Day 2 – Novotel Clarke Quay

After a good night sleep, we pondered where to go for breakfast. We were not very interested in the hotel’s buffet breakfast as we didn’t feel like eating too much. Another option was Chinatown nearby to feast on our favourite local food. Finally, we decided to head down to McDonalds for breakfast. It was so convenient.

When the children were much younger, having breakfast at the McDonalds was almost a weekly affair during the weekend. So it was quite a few years since we had breakfast together at McDonalds again. We ordered our usual breakfast sets and indulged in some nostalgia feasting on our favourite meals. The restaurant wasn’t crowded early Sunday morning. Those who hung out late the previous night were still in bed.

Shops in Liang Court Shopping Centre were not opened yet. So the mall was rather quiet. Clarke Quay of course was quiet as well but with occasional joggers running along the Singapore River. It was a peaceful and pleasant morning outdoor.

Across the road over at Fort Canning Hill, the park was welcoming morning joggers as well. Some liked to stroll along the hill to enjoy the sight of the downtown area. When I was much younger, I preferred to jog up Mount Faber and I enjoyed the surrounding views, especially to watch sunrise. I could look across the sea over to Sentosa Island. The view from Fort Canning Park was no less inspiring too.

The swimming pool was not crowded this morning. It was rather peaceful with hotel guests enjoying their breakfast at The Square Restaurant overlooking the swimming pool. It was partly cloudy this morning and was still as windy as the day before.

Having ventured around after breakfast, we then returned to our rooms to rest, read the papers and watch TV. We had requested for late check out so that we could have lunch at The Square Restaurant and it was granted. So we took our time to laze around and while away the time.

Lunch time soon arrived and we adjourned to The Square Restaurant. The restaurant wasn’t crowded and we had a table near the exit to the swimming pool. Like the previous day, we ordered from the a la carte menu. As expected, the friendly wait staff attended to us and it was a pleasant place to have a good lunch.

Bread and dip sauce arrived first followed by our main course. We shared different dishes we ordered and enjoyed a great lunch in one of our favourite restaurants. After lunch, we collected our complimentary birthday cake for Accor Plus members and then made it back to our room.

Having brushed up and packed up, it was time to check out. Checking out our a breeze. Having settled the outstanding bill, we left the hotel and went to the ground floor lobby. My wife and the children boarded an awaiting taxi to bring home the cake while I continued on my own to Chinatown to run errant.

We could have stayed longer but our youngest son was eager to go home to continue mugging for his coming examinations in a few days’ time. So our yet another staycation came to a happy ending. We were so familiar with Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel and we needed not make a lot of preparation to head here for a short stay.

It was still partly cloudy as I made my way to Clarke Quay. Soon I walked over the Malacca Bridge and headed towards Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel. Passing the side of the hotel, I emerged at Merchant Road. Turing left, I soon reached the junction at Eu Tong Sen Street. From there I could see Chinatown right ahead two blocks away.

When the traffic lights turned to my favour, I walked slowly towards my destination. Chinatown is another tourist destination. It was pretty crowded when I arrived with shoppers and diners thronging the many cafes and restaurants over there. Moneychangers at the People’s Park Complex attracted long queues of customers. Apparently, the rates over there were pretty good too.

Walking across the overhead bridge I reached the food centre which was a hive of activities. This is always a busy place with a wet market on ground level. Here is the place to experience local dining scene in a hawker centre. While over here, I bought our favourite food to bring home to continue our post staycation feasting. So we had a great family staycation this year. Next year, we might consider a staycation at the Sentosa Island.

Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel is indeed strategic where it is walking distance to Chinatown and Marina Bay. Clarke Quay is at its doorstep and water taxi is available just across the side street. Fort Canning Hill is across the road for those who wish to have a look at the city centre from a height. Fort Canning Park is quite charming too.

Orchard Road is just a a couple of bus stops away. Fitness fanatics could also jog along the Singapore River which is very pleasant as well. Hotel rate is slightly lower than the hotels at the Marina Bay area and Orchard Road proper. Those who need laundry services could use the hotel’s washing machines and dryers which are token operated. That is why Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel is one of our top choices being Accor Plus members.

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