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The Bahamas, USA (East Coast), Canada 2013
(20 Sep 2013 - 15 Oct 2013)

 

Day 1-2

Leaving on a Jet Plane:

Singapore-Frankfurt-New York-Miami-Nassau

(20 – 21 Sep 2013)

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Travel bugs have infected HamHamFarm (once again) and we could no longer resist the itch to travel! So tata.. we’re leaving on a jet plane again! This time round, Vance and I did a really long trip, covering 3 countries (The Bahamas, United States and Canada) which span a total of 9 cities (Nassau, Miami, Marathon, Key West, Orlando, Washington D.C., Toronto, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and New York) within 26 days (summarised in this diagram below)! This has been our longest overseas trip so far and we broke our 2012’s record of 24 days!

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 I have issued a ban on long trips for 2014 as it’s really very tiring (both mentally and physically) to DIY almost everything (since we’re pretty much on our own for the entire trip). Little wonder that Singaporeans love to go on Group Tours since one would just need to decide on the holiday destination, pay money and there they have it (which is not really our cup of tea).


The other thing we dislike (x1,000 times) about long trip include the arduous efforts to recover from the terrible jet lags. As I’m writing this blog (2 weeks since our return to Singapore), Vance has not tuned back to the local time! *Oops* Anyway, we had lots of fun for this trip. Enjoy the photos folks!


There’s 9 flights for this trip which translates to 64 hours of bum baking! *faints* Here we are at Terminal 3 of Singapore Changi Airport, all ready for our departure to the States!


Vance : We are all ready to start our 34 hour journey to Bahamas!

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My very sweet Parents-In-Laws sending us off….


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Vance: Meanwhile, on my Facebook Page....

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We took part in the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ promotion which runs from 1 May to 31 October 2013, HHF didn’t become the finalist for the grand draw, but we won the instant prize which was a 20% discount voucher from Sony. Better luck next time :P


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On board SQ26 (A380) for New York (JFK) via Frankfurt (FRA) (Flight 1 of 9, Total Travel Time = 23 hrs!). For HHF, whenever we’re on a SQ-A380 flight, we will try to get the upper deck seats as the upper deck is usually much quieter and less messy than the main deck, making it easier to sleep/rest on long trips.


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Since it’s going to an extremely long flight, we paid for these preferred seats with extra legroom, near the exit row (Seat 81A/C).
Pros : It was worth paying extra for the legroom of the emergency exit row seat, especially for long haul flights.
Cons : Window seats on the upper deck in economy class usually comes with an extra storage 'box' between the seat and the window, there are no extra compartment for these preferred seats since we were located at the exit row. In addition, you can’t leave your bag ‘under the seat in front’ and the overhead storage compartment directly above is reserved for medical equipment.

Vance: Its also quite a hassle to keep the trays and TV Monitor for take off/landing and whenever you want to get out of your seat!

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The HHF Duos with their noise cancelling headsets
(An essential item for long haul flights unless one can really sleep anywhere, anytime!)

Vance: And these active-noise-cancelling headsets are great for leveling out that humming jet engine, talkative fellow passengers and mostly.... crying babies!

 





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After 23 hours of bum baking, we’ve finally reached New York!


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For American Airlines, unlike the usual check-in done by ground staff, passengers need to do their own check in and print their own boarding passes at these Self-Check-In counters. It was a relatively fun experience for us since it’s something that’s different from Singapore

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Departed New York for Miami via American Airlines 145 (Flight 2 of 9, Flight Time = 3 hrs 25 mins). Ciao Big Apple, we will be back (several times later in the trip)!

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Reached Miami International Airport and since we have to wait 3 hours for our next flight to Nassau, we tried looking around for pre-paid SIM card with data plan but to no avail. Thankfully there’s free WIFI in Miami International Airport (unlike JFK Airport).

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Departed Miami for Nassau via American Eagles 3470 on this really small aircraft, The Embraer ERJ 145
(Flight 3 of 9, Flight Time = 1 hrs 5 mins).


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After 34 hrs 40 mins of Bum-Baking, we’ve finally reached The Bahamas!


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The Bahamas, or officially known as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is a country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the U.S. State of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence and her people are known as Bahamian. The Bahamian dollar is held on par with the US dollar and both are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.

We took a taxi from Lynden Pindling International Airport (formerly known as Nassau International Airport) to Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino located in Nassau (which cost US$20 including tips).


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Its closed to midnight by the time we reached the hotel. We were allocated a room on the 9th floor (the highest floor) at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino. Great location (15 mins drive from the airport) by the Cable Beach and the Atlantic Ocean view was fantastic from our Full Ocean View room. The room was clean but we were kind of expecting the atmosphere of a 4 or 5 star resort (for the price paid) but there’s seems to be signs of wear and tear everywhere in the hotel.


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We loved the complimentary Starbucks coffee provided for the coffee machine. We visited Bahamas during the off season so the hotel wasn't very busy and was in fact, practically empty when we visited (off season in late September)

Vance: Which is kind of nice, where you have the whole resort to yourself.. no crowd at resturants, no fighting over the best bench spot, no one bothers you at the pool and even taking the public bus, there's lesser people then your fingers can count!

[Understand from the hotel website that Day Passes are sold and during peak season, Sheraton can be quite flooded with Day Pass visitors].

 It’s was a super wearying day for us. Looking forward to next day as we’re doing the SUB Bahamas adventure with Stuart Cove :)

Vance: Forecast was for bad weather but we kept our fingers crossed (and great hopes for a bright sunny day) because we are going to... Dive! Dive! Dive!


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