Singapore Celebrity Cruise, Part Two

Accomodations, Cruises, Destinations, Dining
Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

The Celebrity Constellation Cruise Ship took us from Singapore to Brunei, Ho Chi Minh, South Vietnam, Bangkok and Ko Samui, Thailand and back to Sigapore.  Our cruise ship had  three pools and four jet tubs.  One of the pools and jet tubs were indoors, to get away from the hot sun or rainy weather.  I enjoyed swimming while the ship was sailing because it was more challenging to swim in the current of the salt water pool.  Our life guard consisted of a huge green ape, holding a big fish, which towered over us.

There was always music playing while swimming or hanging around on the deck.  If there wasn’t a live band, recorded music would be playing.  The live entertainment was always good and some of us would get up and dance.

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Singapore Celebrity Cruise, Part One

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Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

We pulled out of the Singapore port at 8pm to begin our two week adventure.  We were pleasantly surprised at how big our room was and that there was plenty of storage.

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

Singapore Cruise

The food on the cruise was excellent and I don’t think there was ever a time that you couldn’t eat something.  We were assigned a table for the 8pm seating.  We could either choose the buffet, which was excellent or dine with our assigned guests.  The formal restaurant was flexible if you wished to sit at another table. The service was top notch and the food presentation and taste were excellent.  Lobster night in the dining room was my favourite...

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Singapore, Bugis

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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

After the 14 day Celebrity Cruise I stayed one more night in Singapore at the Mercure Singapore Bugis.  When I booked through Expedia I did not realize there were two Mercure Hotels in Singapore until I arrived at the other Mercure Roxy where we had stayed before the cruise.  Mercure Bugis is further away from the airport, but I had prepaid $190 for my room.  It is a very modern flair.  My room was very small, containing two twin beds.  If there would have been two of us we would have had to put our luggage out in the hallway.  Yes, it was that small and did not even have a real closet.  But it was pretty and the view and infinity pool was fabulous!  The little Asian boy was so interested in me, that it made me laugh. a very modern flair...

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Singapore and Sentosa Island

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Sentosa Island is an extension of beautiful Singapore. My favorite tour was the sky tram over to Sentosa Island.  However I would have loved to explore even more but ou time ran out.  We also experienced quite a few rain showers during our time there.  The giant Merlion stands tall as it protects the island of Sentosa.  I found the Merlion a little intimidating at first.  We explored this special island on our own while we waited for the light show to start.  There were many unique vendor shops, etc to explore.  The view of the sunset from the white sand beach was intriguing.

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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

The light show was fabulous, nothing like I had seen before...

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Singapore

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The flight to Singapore was interesting.  There were clear skies, so I could see all of the islands and I was excited to be flying over Malaysia.  We were fingerprinted in the airport upon arrival.  I am thinking that is a great idea for our safety.
We really enjoyed our five days in Singapore, but we could have easily stayed for at least ten days.  There are so many awesome things to do and see there.  It is also a great place to take kids.  They do get a lot of rain creating a beautiful jungle like setting.  Just remember your umbrella!

The government raised the price of vehicles to double of what we would pay in Canada, so that roads are not overly congested.  Chewing gum is illegal and there are very high fines or jail for littering. This keeps the city very clean...

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Colorado, Mount Princeton, Boulder, Denver

Accomodations, Destinations, Dining

Mount Princeton Spa is situated in The Rocky Mountains, just a few hours drive south from Denver, Colorado.   There is a separate pool and area for adults only.  The pools and building for all ages has a very hot pool and a warm pool.  We enjoyed the warm pool and floating was easy in the naturally salty water.  We spent most of our time enjoying the natural springs.  There were mini pools of water surrounded by rocks.  The mountain stream cooled off the rocks, and the sand held the hot water.  We stirred up the sand with our feet every so often to heat up our pool of water.  The kids enjoyed climbing over the rocks to discover other pools of water.  We each found a rock to lean up against and soak in the salty, warm water...

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Costa Rica, Puerto Viejho Part 2 of 6

Accomodations, Destinations, Dining

PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMON:  Thanks to www.anywherecostarica.com we arrived at Hotel Cariblue to a wonderfully huge room, with a pool just two steps out of the balcony door.  Hotel Cariblue is nestled in thick vegetation, where you may see or hear a howling monkey, a sloth, or an exotic frog or two. The Caribbean east coast is a sanctuary of lush vegetation.  The beach across the street held red flags warning amateur swimmers not to take risks.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

That just might be my sheets hanging up there!

