View Full Version : Singapore, anyone been before?

02-05-2012, 12:33 AM
I am scheduled to head to Singapore on Thursday to board a drill ship and sail to South Africa. Anyone here ever been to Singapore or South Africa that can give me some advice on things not to do culturally wise. I would hate to get there and do something stupid and get in some kind of trouble.

02-05-2012, 02:46 AM
Don't be persuaded by "me luv u long-time"!!

02-05-2012, 09:33 AM
don't chew gum. against the law.

had an aunt/uncle that lived there many years ago. he sold parts for offshore oil rigs. they loved it. amazed at how clean it is.

02-05-2012, 09:45 AM
Singapore was my first international trip for work, back in 1990 I believe. I think in general if you act like a normal well mannered person you should be fine...it's not that restrictive. Don't litter, be courteous, ask if you have a concern about anything. I've never been to South Africa, been to Ghana which I loved.

02-05-2012, 09:50 AM
I think in general if you act like a normal well mannered person you should be fine...

Hmmmm . . .

Guess a lot of us around here better just stay home. :)

02-05-2012, 09:58 AM
Bet that drill ship puts up a killer wake....

02-05-2012, 10:00 AM
Hmmmm . . .

Guess a lot of us around here better just stay home. :)

I guess I should have expected that.... ;)

02-05-2012, 10:21 AM
Definitley don't throw anything on the ground. It is one of the cleanest places I have been too.

02-05-2012, 10:51 AM
Yeah I have heard alot of good things about it, pretty much all I have been told is to not spit on the sidewalks. And I don't ever litter anyways, we at least not in TX.

02-05-2012, 11:53 AM
Kind of far from home David, how long you gonna be gone for?

02-05-2012, 01:49 PM
around a month, 31 or 32 days

02-05-2012, 01:56 PM
You going to be back before boat season gets in full swing?

02-05-2012, 05:33 PM
You going to be back before boat season gets in full swing?

ill be back mid march and then i will finally get to fix the brakes on the boat trailer, then it has to go to the dealer for some work for a week or so. good thing i have buddies who will let me ride! matt75 and i ride together alot so ill probably be on his black and orange axis until my boat is 100% but yes, ill be back before boating season gets into full swing

02-16-2012, 03:56 PM
So I flew to New Jersey this morning and I just boarded my flight to Hong Kong, looks like we are flying over the north pole

02-16-2012, 04:27 PM
Have a safe one!

03-19-2012, 02:52 PM
Alright so we have officially crossed the indian ocean and are now bopping off the coast of cape town, south africa. Tomorrow morning flights will begin and I will be getting off this thing. Hoping to find a new place to sit on the beach and have a beer tomorrow evening and watch the sun set.

03-19-2012, 06:03 PM
Enjoy the weather and have one for me.

03-19-2012, 08:54 PM
You better be taking some pictures for us!

03-20-2012, 12:02 AM
Ok here are some shots from walking around Singapore

This is from the river walk, this area was lined with places to eat and bars and little shops, tons of people.

they have these statues of the naked kids jumping into the river...

This is the main river walk area, we ate mexican food here...in singapore and iguana cafe

the white lit up towers in this one are actually the supports to one of those big swings and a bungee cord bouncy ball ride

03-20-2012, 12:05 AM
if you walk all the way to the end of the river it opens up onto what they call marina bay...

everything in the next two pictures was built on reclaimed land, this used to be ocean...


here is the other side of the bay that is part of the original island

03-20-2012, 12:14 AM
Looks like San Fran

03-20-2012, 12:14 AM
our hotel was located just down the street from china town and we were lucky enough to get there before they took down the decorations for the chinese new year. here is the dragon that ran down the median of the road at the entrance to china town


here are a couple pictures from a walk way that goes over the street.


there was a building know as the marina bay hotel, it consisted of three 55 story towers all connected at the bottom by a huge lobby and at the top by a giant ship looking thing. every since we saw the building wanted to go inside it.

03-20-2012, 12:19 AM
so we went to the top of the crazy building, we wanted to go all up and down the top but it was sectioned off, 20 bucks to go to the observation deck or you could go to the bar and just buy a 18 dollar tiger beer. we went to the bar





03-20-2012, 12:24 AM
The top of the building had a pool that ran pretty much the length of it lined on both sides by palm trees, this area was for hotel guests only, there was an observation deck and then slightly higher up behind that was the bar and restaurant wherre we went, there was also a night club up there.

Singapore has the worlds largest observation wheel, aka big ass ferris wheel. The capsules are fully enclosed and air conditioned and you can have dinner on it.


If you look on the horizon on this last one all those lights are from ships waiting in the harbor. hundreds if not thousand of them. never seen so many ships in place before in my life

03-20-2012, 12:27 AM
This was my ride across the indian ocean. The Stena Forth deep water drill ship...
http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/417988_10151303819835394_500730393_22896067_162392 578_n.jpg

this was a jack up rig we saw being welded to the deck of this transport ship to moved overseas. amazing how the flood the transport ship to sink it, pull the jack up over the top of it, then pump all the water out and the transport ship picks it up

03-20-2012, 10:19 AM
If you look on the horizon on this last one all those lights are from ships waiting in the harbor. hundreds if not thousand of them. never seen so many ships in place before in my life

If you go to Google Maps and look at Singapore and zoom in a bit and look at "satellite" view or use Google Earth, it is truly amazing. You can see just tons of ships everywhere. It looks like a rail yard. If it was air traffic it would be an air traffic controller's nightmare. Just amazing how much goes through there.

Thanks for sharing the great pics.

03-20-2012, 10:40 AM
Those pics are awesome. My dad went to Singapore for a week a couple years back and said it was unreal. He didn't take many great pics like that though.

Kane, thats nuts! When you zoom in more and more ships show up!

03-20-2012, 10:56 AM
Thats awesome!!! Definately a place I'd like to see some day.

Oh... and since the beers are $18, have two for me. I'll pay you back later.

03-20-2012, 11:03 AM
Yea, I'm definitely bringing my own ship, even if it's full of Natty Light-- $18 is way too steep for Kane.

03-20-2012, 12:26 PM
To steep here to but looks like a great trip David. Hopefully it didn't break the bank, we officially opened for boat season at home. Come get some..

03-20-2012, 04:30 PM
Thanks for the pics!

Probably a place I will never see in person. :(

03-20-2012, 10:39 PM
I loved it there when I visited but the alcohol is outrageous. We found a place on the outskirts of town that sold beer a little cheaper. Some of the biggest prawns (shrimp) that I have ever seen in a tank.

03-21-2012, 09:59 PM
Wow. Great pics David.

Maybe I have missed it, but how did you get involved in your career? Very cool job brother.

Also, why is beer so expensive?

03-22-2012, 09:39 PM
Singapore does not want to promote alcohol so therefore they raised the prices through the roof. Not to many drunks then. They are wierd about that.

03-23-2012, 12:33 AM
Hey guys I am back state side at my casa and will throw up some south Africa pictures as soon as I get a chance! Talk about beautiful beaches and clear blue water! Way different than our Texas beaches.

Bulldog- Schlumberger did on campus interviews at UTI (where I went to school) and that's where I got hooked up with them. They wouldn't hire anyone under 21 so I worked for Sewell Cadillac in Dallas for just over a year until my birthday and then the rest is history.

03-23-2012, 12:35 AM
Glad you're back safe, had a good trip & are back to posting.

03-26-2012, 12:18 AM
Good stuff David. Glad to have ya back!

03-26-2012, 12:23 AM
thanks guys, good to be back and back on the water