Sunday, 6 April 2014
06.04.2014 - 06.04.2014
This morning we awoke in the bustling port of Singapore. This was our disembarkation point and sadly we bid goodbye to the wonderful Ocean Princess. We arranged to collect our luggage at 09:30 and spent the two hours in the VIP (Platinum & Elite) departure lounge. There was quite a queue as we were individually processed through Immigration, some people spent a lot more time than we did. After we collected our baggage we joined another queue as we were passed through a scanning station - first time we've been scanned on the way in !! Tried to withdraw some local currency but the ATM reported a system error at my bank so resorted to using the money changer to convert som US$ to Sing$. Yet another queue as we lined up for a taxi to our hotel. I suspect that the presence of another cruise ship and the fact that it was Sunday added to the congestion.
We arrived at the hotel by about 10:15 with the official check-in time being 14:00 we contemplated a lengthy wait. We were offered an early check in for an additional fee, I was happy to pay so that we could get out of the clothes we'd been wearing since yesterday afternoon. The room is very classy and very quiet. In-room WiFi is charged at $28 per 24 hours, but the WiFi in the lobby is free. No prize for guessing which option I've chosen. We walked down Orchard Rd to one of many shopping malls to find an ATM that was prepared to spit out some money for me. I know the card and pin worked but not totally sure which account has been debited.
Walked into another mall looking for a food outlet and we were accosted by an Indian tailor. It so happened that we'd discussed a tuxedo for me but had no idea how much they would cost. He calculated around $1000 for the full outfit ready on Wednesday. Sounded a bit expensive to me and Jenny wasn't totally happy, we left to consider another option. In a matter of minutes we were in a Chinese tailor shop. His quote was $600 for roughly the same outfit, this went up a bit when I asked for a second shirt and with pleated front rather than plain. Final fitting is 12:00 on Wednesday. The last time I has tailor-made clothes was in 1964 when I graduated from OCS.
A bit further along we found a food court that provided lots of options and a slightly up-market atmosphere. We spent quite some time watching the cooks preparing the food. We wandered through a range of shops, malls and underground connections to surface finally on the correct side of Orchard Rd with just three blocks back to our hotel.
The lazy habits from the cruise ship has infected us and we've reclined for an hour or two. We plan to go for a walk and pickup a light meal when the sun goes down. I'll try to upload this before we go out and I'll report on tonight's outing in tomorrow's blog.
I'll upload an image from the ION Orchard Food Court. You'll find it on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-04-06
Cheers .. Tony