Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Mr. Leon Teuy, retired expert stock picker (renown & very successful) giving...

Early morning harbor & humidity haze hovering over Singapore skyline

ERP regulated fares during peak usage of Singapore's highway system-higher during peak...

Entry to one of the most colorful & smartly laid out orchid...

Orchids of all colors and striations & design in Singapore's Orchid Garden....

More orchids & "tigers" of different spots in Orchid Garden

Variations of yellows, golds, browns & purple orchids in a "orchid bed"...

Color & structure for maximum impact found in so many exhibits of...

Deep purple with faint spots adorn this "creature," it makes one wonder...

One for the ladies....or anyone who loves frills, faint blushes of color...

Heliconia in their glory & eyepoping contrast of yellow & flamingo red-so...

Tunnels of orchids along many of the paths & exhibits of Singapore's...

A resting spot among "friends" of beautiful purples & pastels to soothe...

Doormen of Raffles Hotel, one for guests to greet & help curbside...

Raffles' hotel courtyard & famous 2 story fountain,making it cooler to bear...

I'm sure many a visitor wanted to put their feet in the...

Raffles hotel doorman is about 6'6'' tall and always keeps a "stern"...

Fillagre and stained glass trimwork found around the hotel, says a lot...

"Dead on square" shot of Singapore's high flier--Farris wheel that is part...

The Quay & Singapore's active riverfront life, surrounded by restaurants, bars, stores...

People gathering arround 5 pm. They rush to get here to eat...

Unusual canopy shelters in front of each restaurant that is heated or...

A "bumboat" decorated w/ cherry blossoms for the Chinese New Year. This...

Statuary alongside the Singapore river celebrating what kids to most have fun...

Bougainvillea alongside the Singapore river as we pass by on the way...

Singapore cultural arts building (one of two) on the river walk-looks like...

"Bumboat" view of High Flier-supposed to be taller than London Eye. On...

Merlion-the "Singapora" (part Singapore lion & mermaid) welcoming guest to the Singapore...

Ah, tourist & riverife! The grand stands have a floating stage in...

As dark approaches, thunderclouds & static lightening are visible in the background,...

Singapore is hosting the 2010 Olympic games and are ready for them....

Debbie's enjoying her Trishaw ride from the Quay to Raffles Hotel

Destination a lot of visitors frequent at Raffles Hotel and of course,...

Slings all empty and nuttin' left but the grinnin'... (and pickin' peanuts...

Ellie & Debbie throwing down ' Slings & peanut hulls on the...

Raffles Hotel hallways of white marble, alabaster, crystal chandeliers and overstuffed opulence

Day 2 tour starts with tour of Chinese temple-here is not only...

Green guard protecting the Emperors on each side of him in Chinese...

Archetectural integration of real life, overly critical construction worker, forever having to...

Confucius worship alter in the Chinese Temple only one of 7-8 Emperors...

Some of the signs in the Muslim area were thought provoking although...

Mosque in Islamic area of Singapore-it was close to closing time so...

Well mannered Singaporeans waiting with us for the Bumboat ride on Singapore...

Another view of Cultural arts buildings on Day 2 Bumboat river ride

Singapora statue is highlight of tourist district on Singapore river, hole in...

Statue of Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles and Financial district across the river,...

Emblem found over every storefront door around the courtyards, establishing its' place...

Gotta' have some deep pockets to really tie one on in Raffles...

Portrait of nude "Singapore Tiger" (or lady trying to keep a tiger...

Dry roasted peanuts waiting to garnish the tables of the Long Bar...

Future development, like Universal studios, across from Maritime port terminal to keep...


Two days in Singapore! The end of segment 2 and the start of segment 3 that finishes in Hong Kong in March. Photos & journal entry to follow soon as we sail to Manila, Philippines & Shanghai, China. Thank you for your interest & continued support.

Day 1 Singapore: Again, the "twin sisters" follow us to Singapore & is evident in the morning haze seen in the photos of the skyline & water approach to Singapore Cruise Terminal. We started the day a little late with a lot of people leaving the segment & the usual chaos of disembarkation and immigration into a foreign country. Our tour is to be the Singapore Orchid Gardens, City sights & the Raffles Hotel afternoon Tea & snack.

