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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Singapore Street Food Old Market

May 28, 2016 by David Herd

Singapore Satays Lau Pa Sat

Singapore Street Food Old Market Singapore Street Food Old Market Lau Pa Sat is an exciting inexpensive way to dine in this very expensive city. Unless of course you are devouring a chilli crab at boat key or the East Coast Lagoon Food village, then it’s a different story.

Lau Pa Sat

Singapore Street Food Old Market Lau Pa Sat (which means Old Market) is also known as Telok Ayer in the heart of Singapore‚Äôs financial district, it has operated as a hawker centre since 1973 and is the best place in Singapore for satay sticks.

Table service at Lau Pa Sat

Singapore Street Food Old Market The best satay stalls in Singapore are found here in Boon Tat St on the south side of Lau Pa Sat, it changes to a pedestrian thoroughfare called the Asli Satay Club between 7 pm and midnight.

Octagonal building

Singapore Street Food Old Market The market building is a unique octagonal cast-iron structure which was originally shipped out from Glasgow. The original Telok Ayer market opened in 1838.

Singapore Satays Lau Pa Sat has a very busy kitchen

Singapore Street Food Old Market Obviously you have a choice at Singapore Satays Lau Pa Sat market to eat inside the building or out on the busy street. Personally I think the street is far more interesting.

Great friends Anne & Steve

Singapore Street Food Old Market For six or seven years I was so lucky that my old friends from Sydney lived in Singapore where Anne was a director of a large insurance company. They would allow to stay in their spare room at their luxury Singapore apartment. While Anne worked Steve and I would practice our lunch skills or play golf at Changi golf club near the airport or Legends golf club in Malaysia.

 Lau Pa Sat from above

Singapore Street Food Old Market

A great view of this amazing building, many thanks to Xtrememachineuk .

Finally goodbye from our smiling chef.

Singapore Satays Lau Pa Sat

Thanks for visiting my Singapore Street Food Old Market photo blog, if you visit Singapore put it on your bucket list.

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Marina Bay Sands Singapore

April 23, 2016 by David Herd

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Singapore is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

View from the Ritz Carlton

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands dominates much of the Singapore skyline, this view is from the front door of the Ritz Carlton.

Towards the end of construction

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One of the world’s most amazing developments in Singapore Asia’s Lion City.

Wonderful photo of Marina Bay

Singapore Asia's Lion City

My friend Hamish Elton took this from the 70th floor at Equinox restaurant in April 2016. Equinox is rated 48th out of 7,819 by TripAdvisor.

Spectacular at night

Singapore Asia's Lion City

It’s difficult to decide what is more spectacular, night or day. The Equinox is on the 70th floor of the Swissotell The Stamford. Use this link to book a room and get a huge discount, you will probably pay around $215 usd.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort

The magnificent building is absolutely breathtaking.

Inside Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore safe exciting city

Everything about Marina Bay Resort is on a grand scale.

View from Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort

The view from the roof of Marina Bay Resort.

 From Marina Bay Sands Resort.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Singapore’s ever changing skyline.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore at night

Marina Bay Sands Singapore Always spectacular and breathtaking, many thanks to my lovely friend Benjamina for this & the next photo.

A beautiful building

Marina Bay Sands Singapore Another colour change to keep us entertained.

Time for a laser show.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore Many thanks to my friend Hamish Elton for these laser shots.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore          Marina Bay Sands Singapore          Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Wonderful by day and fabulous by night.

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Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore

June 7, 2015 by David Herd

Changi Golf club Singapore

Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore is like an oasis and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. Located just beside Changi airport. This was 2008, when I was here last year we played at Legends in Malaysia.

Duncan Paul slams one up the middle

 

Nice course Changi Golf club SingaporeHere is an Aussie Duncan Paul teeing off, he now lives in Hong Kong.

 

Old friend Steve Bates at Changi Golf Club

Nice course Changi Golf club SingaporeThe construction of the military base at Changi commenced in 1926 and was occupied by the British Army and Commonwealth forces up to the surrender in WWII. When peace was declared in 1945 the British Army went back into the Changi site and stayed there until 1946 when the administration and running of the base was handed over to the Royal Air Force. The RAF Changi personnel decided to create a golf section and they laid out a few holes on the sports field without any bunkers.  It was not until 1949 that the golf course was ready for play. Changi is a reminder of Singapore‚Äôs historical connection with WWII, as the course winds through an area filled with mementos of the British presence like the soldier‚Äôs barracks, officer‚Äôs quarters, gun-emplacements and air-raid bunkers.

