Category Archives: Wedding 2023

23 Mar 2023 – Botanical Gardens, Chinatown, etc

After the equivalent of a full English breakfast at the YWCA we headed to the Singapore Botanical gardens with the intent in visiting the National Orchid Garden. It transpired that in order to get the concession rate for over 60’s we needed to show proof of age. I had neither my passport nor driving license, nor photos of them in my phone. Susan was able to prove her age; and I was let off.

The ticket seller had also suggested I could show my Covid vaccine certificate. Having already received our tickets, at the super discount rate of $3 rather than $15, I found the certificate and went back to the counter to confirm my old fogeyness. Later that day I photographed both my passport and driving licence for future occasions.

We left the botanical gardens by the south entrance and found an MRT station called Napier on the Thomson-East Coast line. This brown line wasn’t on the map I’d picked up in the airport. Lucky for us it took us directly to Maxwell, right next to the Maxwell Food Centre, where we intended to have lunch.

That evening we headed to the Observation Deck at the Marina Bay Sands, then after sunset headed to Satay by the Bay, where we had Satay and a beer.

22 Mar 2023 – Fort Canning & Gardens by the Bay

After landing early at Singapore Airport, Changi, our taxi driver whisked us to the YWCA, Fort Canning. From there we headed to the MRT at Dhoby Ghaut to travel to the Gardens by the Bay.

These gardens, and the massive Marina Bay Hotel, hadn’t been built when we first visited Singapore in 2009. We wandered idly trying to find somewhere to drink.

We didn’t quite make it to Satay by the Bay, so after photographing a couple of transformers, we returned to Dhoby Ghaut and had a pint at the nearest pub to the hotel, the Tap @ 9 Penang, which I’d reccied earlier.

21 Mar 2023 – LHR to Singapore

We set off for Singapore at 5pm on Tuesday 21st March. In flight entertainment for me was Living starring Bill Nighy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller and 3 and a half episodes of 100 foot wave with Garrett McNamara and other big wave surfers at Nazaré, Portugal.

We arrived in the early evening of the 22nd March.