Where did I wake up?
After having an intense 2 days in London, including a Coldplay concert, my cousin and I woke up on Sunday morning ready for me to head to the airport once again… My poor cousin was tired this morning… she started feeling it.. She dropped me off at the airport, I did my security check and went up t0 my gate for my flight…
At the gate waiting for my flight… Falling asleep, and anxiously awaiting the time to board… I just want to sleep!!!
The food on this plane ride was good.. I chose to have curried shrimp, rice, and vegetables… The shrimps (prawns) were really good! Well seasoned, succulent, the gravy rich.. and tasty! I slept for a couple hours then watched movies for the remainder of my trip..
I disembarked from my flight and headed to baggage claim once again… Where am I you may be asking?
Inside the Singapore airport…
Going to collect my bags at the carousel… The water wall intrigued me though…
A look at the water wall once again..
When I exit my driver Micheal was there (sign in hand) to meet me… The airport was really nice, and way-finding was easy… which is paramount when someone exits a plane in a foreign land.. We went to the car and proceeded to my place of stay…
Michael told me that this was their new terminal, Terminal 3 – it has an annual handling capacity of 22 million passengers, bringing the total handling capacity of Changi Airport to about 70 million passengers per year.
Took some shots while driving… shots of excitement!
These clusters of buildings blew me away..
Blown away again… This will be visited eventually by moi…
Passing nearby the Marina Bay Sands, which looks as though a cruise ship is mounted atop the building… Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion, including cost of the prime land…
I get home and am happy to see my buddy Ki waiting for me! We are happy as usual… and we are in SINGAPORE! But there’s no time to waste.. I can’t wait to have a shower and have something to eat…
View from my apartment’s window onto Tiong Bahru Road… it is sooooo humid today!
Almost 10am, we make moves to get food..
Apartment buildings behind ours.. TALL!!
It feels like a decked out forest here… The trees and other vegetation are lush, green, and abundant.. But behind and among such thick forest are these tall buildings that range from 30 – 50 stories tall… It’s amazing!
We go to Tiong Bahru Plaza a few footsteps away from us…
My first Singapore meal… I had rice, chicken with caraille aka bitter melon, greens, and another kind of chicken… there are soooooooooo many options here, you can’t eat them all.. I doubt…
Ki had a soup.. It was ok.. not spicy enough for us.. but still alright..
After eating we bought a few things then went back home where I fell asleep for a bit..
It’s dinner time and we go to a market just across the street from us.. I love all of these little kitchens and options for food in Singapore.. There are soo many options it makes choosing difficult… Food prices can range from $2.50 (Singapore dollars) to $18.00. I see fish meals running in the $18.00 range and I am not sure why just yet.. But most of the food is cooked right there on the spot.. like this one for example.. Almost everything else here is expensive..
The green peppers (jalapeno) are really good… they have a slightly sweet tone to them.. really good! The red peppers.. burn the hell out of your palate if your not expecting it.. We call them bird peppers in Trinidad.. The brownish looking thing on the left tasted like something to be eaten with seafood..
This was a successful meal!
Why not have a beer. I do not really like beer, it’s way too much to drink for my tiny stomach.. This beer has only 5% alcohol content.. but it was refreshing in this heat..
Heading back home…
Apartment buildings behind ours…
Interesting facts about Singapore (Wikipedia)
- An island country made up of 63 islands
- The English name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (Lion City)
- Singapore is highly urbanized but almost half of the country is covered by greenery.
- Has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall.
- United with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia.
- The world’s fourth-leading financial center
- The world’s second-biggest casino gambling market,
- The world’s third-largest oil refining center.
- The port of Singapore is one of the five busiest in the world,
- The world’s highest percentage of millionaire households, with 15.5 percent of all households owning at least one million US dollars in net assets
- Noted by World bank as the easiest place in the world to do business.
- Has the world’s third highest GDP PPP per capita making Singapore one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
- Some 5 million people live in Singapore, of whom 2.91 million were born locally. Most are of Chinese, Malay or Indian descent.
- On 31 August 1963, Singapore declared independence from Britain
- Gained independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the Commonwealth) on 9 August 1965
- Has penalties that include judicial corporal punishment in the form of caning for rape, rioting, vandalism, and some immigration offenses.
- Mandatory death penalty for murder, and for certain drug-trafficking and firearms offenses.
- Outdoor public processions or assemblies require police permits. Without police permits, such outdoor assemblies are illegal.
- Consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world
- Attracts a lot of foreign direct investment because of its location, corruption-free environment, skilled workforce, low tax rates and advanced infrastructure.
- Roughly 44 percent of the Singaporean workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans
- The world’s fourth largest foreign-exchange trading center after London, New York and Tokyo.
- Acute poverty is rare in Singapore; the government has rejected the idea of a generous welfare system, stating that each generation must earn and save enough for its entire life cycle. There are, however, numerous means-tested ‘assistance schemes.’
- Singaporean military arguably the most technologically advanced in Southeast Asia
- Total fertility rate is estimated to be .78 children per woman in 2012, the lowest in the world and well below the 2.1 needed to replace the population.
- Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion
- Life expectancy in Singapore is 79 for males and 83 for females
That’s it for now folks… looking forward to another day of great food and experiences…
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