 

The view from Changi Golf Club

Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore

When the RAF left Singapore in 1971, the club was privatized and civilian members were taken in to form the pioneer group of Changi Golf Club. Since then the golf course and the clubhouse have been regularly upgraded.

Steve Bates waits for lunch at Changi Golf Club

Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore

Steve is waiting patiently for lunch.

Happy waitress at Changi Golf Club

Chili crab Singapore

Now that’s what I call a big happy smile.

Steve Bates & Duncan Paul at Changi Golf Club

Nice course Changi Golf club Singapore

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Australian Expats love Singapore

June 5, 2015 by David Herd

Wine Angel

Australian Expats love Singapore Australian Expats love Singapore, and there was rain, wine & food in abundance when I was visiting friends in 2007. Anne Lacy worked at Parkview Square where the wine Angel would fetch our preferred tipple raising herself high on the end of a hook.

Up she goes

Australian Expats love Singapore

Quite an interesting method of collecting your wine choice.

Too much red wine is never enough

Singapore rain wine food That’s Duncan Paul on the left, Anne Lacy, David Herd, Kate Paul¬†and Steve Bates.


 

Parkview Square

  Australian Expats love Singapore   A rather imposing Singapore building.

Boat Quay Singapore

  Boat Quay Singapore  This is the place to go in Singapore for world famous chilli crab, make sure you haggle on the price.

Boat Quay Singapore

  Boat Quay SingaporeHere is we eat the wonderful Chilli crabs imported from Sri Lanka. 

Say no more

  chili crab Boat Quay Imported from Sri Lanka, they are often much bigger than we can get in Australia.    Chilli crab in Singapore is the world’s best, one my way to Istanbul on February 24th 2015 I have arranged a 9 hour stop over in Singapore so I can visit The East Coast Seafood Centre for another wonderful dining experience.  

 Yellow Lamborghini

  Australian Expats love SingaporeThere are lots of wealthy people in Singapore.  

See what I mean?

  Australian Expats love Singapore This is one guys private selection.  

 Sentosa in the rain

Australian Expats love Singapore

Tropical storms are almost a daily occurrence in Singapore.

 When it rains it comes down in buckets

 Sentosa island

Huge drops of rain.

Sentosa casino

Australian Expats love Singapore Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort off the southern coast of Singapore. Attractions include one of Singapore’s two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park, and a Marine Life Park, which includes the world’s largest oceanarium. The S$6.59 billion (US$4.93 billion) resort is the third most expensive building ever constructed. The resort will cover about 121 acres of land.¬†

Marina Bay construction.

Australian Expats love Singapore  The ever changing Singapore skyline.

Morton’s Atrium Bar

¬† Mortons Oriental hotelAnne, Kate, Duncan¬†and Steve Bates. In Singapore, the Morton‚Äôs Atrium Bar has¬† long been one of the most popular bars in the city, thanks largely to the exceptional offerings of the ‚ÄúMortinis Hours‚ÄĚ of 5pm-7pm on week nights when the iconic Morton‚Äôs¬†Martinis¬†are attractively priced and served with complimentary filet mignon steak sandwiches.

Friends of Steve and Anne

¬† Australian Expats love SingaporeThese happy people are some of Anne’s workmates. Anne is a director in a large insurance company while Steve plays golf and goes to lunch. ūüôā ¬†


Singapore rain wine food

¬† Singapore chilli crab I did call this post¬†Singapore rain wine food, well here is some more food. ūüôā ¬†

Let’s move on to Changi Golf Course

  Australian Expats love SingaporeHere is an Aussie Duncan Paul teeing off at Changi Golf course near Singapore airport.  

Old friend Steve Bates at Changi Golf Club

Australian Expats love SingaporeChangi is a reminder of Singapore’s historical connection with WWII, as the course winds through an area filled with mementos of the British presence like the soldier’s barracks, officer’s quarters, gun-emplacements and air-raid bunkers.

The view from Changi Golf Club

Changi Golf Club Singapore

Steve Bates waits for lunch at Changi Golf Club

Australian Expats love Singapore

Steve enjoying a cold Tiger beer.

Happy waitress at Changi Golf Club

Australian Expats love Singapore

Now that’s what I call a big smile.

