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What can Melbourne learn from Singapore’s skyrails?

While I was in Singapore for my holiday, I had a good look at the MRT, and I wanted to specifically post about the MRT's elevated sections. I'm not the only one to ponder a comparison to the proposed Dandenong line skyrail... Channel 9 recently featured this story, which is worth a look: [email protected]_lund speaks with the people who live next door to Singapore's Skyrail. Here's what they

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Things I learnt about the Singapore MRT (and a comparison with Melbourne)

See also: my other posts from Singapore This post pulls together some things I saw on my on my holiday, together with information gleaned from a briefing with the Singapore Land Transport Authority (organised by chance courtesy of the Victorian Government when some of their people discovered they'd be in Singapore at the same time I was), together with information trawled off the web. MRT an

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Singapore day 7: heading home

Our last day in Singapore. After breakfast we headed for the pool for a while. It was warming up but not too hot, and very nice in the water. Then a moment of panic. Where had I put my room door key card? It was in my bathers pocket, and... oh. There it is. On the bottom of the pool. Fortunately it seemed intact and it still worked. We packed up our bags for the evening flight, and ch

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Singapore day 6: cable cars, giant lions, and lazing on the beach

We awoke in the resort on Sentosa, with one more full day before heading back to chilly Melbourne. Breakfast buffet. I totally ate too much, and I didn't even get to have an omelette (made fresh by chefs in the buffet area). But anyway, time to explore! Sentosa island has two cable car lines. One goes east-west across it, the other heads north across the water to the mainland of S

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Singapore day 5: Boring tunnels and resort islands

About a week before leaving for Singapore, I'd been in a meeting with some people from the Victorian government, talking rail tunnels and level crossing removals. I mentioned I was going, and asked what I should look at. Turned out they were about to send some of their people off overseas to exchange ideas with counterparts in various parts of the world - including Singapore, on a day I'd be th

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Singapore day 4: the zoo, the prang and the architecture

We were meeting my sister and her family (also in town for the wedding) to catch a shuttle bus to the Singapore Zoo for breakfast. Not just any breakfast - breakfast with the orangutans. Yep, you get to eat a buffet breakfast while apes frolic nearby. Have I mentioned that Singapore is the land of buffet meals? During a week's holiday, we had buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, buffet dinner... al

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Singapore day 3: Little India, art deco overload

Our destination today was Little India, which we reached via MRT of course -- the hotel is closest to City Hall station, but only slightly further to Clarke Quay, which is just a few stops from Little India. The Lonely Planet book we had recommended a specific walk, so we set out, admiring the historic colourful buildings, taking in the sights, sounds and smells, and getting very sweaty in the

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Singapore day 2: Museum, Raffles, Garden

All Singapore holiday posts. Click on pictures below to zoom. Our hotel booking didn't include breakfast, and while I like a hotel buffet, we decided to look elsewhere for a morning feed. Being downtown, there should be plenty of options, and after some walking around we found a bakery in the Raffles Centre shopping mall nearby. Back in the hotel, I'd given up on finding a Singtel SIM, and d

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Singapore here we come

(This post backdated. See all Singapore trip posts on this link) As I previously mentioned, we were invited to my cousin's wedding in Singapore, so we decided to go for the week. Why Singapore? A distribution of family between Belgium, Singapore and Australia. It was very cold when setting out -- only about 3 degrees -- so I found a combination of clothes that'd keep me warm on the way to th