jamie goode's wine blog: Travels ahead

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Travels ahead

Just trying to tie up some loose ends before embarking on a trip to Singapore (above), Western Australia and then Singapore again. The first segment will be a family holiday, with a few days of serious wine work in Margaret River the sole business angle (but, if truth be known, I find my job as relaxing as a holiday when it comes to visiting wine regions).

I'm looking forward to introducing my family to Singapore, a place I enjoy visiting - I've been three times in the last three years. It's just such an easy place to hang out. On returning to Singapore at the end of the Western Australia leg, I'll without the family - this time I'll be wearing my science editor hat, attending a really interesting conference on SARS and avian flu, from which I'll be producing a book.

While I'm travelling over the next couple of weeks the blog will be maintained, but there may be periods of radio silence - it all depends on the internet access and time I have available. One of the great joys of travelling is the freedom from the daily routine, and the different perspective that this often brings.

As an aside: if anyone reading is in Singapore and fancies some sort of mini-wine-nut dinner, I'm currently free on 21,22 and 23 April in the evenings. It's always nice to meet new people.

As another aside, the hotel I'm staying in (the Orchard Parade) has the indescribable evil of a Manchester United-themed bar. As a City fan, I find this excruciating.

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At 3:14 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Sounds like a top itinerary - have fun. Will you also be checking out the Frankland River region when in WA? I've heard some very good noises about a few of the Rieslings and other wines coming from there (particularly the Isolation Ridge whites at Frankland Estate).

Singapore should be great - just wish I was there at the time. As far as the hotel; lived about two minutes' walk from there earlier. The one upside to being above the MUFC cafe (which can get quite noisy at nights, mind) is that there's a fairly decent wine store and some decent restaurants about a minute and a half away (Oak Cellars; overpriced trophy wines and occasionally some really good deals, and Modesto's restaurant stand out).

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burn, burn, burn it down.

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Cru Master said...

Distin and Dunne have been so good for me in the Premiership Fantasy League!

Enjoy the trip!

At 5:25 PM, Blogger ~ Phyll said...

Ah, Singapore...sweet memories. Lived there for many years up to my "O" level.

Orchard Parade is a bit off from the hustle and bustle of busy Orchard Road, which I prefer whenever I visit the island. Also highly recommend the Ritz by the Marina, especially the rooms on the higher floors with the spectacular view. Was there a few years ago.

I may find myself in Singapore again in July.

Enjoy the trip!

At 8:43 PM, Blogger modernmod said...

Jamie, what wineries will you be visiting in Margaret River? I spend a week there in Dec. 05 and visited about 19 wineries.


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