Day 1.  Manchester to Doha with Qatar Airways

We caught the 9.53 am train to Manchester Airport and arrived in Terminal 2  just as check in opened for our flight so there was no queue.  Passing through security was busy as it was the first day of the school holidays but it still left plenty of time to enjoy an airside coffee before …

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Day 2.  Arriving in Singapore

After a short time in transit we boarded the 787 Dreamliner to Singapore, it was our first time on this airliner.  Our chosen seats were in Row 17 again but this time the configuration was 3 3 3 so we had another passenger sitting with us.  Again, good, attentive service throughout the flight.  We managed …

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Day 2. Exploring Singapore

After quickly showering and unpacking we headed back out into town taking the MRT to City Hall station.  From here we walked to the iconic Raffles Hotel, named after Sir Stamford Raffles who founded Singapore and established the East India Company in 1819. Whilst there, we looked in the famous Long Bar where Singapore Sling …

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Day 3. Chinatown and Shopping on Orchard Road

We woke early this morning as a result of jet lag, so we went down to breakfast at 7.30 am.  We sat out on the covered terrace which was kept cool with large ceiling fans.  The breakfast spread was a good selection of Western and Asian dishes, fruit, pastries, noodles, etc. and much more choice …

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Day 4. Mt. Faber and Sentosa Island

Jet lag now over as we both woke later this morning.  After another leisurely breakfast sitting out on the hotel terrace it was off to Clarke Quay MRT station for the metro to HarbourCity.  From here, we took the lift to the 15th floor of the Vivo City Mall and bought return tickets for the …

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Day 4. Clarke Quay, Singapore

After a refreshing dip in the hotel's infinity pool and a shower, we were ready to head out again.  This evening we decided to stay local and eat at Clarke Quay, just over the road from our hotel.  This district by the Singapore River has been transformed in recent years,  with bars and restaurants along …

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Day 5. Walking the MacRitchie Trail in Singapore

After yet another leisurely breakfast it was time to start exploring again, this time on a forest trail.  We caught Bus No.166 from outside Clarke Quay MRT station to the MacRitchie Trail and Reserve.  The nearest stop being at Venus Drive, we used the GPS on our phone to find out where it was.  The trail …

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Day 5. The Singapore Flyer

During the afternoon we decided to take the MRT to Promenade station and take a ride on the Singapore Flyer.  It stands165m tall and is the largest big wheel outside of the U.S.  It costs $33 each for the 30 minute ride. When we arrived there was no queue to buy tickets and we were …

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Day 6. Little India and the Arab District

Breakfast on the terrace again and I sampled fried carrot cake, this neither contains carrots nor is it acake - it's actually a type of omelette with fried radish.   It's a popular dish in Singapore and it definitely tastes better than it sounds! Next, it was time to resume sightseeing and first on our …

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Day 6. The Botanical Gardens and Gluttons Bay

After lunch we hopped on the MRT again, this time to the Botanical Gardens which, conveniently, has its own stop just outside the park gates. Admission to the Gardens and lake area is free but there is a small charge of $5 to enter the National Orchid Garden. This small entrance fee was definitely worthwhile as …

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