Landing back at Changi International Airport in Singapore after the few days in Langkawi.
I wonder when we will meet again.
My friend Nicole and I took a break from the Singapore life and hopped a budget flight to Langkawi, a Malaysian island. I forget that traveling to other countries is so easy…from other countries. Anyhow, Singapore closed its airspace for a few hours for some military exercise, and all the flights were delayed for a few hours. Here, you can see all the planes lined up behind us to take off, most of them fellow budget airlines doing short flights of a few hours or less.
This is the view of Singapore from the New Asia bar on the 70th floor of the Stamford Hotel. You can see the river below.
The population of Singapore in 2005 was around 4.5 million, and it is currently the third most densely populated country in the world, far behind Macau and Monaco, but slightly ahead of Hong Kong.
I know this is not a great photo. But I just had to show you how weird this building is. It’s the new Sands Casino that just opened last week. That boat-like structure perched atop the towers houses a gigantic swimming pool. It just looks so funny.
The casino is a really big deal here. It is only the second casino in Singapore. Singaporeans have to pay $100 to get in, while everyone else gets in for free. The government, I suppose, doesn’t want its people to develop gambling problems.
The Singapore River, like many cosmopolitan rivers, is lined with fancy cafes, bars, and restaurants. Mid-day is not a popular time for boat tours, since it is so hot. The boat in this photo is only carrying half-a-dozen passengers.
This is Robertson Quay, sandwiched between the Vegas-like Clarke Quay (where I had my first Singapore Sling when I was 19 years old) and Boat Quay.