2010-06-24 -- Krabi/Railay to Singapore

The plan was to get up early(ish), catch the boat to the van to the airport, checkout and get to Singapore early, before weather has a chance to build. Jeffrey, Renee and Theirry left very early to get out very early, only to be stopped twice by (1) not having customs officials at the airport until 8am, and (2) switching passports with Steve and Tish (accidentally, after the hotel gave them back to use the other day).

Another excellent and thorough security check at Krabi: we unloaded the bags from the hotel van, ran them through the X-ray machine, and loaded them back on the van -- outside the terminal -- to wait for us to 'clear' security. We walked backwards through the immigration exit, watched the handler fill out some forms, signed a manifest, (and waited), then walked forwards through the exit to the hotel van. We then drove outside the airport to circle back from 'arrivals' to 'departures' (or the other way around), and drove the hotel van straight to the planes...parked next to the control tower.

The flight was nice, but a potentially busy approach into Singapore kept chatter to a minimum. Once we got close, we got vectors to the airport, and it was painless. Maybe later I'll post some of the charts.

We're staying at the famous Raffles Hotel. We met for a pre-dinner dring at the Long Bar, where we had Singapore Slings and threw peanut shells on the floor.

Dinner was at Girabaldi (Italian Restaurant & Bar). The late(ish) lunch (Crepes at the mall across the street from Raffles) left us not so hungry, and we all got just the main dish (Bigoli - Homemade Spinach Noodles with Braised Chalon Duck - for me).

After dinner, some of went for a ride on the Singapore Flyer (wikipedia). Not to be missed, but I'm biased by not having any noisy crowd to spoil the trip, and by actually liking skylines at night. And, I guess, by not being afraid of heights too much.


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 20.2 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.0, ISO 80
Runway 14 at Krabi has a slight bump at the end. Or maybe a dip in the middle.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Singapore sprawl -- technically not Singapore though. Singapore is the little bit of land in the upper right corner on the other side of the river.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Turning into the airport. Can you find the airport? It's just left of the river.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
The NOTAMs for the airport list "structures of variable height" along the approach. In other words, boats and cranes and towers.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Short final into one of the five or so airports in Singapore.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600
The rooms at Raffles are spacious. We have a large living room....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600
...and a large bedroom (with space for four people). Out the window-doors is a private balcony overlooking a small garden in the atrium.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 90.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/7.0, ISO 400
The 'new casino' in Singapore, looks like a boat, eh? If you look extremely closely, you can see people on the bow (or maybe you can't see them) and palm trees in the middle. It's a big boat.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/8 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
Bigoli - Homemade Spinach Noodles with Braised Chalon Duck.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Near the top of the Singapore Flyer, looking out toward the horizon.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Near the top of the Singapore Flyer, looking almost straight down. The white square things in the (vertical) center of the picture are the cabins. The axle is a gray bar a little bit above center.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 0.4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 3200
Downtown Singapore from the Singapore Flyer. The lights in the sky are reflections from other cabins, and just other lights. Surprisingly, this was handheld (yay, me!).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
The 'new casino' from the Singapore Flyer.



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