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Our Trip Around the World , Part 4 - Singapore

Our Trip Around the World , Part 4 - Singapore

Old Mar 26th, 2020, 09:05 AM
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Been following you from forum to forum. What an amazing trip.

Re Chicago - Like you - for years I had only connected through, except for once when I had a many hour layover and snuck in a quick visit to the Museum of Science and industry. But in the last 4 or 5 years I've visited Chicago twice - one for 3 days and another time 4 days. It has become one of my favorite city breaks anywhere in the States. Just the Art institute alone is worth planning a weekend in the city. But other museums of all sorts. Biggies like the Science/Industry and Contemporary Art, and smaller treasures like the Dreihaus (LOVE it). Plus the architecture, the shopping and dining, just a wonderful city for visitors.
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 11:11 AM
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Jacketwatch, I wish we could have seen that view from the Marina Bay Sands. Looks spectacular. If we ever get back to Singapore, I would love to stay there.

Thursdaysd, your visit to Chicago sounded just about perfect, from the location of your accommodations to the tours you took. You've given us plenty of inspiration to start planning a trip.

Janisj, thanks for your input regarding a trip to Chicago. I don't know how we've overlooked it all these years. My husband and I both enjoy museums on occasion, and it sounds like Chicago has plenty of good ones to choose from.

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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 11:59 AM
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Jacketwatch, I wish we could have seen that view from the Marina Bay Sands. Looks spectacular. If we ever get back to Singapore, I would love to stay there.

Thursdaysd, your visit to Chicago sounded just about perfect, from the location of your accommodations to the tours you took. You've given us plenty of inspiration to start planning a trip.

Janisj, thanks for your input regarding a trip to Chicago. I don't know how we've overlooked it all these years. My husband and I both enjoy museums on occasion, and it sounds like Chicago has plenty of good ones to choose from.
I was born and raised in Chicago and do agree about its many attractions like the museums, shopping, world class dining, theaters, ethnic neighborhoods, lakefront and more but of course all this is best seen in the summer months. By mid June you are usually ok. Spring weather can be ok but there will be some cold spells.
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 12:13 PM
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Jacketwatch, we love to travel during the month of June, as the weather is generally good and it is not yet high season in most places. This year we planned a trip to France with our two daughters and their kids in June. Probably not going to happen. Anyway, Chicago is a place we need to visit someday.
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 01:13 PM
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Jacketwatch, we love to travel during the month of June, as the weather is generally good and it is not yet high season in most places. This year we planned a trip to France with our two daughters and their kids in June. Probably not going to happen. Anyway, Chicago is a place we need to visit someday.
I think you will like it!!
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 05:11 PM
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BTW if you go to the Art Institute and you should there is a restaurant there called Terzo Piano and it’s not just an institutional cafeteria. It’s run by a James Beard award winning chef. I highly recommend it.

About ? Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 07:33 AM
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Thanks, jacketwatch, for the tip. I think the Art Institute would definitely be on our list of places to see, and that sounds like a great restaurant!

THE GARDENS BY THE BAY:

After our lunch at the hawker center and a brief rest stop back at the hotel, we decided we could walk to the Gardens by the Bay, as it didn't look too far on the map. Unfortunately, the hot, muggy weather started to take a toll. By the time we got to the Gardens, we didn't have the energy left to tackle many of the sights. We did, however, manage to meander around the tops of those gigantic artificial trees after taking the elevator up for the best views. From that highpoint, it was possible to see the harbor crowded full of container ships, waiting to unload their cargo. The Port of Singapore, we were told by a young attendant nearby, is ranked as the top maritime capital of the world. No wonder Singapore is such a wealthy country. Steve was quite interested in Singapore's shipping terminals and commercial activities, and this young man answered all his questions, plus he gave us some good information about returning to the Gardens for the Garden Rhapsody that evening.

By this time, we were exhausted and needed to make our way back to our hotel. Hopefully, we could find some alternatives to walking the entire distance. About then, we saw signs for the metro station and all was well, as Steve quickly figured out the system. Using this clean and efficient mode of public transportation, we saved our weary legs. Also, we realized that, if we used the metro, returning for the show in the evening would be no problem.

