Month: May 2012

A night at Changi (Singapore Airport)

Technical problems caused my flight to be two hours late arriving, so I missed the last flight out of the night to Penang.  A night in Changi, then. Luckily it’s my favourite airport – which, of course, it partly why I chose to transit through it. I was on my way from Sydney to Singapore.


Firstly I head for the Airport Information desk to get a WiFi login and password, map of the airport, if there are any lounges I could use free, and the location of the free shower. They now want your passport details for the WiFi. And they told me there was no free shower.


I certainly couldn’t find the shower this time, and I looked in all three terminals.

There are lots of activities available at Changi.


Mostly I watched films and snoozed in the T2 cinema,

This is the entrance to the T2 games and cinema room

but there is also a snooze room inT3, with recliners.

note power point if you do wish to charge something

Another important thing to do is charge the mobile, but for safety you have to keep an eye on it, so can’t do it while asleep or in the cinema, unless you put the mobile in your pocket, perhaps – should the cord be long enough.

I found similar snooze chairs on the upper level (Level 3?) in T1.

It was pleasant to view briefly some of many gardens on the terminals.


During the day you can also take a free tour to the city if you have time.


Airport information told me I could use the Green Market restaurant (in T2) with a card I had from my bank. In my wanderings I walked past, so entered.  They close at 1AM, so there was half an hour left. They have wifi, computers you can use, and they give you a free meal.  You need to show the card and your boarding pass – I didn’t have the boarding pass for my next flight yet, but they were happy with the one for the incoming flight.

the free (Japanese) meal

I also went to the Butterfly Room, but it was dark and the butterflies were asleep.


To get around I mainly walked, but did use the inter terminal Skytrain.



Later, when it was light, I returned to the butterfly garden, and although it’s very hard to see in a photo, lots of butterflies were flying around.

many of those splotchy colours are butterflies flying

If you need a drink of water, there are a lot of water fountains around the place.

And finally, at the boarding gates, they also have WiFi, and computers you can use. And another great idea – a posting service in case security don’t let you take something on board the plane – although this service is frightfully expensive.

You can post back things security won’t let you take on the plane – and this is just outside the boarding gate.

The great thing about Changi is that airside it is s huge transit lounge. Not the usual transit lounge which is a tiny room with blank walls where you wait to board your next flight.

This time in Changi the WiFi reception was quite unreliable, and I was disappointed about the shower, but it is still my favourite airport.

Sunny Sydney Sunday, Sonnig Sydney Sonntag (Day / Tag 22)

Day 22 – At Dee Why beach, Sydney

Tag 22 – Bei Dee Why Beach, Sydney

Dee Why beach

More people on The Strand eating than people on the beach / Mehr Menschen auf dem Strand (Strasse) essen, als Menschen am Strand

Dee Why beach, Der Strand

golf course on the headland in the distance / Golfplatz auf der Landzunge in der Ferne




Glimpses of Sydney – Day 20 and 21; Einblicke in Sydney – Tag 20 und 21

A walk from Darling Harbour to Blackwattle Bay, and then around the shore of the Sydney’s centre to Woolloomooloo Bay, where the navy mores some of their ships.

Ein Spaziergang vom Darling Harbour zu Blackwattle Bay, und dann um die Ufer des Sydneys Zentrum zu Woolloomooloo Bay, wo die Marine hat einige ihrer Schiffe.

Darling Harbour Monorail station / Bahnhof

a ferry – part of the maritime museum / eine Fähre- Teil des Maritime Museum

Darling Harbour west side / Darling Harbour Westseite

monorail train / Monorail-Zug

Darling Harbour west side / Darling Harbour Ostseite

Aquarium etc. / Aquarium usw.

lighthouse – part of the maritime museum / Leuchtturm – Teil des Maritime Museum

Blackwattle Bay small boat launching ramp / Blackwattle Bay kleines Boot Rampe

– Teil des Maritime Museum sculpture on the shore of Johnstons Bay / Skulptur am Ufer des Johnstons Bay

sculpture on the shore of Johnstons Bay / Skulptur am Ufer des Johnstons Bay

We have now gone in a circle and returned to Darling Harbour  / Wir haben jetzt im Kreis gegangen und kehrte nach Darling Harbour

a navy ship – part of the maritime museum / ein Schiff- Teil des Maritime Museum

Now we continue north up to Walsh Bay and the Harbour Bridge / Jetzt sind wir weiter nach Norden bis zu Walsh Bay und der Harbour Bridge

Looking south towards Darling Harbour with the city on the left / Blick nach Süden in Richtung Darling Harbour mit der Stadt auf der linken Seite

Sydney Harbour Bridge

umbrella sculpture / Regenschirm Skulptur

waterside apartments and shops / Waterside Apartments und Geschäfte

sculpture /  Skulptur

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Opera House

Photo shoot / Foto-Shooting


Sculpture / Skulptur

Sculpture / Skulptur

Sculpture / Skulptur

Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and harbour ferry / Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, und Hafenfähre

industrial crane and navy ship in Woolloomooloo Bay / Kran-und Marineschiff in Woolloomooloo Bay

Art Gallery of NSW

Travelling light – how it worked out

My question before I departed was:

Can I travel light, carrying only smart phone, minimal luggage, and blog on the road?

“Yes”, is the answer, but to elaborate:

The washing powder worked well, and so having only two pairs of socks, for example, presented no challenge – washing every second night before bed meant they were dry in the morning.

On arrival in Australia the first thing I did was head to a mall and find the best PAYG deal for talk and Internet, which was with Virgin at this time. $2 for the SIM, and a $29 top up which in effect gave hundreds of dollars of talk time, and 1GB Internet, and it lasted for a month. 19 days later I have $337.80 of credit, including $28.40 credit and $309.40 of extra credit, and 601.42 MB data left. Every chance I got I used a wifi connection instead of the mobile Internet, but even so I thought I had used it quite a lot.

Collecting e-mail, texting, browsing, listening to music, even reading PDF’s and eBooks are all OK.

But when it comes to entering text into the WordPress blog app the phone’s keyboard hides the line of text one is inputting sometimes, which is a nuisance. Typing is slow, but possibly this is better than carrying a PC with one. If one is typing directly onto an online page, e.g. Facebook, it is best to save your work frequently, as sometimes you lose connectivity, and thus your work.

The camera in the phone is OK, but some camera phones are better, if if want to forgo the camera entirely, and save even more space and weight. But if you want to upload to the blog or Facebook, it is much easier taking the photo with the phone in the first place.  You could use your camera and either set the file size of the photos to something reasonably small, or edit the photo in the camera, or on the phone.  But in my case I would need to be using a micro SD card, in an SD card adapter in my camera, in order to be able to transfer the photos to the phone, as the phone has only a micro SD slot.

So the easiest is to take any photos you wish to upload while on the road with the phone.

If the network, either wifi or mobile, is slow, uploading photos to the blog or Facebook etc. will fail.

Another difficulty on this trip is that I was packing for the tropics and winter.  But my ensemble was sufficient.  I hope to leave my coat and head for the airport with a little less to carry, so I hope my day of departure is not cold.

Could I have carried less? Yes, a hand razor instead of electric, one pair of trousers instead of two, and one less T-shirt. But I did use everything I had.

So, overall, it worked well.