Because the Olds Really Know how to Party; Or, Orchid Shopping at Toh Garden

As loyal martayaki readers may recall, back in our hotel quarantine days my new friend Karmen stopped by our hotel to drop off some candy and wave up from the sidewalk. It was especially kind of her to come by, considering that we had not met in person at that point; Mark's cousin Sarah introduced …

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Back to Fort Canning Park and The Battlebox

As loyal martayaki readers may recall, back in October I rambled through Fort Canning Park early one morning and passed The Battlebox, the former WWII British underground command centre. Despite some minor objections from the offspring, we headed out on a Saturday morning shortly thereafter for a brief tour. We're no strangers to wartime museums …

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Twenty Minutes to Spare, and a Visit to the Neighborhood UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today the public transit gods smiled down on me, delivering me early to my appointment with an extra twenty minutes that I chose not to spend in a medical waiting room. Because covid and all. So as I neared my destination super early, I mulled my choices and quickly settled on the obvious: Singapore Botanic …

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Lunch Like a Local: Weekday Noodles and Dumplings in the Business District

Recently Mark and I headed downtown to Citibank for yet another unsuccessful attempt at opening a local bank account. Disappointed, not exactly surprised, and hungry--we decided to sample the local offerings after leaving the bank. So we started walking and stumbled across Marina Food House, a typical spot similar to the hundreds of lunch counters …

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It’s All Gravy: Let’s Eat Filipino Junk Food, or Meeting Up With Friends from the Before Times

One of my favorite parts of going abroad is the chance to meet people from all over the world. Most of the friends I made in Japan I will likely never see again in person, but it's always a lovely surprise when we do cross paths once more. Living abroad is a pretty remarkable experience …

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From Singapore’s Ancient Relics to WWII History: A Turn Through Fort Canning Park

Early Sunday morning I decided to go for a run/walk (OK, mostly walk) at a lush park near our apartment, Fort Canning Park. The park covers 18 hectares (44 acres) and tops out at a whopping 48 meters (156 feet) right in the middle of the city. I'll cover Singapore's history in greater detail in …

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International Arrivals in the Time of Covid, and the SHN Hotel Lottery

Singapore locked down hard during covid, pausing all arrivals for a while in 2020. Then very slowly they resumed new arrivals from certain countries, imposing strict conditions and elaborate entry procedures. Fun fact! Since Singapore is a city-state of only 280 square miles (724 square kilometers), there's only one airport and all flights are international. …

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