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JBR (Just back report) - Singapore

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JBR (Just back report) - Singapore

Hi guys, here is my JBR; enjoy!

arrived ahead of schedule with Singapore Airlines at 5:40am at T3 Singapore, flew with business class so did not have such a the flight, but couldn't sleep a wink, so was extremely exhausted upon landing. T3 was deserted looking, our plane was the only people landing at that time it seems, together with the last few passengers from Athens....took a cab from outside t3 at 6:20am, arrived at the Fairmont at 6:40.

Darn, we forgot to change small cash and cabby did not have enough change for the large notes. Tried to pay by card but machine was offline. After fumbling around for 10mins, the doorman of the Fairmont came to our rescue! He offered to pay the odd $14.75 first (and borrowed us $10 for the tip as well!) and told us we could charge it to our room, what a lovely gesture! The Fairmont has certainly improved to higher standards after our last few disastrous stays. Receptionist told us our room was already ready at 6:20 (without extra night charges!) and we could check-in right away without any problems – despite the hotel was completely booked out due to the Singapore Airshow. We had initially booked with hotel with Singapore Airlines Tour agent – Tradewinds after purchasing our flights. View from our room was breathtaking – casino, Singapore flyer, suntec, CDB, Marina Bay all right outside the bedroom! Took a quick shower and a rest, hopped out to look for breakfast since we last ate at 3:30am. Raffles city shopping center looked pretty deserted at that time of the morning, everything was closed. Took a cab to Lau Pa Sat instead. After a good breakfast, decided to head to the flyer. Singapore Airlines boarding pass entitled us to 20% off all flights, view was good, sky was clear, had a whole cabin to ourselves. After which DH had to attend some kinda talk at the convention center, so had the whole afternoon to spend by myself. Went to Suntec for a round, tried out that brand new food court near the fountain which wasn't too bad though pretty pricey (roast duck rice for SGD 10 and a juice for SGD 5). was too jetlagged to shop, went back to the hotel and headed to the spa. The Willow Stream Spa was heavenly, a wonderful relaxing treatment, the highlight of that day! Late afternoon, headed to Chinatown. Loads and loads of people around. Managed to grab a few pretty red packets, dried meat, taiwan sweets, lanterns and calendars, but the place was packed to the brim and hot like a furnace. Took a round, watched some funny performance at People Park Complex, took part in some competition there to win tickets to Universal studios and got 4 tickets (my lucky nephew!). Had dinner at the Food Street in Chinatown. Many stalls were closed due to CNY soon, but found a good stall at the front selling Hokkien noodles and Singapore beehoon. Food street prices are slightly higher than the HDB places – SGD 12 for hokkien noodles and SGD 4 for a fresh coconut. Shopping later at robinsons City hall, place is open till 11pm. Robinsons City hall is perhaps one of the places that really excel in customer service. The salesperson are friendly and always greeting us, but never gave us the feeling that they were being intrusive. Robinsons is a great place for mens wear and cosmetics - shirts and suits – all reasonably priced, great quality and lovely staff. Customer service happily delivers everything to fairmont next door without extra charge when we couldn't carry the huge stuff anymore.

