It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!

Trip Start Sep 03, 2004
Trip End Dec 22, 2004

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Friday, October 29, 2004

Just arrived in Singapore after a 6 hr flight from Cairns. It's nice and hot, suppose it's just gonna be like that from now on - great!

We'd had qualms about staying at the YMCA, well, we've all seen the video, done the dance, but when we pulled up outside this flashy looking hotel I asked the English couple was this their hotel, lucky things, but then the driver shouted "Metropolitan YMCA" - couldn't believe it! It's gorgeous, has a swimming pool, gym, en-suite rooms, TV, tea and coffee making facilities etc etc etc - we'll not miss hostels for a while now!

The next morning, after a long lie-on, we headed into Singapore city, well that's all Singapore is really, it's a city state on a tiny island. We were astounded by the amount of shopping malls and corporate buildings, "loadsa money". We knew there had to be more then that, so we made our way to the Information Centre. We were recommended to visit Little India and Chinatown, so that's where we headed. Before that though, we decided to invest in a digital camera. Electrical goods were so much cheaper compared to UK prices, we just had to. We got a really good Panasonic camera with a few freebies thrown in by the shop manager, who was determined to sell us it, for S$395, about 130 quid. The same camera, with all the freebies we got, would easily be double the price back home. We definitely got a good deal.

Little India was a mass of light and people, as the Hindu festival of Deepavali was going on at the time. We walked through the street markets, which was quite an experience, and Jillian decided to get a Hindi henna tattoo on her feet, after some reassurance. The end product was lovely, what a relief, and will last for 2 weeks. Jillian's found it strange people staring at her feet though :-)

After a long struggle to get a taxi back to the Y-M-C-A, can't get that song out of my head, and our luxurious room we hit the sack, exhausted.

Our second day in Singapore started off quite late again due to another lie-on, lazy sods.
We'd already planned to get on a city tour bus which was only S$6, and you could get off and on all around the city. The first palce we visited was the Suntec City complex which was another shopping mall, but also housed a beautiful Koi Garden and Bonsai Garden, and the Fountain of Wealth, the tallest fountain in the world. We were told that there was a water and laser show later that evening, so we decided we had to be back for that. We then got back on the bus headed for the bay. It was lovely there, and it was also the location of the Merlion statue which is the national symbol of Singapore. After relaxing there for a while, we made our way to Chinatown, which wasn't as manic as Little India, but still an experience.

After a meal in a Chinese, of course, restaurant we headed to the bus stop to get the last bus back to Suntec City. But lo and behold we'd left our tickets back in the restaurant, which was too far away to make it back in time. We decided to try and bluff our way back onto the bus, but the driver, who spoke little English, was having none of our pleading and practically threw us off the bus. Maybe his dinner was on the table, ignorant sod anyhow. After another walk along the bay, we realised Suntec City was too far away to walk to, so we hailed a taxi.

The show itself at the fountain was spectacular, so much light and colour, well worth the effort. After getting back to the YMCA, we'd an early night as we were back on the road again the next morning, destination: Malacca, Malaysia. Yet another new country we'd never been to, WOW!!!
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