What time is it ???? TIGER BEER TIME :D
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
129Trip End Sep 29, 2006
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Its nearly Adams birthday and as a special birthday treat, we were going to try to blag a tour of the tiger beer brewery. We'd emailed them a week or so ago but got no reply :( Not put off by this we thought we'd just turn up at the door and ask to be let in :D You never know your luck,right?!!! We arrived at about 12.30 ish lunch time. After leaving the hostel with not the slightest idea where the factory was, we asked train staff, bus staff and complete strangers and eventually there we were. Singaporeans are the most helpful and friendly people weve ever experienced (in a developed country)
During the tour, we met a local guy, named TK. He was just curious about the brewery so went along for a look, to be honest he was more interested in the tasting bit too. After the trip, (and after TK'd had about 4 or 5 glasses )he drove us back to town, picked up his girlfriend from work and took us all out for dinner and a sight seeing trip of the red light district :D Turned out he owned a tropical fish export company and as Adam is quite 'fish-mad', we arranged a guided tour of the company the next day. TK collected us from the subway and spent the whole rest of the day with us, showing us the company, the sights of singapore, like the parks, reservoirs, the sentosa resort island and loads of other stuff
Our last day in Singapore today, had to go see some of the 'touristy' stuff. We took the subway to clark quay and then walked through the colonial district, past raffles hotel and the old parliament building, the supreme courts etc. Singapore is a wierd mix of ultra modern architecture and massively restored old buildings. So everything looks brand new. There are few reasons to not like it here. Its clean, ordered and safe. If a little 'sterile'. There are laws about EVERYTHING! Warnings about 'fines' all over the streets...you cant smoke, cant eat or drink on the subway, cant eat chewing gum anywhere, its TOTALLY banned! BIG fines for offenders. But no one seems to want to offend..in England we'd all be out there protesting, just cos we wanted to rock the boat. There isnt the sense of 'demanding rights' that we have back home. Im not drawing any conclusions from that, its just an observation. But we like singapore, at least for a short visit :D