Steve Bates & Duncan Paul at Changi Golf Club

Australian Expats love Singapore

Both Aussie guys living in Singapore supported by their hard working wives. :)
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World’s best Chilli crab Singapore

September 26, 2014 by David Herd

Chilli crab in Singapore

Chili crab Singapore

World’s best Chilli crab Singapore without a doubt, it’s my favourite pastime in this great city. Imported from Sri Lanka they are the biggest I have ever seen, up to 3.3 kilos.

Have a closer look

Chili crab Singapore

These monsters are certainly not cheap, from memory this one set me back about $120.

A 3.3 kilo monster

Chili crab SingaporeThe East Coast Seafood Centre

Steve picks our lunch

Chili crab SingaporeThe East Coast Seafood Centre  in East Coast Park, Singapore, best known for co-locating several major local seafood restaurants, including Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. It’s only about 10 minutes to the airport. The address is 1206 E Coast Parkway #01-07/08, Singapore 449883.

Amazing chili crab

Chili crab Singapore As you can imagine it takes well over an hour to work your way through this wonderful meal.

Boat Quay Singapore

Boat Quay SingaporeThis is the main location in the city for chili crab, there are around 30 waterfront restaurants vying for your attention. Boat Quay is a historical quay in Singapore which is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank.

Chilli crab at Boat Key

Chili crab Boat Key

Boat Quay is one of my favourite districts in Singapore.

Boat Quay Singapore

Chilli crab Singapore There are so many pubs & restaurants to choose from  here at Boat Quay, Friday & Saturday nights it’s a madhouse.

 Boat Quay

Boat Quay

Such a peaceful riverside setting.

 Boat Quay is very popular with the locals

Chilli crab Singapore  A bunch of expats enjoying a few cold beers.

Local characters as well

Boat Quay Singapore

Bright lights and loud music make sure you won’t miss this guy.  

Victorian London Pub at Boat Quay

Victorian London Pub

A very popular watering hole in Singapore.

Can’t get fresher than this

Boat Quay Singapore

Make sure you haggle over the price, you can usually get a 10% discount.

 Local map

Marina Bay 

David Herd at Boat Quay Singapore in 2014

David Herd Boat Quay Singapore

As I said earlier Chilli crab Singapore is the world’s best, one my way to Istanbul on February 24th 2015 I have arranged a 9 hour stop over in Singapore so I can visit The East Coast Seafood Centre for another wonderful dining experience.

 

  Flashback to 1998 with the mudcrabs I caught from my jetty.

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The biggest I ever caught was around 2 kilo, most however were 1.5, there is nothing like freshly caught mudcrab.

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Cable car Sentosa Singapore

June 27, 2014 by David Herd

Cable car Sentosa Singapore is the most scenic way to get to the island. You cross the water & float high above Universal studios and the Hard Rock Hotel. There is a free bus at the end to take you down to the beach.

Cable car

Cable car Sentosa Singapore

It’s about a 15 or 20 minute ride & you have to change cars halfway.

Mary on the cable car to Sentosa

Cable car Sentosa Singapore Mary is Steve & Anne’s lovely Philippine housekeeper.

Ferry to Sentosa

Cable car Sentosa Singapore On the way to Sentosa we pass over one of the ferries.

Looking to the right from the cable car

Cable car Sentosa Singapore Singapore seems to be in the middle of an explosion of new condos & offices. Everywhere you look there are cranes on the horizon.

Hard Rock Hotel & Universal Studios

Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa Five or 6 years ago this was just a swamp, now it is a world class tourist facility. The red roof building on the left is a museum. The casino is at the top right of the photo.

Great view from the Singapore cable car

Cable car Sentosa The Singapore Cable Car provides an aerial link from Mount Faber on the main island of Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa across the Keppel Harbour. Opened on 15 February 1974, it was the first aerial ropeway system in the world to span a harbour. However, it is not the first aerial ropeway system to span the sea. For instance, Awashima KaijŇć Ropeway in Japan, built in 1964, goes over a short strait to an island.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa From the Singapore cable car you get a terrific view of the Hard Rick Hotel.

Hard Rock Hotel pool & water slides.

Hard Rock Sentosa A closer look at the Hard Rock pool and water slides, all yours from $1000 per night. ūüôā

Bus to the beach

Cable car Sentosa Singapore When you get off the cable car there is a free bus ride to the beach, it’s only a few hundred meters but better than walking in the heat. They are now extending the car right to the beach.

Sentosa Beach

Sentosa Beach Another free bus will take you along the beach, there are bars & restaurants and a train to Vivo shopping mall at the very end.

