happy Hour in Vatos where they do Mexican/Korean Fusion!
Happy Hour in Vatos where they do Mexican/Korean Fusion!

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s