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Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
Trip End Jan 01, 2007

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Arrived in Singapore about 5 pm, and the generosity of the Singaporean people was instantly thrown upon me:- i asked a couple of ladies which way the train station was, they were heading the same way so they said i could walk with them. When we got there they asked me where i wanted to go, then before i could do anything about it, they had selected my destination on the ticket machine and had bought my ticket. They refused to take my money for the ticket and at this point said goodbye and went on their way!
         The people at the hostel were really nice and friendly too, and on their recommendation i checked out Singapore's bazaar Ramadan. To be honest i was a little disappointed, mainly because i think they recommended it to me as though i would have never seen one before, but having been in Malaysia nearly a month now I've seen plenty of these markets now and to be honest they all pretty similar, though this one is of gigantic proportions. Did try fried ice cream here though, again at the generosity of a Singaporean woman, who saw me standing watching it being made (it intrigued me, fried ice cream!) and refused to let me leave without trying it. Its basically a ball of flavoured ice cream of your choice, covered in flour/dough mixture then deep fried. A strange sensation, but it goes quite well, and i had to try it for the novelty...
     My one full day in Singapore was exactly what i felt like i needed, a very western, very uncultural one.  Started fantastically in my opinion, cheap apples, pears and guava's in the supermarket (for me a day doesn't start any better!), got my flight booked to Kuching (finally, thanks Cod, thank you especially Will) then set off for sentosa island. This is a theme park made on the end of Singapore, with man made beaches being the central focus for holidayer's, surrounded by 3d shows, lazer and light shows, an underwater world and various other attractions. For me the days activity was just the underwater world, basically a sea life centre, but a good one at that.  The centre was really well set up i thought with a touching pool at the entrance where you can touch starfish, rays, puffer fish and a few other fish, a turtle pool outside with an underwater viewing area and several other tanks as you walk around. The main attraction though is the underwater tunnel, which even has a travellator so you don't have to walk yourself! The feeding shows they did were very cool too, especially the nurse shark feeding, where two divers had to go in, one to feed and one to protect the other diver from being knocked over and injured, as though the sharks won't bite they are around 3m long and could easy knock over and push around a human, as they frequently tried to do. My favourite creature by far was the sea dragons, as I've never seen anything like this.
         Departing underwater world i checked out the merlion, Singapore's bizarre half fish half lion mascot before watching the dolphin lagoon show which was fun, just what you'd expect from a Sea life centre dolphin show.
        Walked around a bit of Singapore on my way back, notably Chinatown (obviously!) and a few temples, before meeting up with the others who had signed up for the night safari.
       Several of the others later said they were disappointed with the night safari, but i really enjoyed it and thought it was a cool end to my animal day. Its a combination of a train ride through a zoo and some walking trails you can also do to walk around the pens and see the animals a your own pace. Due to the animals being mostly nocturnal, the appearance of the animals is strangely good, i.e. as you drive past the enclosures you hear (the driver) 'and on the right here we have a couple of the bearded pig family' and sure enough, in the centre of the enclosure, there they are.
          The bat exhibit was possibly my favourite, as you can walk amongst them and are not staring through fencing or from a distance (i was maybe 50cm from the bats face, having a staring contest, he won) though i was very impressed by the flying squirrels , as you could also walk straight through their exhibit, and they even flew straight over our head. All in all the number of animals is huge, there's a very high possibility that you will see each animal in their exhibit i.e. their not hiding, and i would recommend it. That being said, bear n mind that it is essentially a zoo, so if thats not what your looking for and your expecting some sort of natural jungle experience then don't go, as that it isn't (nor does it try to be).
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