Travel Plus: Exploring Singapore with a tweep
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Al Mourjan Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore by boat
- From the Top of the Marina Sands
- Back to Changi T2, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Into KL, Holiday Inn Express KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Adventures in KL
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building)
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again with a tweep
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy featuring the Aurora Lounge
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- To have flown, To Wait…
- I need another break…
With me off the plane, I headed straight to immigration. From gate to immigration, I was done in 5 minutes flat. There was a 10 minute wait for luggage, which soon spat out of the carousal.
I headed for the exit – and was directed by the authorities for a luggage scan. I submitted to this, and this was cleared without any issues and with endless politeness.
See airports of the world – it can be done.
Once into the public area, I headed to the left luggage zone. Now a big warning for those of you wanting to use this facility – you cannot leave laptops behind at this one. Which is beyond annoying – but there it is.
With a photocopy of my passport and a receipt, I was on my way.
Once again, I headed down to the MRT for the ride down to Tanah Merah, and down to Bugis – where I would be meeting a tweep – @twcau of internet fame.
Whilst travelling on your own is fun – sometimes travelling with someone who knows the places better is a good thing… and meeting a tweep is always fun.
After a minor issue getting out of the paid zone (my travel card went for a walk) I met twcau… and thus exploring begun.
After burdening him some #avgeek gifts of course 😉
With that done – neither of us had much planned, so we do what geeks and nerds do best. Explore and look at technology.
And out of it, we ended up in the Sim al Mall… and after geeking out at cameras, computers and other things… by some means or another – I ended up buying a gimbal.
Not a selfie stick – a 3-axis gimbal. Well, like you, I’m getting sick of crappy shaky video (heck – it might convince me to vlog again.
Fat chance. But anything is possible.
From there, we proceeded towards Little India by foot, and down the main road and alleyways. And there are lots to explore in the area
With both of us a little tired, we headed to Chinatown.
And it was at this point the heavens decided to open. So, after visiting a famous Belgian, we camped out at a 7/11 for an impromptu cola party (and that new formula Coke Zero is god-awful).
Instead, we turned to matters aviation, discussing passenger experience and our thoughts of how the aviation world is changing.
It was a pleasant way to wait out the rain.
Finding more of the heratigae buildings can be a challenge – but not impossible thankfully.
With that done, both of us were hungry – and that meant a walk over to the Maxwell Road food centre.
Instead I browsed… and chose one of the best dishes of could find for SG$4 – chicken rice.
Hey if I’m gong to stereotypes- I’m going gong to do them properly.
The fact that the chicken rice was delicious is of course – besides the point
Food is always a priority. And this was good food.
With stomachs filled, we headed to a building to see if an observation point was open on Orchard Road. Unsurprising – it was closed.
Instead, I had to get some tea for a co-worker… and we found some…rather overpriced teapots.
With the last gasps of time, we finally made it back to Bugis to raid a nerd store (Because… nerd shopping). I also needed to get something from the market
All done, we headed back to Changi to pick up my baggage. With it in hand (and to be as lazy as hell), we took the train from T2 to T1, and then from T1 to T3. We could had walked… but that would involve effort.
On the way, there were floral displays too…
And of course…
Finally, I found the Qatar Airways Check in desk, and checked in all the way back to Stockholm. With that done – it was time to say goodbye to twcas
Or has he put it:
As I stated, I love travelling on my own – but meeting people who I’ve chatted to in real-time and sharing explorations is one of the beauties of travel. And meeting tweeps on the way is part of the fun.
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