Category Archives: Singapore


Whether you are traveling to Singapore for vacation, or you’re simply passing through, here are some recommended activities to help keep you and the family entertained. – Tips and photos by Jenni Burdette, May 2013

  • Take the City Sightseeing tour. Simply hop on one of the red double-decker buses and stop at over 30 sights. The buses run regularly, so you can hop off and explore, then catch the next bus.
  • Visit the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Recognized for its unique architecture, this hotel boasts having one of the world’s longest elevated swimming pools. Sit at the roof top bar and enjoy a drink with an amazing view.Singapore 1 - Jenni BSingapore 2 - Jenni B
  • Walk around Marina Bay and discover Merlion Park, or take a stroll along the Singapore River. If you get hungry, stop in at one of the many local restaurants for some food.Singapore 4 - Jenni B
  • Explore the temples, restaurants and shops at Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street.
  • Enjoy a boat ride through Mariana Bay and up the Singapore River for a unique view of the city. Tours last approximately 40 minutes.Singapore 3 - Jenni B
  • Hop to Indonesia for the day. Batam, Indonesia is approximately an hour long ride from Singapore’s HarbourFront. Bintam, Indonesia is approximately 45 minutes to an hour from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Check out Bintan Resort Ferries and Sindo Ferry for a ferry schedule and to book tickets.
  • Eat at a hawker food stall. An open-air complex that houses stalls for various cooked foods.
  • Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and go to any of the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore. Check out the Night Safari, the Jurong Bird Park, or the Singapore Zoo to name a few.
  • Relax and take a walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the National Orchid Garden.
  • Visit one or two of the Country’s many museums. Choose from the ArtScience Museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, and more.
  • Immerse yourself in one of Southeast Asia’s largest light and water shows, Wonder Full. Put on by Marina Bay Sands, the show consists of lasers, giant projectors and water screens, using downtown Singapore as a backdrop. The show is free. For show times and information, click on this link: Wonder Full.P1000460

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Bintan Island, Indonesia: Beach paradise a hop-skip from Yokota

Trip Report:

By Heather Mitchell.

Two scheduled flights leave Yokota nearly every week for Singapore, so it’s a really easy Space-A destination. But where do you go from there if you’ve made no plans and you don’t want to spend a million dollars? Our family faced that dilemma when the five of us landed in Singapore on a spontaneous trip in August 2011. Luckily we found our paradise island just a boat ride away.
We had hopped to Singapore on the DC 8, arriving early in the morning. We spent a night at the Navy Lodge before we figured out where to go next. (For van service, we called Jeffrey Koh of CJK Express when we landed. He picked us up at the terminal and took us to the Lodge for $40.00. His cell: 9683 8839.) The Lodge was a bit out of the way but spacious and clean, and we found a few pretty good restaurants within walking distance from base.
I did a little Internet trolling and hit on Bintan Island, in Indonesia. We’d never heard of it, but it sounded great. So the next day we took a 55-minute ferry ride from Singapore to Bintan. On the ferry we were able to obtain visas for $10.00.
All the Bintan hotels have complimentary shuttles to take you to your hotel. We stayed at the Mayang Sari Beach Resort. We got two beautful “chalets” that were right on the beach for about $180 each. We had never stayed right on a beach before so it was a real treat to hear the waves crashing at night. Our rooms included a daily breakfast buffet. There were plenty of activities for our kids. They jet skied and zip-lined . We also saw an Elephant show and rode the elephants. We took a boat tour through the Mangrove Forest, which was also fun. The island also has several golf courses.
We had wonderful dinners every night at nearby restaurants. The hotel shuttle would drop us off at them. The staff at the hotel were so kind and welcoming. My only regret is that I didn’t get a massage, which I later learned are super inexpensive. I felt so relaxed while I was there that I never thought about it.
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Heather Mitchell, 2011

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