The metro ride back to the Gardens was easy, and the young man's advice about when to return was spot on, as we didn't have to wait to buy tickets or load onto the little cart train that transported us to the viewing area. The Garden Rhapsody Show was stupendous! Those towering and fantastical artificial trees we had strolled among in the afternoon transformed into stationary fireworks, as they burst into a coordinated series of rainbow colors and sparkling lights, all in time to marvelous music. We stood there with our necks tilted up, mesmerized, not wanting it to end. Magical! But end it did, and we followed the crowd back to the metro station, where we were soon whisked back toward our hotel. Before going up to our room, we wandered across the nearby pedestrian bridge, which was saturated in deep blue light, toward the live music we could hear coming from the park on the opposite side. We soon found a spot where we could sit and watch the people enjoying the concert. Decorative lighting illuminated everything, wherever we looked and, along with the music, made for an enchanting evening. But we were weary, and made our way back to our hotel room after a while. Trying to make the evening last even longer, we relaxed for a while on our balcony, experiencing the beauty around us for one final time. In the morning, we would be off to the airport. Next stop, Qatar. Like Singapore, Qatar is a very prosperous country, with some amazing modern architecture featuring futuristic buildings and a striking skyline. Also like Singapore, Qatar has preserved bits of its past, preserving its old marketplace and maintaining picturesque wharfs of antique pearl diving boats. Also like Singapore, we would find Qatar full of color and brilliant light at night. However, Qatar was also very different from Singapore, and everywhere else we had visited so far, with a culture quite unfamiliar to us. We found this culture, so new to us, to be full of surprises, both delightful and thought provoking.

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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by jacketwatch View Post
BTW if you go to the Art Institute and you should there is a restaurant there called Terzo Piano and it’s not just an institutional cafeteria. It’s run by a James Beard award winning chef. I highly recommend it.

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!00% agree. Ate there each of my visits. Do book because it can get really busy
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 10:13 AM
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I had not heard of the Garden Rhapsody Show. Just looked it up and the images - wow!
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 11:22 AM
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Interested to hear your experience in Qatar as we were there last month on a cruise. We were able to port before they closed due to covid-19.

Yes Janis Terzo is quite good. I’m glad you had a chance to eat there. Another option Candace is “Russian Tea Time” right across the street from the Art Institute though between the two Terzo would be my preference.

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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 02:42 PM
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!00% agree. Ate there each of my visits. Do book because it can get really busy
Darned shift key that should be 100% . . .
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Old Mar 28th, 2020, 05:28 AM
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Thanks, janisj and jacketwatch, for all your tips. Now I can’t wait to plan a visit to Chicago.
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Old Mar 29th, 2020, 07:54 PM
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Thanks much for this report.

I spent nearly two years cumulative in Singapore of the course of numerous business trips starting in 1985. My last trip was in 2008, when the Gardens by the Bay were maybe just a hole in the ground. So you are describing a Singapore that is totally unfamiliar to me, and yet very familiar. Excellent!

And jacketwatch, pictures of chili crab! I might have slightly preferred pepper crab, though there's not much better than mopping up chili crab sauce. Of course in Singapore it would be with a Tiger!

Thanks again.
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Old Mar 29th, 2020, 09:44 PM
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I'm with you, Nelson. while I enjoy chili crab, I LOVE pepper crab. So much that twice when I was in Singapore during Lunar New Year, and the restaurants were all booked up, I got a take out crab from Jumbos's and took it back to my hotel room. It was so delicious, and so much more fun to eat without anyone watching!! I did learn a lesson the first time; that I should have disposed the crab shells right after eating. My room smelled like a fishing trawler the next morning!!




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Old Mar 30th, 2020, 05:44 AM
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Nelson: Glad you enjoyed the pic. And now that you mention it Tiger as I recall has a bit of a sweet taste which would go with the chili better.


Lcuy cool story! If I ever get a chance I’ll try the pepper crab.
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Old Mar 30th, 2020, 05:49 AM
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Yy

Eating fresh durian. Slightly different expression. .
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