Beach Bar

Cable car Sentosa SingaporeI am told at weekends the beach is packed with people so try and visit mid week if you can.

Sentosa 4D Magix

Cable car Sentosa Singapore This state of the art theatre was built for a cost of $3.5 million, a mere drop in the bucket for Singapore.

Sentosa to Vivo shopping mall.

Cable car Sentosa Singapore The cost initial cable car ticket, $29.

Leaving the island Cable car Sentosa Singapore

Cable car Sentosa SingaporeThe mono rail runs the opposite side of the casino & Hard Rock hotel.

Food Republic at Vivo shopping mall

Vivo food hall At the mono rail stop you arrive at this fantastic food hall, always very busy and such low prices.

Great low price food here

Cable car Sentosa Singapore The concept combines local hawker fare with mini restaurants (some of which have exclusive seating) in an open dining concept. Some stalls are also run from standalone pushcarts. Food Republic’s elaborate decor and furniture are designed to invoke a nostalgic kampong atmosphere.

Mary is enjoying a Luxor

Cable car Sentosa Singapore

In Thailand, Food Republic has three branches in Bangkok, located on the sixth floor of Central Plaza Grand Rama IX, Mega Bangna and the fourth floor of Siam Center.

Steven waiting in line for Wanton soup

cable car Lots of good food here but not this Wanton soup, the Wantons were ok but the soup tasted like dishwater.

Looks good, tastes ordinary

Cable car Sentosa SingaporeTasted like dishwater, but the Wantons were good.

The chicken shop

chicken wings Singapore

Lots of good food choices here.

Excellent chicken wings.

Cable car Sentosa SingaporeThe chicken wings were really good as was the ice cold Tiger beer.

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Ritz Carlton buffet lunch

June 26, 2014 by David Herd

The Ritz Carlton buffet lunch is quite a feast, oysters from France & Australia, Main Lobsters & many other tasty dishes all washed down with vintage Moet.

Oysters from France & Australia

Ritz Carlton buffet lunchAll-day dining at Greenhouse in the Ritz Carlton¬†buffet, which showcases international flavors and local favorites on buffet or √° la carte. Seafood aficionados may dive into our delectable buffet dinners and savour Singapore‚Äôs iconic dish ‚Äď chili or peppered crabs, along with scallops, oysters, main¬†lobsters and Japanese sushi and sashimi.

I really loved the seafood

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch The seafood was great but I can’t help making a comparison between the Ritz Carlton buffet¬†and the Mantra in Pattaya. The Main Lobster at the¬†¬†Ritz was a little tough, where as the Alaskan Crab at the Mantra is perfect. 8/10, Mantra 9.5/10.


Great variety of cheese & the Wagyu beef in the background

 

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch

 

I ate so much seafood I had no room left for the cheese. ūüôā

 

Wagyu Beef

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch OK, here is where I get critical, the Wagyu beef seems to be  the signature dish at the Ritz. I was so disappointed in the taste & texture. It was way underdone and did not resemble any Wagyu I had enjoyed in Tokyo & Australia.

Good music at the Ritz.

 

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch These guys really played some good music to make our lunch more enjoyable at the Ritz.

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The reason we were at the Ritz Carlton

Stevens belated birthday¬†Steven’s belated birthday with Peter & Maria looking on. It was a belated birthday celebration at the Ritz Carlton buffet for my old friend Steven Bates, Steve & I have been friends since the early¬†1980s in Sydney.

What time can we start having fun?

Ritz Carlton buffet I have been lucky enough to be a guest of Steven & Anne in Singapore several times in the last 6 or 7 years. Sadly they are moving back to Australia so no more luxury accommodation in Singapore for me.

Happy crowd at the Ritz Carlton buffet.

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch Steve & Anne have a really nice group of friends, simply because they are both really nice people.

Two nice girls from London.

Two girls from London These lovely girls were at an next¬†table so naturally I had to say hello, 40 years or so age difference means nothing to me. ūüôā Anyhow the blonde in the green was so drunk she literally could not stand up without leaning against something. I’m guessing she woke up Monday with a huge hangover.


The whole gang at the Ritz Carlton Millenia

 

Ritz Carlton buffet lunch It was a terrific lunch with a nice group of expats.

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Singapore Island Asia’s Lion City

June 25, 2014 by David Herd

Singapore Island Asia’s Lion City, the name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura or (Sanskrit, literally Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. 

