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The Bigfella
04-24-2013, 07:47 PM
I've got a day to kill in Singapore in a couple of weeks.

I fly in around 19:00 and then out the next day at 17:30. I've booked in evening drinks with the guy I rode through Timor and Flores with and I'll catch up with a mate I used to work with for lunch.

My mobility is extremely limited. I booked my hotel based on nearness to the MRT station (like 100 metres... those that said 5 minute walk didn't get a second thought) I've been there for a couple of overnight stays before... and took the kids to the night zoo. This time though, the mobility limitation is paramount.

Has anyone got any experience of a nice place / places to spend a few hours in Singapore.... without involving walking?

bamamick
04-24-2013, 08:07 PM
Ian, I have a good friend working in Singapore, but I really don't have a good feel for your restrictions. What should I ask him?

Mickey Lake

The Bigfella
04-24-2013, 08:22 PM
I'm not really sure Mickey. I guess if there's a nice spot to watch the world go by without the need to move around much or get jostled by the crowds. I'll ask the question of the guy I'm having lunch with. I suppose if there's somewhere I could breakfast and then hang around comfortably until lunch... then make my way to the airport. Having booked this trip... I'm now getting nervous about two days of travel to get there... given that I'm still very much on crutches and unable to walk.

skuthorp
04-24-2013, 08:31 PM
The Gadens by the Bay are fantastic if you like that sort of thing. Being Singapore you may be able to hire one of those electric thingamies that the disabled and old use use. Here's the website. http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

If you do make sure no one takes a photo!

JBreeze
04-24-2013, 08:35 PM
Stay at the airport and watch the entertainment?

http://dannews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/sq_landing.jpg

(Actually, this happened in Germany....apparently the Singapore Airlines pilot did an autoland IIIB when the airport/ATC didn't have autoland protections in place. Must have been quite a ride for the B777 passengers)!

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5458038/

The Bigfella
04-24-2013, 08:38 PM
Those gardens look really nice... and they rent wheelchairs for $2. Might be a bit much in their humidity though.... (just thinking of my fellow travellers, later that day). I've got two flights, from there to Bangkok, then on to Chiang Mai.

The Bigfella
04-24-2013, 08:39 PM
Wow... looking at those skidmarks, I reckon there'd be a few more skidmarks elsewhere too

skuthorp
04-24-2013, 08:41 PM
Those gardens look really nice... and they rent wheelchairs for $2. Might be a bit much in their humidity though.... (just thinking of my fellow travellers, later that day). I've got two flights, from there to Bangkok, then on to Chiang Mai.
Do what my mum did, hired a 'pusher' to do the work.

Bob Cleek
04-24-2013, 08:48 PM
Your mention of Singapore rang a bell and inspired a google... There are some things you might want to keep in mind, even during a brief visit to Singapore:

http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/singapore-weird-laws/

1. It is against the law to not flush the toilet after using it. Again, that’s common sense, but in Singapore you might be getting a large fine for that, too, as the police officers randomly check on public checkrooms.

2. You Litter You Pay-Big Time. A litter law dating from 1968 is the country’s way of keeping clean. Disregard the law, drop trash on the ground in this Southeast Asian city, and you’ll pay $1,000. On top of that you’ll also be forced to do community forced labor. And if you do it three times, you’ll have to wear a “I am a litter lout” sign. Along the same lines, it looks like Singapore has a law saying that relieving yourself in an elevator is particularly forbidden.

3. Chewing gum sales forbidden. if you had some garlic and on your way to a meeting or a date, you may be out of luck if you plan on having some chewing gum to get rid of the scent. Apparently Singapore prohibited the sale of gum after authorities have noticed a prolific amount of chewed gum being stuck in subway stations and on cars. As weird as it may sound, Singapore allows you to actually chew gum. Just make sure you stick it at the trash can, otherwise great fines apply.

4. Don’t walk around your house naked. In Singapore, pornography is illegal, and anything to do with it may result in imprisonment or hefty fines. Along the same lines, the country thinks that nudity has to do with pornography, too, so better watch out carefully when you dress for bed — someone might see you. Also, make sure you don’t hand anyone a Playboy magazine. It’s the same.

