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Short stay-what to do

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Short stay-what to do

We arrive in Singapore on 19 Dec 07h00 and depart 20 Dec 2005 at 15h00. We stay at the Copthorne Kings and want to shop as well.But not expensive designer stuff.

What would you suggest?

Is pearls still so big in Singapore?

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1. Re: Short stay-what to do

yes, pearl is still a good thing to buy while in SIN. My friend (first time to Asia) had just bought one in Oct.

Also, since you are only there for such a short time, I suggest that you just spend time in Chinatown (close to your hotel), good place to shop and sight see as well as some good food. Here is what I would do :

Shop for pearls and anything else in Chinatown, check out the Indian temple and Thian Hock Keng. Have some lunch maybe walk around a bit more. Come back to the hotel in the late afternoon for a short break, freshen up and head out to Grand Copthorne Waterfront for the ferry to the Quays. You can either hop off at Boat Quay (which I would recommend) or Clark Quay (more of a hang out trendy drinking place, restaurants are expensive along this stretch). After dinner, take a nice evening stroll towards the Esplanade (if you have time, maybe check out if there is a good concert !).

Good Luck and have a great trip.

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2. Re: Short stay-what to do

One day sounds like you will barely have time to shop. But for general information on what to do and how to get arounds click on this link for answers on a very recent post:

tripadvisor.com/…2025121

(By the way, treading very carefully here, the word Afrikaner has some very negative connotations in some countries.)

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Wow! Sorry. In my country it means living in Africa.How can I change my screen name?

I tried to,but cannot??

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dont worry about it, being pc (politically correct) is over the top over here in the US.

by knowing where you are from, one shouldnt take offend at all ! Why should someone else tell you what is right or wrong when it is what you are from where you come from ? Just be careful when you visit the US, people here are sensitive about this kind of stuff. Otherwise, you are fine with your nick :) and of the old colonial words that was used in SIN, just dont say Orientals for the locals. The new term is Asian or simply, Singaporeans. Oh another pc thing is dont call the Malays from Singapore Malaysians. Malaysians are citizens of Malaysia :) and Singapore Malays are proud of their citizenship - Singaporean.

Have a wonderful trip.

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5. Re: Short stay-what to do

Thank you so much for your input. I don't want to offend anyone! Politics!

And we can't wait for our trip...

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Afrikaner,

No offense taken or intended, but, for those less versed in how the name Afrikaner has been widely seen to be synonymous with racism (much as the term Aryan is now widely associated with Nazism), there is a fairly well presented historical read on the topic at the following site:

devon.gov.uk/dcs/crossings/history/antirac/

Unfortunately, there remain many who are trying to rewrite that unfortunate history, notwithstanding that a quick search of the web will disclose those who identify themselves as Afrikaners expressing views such as the following:

"There are noble Afrikaners who fought against the system when there was still a price to be paid for doing so - Beyers Naude being perhaps the most important, with André Brink and Nico Smith

being others - and the apartheid system could not have lasted as long

as it did without at least passive collusion from white

English-speakers, but the pathetic reality is that the National Party

was entirely an Afrikaner creature, and the overwhelming majority of

Afrikaners enthusiastically supported its' policies throughout the

apartheid years; when they did break with the party, it was usually to

join even more extremist organizations like Andries Treurnicht's

Conservative Party. The racist attitudes that led Afrikaners to support

apartheid were near-universal amongst them from the very beginnings of

white settlement in South Africa, and British imperialism, as bad as it

could be in practice where racial matters were concerned, simply didn't go in for

the sort of blatant, etched-in-stone discrimination Afrikaners

practiced once they got in power."

So, Afrikaner, while not all Aryans were members of the National Socialist Party or supportive of its principles, and while not all Afrikaners supported the policies of the National Party, many still associate the two. And that is what I was trying to caution you about.

(BTW, I'm not a "kaffir". And I hope I am not being too politically insensitive in saying that, that way!)

The wonderful thing about this forum and travel generally is that it gives one the chance to learn from and about others, and that all peoples have both good and bad among them. For better or for worse, we are all brothers.

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7. Re: Short stay-what to do

And may I add ... Sisters :)

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8. Re: Short stay-what to do

Thank you sooo much.!

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9. Re: Short stay-what to do

This post was asking what to do in Singapore I think it has slightly gone off the subject and probably lost most of us.

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10. Re: Short stay-what to do

Facinating !