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    Singapore - 3 days in pics

    So a few months ago I boarded a plane bound from Singapore to get my visa requirement for the school I'm at now. Spent 3 days there milling about. Not a whole lot to do here I'm afraid, apparently the city has a great nightlife but I didn't really bother. If I ever go back I might check it out in more detail and find out if this city is a worthy destination. Anyway, here are some pics:

    I decided to stay in Chinatown. Here's a view from the walking bridge:



    Here's the night market where loads of hawkers are selling their food. Lots of tables are set up for you to eat decent food with overpriced beer.



    Here's a view of one of the covered markets during the day



    Singapore's beer is Tiger Beer. You can buy it at any convenience store in Thailand for about 50 baht, but not in Singapore. Here you're going to pay a whopping 9 Singapore dollars (about 220 baht). The meal is about half of that.
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    Here's the hotel I stayed at - The Inn on Temple Street. Nice enough place, but again, it was damn expensive. I looked around at a few places before deciding on this one. I walked into one place that doubled as a short time hotel. They wanted 60 SGD for the room. I walked in and there was still cigarette smoke in the air and some mysterious stains on the street. After about 3 of these places, I just said fuck it and forked over 120 SGD (almost 3,000 baht) a night for this room.






    Here's the view outside:

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    One thing that impressed me about this city was the subway system. Super easy to use, and lots of hotties that you can look at on your journey. The stations are nice enough as well. There's even one that goes straight to the airport.



    A lovely sign at one of the stations, just in case you forget the rules:



    Stepping outside, this is the famous Orchard Street, where the Thai Embassy is, along with very expensive (and big) hotels and shopping centers. What amazed me is the amount of variety in the shopping here. I saw stores that I would normally see in America (GNC, Orange Julius, Borders, etc.). Anyway, here are some schoolgirls on their way to school I presume:






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    So this is huge park is near Orchard Street if I remember. I pressed some buttons on my camera and accidentally switched modes without realizing it so the next few are partial black and white. Anyway, that's the opera house in the background, famous because it's shaped like 2 huge durians.




    This is some kind of memorial, they've named it "Chopsticks" for an obvious reason.


    This is inside the famous Raffles Hotel. The ceiling is made of silk, and it's home to the famous "Singapore Sling".


    A view of the outside patio area:






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    Singapore Sling. 31 SGD (750 baht), but I get to keep the glass.


    No, they're not dead, just sleeping in one of the underground passageways.



    Bugis Area. This woman was rubbing Buddha's belly.


    Some interesting looking buildings near Bugis:




    A hot looking bird in the Bugis market:


    And a not so hot looking bird staring endlessly at the dragon fruit shake that she has to sell somehow:


    Ciggies ain't cheap here. Good thing I don't smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durianfan
    I just said fuck it and forked over 120 SGD (almost 3,000 baht) a night for this room.
    much better to book at airport, and that's a shitty room.

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    Little India. Some aptly named street signs:




    More Little India:




    Zam-Zam Restaurant. Went here on a recommendation from another poster. The food here is very cheap, and it's just okay. Not a bad choice right before the flight home.




    That's it folks. Hope you enjoyed.

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    First time I came to Asia I met some mates in Singapore. We stayed in a room the same as that, 2 of us with just about enough room for the bags. We just got out and hit the ferry to Batam. Good for shopping and the 4 floors place but a bit pricey for my liking.
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    Great pics mate. Like what you did knocking the colour out of the people in a few of them. Reminds me of the people there ... boring, rude tosspots mostly. As for the nightlife if you fancy swanky joints full of other expats and expensive euro grog you might enjoy. I can't ever get out the place fast enough.

    Oh yeah, was the Singapore Sling any good?

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    ^Singapore Sling was okay. It's got about 10 types of alcohol in it, but I was unimpressed.

    Honestly there's just not much to do in the city. After 2 days I was bored. There really aren't any sights that are "must see". Really expensive city and I've no idea why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by durianfan
    I just said fuck it and forked over 120 SGD (almost 3,000 baht) a night for this room.
    much better to book at airport, and that's a shitty room.
    you won't get much for less than that these days.

    prices are shooting up like nobodys business at the moment, even the Hotel 81's at Geylang are now S$70 a night at the cheapest rate. Last year they were S$45

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    and $9 for a bottle of Tiger at a hawker centre? They saw you coming. Most places its still $5. I was drinking Becks beer on Saturday at a hawker centre for $5.50 a big bottle.

    anyway some nice pics there Durianfan.

