Singapore – travel and food

Posted by jerry on July 24th, 2006 — Posted in Journal, Travel

I arrived in Singapore okay and the hotel is very comfortable. The arrival sign in the airport was just a little disconcerting!

Arrival

Singapore is hot and humid and the air is heavy with hibiscus and bougainvillea. I decided to have a wander into the city – I’m am in the Raffles district – and one of the first things was to see to some food. I quickly found starbucks and subway and New York New York and Delifrance – but do you think I could find a simple noodle house?

Singapore - hawker food stalls

Finally someone said there’s a food hall/market just one stop away on the MRT – the underground train – so I thought ‘can’t be too hard’ and found the system very like the ones in Europe … except once I went down the escalator to find the platform, it seemed like I was in a long corridor, with some funny markings at intervals along a big glass wall.

Next thing a train comes along right next to the glass wall and doors open up everywhere! It seems they stop people falling onto the tracks by building a glass wall along the very edge of the platform, and carefully stop the train so its doors line up perfectly with the ones in the glass wall.
Soon I found myself on the other side of a canal and quickly found the food hall. Then the search was on for a decent local feed of noodles. Not much around if you were a vegetarian – but at least the food was cheap and filling.

I have a great view from my balcony room on the 18th floor – about halfway up the hotel – and the hotel has the highest atrium in the southern hemisphere – I’d believe it too: the interior looking up just keeps going up and up.

Pan Pacific atrium

Singapore by day

Singapore by night

Anyhow it seems I am largely destined to eat mainly western food as this is a major tourist area.

And to round off the seven days – I’m up to 77968 steps for the week.

pedometer

Despite not sleeping much last night I managed six hours on the plane here so I’m not as wrecked as I thought I might be.

3 Comments »

Comment by james

What lovely pictures, though I am sorry but i fail to see how you couldn’t find noodles, and had to resort to western food. This city is addicted to food, it is everywhere !

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Comment by jerry

Certainly there are many excellent noodle houses throughout Singapore, but in the Raffles district they seemed to be sadly lacking. Yeah as much a puzzle to me as to you 🙂

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

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