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    Singapore After Dark, Fun and Free

    Location: Singapore

    The most expensive city in the world can put you back quite a few dollars. Beautiful Singapore is a colorful and glamorous destination where a beer will cost you $15 and the smallest of hotel rooms (closet more like it) will start at $100. But there are ways to enjoy this sparkling island city state without breaking the bank. Especially in the evening. Here are some tips on Singapore after dark, fun and free.

    Gardens by the Bay

    After a day enjoying the city have an early dinner in the less expensive Clarke’s Quay area (older port area of warehouses now mostly restaurants) and then walk (free) or take a River Cruise Boat ($24) at dusk to the One Fullerton Pier. As

    Art along the Singapore River

    the sun sets the Singapore River and its bridges are lit and beautiful. Be sure to enjoy the historic Fullerton Hotel after dark as you begin your Singapore after dark fun and free tour.

    Fullerton Hotel

    Stop to pose with the famous Merlion statue after dark then wander along the bay.  Get comfy in one of the many seating areas and and get ready for the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Laser Light

    The Merlion is the symbol of the city

    Show.  If you want to spend the money, it’s fun to go up to the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands ($23).  But if you are on a budget you can skip it.  We did it in the afternoon and enjoyed a way-too-expensive gin and tonic in the roof top bar.

    Laser show at Marina Bay Sands

    The laser light show is every night at 8:00 and 9:00.  Coordinated with music and fountains it’s a pretty amazing show in a pretty amazing location.  A great way to enjoy Singapore after dark fun and free.

    Spend the money to enjoy the stunning Gardens

    Gardens by the Bay

    by the Bay sky walk ($8) and the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome ($28) during the day(definitely my favorite Singapore attraction). But by night make sure you position yourself to enjoy the free and spectacular Gardens by the Bay light show. You have two chances to

    Gardens by the Bay

    see the show each evening at 7:45 and 8:45.

    We made our way to the Gardens by the Bay over the red lighted Helix Bridge following the Marina Sands Laser show. If you hurry you will have just enough time between shows to walk there.  Some people stay in one place to watch the Gardens light show (15 minutes) while others lay on the concrete below the towering trees to hear, feel and see the music and lights. For me I enjoyed walking all through the forest and taking

    Gardens by the Bay

    advantage of so many different photography angles. The colors were incredible.  If you are in Singapore for several days this is worth seeing

    Year of the Dog

    more than once.

    We only had two full days in Singapore. We decided to skip Sentosa Island (more family amusement park kind of activities

    Street in Chinatown

    both day and night) and spent our second day in Chinatown.  There is great food and a wonderful and pretty inexpensive selection of shops for souvenirs. After dark Chinatown glows in gold and red and orange. As part of our

    Chinatown

    Singapore after dark fun and free tour Chinatown is worth walking through to enjoy the lights, colors and food!

    Lucky for us we were in Singapore during the Asian New Year (Year of the Dog).  Singapore’s

    Chinatown

    population is 74% Chinese (Mandarin is the second language after English) and both Asian New Year and Chinatown are bustling, popular, colorful and most definitely worth a visit.

    Singapore after dark, free and fun! Fabulous!

     

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    Farewell to the Maldives

    Our Full Time Travel Life Continues

    Three weeks went by really fast – surprisingly fast for as quiet as it is here.  We really practically had nothing to do, in our little piece of Maldive paradise…but we found ourselves relishing the peace – just our cup of tea in a life of full time retired travel.

    Morning coffee

    Three weeks in one place was great.  Even better, three weeks on an island that is only a mile and a half circumference, with no cars, restaurants or nightlife.  Hardly any shops.  What we did find on the island of Huraa was a quiet, religious and extremely friendly community, a great place to work-out everyday, a comfortable resort with good food and relaxing atmosphere, and a beach.

    Perfect.

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    Snorkling in the azure sea

    Our day consisted of getting up before nearly all the other guests, doing yoga and cardio on the beach for an hour and then walking or running two or three times around the island (twice = 3 miles, thrice = 4.5).  Next we had breakfast, then usually went to the beach sometimes til lunch others times skipping lunch and staying all day. This workout routine is a high priority for us in our life of full time retired travel.

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    Romantic Beach Dinner

    A couple of times we went on snorkel excursions to smaller islands in the atoll.  Afternoons we played scrabble, read (a total of four books in three weeks), and spent hours and hours doing technical work to the blog. I spent one entire day in the hammock working on the blog. It is up-to-date and in good shape!

    Since there is no alcohol on this Muslim island we often splurged on an ice cream bar in the afternoon instead.   A little treat on a hot tropical island.

    Most days included a walk to the point to watch the sunset followed by dinner at 7:00 each night in the outdoor restaurant. The rest of the evening spent relaxing and reading.  What a life huh?

    We have loved our time here.  We feel healthy and rejuvenated and ready for what’s next.

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    Sunset on Huraa

    So what is next? Two days in Singapore, followed by a week visiting my niece and her husband in Guam.  Then a month in Australia, before meeting our friends John and Carole for three weeks in Bali.

    The days ahead will fly by, and April 22nd will be here before we know it.  That’s the day we sail from Sydney on a 23 day cruise back to the USA for a ten week visit.  We arrive Seattle May 14th and depart again August 7th as we plan to continue this life of full time retired travel.

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    Morning yoga on the beach

    So thanks for continuing to follow.  Our time in the Maldives has given me the opportunity to do some more major work to the blog and I am really excited about moving forward with new opportunities to share our adventure through the blog –  I hope you are too.

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