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    good stuff mate, great pics

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    Thanks!

    Great pictures!! I've been there 6 or 7 times (last time was Feb.). I enjoy the place but it has gotten really expensive and less fun as the years have gone by. Newton Circus used to be really fun and inexpensive but it's been totally ruined by "progress". New 7th Storey hotel is a great place to stay....but it's being demolished in January to make room for a new subway line. (sigh).

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    The Changi POW museum is worth a quick visit.

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    No pictures of Orchard Tower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud View Post
    The Changi POW museum is worth a quick visit.
    The Zoo as well. But what I really enjoy about Singapore is clean air, wide and smooth pavements, everyone speaks English, no corruption (well, very little), rules are obeyed, and there is very little crime.

    I am taking the family down there for a week in early December. Great place for kids, plenty of shopping for the wife, and I will be able to catch up with some old friends (used to work there in the mid-90s).

    IMHO the worst thing about Singapore is that it is so predictable (as in nothing ever happens there), but when you have a family that is actually a plus.

    Besides, I think Singaporeans are better than many people make it out to be. They can seem a bit reserved at first, but most of them are actually rather nice people. In addition, they are keenly aware of the world around them, speak several languages and are often well travelled, which makes for better and more interesting conversation than your average Thai urbanite. Besides, in my experience it is a heck of a lot easier to make friends in Singapore than in Thailand.
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    I have a very close friend lives down there. Nice to visit once a year to stay at his, the kids enjoy it as well. Haven't been since last December but people tell me I'd notice the price increases.....

    Beer way overpriced though 4FoW is very damaging to the wallet particularly on a rugby tour.

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    Oh and that pic you labelled as Little India is actually in Kampong Glam.

    http://teakdoor.com/singapore-hong-k...tml#post227763

    I did a thread on Little India somewhere.

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    Nice pics, bringing back memories.

    Lived there for six years, still have PR . . . we'll move back one day, it is a great city to live (unless you're the hooker and cheap beer type), educated people, safety anywhere, great food - Malay, Canto, Hokkien, S. Indian etc... (beats the everyday Thai stuff hands down), low tax rates, clean, easily accessible and the list goes on.

    Expensive, yes.

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    Just a few questions for you connaiseurs out there, since a friend of mine will take an engineering job in Singapore in about a year:
    -Most important: Beer! 200Bht can't possibly be the regular price at a supermarket, right ? We're far from being alcoholics, but a few after-work beers is just a tradition here. (a small beer, 33cl, costs 120bht and a large, 50cl, 150-180bht in a swiss pub, and we're one of the most expensive countries in general)
    -nightlife: How expensive is clubbing really ?
    -salaries: will most likely depend on his negotiating skills, but what's the general
    expat salary as compared to europe ? (I think he earns about 7-9'000 Dollar in Switzerland)
    -appartments: what do you get in the city for roughly 30'000-50'000Bht ?
    Or asked otherwise, what would you expect to pay for a nice 2bedroom furnished appartment with a living room & kitchen ?
    Thanks

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    ^ you could also try posting in the Singapore forum and hopefully find what you are looking for.

    Quote Originally Posted by plorf
    nightlife: How expensive is clubbing really ?
    Gets very expensive. That what I found.


    Quote Originally Posted by plorf
    appartments: what do you get in the city for roughly 30'000-50'000Bht ?
    I would be prepared to pay toward the higher spectrum for a decent place. But then again alot of it depends on location. My 2 bedrooom pad in Sentosa costs me TB200,000 per month.

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    I moved to Sin about 12 months ago. Previously I was working in Brisbane.

    Although I took a cut in gross salary, the tax rates here mean that there's quite a bit more in my take home pay.

    I rent a furnished 1 bedroom apartment out in the east for $1,900 per month. For probably about $1,500 I could get a 2 bedroom HDB flat. The only real difference is that there wouldn't be gymnasium, pool, squash and tennis courts etc. To be honest I don't really use any of the facilities except for the pool.

    Drinking out is really the only high priced thing here. A night out at the pub can be expensive, but at the food courts I pay $5 for a large bottle of Tiger.

    Drinking at home is approx $15 for a 6 pack of Tiger beers.

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    Thanks for the info, I just thought Singapore might be a bit cheaper than this.. So I'm quite sure he'll ask for at least the same salary there like he has in Switzerland.
    Will tell him about that forum as well, cheers !

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