 Art Science Museum 

Art Science Museum Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the iconic lotus design features 10 ‚Äėfingers‚Äô or ‚Äėpetals‚Äô each revealing different gallery spaces, with skylights illuminating the dramatically curved interior walls.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

View from the Ritz Carlton

Marina Bay Sands Resort Marina Bay Sands dominates much of the Singapore skyline, this view is from the front door of the Ritz Carlton.

Towards the end of construction

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City

One of the world’s most amazing developments in Singapore Asia’s Lion City.

Wonderful photo of Marina Bay

Singapore Asia's Lion City My friend Hamish Elton took this from the 70th floor at Equinox restaurant in April 2016. Equinox is rated 48th out of 7,819 by TripAdvisor.

Spectacular at night

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City It’s difficult to decide what is more spectacular, night or day. The Equinox is on the 70th floor of the Swissotell The Stamford. Use this link to book a room and get a huge discount, you will probably pay around $215 usd.

Singapore Skyline

Singapore Island Asia's Lion CityVery few cities in the world have as many modern skyscrapers as the Lion City, Singapore.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is a stunning jewel-like addition to the dazzling Marina Bay waterfront. Alongside spectacular views of the bay and Singapore skyline, the Hotel provides legendary service and embodies contemporary luxury and refined elegance.

View from The Fullerton Bay pool

Marine Bay Sands Resort Here I am at the Fullerton Bay pool which has a stunning view of Marina Bay Sands Resort.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel This is Lantern At One Fullerton  at the Fullerton Bay, nice place to see the great view of Marina Bay Sands Resort, drinks are very expensive & the beers were not cold enough. $19 a beer &  for a white wine, a 3 pm the price drops 20%.

My friends at the Fullerton Bay Hotel

Singapore Island Asia's Lion CityAnne, Steven & Mary at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, very expensive drinks & warm beer.

Marina Bay map

Lion city

Chinatown

Chinatown Singapore The area between Pagoda Street and Smith Street has been tarted up considerably for tourists, but workaday Chinatown continues south and east, merging seamlessly into the Central Business District. Tanjong Pagar is the unofficial home of Singapore’s gay community, with many watering holes in restored shop-houses, while Club Street caters more to the expat and yuppie crowd with small, intimate eateries offering excellent (if pricey) Western fare.

Buddha Temple

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) is a religious and cultural institution in Singapore‚Äôs Chinatown. It houses a relic said to be a tooth from Buddha. The BTRTM is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha and was built for the veneration of the relic, to promote Buddhist culture and education, and provide welfare services to the public.

Singapore condo

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City According Annual Report 2013, out of 3.818 million resident population (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, as June 2012), 3.166 millions live in HDB apartments, this means 83% (non-residents are not allowed to own HDB apartments but they can live in apartments owned by a resident spouse, also they are allowed to own apartments in private condominiums taller than 6 storeys but not landed houses or apartments in low-rise condominiums). This means average family size of 3.42 residents per apartment and 27.4 sqm per person. For comparison, in 1968 were in average 6.2 people per apartment (average flat size I estimate around 40 sqm). Many HDB owners are renting rooms or entire flat to foreigners, there are NO official statistics about how many non-residents live in HDB apartments. According Yearbook of Statistics 2010, Singapore population including non-residents is 5076700 living in 1180500 dwelling units (HDBs, condos, private flats, landed houses, others), of which 76.3% are HDBs, this means a nationwide average of 4.30 people per dwelling unit, if the average would be same for HDB, it would mean 22 sqm per person.

Suburban Singapore

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City The view from Steve & Anne’s condo, the Regency Park, will give you an idea how the well off live in Singapore. Their luxury apartment is a large 4 bedroom 4 bathroom condo close to the city center, a mere $6000 per month.

The Nostalgia Hotel

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City If you would like a reasonable price hotel in the Lion City, around $120 in a central position near the markets check out the Nostalgia Hotel, for a very good rate go to my AGODA link.

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Singapore Island Asia's Lion City  Singapore Police Force.

 

Fullerton Hotel from Boat Quay

Fullerton Hotel Boat Quay Boat Quay is a historical quay in Singapore which is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank. 

Victorian London Pub at Boat Quay

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City Even in Singapore’s volatile nightlife scene, few places change as quickly and frequently as those at Boat Quay. Now though, among the mainstays and the seafood restaurants, a new wave of bars has kicked off a golden age for the iconic belt of shop-houses.

Boat Quay is all about food and pubs

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City Friday & Saturday Boat Quay really pumps, there are so many places to eat and drink. One of the favorite places in Singapore for expats.

