22.02.2012 - 24.02.2012 32 °C
Here's a summary of our 3 days in Singapore:
We got up early and headed over to check out the Marina Bay Sands hotel which is three towers connected at the top by an infinity pool and an observation deck. We didn't pay to go up to the deck, but probably would have done if it meant you could go in the pool- unfortunately this was for hotel guests only
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
We then got the most pointless metro journey ever (bit of a mistake - it would have only taken us 5 mins to walk!) over to the famous Merlion statue which was surrounded by people taking their picture with it, so obviously we did the same!
Money-wise, the rest of the day went a bit badly! We had a posh lunch at a lovely Italian restaurant on Boat Quay, went to Raffles Long Bar to have a Singapore Sling (I didn't have the 'original' one though because I don't like gin!) and then headed off to the Night Zoo. All of this was very nice, but it did mean we went sliiightly over budget!
Our Singapore Slings
There was a fire-eating show at the night zoo and coincidently both me and Stephen were chosen to be a part of it (great!). Luckily, all I had to do was put on a silly hat and try and blow a sharp stick out of a pipe at a balloon between a man's legs (!). Stephen got the short straw and had to dance around topless trying to blow out sticks of fire and doing zulu-esque chants. I have a video for anyone who would like to view this on our return!
Our morning activity for our second day was to get the cable car over to Sentosa Island and chill on the beach. Stephen was a bit disappointed that they only let you swim up to 5m away from the shore.
After a lunch that mainly consisted of delicious breads, we got the metro to Haw Par Villa. This is a very odd place that Stephen found mentioned on someone's blog as a 'must see' in Singapore because of it's strangeness. Basically, some rich men decided to buy/make lots of Chinese statues to make a 'themepark', but they were all so weird! Here is an example:
'Filthy blood pool' - one of the 10 courts of hell in Chinese mythology
Our evening plan had been to go on the hostel arranged food walk of Singapore - the only reason we wanted to stay at that hostel - but it was cancelled due to the guide being ill! Boo! So we decided to go to Chinatown for cheap Tiger Beer and then Clark Quay for dinner and to people watch on the bridge there (something that all the locals do, recommended to us by a girl who works in the hostel).
We didn't do anything too interesting today. We checked out of our hostel in the morning, left our bags and made our way to the beach down the road and spent a nice morning there. In the afternoon we went to Orchard Road, which is just full of shopping centres. I found a Cold Stone (my new favourite ice cream!) and bought a new t-shirt, and that was that really.
For dinner we went to a hawker centre (cheap food court place) and have chicken satay and some indian pizza thing washed down with a couple of Tiger beers. It was then time to go back to the hostel to get our backs and head to the train station for our overnight train to Kuala Lumpur. The train was nice enough but there ride was so noisy and jolty, so we had no sleep! We are now chilling in the courtyard of our hostel, which seems lovely, looking foward to exploring KL
Sleeper train to KL