Day 15. Sentosa and the Singapore Botanic Gardens

We made an early start to the day as it was our intention to travel over to Sentosa Island before it started getting busy. After our breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe we took the MRT to HarbourFront station and then followed signs for the Sentosa boardwalk. Visitors to the island can reach Sentosa by …

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Day 14. Walking the MacRitchie Trail and visiting the National Museum of Singapore

I helped myself to some nasi goreng at breakfast but the hotel's version was made with salted fish which had a distinctive strong flavour which didn't appeal so I moved on to some curry puffs and french toast that was more to my liking. Breakfast over, we picked up some bottles of water and headed …

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Day 13. Mt. Faber and Sentosa Island, Singapore

After spending the previous day on the tranquil and unspoilt island of Pulau Ubin, it was a change of scene with a visit to Sentosa, dubbed the island of fun!  From our hotel we took the MRT from Somerset on the North East line over to HarbourFront station as the Singapore Cable Car runs from …

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Day 12. Pulau Ubin Island, Singapore

At breakfast this morning along with my usual yoghurt and fruit, I sampled some fried carrot cake.  This tasted quite good but I'm unsure how it gets its name as it is neither a cake nor does it contain carrots!  It bears no resemblance to the sweet carrot cake popular in the west but is …

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Day 11. The Fullerton Heritage Tour and Singapore’s Civic District

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe where we were tempted into sampling many Asian delicacies, we took the MTR to City Hall station.  Just outside the metro station stands the anglican St. Andrew's Cathedral so we started our day there as we were slightly early for our planned activity. The cathedral was …

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Day 10. Singapore’s cultural enclaves and a visit to Supertree Grove

After a good night's sleep, we were interested to find out what breakfast would be like.  Although the Orchard Grand Court is a serviced apartment, it also offers guests the option of an inclusive breakfast in its Crystal Cafe.  Unlike the apartments which have a contemporary feel, the Crystal Cafe is a traditionally furnished restaurant …

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Day 9. Arriving in Singapore

It was our final morning in Kuala Lumpur and we started the day with a relaxing breakfast.  We then returned to our room to finish off our packing before checking out of the hotel. The lifts were still out of order at the nearby monorail station so once again we had to manoeuvre our heavy …

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Day 8. A visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia

It was my favourite morning at the Holiday Inn Express as I noticed that the delicious flatbread roti canai was on the menu and I couldn't resist having several slices along with my usual selection of cheese, fresh fruit and yoghurt. We had planned to spend the day in Putrajaya, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur …

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Day 7. Batu Caves and the Menara Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Alongside my usual breakfast selection I couldn't resist a bowl of bread and butter pudding and custard, a little heavy for so early in the day but delicious nonetheless.  Weighed down with our puddings we took the monorail to KL Sentral to transfer onto a KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves located to the north …

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Day 6. Malacca, Malaysia’s UNESCO heritage city

We were up bright and early as we didn't want to have to rush our breakfast as we'd arranged to be picked up from the hotel at approximately 8.45 a.m. for a day trip to Malacca.  Although we usually travel independently, getting to Malacca and seeing all the main sights scattered around the city isn't …

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