Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Singapore Day 3

Singapore - February 2 2015

It was February 1 back home so the Super Bowl aired here on Monday morning at 7:30 AM.

I found this online to explain the time difference since I find it fascinating.

The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary line of longitude on the Earth’s surface located at about 180 degrees east (or west) of the Greenwich Meridian.
Time Zone Map
The date line is shown as an uneven black vertical line in the Time Zone Map above and marks the divide where the date changes by one day. It makes some deviations from the 180-degree meridian to avoid dividing countries in two, especially in the Polynesia region.

We are up at 7:15 AM but John decides he doesn't want to go out and watch the game. He checks on TV but it is not airing.
We head to breakfast again included. The Maitre d' asks for your room number then asks you swipe your room key against a car reader.

We both have omelets made to order. Then back to the room and plan our day. We are learning to relax and not feel like we should be out all the time. John found the Superbowl online and watched the rest of the game.
It fogs over and there is a light rain so we decide to wait it out.

I need all the help I can get crossing the street as they drive on the "wrong" side of the road.


Around noon we headed out to find the battery place that carries AAAA, impossible to find at home or in Las Vegas. We find the mall, Sim Lim Square. Wow what a treasure trove of electronics!
Image is from their site, I never thought to take a photo!!



Not only do we find the batteries and buy two packages, this store also carried cell phone batteries so John buys one an then goes back and buys another! Then we find a charger for John's new Nikon camera. The camera doesn't come with a charger as you can plug the camera into the plug for charging. Not exactly an effective manner if you want to use your camera!

Then another stroll through Bugis Market, very different on a Monday than the weekend. Lots and lots of red in anticipation of the new year.


Mandarins decorate the entrances of many buildings and homes.


John, tying his wishing ribbon.



Rubbing the buddha's belly for more good luck.


We decided to stop for a beer at the Stuttgart Cafe to see their wall of Black Forest cuckoo clocks just because this seemed such a weird thing to have in Singapore. We looked at the menu and decided to share a sampler plate of appetizers. Food photos to come.







It began to rain again as we walked back so we spent the afternoon reading, blogging and watching movies while it rained on and off again.



We took a cab to Clarke Quay and asked to be dropped at the Clarke Quay subway entrance as we were to  meet Suzanne at 7 PM at the Clarke Quay MRT stop exit E near the Popeye's according to Sue. He dropped us on the other side of the river. What an amazing area, full of pubs and restaurants.



We wandered and then asked where the MRT station was and headed there to check out where we were meeting her.
Well, we found E on the wall, and a Burger King so figured we were in the right place.





Back to wait for Suzanne - we were in the right place!

She has made a dinner reservation for us at 8:30 PM. So we walked along Clarke Quay to Boat Quay.



It just begs a sign - John grabbing the bull by the horns!





Dinner for Singapore speciality Chili Crab. 




Our reservation was 8:30 and we were told that we had to be done by 9:45.


Suzanne's colleague, Sheryl joined us for dinner.




As we were eating John caught this photo of the Indian festival which was beginning today as it was meandering its way to Little India. More on that later!






3 comments:

  1. Wow - you are always so busy! I'm surprised you had time to read. Like that time zone chart!

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  2. I like those sculptures along the quays!

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  3. Such a super trip and how wonderful you got to meet up with people there. My husband goes there for work with the Formula 1 ..every September ..( No I cannot go with him) I think they are down at Clarke Quay ..must find out. Interesting trip and great photos. I agree with you about the Cuckoo clocks ..how strange!!

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