Next day, DH had to go for the serious Airshow talks and I really didn't feel like being stuck in a hall full of serious men in suits. Had breakfast at the Fairmont Prego, good spread of food but very packed. Headed to the Botanical gardens for a stroll and pictures, very nice but do go in the early morning when its cooler. Headed to Tangs and Plaza Singapura for shopping after that. Nephew tells me ION Orchard was THE PLACE to shop, but I find it slightly too confusing to navigate around! Highly recommend the MUA at Dior Counter Tangs Orchard, very nice and generous-with-samples-lady. Got a few eye palettes and she gave me two full sets of Capture totale and leather case. Taka beauty hall is huge, but they dont have the stuff I wanted to buy on discount plus I felt that the level of service and knowledge of the muas there not as good as the one from Tangs orchard or robinsons city hall. Headed to Chinatown after that for a peek into the Buddha Relic temple. It was HUGE HUGE HUGE Temple and very very extravagant. The composed of 320kg of gold donated by devotees. The main hall is three storeys high and the whole place bathed in gold and hues of reds. Next day, (DH still has to attend the Airshow) – running out of ideas on what to do, saw my Universal tickets and decided to head to sentosa. Had all the time in the world, so tried out the new MRT lines. Took the mrt to Harbourfront, got out at the basement of vivocity, followed the signboard up and up to the 3 floor of vivo city, bought monorail tickets and a package into Sentosa. Took the monorail to Imbiah lookout point, sentosa was completely deserted except for myself, the gardeners there and a group of school kids from the australian international school. After a fleet of escalators and everyone shouting “Good morning, welcome to Sentosa!!!!), went up the Tiger Beer Skytower thing. I was the only person on the whole thing, got a few good pictures. Headed to the giant merlion after that following the australian school kids. Took the lift up to the head and mouth, great views but I think the skytower offers more views. Next on my package was the Butterfly and insect kingdom, I could spend hours there photographing the pretty butterflies, parrots, birds, lizards and plants. The last thing on my list was the Images of Singapore - a freaky place that one should not attempt to do when one is alone in that place. I was the only visitor there that day. Went in for some movie, then walked along the dark corridors with very real-looking wax figures and images. Place was screeching with music and noise, got the shock of my life when I see the wax people moving suddenly. Am sure this is a nice place to go in a huge group, but I kinda got scared and freaked out, so ran out as soon as I could! Found shelter at the huge and bright gift shop, got a couple of nice t-shirts and pretty kebaya pins for granny. Was already late afternoon after I left Sentosa. Headed back to City hall, had an appointment later that night, so looked for a hairdresser – found a pretty good one called The Scene near the Fairmont' South Tower entrance of the mall , could walk in. Got a good head massage and hairwash & style, manicure, peeling. Still early, went down to the basement for a grab, load of restaurants and places to eat and the newly renovated food court on level 3 with great char kuay teow. Evening – bad bad bad time to catch cabs at 7pm. The road between the fairmont and raffles hotel was choked with traffic. Cabs could hardly get in or out. Had to attend some event at the Indochine Waterfront down the road, normally would have walked there through the Armenian church, but not tonight with the suits and gowns and heels. I've always liked Indochine and the great views, but tonight it looks different – booked the patio upstairs as well as the whole ground floor, got a nice jazz singer and band in, oil lamps burning everywhere. Next day – no more Airshow yah yah!!! took the Singapore Airlines HOHO bus from Suntec city, stopped along a few places including Sim Lim, Apollo banana leaf for great curries, fort canning, esplanade, chinatown (second time Buddha relic temple, indian temple under renovations so closed). Dinner at Empire cafe opposite at the raffles hotel (very convenient since we could charge all the bills and pineapple tarts from Seah deli to our room at the Fairmont). Thats about it, headed to KL the next morning, a great thanks to the Fairmont Singapore Team for making our stay so memorable and to all the forumers here who have taken time to answer our queries ! just in case any ladies are interested, some of the stuff I bought at Changi, just as comparison:

Dior Capture Totale One Essential 30ml

Changi Price: SGD 100 nett/ € 50, Singapore Price: SGD 150 nett before 7% GST rebate/€75,

Malaysia City Price: RM 360 Nett/SGD 150/€ 75, Price in Europe: € 103 a bottle average/SGD200

Bulgari EdP BLV II 50 ML

Changi Price: SGD 88 vs SGD108 at the city, Europe price € 65

MAC Studio FIX SGD 42

Chanel White Essentiel Base SGD 62

Bobbi Brown Blusher in peony SGD 34


Pictures here - incl some nice shots of the Universal studio from the Skytower. Happy travels!


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Global Traveller,

Thank you for your report - lots of helpful tips - and your pictures, particularly of Chinatown, are great. We plan to hit some of the places you visited during our 3D/4N stay in early April.

I wanted to visit the Indian temple (Sri Mariamman?) in Chinatown but did not realised it was closed for renovations.

It looks like Changi is the better place to buy cosmetics - don't plan to do much shopping but wouldn't want to miss a good deal.

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Great pictures! Thanks!

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Thanks for your report and the photos were fantastic.

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Really enjoyed your very well-written JBR. Great pictures too. But quite taken aback by the hawker food prices you paid.

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Great report thank you, also great photos.

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Hi Virus, we walked by the temple a few times while shopping and eating at the food street, the outside structure is completely covered with scaffolding and plastic sheets, can't see the roofs anymore. There was a few priests clad in white inside the temple from what we could see from outside, but the entrance was also undergoing renovations and there was a sign outside (where they put the shoes) saying - Due to extensive works, we regret to inform you that the SMT is closed for visitors. Not sure if the sign is still there.

Nananana, yup, noticed the pretty hefty price increase in some (touristy) places. However, it depends on where we ate - in chinatown for example, the Food street starts about SGD 8 for a small plate and 10 for a large plate. there is also a small food court next to the car park/market of chinatown upstairs, and the food here was at local prices -ie.starting from SGD 4 a plate of noodles. Think the food street is some kinda touristy thing - there were a few Tiger beer women around who were frowning at us when we ordered coconuts from the last stall instead of drinks from the women.

Another part I missed out - if any of you do drop by Vivocity on the way to Sentosa, definitely drop by the National Geographic Shop at the Ground Floor. It was the highlight of my trip to sentosa! The shop is huge, with all sorts of books and photographs/posters on sale, could have spent hours there reading through all the books and looking at the pictures.

Thanks for reading and happy travels!

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