Boat Quay biker

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City I’m not sure if he was a Fink, a Bandito or a Hell’s Angel, but you could see him coming a mile away. ūüôā

Huge lunch at the Ritz Carlton

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City It was a birthday celebration for my good friend Steve Bates.

Here I am at Boat Quay waiting for a 2.5 kilo crab

Singapore Island Asia's Lion City        Singapore has the best chilli crab in the world. Many thanks for visiting my Singapore Island Asia’s Lion City photo blog.

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Singapore safe exciting city.

July 11, 2013 by David Herd

Singapore, home of the Chili Crab.

chili crab Singapore

Singapore safe exciting city, and one of the cleanest cities on the planet, and the food is to die for. The monster chili crab above weighs 3.5 kilo and comes from Sri Lanka. I used to catch these delicacies from my jetty on the Gold Coast in Australia, and the biggest I ever caught was just under 2 kilo, no comparison to these monsters. If you are looking for an exciting safe city with great food and a fantastic skyline Singapore is the place for you.

Live seafood, it can’t get any fresher than this.

Singapore safe exciting city

Live seafood in Singapore, it can’t get any fresher than this. Here is my friend Steve Bates examining the catch.

Boat Quay Singapore

Boat Quay Singapore

Super travel tip. Ask the taxi driver to take you to Boat Quay, there are 30 to 40 restaurants beside the river, don’t be afraid to bargain a little on the price of the crab and the wine.


View from Boat Quay

Singapore safe exciting city

Sitting here at sunset sipping a cold beer, life does not get much better than this.

Boat Quay, best Chilli crab in the world.

Singapore safe exciting city

There must be 50 restaurants here offering live seafood, don’t forget to haggle over the price.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Singapore safe exciting city Esplanade ‚Äď Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for Singapore.¬†Apart from the shows, Singaporeans usually visit the Esplanade for its scenic outdoor view. It overlooks the Singapore river and is in between the Singapore Flyer and Merlion park, making for a good stroll around the vicinity. River ferries stops have been added recently, enhancing its accessibility.

Newton Circus.

Newton Circus Singapore The food centre was promoted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as a tourist attraction for sampling Singaporean cuisine. It was first opened in 1971 and it closed down in 2005 as the government wanted to revamp the food centre. The food centre then went through a major renovation before reopening on 1 July 2006.  

 Parkview Square wine angel.

Singapore safe exciting city The “wine angel” at Parkview Square is lifted 6 meters into the air to retrieve your wine selection. A nice quiet bar to enjoy a drink in this well known office block.

Your wine sir.¬† ūüėõ

Singapore safe exciting city

Not to sure whether Duncan is checking out the wine or the angel. ūüôā

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One of the safest, cleanest cities in the world.

Singapore safe exciting city

Singapore is the world’s fourth-leading financial centre, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world.¬†Over five million people live in Singapore, of which 2.91 million were born locally. The population is highly diverse; the majority are Chinese with almost 75% of the total population, while Malays and Indians forming significant minorities. Reflecting this diversity, the country has four official languages: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil.

The Singapore lion closeup.

Singapore safe exciting city

One of Singapore’s many iconic landmarks.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Ku De Ta Marina Bay Sands Resort

This is the fabulous infinity pool at Ku Da Ta, the restaurant on top of Marina Bay Sands Resort,¬†¬†the hotel¬†is an integrated resort¬†fronting Marina Bay¬†in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands,¬†it is the world’s most expensive standalone Casino¬†property at $8¬†billion, including cost of the prime land.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort

The magnificent building is absolutely breathtaking.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort ¬†This view is from The Fullerton Bay Hotel.¬†¬†Marina Bay Sands¬†is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in¬†Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at¬†US$ 5.7 billion,¬†including the cost of the prime land.


 

Inside Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore safe exciting city

Singapore safe exciting city

Everything about Marina Bay Resort is on a grand scale.

View from Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Resort

The view from the roof of Marina Bay Resort.

 From Marina Bay Sands Resort.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore’s ever changing skyline.


Skyline in 1980

  Singapore safe exciting city Things have changed a little since 1980.  

Singapore street 1980

Singapore safe exciting city

Things have certainly changed here in the last 35 years.

Beautiful green Lamborghini

Singapore safe exciting city

Luxury cars everywhere in this great city.

Private Ferrari collection.

Singapore safe exciting city

Many Singaporeans like to show off their wealth, I guess if you have got it, flaunt it.¬† ūüėÜ

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