My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
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There's Something About Singapore
So, I made my way down Malaysia to its Southern tip, crossed the Johor Straits and made it over to Singapore. While it is similar to its neighbor in many ways, in other ways it exceeds it. I don’t want to compare the two, but Singapore is impressive. It’s a port, financial center, a cosmopolitan city and a shangri la of food! The great thing about my trip there was that there was so much to see — and I didn’t have to go very far.
Yeah, we’ve all heard about not being allowed to chew gum and that American kid who was caned years ago for vandalizing cars, so you would think it’s squeaky clean. Yeah, it’s clean… but squeaky no. I actually saw some litter in a park and some on the streets!
But back to what I saw — besides a wee bit of litter — there’s a lot of diverse neighborhoods in this checkerboard of a city. Besides Sentosa Island, which tops my list of sites to visit, of course, you have to visit Singpore's various ethnic neighborhoods. You've got a Chinatown — most of the inhabitants are of Chinese decent -- but there’s an Arab section, as well as an Indian one. The definite must see in the Indian neighborhood is Mustafa Market. That place takes up at least a entire block, is several stories tall and packed — I mean packed — with every kind of product you can think of. You can find gold to galoshes and everything in between, including a money exchanger. I’ve never seen a shopping center so diverse! But while some things are priced reasonably, I think electronics are a little pricey, when compared to US prices at least. (lol they actually make so much of the electronics next door in Malaysia, so you would think they would be cheaper, right? Nope.)
Although there are bargains to be had in Singapore — perhaps not on Orchard Rd. (subject of another post) — the one thing you can definitely afford — and there is lots of it — is the FOOD! Because of the cultural diversity, you can find so many types of food, including clever mishmashes of Indian, Chinese and Arab. Try Tanglin Mall near the Traders Hotel. It’s a real good place to buy foods, fruits and drinks and is less crowded than Mustafa. And, of course, I had to stop by at the famous Raffles Hotel and try a Singapore Sling. The drink was a little pricey and a bit too sweet; but, hey, I checked off another item off my bucket list!