Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Day 264 - Singapore

Day 264 – 27th February 2006 +8:00 GMT Total Miles 53473

Awoke after a couple of hours sleep and watched Tim Burtons Corpse Bride on the planes entertainment system before falling asleep again. When I woke up there was only 3 more hours of the 12hrs and 30 min flight remaining. Soon afterwards the cabin lights came on again and breakfast was served, time for a couple more chapters of my book and we had landed in Singapore. Changi airport is Singapore’s newest airport which is ultra modern with bright colours and huge plasma screens everywhere. We walked through the airport filled out our entry cards and easily got through security, they even give you a sweet as the process your passport. The part of the entry visa they stick in your passport reminds you that you are in a foreign country and have to abide by there laws as it says in large red letters “Warning - Death for Drug Trafficking under Singapore Law”.

Warning in my Passport

We made our way outside and decided that even the train to the city centre only costs $2 (65p) it would be easier to get a Taxi. So we got a taxi, apparently there are 15,000 taxi’s in Singapore even though it is smaller than the Isle of White, UK. The taxi drive was friendly enough and pointed out all the good sights on the 30 minute journey to the hotel. We arrived at the hotel and the meter read $17.60 (£6.30) which is a bargain, it would cost that much to open a taxi door in London. We tipped the driver and he got new customers jump in from the hotel and sped away. The Bell Boy ran out and grabbed all our bags, so we wandered into the hotel which was the Holiday Inn Atrium.

The Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore

The first impression is amazing you are in an Atrium and can see the glass ceiling 30 floors above you and all the rooms are on the outside leaving a huge void, which is all lit up. The elevators are covered in lights and move up and down one wall.

The Hotel Atrium

The reception is on one side so we meander over and check in. We are given a room on the 22 floor so we find out room and the phone immediately rings, “May we bring the bags up to your room now sir” 30 seconds later the bags arrive. The room is large and airy and is a nice temperature, we have a huge King Size bed that cold comfortable sleep four. The Coffee and Tea tray has Mug size cups, which makes a change as they are usually tiny.

Our Room minus the flowers and Champagne

The view from the room is pretty impressive overlooking skyscrapers and parks.

View from Hotel Room

View from Hotel Room

We find a shop on the ground floor and buy some beer and orange juice to put in the fridge in the room. We decide that we will order some food so get room service to deliver us some Pizza’s and as we are waiting we check up n the etiquette of the country and find tipping is not expected, well that will save us some money. I have time for a quick shower before the food arrives, then we eat will watching TV. I find I can pickup free wireless internet if I sit by the window so e-mail home to let them now I have arrived safely. Then I try and get some sleep.


Blogger The Human Skittle said...

ooooo pretty hotel.....

how was the flight food?

miss you!


9:37 PM  
Anonymous taz said...

Wooo, pretty. And wow, I just found your blog - only half a year late...

looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures as they happen tho

big hugs dudes!


2:01 AM  

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