Thursday, February 28, 2013

I lived in a Yellow Submarine!

I had shared with you on my blog a few months back that I had booked the Yellow Submarine room at the Wanderlust hotel in Singapore.

I enjoyed it so much and it was probably one of the most unique hotels I've ever stayed in - if not the most unique.  What a lovely comfortable bed!!   The bed was also central control - TV, lights - everything was controlled from the bed.    The bathroom had it's own glass "pod" and so did the toilet.   I had read in the reviews on Trip Advisor that some people thought there wasn't enough room but my suitcase fit into the clothes cupboard and bits and pieces fitted along the thin counter under the windows.  To complete the room -  a wonderfully huge claw footed tub which I thoroughly enjoyed one evening. 

Shower was closest to the bed rather than the toilet which I found a bit odd. 

As you can tell I had been happily lounging on my bed.

Everything yellow!!! 

I am glad I chose to stay at the end of my trip and not the beginning.  I would not want to be too tired and jetlagged accidentally step off the bed and miss the two steps - instant broken leg!!  It was quite a drop. 

Breakfast was included which consisted of a complimentary breakfast buffet with breads, cereals, fresh juice, coffee, yogurt and apples and oranges.  As well you could choose from one of three breakfast entrees.  One morning I chose the pancakes with maple bacon and the other day an English breakfast with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, etc.   The other entree was a bowl of fresh tropical fruit enfused with honey - yes I was sorely tempted with that one well you were given a warm croissant or pain au chocolate. The first morning we were given both and the second day we had to make a choice.  Unfortunately the first morning I was still not feeling well so did not really do the wonderful breakfast justice however I made up for it the second morning! 

Nespresso machine, Ipod dock  - my iphone fit in there but would not play so guess ipod only?

The colourful hallway on the second floor - my room is at the end.  Every room was brightly coloured with a theme!!! 

I also had a Nespresso machine in my room with complimentary coffee so I fixed myself an espresso a couple of times.  Fun!  Also there was free access to the mini bar with unlimited bottles of water and booze unfortunately!!

I guess the only downside was the noise.  The hotel is situated on Dickson Street in Little India.  I was there on the weekend when hundreds or thousands? of Indian men congregate and party it up.  They come from all over Singapore and Malaysia for a little taste of "home" at the weekend.  When the taxi pulled into the area the taxi driver told me that a lot of Indian men come to Little India for the weekend and it's very noisy.  No kidding!  The hotel had a pair of earplugs beside the bed for me with a note apologizing for the noise!!!   It was "interesting" walking to the MRT in the morning with drunk men passed out in doorways and lurking around corners.  If I ever stayed at the Wanderlust Hotel again or anywhere in Little India for that matter I would avoid the weekend....those men know how to party!!! 

That said, I did enjoy Little India.  I called it "India Light".  You had the food and the atmosphere and the Indian people but not the begging, filth or cows wandering in the road!!!  It is the most colourful and ethnic part of Singapore that I have seen anyway.  Definitely a must see in Singapore!!! 

I guess my only complaint would be that the room had no bar soap.  No biggie - they had complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.  I do like a bar of soap rather than shower gel though.  Oh well, I lived!!!

It was NOT cheap but a lovely splurge. Perhaps people used to large rooms would have been disappointed (good luck finding a large room in Singapore!) but when you travel cheap like I do this was a real treat and I felt like I was in the lap of luxury. 

I was in one of the Pantone rooms on the second floor - the prices go up as you go higher - there is a treehouse room on the fourth floor!!!  The Yellow Submarine room was $10 SD more than the other Pantone rooms but being a Beatles fanatic I just had to stay in it!!!   I video taped the Yellow Submarine neon sign as I sang "Yellow Submarine" but I will spare you the video!!!

I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for something different. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Some memorable meals from around the world!!!

Gumbo and shrimp poboy - New Orleans 
Momos  - Kathmandu, Nepal

Fish cakes and salad - St Johns, Newfoundland

My first whole lobster -(sorry!)  Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Pecan pie - Austin, Texas

Pepper crab - Kep, Cambodia

Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotel Singapore

Fruit plate - Kep

Fish amok - Battambang, Cambodia

Khmer vegetable curry in a coconut - Cambodia

Vegetable curry

Cappucino and Chocolate torte - Germany

Bratwurst, warm potato salad and buns - Germany

Traditional Xmas dinner - Duck, red cabbage and dumplings - Germany

Coffee mousse - Costa Rica

Enjoying the best coffee - Costa Rica

Mango lassi - India

Tray of appetizers - Jordan

Bratwurst and bun - Salzburg, Austria

Crawfish pie and sweet potato mash - Kentucky

Pizza and salad together- Pizza Express - London

Kebob with fixings  - London

Vegetable korma - London

Fish and chips - London

One of the best burgers ever - Burlington, Vermont

Arctic char, caribou medallions - Iqaluit, Nunavut

Espresso and macarons - Quebec City

Sugar pie - Quebec City

Cactus with deep fried beans and potatoes - Mazatlan

"Divorced" eggs Mazatlan

Arctic char - at Bullocks in Yellowknife

Deep dish pizza - Chicago

Beef, Alpaca and ostrich - Lima, Peru

Pot roast, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies and greens. It tasted better than it looked.  Montgomery, Alabama

Muffeleta sandwich, New Orleans

Jambalaya, New Orleans

Tourtierre, Quebec City

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Riding the rails in Battambang

While in Battambang we rode the rails on a "norry" or bamboo train.  The flatbed carriages are a popular tourist attraction in the area.  They have a steel frame overlaid with bamboo slats resting on wheels taken from abandoned tanks from the civil war.  A rug is put over the slats for better comfort for tourist behinds!  The carriages are powered by small motorcycle or tractor engines and can reach a speed of about 50 km an hour.  No train service in Cambodia right now thanks to the Khmer Rouge and the civil war which destroyed most of the network  - however the Australian government is going to help rebuild the train network.  This will be for freight only but will definitely be beneficial for the whole country. 

What can I was great fun!   I will let the pictures do the talking for me. 

Setting off on our ride!

We went as far as a bridge, watched the sunset and headed back.

We had a break on the bridge - union rules for the drivers?? :)

Flipping the carriages.  Rules are when you meet another carriage the one with the least people on it has to be taken off.  This was the turnaround point so the carriages were being taken off and put back on the opposite way to go back.

click the arrow button and go for a ride!!! 

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