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Cafe Viheo Italian restaurant was recommended for their exotic pasta dishes.  The lobster stuffed ravioli was a winner and one of the best pasta dishes I have ever tasted...

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Costa Rica, Arenal Part 3 of 6

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Costa Rica, Arenal Part 3 of 7

The Arenal area was lush with vegetation due to the high loads of precipitation.  The drive here from the East Carribbean did not disappoint.  There was so much natural beauty to enjoy!

Thanks again to www.anywherecostarica.com we arrived at La Praderna Hotel engulfed by flowing vegetation and beautiful views. We were also greeted by rain as this was the rainforest.

The pool and restaurant overlooked beautiful views of the mountain and vegetation.

 

The burgundy jet tub did not work.  The burgundy toilet also kept running all night, even after an attempt by the repair man to fix the problem.  The next day we asked to be moved...

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Costa Rica, Tamarindo Part 4 of 6

Accomodations, Destinations, Dining

The drive to Tamarindo and surrounding area was very dry with much dead vegetation.  Thanks to www.anywherecostarica.com we arrived in Tamarindo on the West coast.  When the shuttle was pulling up to the hotel, I was thinking, “I hope this is the other two passengers place”.  But no, it was  Hotel Zullymar.  The bathroom wasn’t the best, but the room was decent.  The pool was really nice, we had a fridge, and were close to the beach and nightlife.  We also had very good security.  Our room was shared by the odd, bigger ant than I had ever seen and I would kill them with my shoe.  One evening there were more in the room then I was comfortable with, so I took it upon myself to spray them with hairspray...

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Costa Rica, Mal Pais Part 5 of 6

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The four hour drive south to Mal Pais displayed more dry terrain with much dead vegetation.  Skilled drivers are required to drive the very narrow, bumpy, dirt road leading to Mal Pais.  The only road that I could see had been paved, but now featured mainly dirt patches,many potholes and loose gravel.  It did not take long to figure out that your life was at risk walking on this sidewalk free trail of madness.  It seemed that many of the drivers would rather hit you than a pothole.  There were surfers on their bicycles with a rigged up board holder. The surf boards were horizontal and could cut you in half if you didn’t jump out of the way.  I recommend sunglasses so that the flying gravel might protect your eyes when the vehicles go screaming by...

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Costa Rica, Montezuma/Quepos/Manuel Antonio Part 6 of 6

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

A two hour drive and a rickety road brought us to Montezuma.  I immediately could feel the charm in this little village.  We had time to take a few pictures before launching the speed boat to go across the Gulf of Nicoya and dock at Jaco.  There were no docks on Montezuma and Jaco beaches. The crew wrapped our huge bags with plastic and loaded one suitcase on each shoulder. Then they had to fight with the waves to get the bags on.  It was amazing how strong they were.  Needless to say, we did get wet. It was hot day so we did not mind.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

QUEPOS:   A two hour drive from Jaco on our pre -booked ride and our hotel reservation brought us to the Best Western and Casino Hotel in Quepos...

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Bali Part 1 of 4

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Kuta, Bali

Kuta, Bali

Bali is part of Indonesia, on the other side of daylight saving time.  Monday night in North America would be Tuesday morning in Bali.  Kuta, Bali is a crazy, busy city with many, many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, cars, etc. The motorbikes are in a league of their own.  You must remember in Bali that pedestrians are at the bottom of the totem pole.  Other than the police, the motorbikes are in charge.  If they want to park on the narrow sidewalk, they will.  If the street is a one way, they will drive on the sidewalk. Pedestrians move over.  We had a short lane to walk to our hotel from the main street. The blind corner at the end of the lane was also dangerous.  We dubbed them “Suicide Lane” and “Dead Man’s Curve”...

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Gili Air Island, Indonesia

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Gili Air

Gili Air

Gili Air is a very small island that is a part of Indonesia.  We took a 2 hour taxi ride from Kuta to the marina and then an hour and half water taxi to Gili Air.  This was our 4 night reprieve from the busy city of Kuta.  There were only horse and buggies, bicycles and your feet to get around Gili Island.  It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the island.  The blue water and white sand are very much like the Carribean.  The sad part is that parts of the beach and ocean were flooded with human garbage.  The locals at Gili said it came from the island of Lombok which was a short boat ride across from Gili.  Rumors also suggested that the garbage may have come from the Japan Tsunami.  Nothing like good old corn on the cob!

Gili Air

Gili Air

“Oh Canada!

Gili Air

Gili Air

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