Ellie & Debbie suffered greatly on the Orchid tour because of the walking, steps & the heat and humidity. They went in the park only a short way & receded to the cool of the gift shop while I went around & photographed the beauty, color & splendor of the orchids. I hope too many photos of orchids does not bore but I have to include them because some people do enjoy the amazing colors, striations and structure.

1 & 1/2 hrs in the Orchid park was enough for most of the guests & we were all ready to get into the cool of the bus & a ride around the city, looking at sites of notoriety of Singapore and then on to the most notable site: Raffles Hotel. Raffles is most notable because of its history of being a bar/hotel on the then beach of Singapore in the colonial days and being bought for a "song" by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, who later became one of the most notable individuals in British Colonial development, Indochina and Singapore.

Our afternoon Tea & snack was enjoyed by all the guests, except me. We were not told gentlemen & women had to wear closed shoes and covered legs & shoulders-it was printed somewhere & usually a jacket or leg coverings are offered to those who do not come prepared but none was offered to me, probably because of the numbers of people that previously had not also planned for this-so, I sat in the courtyard garden for about an hour while Ellie, Debbie & the other guests enjoyed a "short" afternoon snack buffet, cookies & cakes and English Tea. They said it was just lovely. I did not miss anything because 2 yrs ago we had the same buffet & afternoon Tea and it IS a welcomed, pampered retreat from the heat & humidity.

Then, back to the buses & to the ship for our appointed time: 16:30 (4:30 pm) and for us to prepare for our 2nd tour that Ellie & Debbie had arraigned: a tour of Singapore river by "Bumboat," "Trishaw" (Trishaw-a combination of tricycle & rickshaw-& being a personalized bicycle and side car vehicle) ride to Raffles hotel & optional sampling of the famous "Singapore Sling" in Raffles infamous "Long Bar." All the above was a welcomed & enjoyable way to see more of Singapore that we had been missing, before.

The Bumboat ride was interesting to see the restaurants, history, financial towering buildings & gathering people along the Quay of the Singapore river, that eventually winds its way to the sea. We enjoyed seeing all the new construction that was started and to completed in the next few years and wondered if we would ever be coming back to witness the transformation. Finally dark had fallen & we mounted the sidecars of almost 20 Trishaws & a half hour ride to Raffles Hotel. We all went to the Long Bar & most of us sampled the "Singapore Sling," at S$29.00 (Singapore dollars= 1.4 S$ to US $)-almost $26.50 for a drink!

We ended our tour in the weeeee hours of the evening (about 21:30-very late for us!), ordered room service, ate our food & crashed into deep slumber until the next waking sunlight of Day #2 in Singapore.

Singapore, Day #2: Ellie & Debbie had arraigned an early morning tour that was basically a repeat of the same (or similar) tour that we had done the day before, except that it included A Chinese temple & a Muslim Mosque and more highlights of "old" colonial buildings & sites of Singapore. The two of them were exhausted from the "double touring" of the prior day and decided to not venture far from the ship, since we were leaving by the early afternoon. The tour started with a wonderful ancient Chinese Temple and then to the Muslim Mosque that was closing, so, we only got to visit for about 15 mins with about as many mins to take pictures outside of the building & its onion shaped domes & spires. After a quick stop to a public park, near the Mosque & our awaiting buses, we were then off to visit the Bumboats to see the Quay again in the morning sunlight.

This time, the temperature was beginning to mount but the humidity was relatively moderate, so the tour was as delightful today, in a different light as it was yesterday in the twilight of the day. There were not as many people, except tourists, as the evening is the time of day Singaporians visit the Quay, after work, on their way home.

By this time (around 11:30 am) we were all getting hot & needed a rest, so the visit to Raffles Long Bar was delightfully welcomed, especially when we found out our tour included a complimentary Singapore Sling! This time there was some Gin in the drink! I think last night drink was for tourist & the bar needed more revenues (Singapore, excessively taxes, alcohol to keep people from drinking too much-as if that stops the tourists!) and these drinks were made by the bar manager.

In the Long Bar, dry roasted peanuts are offered at each table and the patrons are encouraged to throw the hulls on the floor like some national steakhouse chains or bars in the southern States of the US, so a drink & lots of peanuts later we got on our buses to return to the ship & cast off for our next port of call: Brunei.

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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