5. No hugging without permission. Haven’t seen your loved one for a long time, just make sure you’re not over affectionate when you guys meet in a public space as you could be charged for outraging modesty and end up in jail. If lucky it’s just a fine.

6. No poking adverse comments at religion. If you’re not really into God or you have your own deity to believe in, keep it to yourself as in Singapore it’s a highly serious matter and you can be cited for sedition.

7. Crooks go to jail. Of course they do, it’s common sense, but here’s something weird to think of. Apparently, if you’re introducing a stranger as your good friend, speak well of him and it proves to be false, you’ll be convicted for abetment. Watch out who you endorse as you can’t fool these guys!

8. Connecting on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots means hacking. Need just “some” Internet to read mail or reserve some train tickets? Better go to an Internet cafe shop rather than logging in on an unsecured network. In Singapore it’s called hacking and you could end up in jail, or if lucky you’ll be paying a pretty huge fine.

The comments on this site said these laws were exaggerated somewhat (but not entirely) for humorous effect. I do know that there was an international incident some years back when the Singapore government caned an American teenager for throwing chewing gum on the street. Don't even think about doing anything you already know is against the law! Singapore had the second highest per capita execution rate in the world between 1994 and 1999, with 1383 executed per 100,000 inhabitants. (Statistics aren't current, but the number one winner was Turkmenistan, which has abolished capital punishment, so Singapore is now probably number one.) Possession of an amount suitable for sale of just about any abusable drug known to man is a mandatory death penalty. A small amount for personal use will probably just get you a 25 year sentence at hard labor or the like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Singapore

Despite those "Singapore Girl" airline ads... I'm not so sure you want to make the mistake of confusing Singapore with Bangkok!

epoxyboy
04-25-2013, 02:50 AM
Taxis and public transport (mrt and busses) are frequent and cheap. You wont have to hobble far|;).

Pete

john welsford
04-25-2013, 02:56 AM
I really like Singapore, its one of the safest places I know to just wander the streets looking at the sights. The locals are invariably helpful, the food good, the service in the shops a treat and the subway superb.
There is an excellent second hand bookshop on the 4th floor Funan IT mall, ( Grace will probably be behind the counter) so you'll have lots to read on the next flight, and a day just hanging around the Chinese quarter is well worth the time.
The zoo is said to be one of the worlds best and yes the Gardens are stunning. You can hire a rikshaw for the day and the driver will take you anywhere you want within the main city. As for the comment about the rules, if you are polite and civil to the Singaporean cops they will tell you what the rules are should you be in breach and the rules are not at all onerous.
Remember that Singapore is one of the most cosmopolitan societies around, has very little crime and a huge number of visitors so they try and keep the place safe for tourists and visitors. You'll enjoy the place.

John Welsford

Mike V.
04-25-2013, 03:00 AM
Your mention of Singapore rang a bell and inspired a google... There are some things you might want to keep in mind, even during a brief visit to Singapore:

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The comments on this site said these laws were exaggerated somewhat (but not entirely) for humorous effect. I do know that there was an international incident some years back when the Singapore government caned an American teenager for throwing chewing gum on the street. Don't even think about doing anything you already know is against the law! Singapore had the second highest per capita execution rate in the world between 1994 and 1999, with 1383 executed per 100,000 inhabitants. (Statistics aren't current, but the number one winner was Turkmenistan, which has abolished capital punishment, so Singapore is now probably number one.) Possession of an amount suitable for sale of just about any abusable drug known to man is a mandatory death penalty. A small amount for personal use will probably just get you a 25 year sentence at hard labor or the like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Singapore

Despite those "Singapore Girl" airline ads... I'm not so sure you want to make the mistake of confusing Singapore with Bangkok!


The execution rate is way off, you missed a decimal point. The real rate is 1.383 per 100,000.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
04-25-2013, 08:48 AM
[QUOTE=Bob Cleek;3769741]Your mention of Singapore rang a bell and inspired a google... There are some things you might want to keep in mind, even during a brief visit to Singapore:

I do know that there was an international incident some years back when the Singapore government caned an American teenager for throwing chewing gum on the street. QUOTE]

Actually, there wasn't. The American teenager was caned, not for throwing gum on the street, but for theft and for vandalism. He turned out to be not a wholly admirable type.

I was there at the time, but Google is your friend:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay