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James McMullen
05-26-2015, 10:38 PM
I've got a potential opportunity to visit Singapore in the future. Anyone here ever been there? Boating opportunities?

Phillip Allen
05-26-2015, 11:25 PM
45 years ago... I doubt I have any information that would help you

PeterSibley
05-26-2015, 11:50 PM
I've spent a few days there and it's my least favorite Asian city, too neat clean and efficient ... but your tastes may differ to mine .

I have no experience of sailing there, that could be good .

skuthorp
05-26-2015, 11:52 PM
1960's as a ships crewman. Too long ago.

Phillip Allen
05-27-2015, 12:31 AM
1960's as a ships crewman. Too long ago.
I remember you... from you, I learned that Ausies don't think they've had a good time if they get back to the ship with all their teeth!

Duncan Gibbs
05-27-2015, 12:47 AM
Singapore is terrific! It has fantastic galleries, gardens and eating. You could go to Little India and experience the wonders of the Mustafa Centre (http://www.yoursingapore.com/traveller/en/browse/shopping/shopping-malls/mustafa-centre.html). We get curry pastes in bulk there when SWIMPAL gets to Singapore. The older parts of the city are located in the Geylang district (which is a bit seedy and is supposed to be the red-light district), but I'm sure there are also other parts where you can experience the older colonial architecture.

Here's some shots of Geylang:

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393408005.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393408004.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393408001.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393407720.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393407717.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393406275.jpg

Duncan Gibbs
05-27-2015, 12:53 AM
That was a masala dosai place above, and this is a Hainanese chicken rice place (a Singaporean speciality):

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393406272.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1913/10058894/23577714/393406273.jpg

I'll try and get a good list of places together if you go.

I'm not sure about the sailing opportunities though.

epoxyboy
05-27-2015, 03:16 AM
I had a day and a half there on the way back from Sumatra last month, not long enough and unfortunately on the back of a twenty hour working day, so I was a bit of a Zombie - also a week there in the mid eighties.
There is a lot to do, public transport is very good (get a tourist pass if you are going to use the MRT), but taxis are pretty cheap and plentiful. Google is your friend.
It is very clean and safe, and while it may lack the "character, rubbish, potholes, dodgy food and atrocious driving" of somewhere like Jakarta, it is a fun place to visit - I'd like to take SWMBO there.
I stayed in the Clarke Quay area, which is a bit touristy, but in easy walking distance of loads of restaurants, Chinatown, Little India and other attractions and more shopping than you'll know what to do with. Geylang is the new foodie area, and has a goodly number of state sanctioned houses of ill repute - at least thats what I read.
It is hot, humid and tropical, but everthing indoors has air con. Even at night short sleeves are plenty.
If you want a less sanitised experience, you can do day bus trips up into Malaysia.

Edited to add boating opportunities: the hop on, hop off river cruise is actually a good way to get your bearings, and I think you can do a dinner cruise on a junk:d. I dont know about recreational boating - there must be a yacht club, but you could easily find yourself violating international borders. Malaysia is only a short drive over a causeway, and I think some of the nearby islands belong to Indonesia. Their officials have the same sense of humour as Homeland Security


Pete

BrianW
05-27-2015, 03:30 AM
Had a plane ticket to there once, but managed to change it to Hong Kong instead. :)

Duncan Gibbs
05-27-2015, 03:34 AM
SWIMPAL spends time in both HK and in Singapore and prefers Singapore a hundred times over.

Captain Intrepid
05-27-2015, 03:46 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxB4GqYM0T4

Sounds fun to me.

BrianW
05-27-2015, 03:49 AM
SWIMPAL spends time in both HK and in Singapore and prefers Singapore a hundred times over.

A much more qualified answer than mine.

(I actually wanted to go to Singapore, but it would have been a simple lay-over, and rob me of time to tour Hong Kong.)

Wooden Boat Fittings
05-27-2015, 04:43 AM
I've had a few days there on a couple of occasions, but I didn't get to the yacht club or do any sailing.

I had dinner at the Cricket Club once though as the guest of one of the locals. Wonderful place -- more English than the English.

But I think the best thing I discovered in Singapore was a three-floor emporium of second-hand books -- not all that far from Parliament House, as I remember. Spent days in there at a time.

And the second-best thing was the best hummus you'll ever eat, made by a Turkish immigrant to a special recipe of his own. After lunching on his hummus every day for nearly a week, I succeeded in convincing him to share the recipe. But he'd gone the last time I was there, and I sorely missed him. And the hummus.... :(

Singapore's good. I like the place a lot.

Mike

Phillip Allen
05-27-2015, 06:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxB4GqYM0T4

Sounds fun to me.

HOW does he come up with that stuff???

bamamick
05-27-2015, 08:28 AM
I have a good friend who has been working there the last few years. The photos he sends give the impression of great wealth and prosperity, but I have never seen any of him on a boat, and he has owned and raced sailboats over the years.

Every photo I have ever seen from him makes the place look like some huge all-inclusive resort. I don't know if I'd be very comfortable there. :)

Mickey Lake

Hugh Conway
05-27-2015, 09:29 AM
Passed through several times. Fantastic food - some of the best eating anywhere. Not my kind of sights, really. New, clean, sterile. Easy flights to most anywhere else in Asia definitely go

peb
05-27-2015, 10:01 AM
I have spent a total of a couple of months there. Great food. Beautiful city. Too sterile. But that is an impression from 15 years ago.

JimD
05-27-2015, 10:18 AM
1982. Stayed at one of the old hotels on Bencoolen Street where you could still get a clean room for $11. I think that famous area has all been redeveloped and hotel rooms now cost considerably more. I remember it as a lovely city.

purri
05-27-2015, 08:48 PM
Passed trough Changi International in transit. Just don't eat any food at the airport complex! The humidity in September is like walking into a brick wall.

The Bigfella
05-27-2015, 09:01 PM
Stayed over three times now. Not bad for something different. Take... in the night zoo. Last time I was there, I had my leg in a brace, couldn't do much exploring other than by taxi.

Always take the opportunities to travel when they present themselves.... after all, you are now the youngest you will ever be.

James McMullen
05-27-2015, 09:56 PM
Thanks for all the responses, guys. Kate's got an offer for a two year contract working there, with enough compensation that it might not even matter whether I can get a job there too or not. We just might go for it. It ought to be quite the adventure.

L.W. Baxter
05-27-2015, 10:15 PM
A kept man in Singapore? Sounds like material for a novel. You could write, and work on your beard.

The Bigfella
05-27-2015, 10:16 PM
Ah, living there... that's different. A mate is living there now (does the computerised movies for Hollywood). Apartment living (its OK for a couple of years). Huge opportunities for you to enjoy wooden boats, if she's working and you aren't... most of them in Indonesia and Malaysia

Duncan Gibbs
05-27-2015, 10:18 PM
SWIMPAL lived there as a teen and loved it.

There is the Changi Sailing Club too:

http://www.csc.org.sg

I'm sure you'd be able to get a job there as well (in Singapore that is). Plenty of interesting maritime history and wooden boats about the region, so maybe a really cool project documenting the various boat types?

BrianMCarney
07-10-2015, 09:58 AM
Are you going to take Rowan to Singapore?

john welsford
07-10-2015, 04:10 PM
One of the best second hand bookshops on the planet is on the second floor of the Funan IT mall in Victoria st.
The zoo is a stunner.
As is the underground rail, buy a day pass.
John Welsford


I've got a potential opportunity to visit Singapore in the future. Anyone here ever been there? Boating opportunities?

john welsford
07-10-2015, 04:18 PM
Just a thought, designer Michael Kasten knows the Indonesian and Phillipines wooden shipbuilding industry very well, he'd be a good guy to make contact with.

John Welsford

paulf
07-10-2015, 04:45 PM
Thanks for all the responses, guys. Kate's got an offer for a two year contract working there, with enough compensation that it might not even matter whether I can get a job there too or not. We just might go for it. It ought to be quite the adventure.

When I did sea floor mapping, we had an office in Singapore, FUGRO. A lot of big international corporations and oil companies have offices there. It might be easier than you think to get a job there.