Tag Archives: Singapore

Melaka – a bit of history

5 May
The Dutch old town with Stadhuys

The Dutch old town with Stadhuys

From Singapore I took the ‘massage bus’ to Melaka, about 3-4 hours drive in vibrating chairs further north. Melaka is a little town that got recognized as Unesco World Heritage only last year (at the same time as George Town on Penang Island), so there’s still lots of renovation and tidying going on, but there’s plenty of nice buildings to see. It’s like a polonaise of different countries, cultures and architectural styles that visited (invaded) this coastal town and trading port: Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, British… with a pinch of Sultan influence.

I’m not sure if I was very receptive to take in another city, after a few days running around KL, then Singapore in a nutshell and then another town for just a day. Definitely going too fast, so I’ll slow down soon. So I’ll post pictures instead of writing much. And I ended my day in Melaka with some Chinese mmmmmassage. Continue reading

Funny Singapore Pictures

5 May
Even the toilets are numbered - maniacs

Even the toilets are numbered - maniacs

There’s many pictures in the Singapore Posts because they represent the best what I found there.

But below is a collection of pictures that I thought were particularly funny, amusing, different, wicked,… (read the comments) Continue reading

Sgprns luv abbrvtns & nrs

4 May
Euh, so where does this lead me?

Euh, so where does this lead me?

I told you that Singapore is full of signs, whether it is traffic signs or public convenience signs. But what’s worse is that most of the signs (and other written material) contain abbreviations, so that to the outsider the signs are virtually un-understandable…

But the Singaporeans don’t only have a weak spot for letters, they are also crazy for numbers. Everything is numbered: exits of metro stations, the directions of the metro lines, the lanes on the highway, even the urinoirs in the station…

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Chin-gapore, Sir Gapore or Al Singa Pora?

4 May

Even highways look like parks & flower beds

Even highways look like parks & flower beds

Singapore is a bit like walking in a big garden or park, they just have put a few roads through them, and instead of gazebo’s there’s shopping malls and skyscrapers… The first feel and SMELL is definitely Chinese, but that’s probably because I arrived in ChinaTown, but still majority in SG is Chinese. But the most beautiful parts in town are the Colonial Quarter (veeery British) and the Arab area… Kampung Glam is in the top 10 of picturesque areas, I’ve visited so far during my trip. Continue reading

Singapore Super Organised

3 May
A busstop - so now it's clear where to go, no?

A busstop - so now it's clear where to go, no?

Singapore has a diarrhea of signs – that’s a fact. I already explained you the long list of restrictions at the border (read here), but also in town there are signs for everything: where to stand, where not, how to cross the street, the names of a bridge, etc. And everything is numbered, even the urinals in the mall. Should you offend against any of these rules, the sign mostly indicates the amount you’ll have to pay.

  • Many pictures of Singapore signs here

There was even a sign indicating a government building with a gunman shooting, warning that any trespassers would be shot. I didn’t dare to take a picture of that sign though… Call me a chicken… Continue reading

Getting into Singapore

2 May
Visiting Singapore...

Visiting Singapore...

My Citin hotel was just opposite the Puduraya bus station, so it was certainly a convenient location to buy a ticket for the bus to Singapore (5 hours, 39 Ringit). The only challenge was to choose between the dozens of bus counters/companies – and I choose wrongly. It got me into Singapore, but not as expected…

Crossing the border was another story, with the border guards making me delete the picture of the first Singaporean flag I saw. I thought they would be honoured. Nope. Continue reading

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