...and we didn't even have a Singapore Sling
Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
21Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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We have spent most of our time since we started our trip using the cheapest form of transport we can find which is our legs, after a few days of walking around Singapore, it was getting easier to link places together and we started to realise how small it actually was. The first few days, we went to the Marina Bay area to see some of new additions to the Singapore skyline, one of the most amazing buildings being the Marina Bay Sands hotel/casino which is made up of three massive glass curved skyscrapers which hold a 'boat' shaped building over the top of them which is actually a 'skypark' with palm trees included
We started to think about buying a laptop whilst we were in Singapore, we knew it would be cheaper and with a whole mall with 5 levels dedicated to pretty much just laptops, we were ready to do some good bargaining! We wandered about shop to shop looking at laptops of all makes, models and prices until we found one that we liked, to be honest we don't really know too much about spec but we wanted something small, portable and durable for the rest of our trip. The one we found was an LG one which to start with was advertised for $1700 which is about GBP 850, it was very much out of our price range but we liked it so had a chat with the sales man and his calculator. After a bit of bartering, we managed to get the laptop down to $700 which is about GBP 350, with an external disc drive, wireless mouse, leather case and canon camera thrown in for good measure - the laptop isn't out in the UK yet but according to the internet, it will be around GBP 900 when it finally makes it - it just goes to show how cheap it must be to manufacture and how much we get ripped off in the UK! So now I have the luxury of blogging from our room instead of the internet café thanks to the IT mall Singapore - Life's Good :)
Our hostel in Singapore was located on Racecourse Road Little India, each day we walked up and down Sarangoon Road which goes the whole way from one end of Little India to the other, this was one of my favourite parts to walk in Singapore as it was a wakeup call too all the senses
Whilst in Singapore we visited the famous 'Raffles' hotel, just from the outside for a photo opportunity, I had given up on the idea of going for a Singapore sling somewhere plush after Rob ordered a beer one night and it cost $14 - about GBP 7 - that was the last beer he had in Singapore! Food was also pretty expensive so we stuck to about two meals a day in smaller local places, some of the food courts in the malls did good deals so we managed to have some dinners for about 10 - 15 pounds for the two of us and we got delicious and good value meals in and around Little India. We visited the Bugis Street night market which is and indoor market made up of lots of little streets dedicated to souvenirs, street food, t-shirts, bags etc, you can spend plenty of time here just browsing the stalls and soaking in the smells and sounds
When we returned to Singapore after the Philippines we went back to our hostel for a few more days exploring, these days we did a bit of shopping (you just can't help yourself with so many malls!) and we also went to the Marina Bay driving range for my second golf lesson from Rob. I didn't think it would be my sort of thing but I really enjoyed it, the driving range has four levels and about 90 bays and was really busy when we got there. We must have stayed for about four hours in all, me desperately trying to learn how to swing the club under Rob's expert supervision; I even have my own pink leather glove now too so I look the part! It must have been embarrassing for Rob though as he's really good and most of the time I either missed the ball altogether or hit it about 2 meters, Rob seems to think for a beginner I have a good swing but I think he's just being nice! After that we went for dinner at one of the malls and walked back through Little India to our hostel for a good night’s sleep.
At about 2 am, with Rob already asleep, I switched the light off ready to join him, I was used to the sounds of other people in the hostel so didn't worry when I heard what I thought was rustling outside the door
The next day we decided to visit Sentosa, a small island off Singapore with lots of attractions; Universal studios; underwater world, Zoo's, theme parks etc. We wanted to take the cable car over which would take about 30 minutes so we took the train from Little India to the harbor area, when we got there and out of the train station, it took us straight into yet another mall
So that was our experience of Singapore, the next morning we would fly to Sydney and leave Asia altogether, we were starting to feel sad and wishing that we could see more of Asia as it had been our home for the last two months and we had loved everything we'd experienced so far...
So really I have to say that I'm glad I didn't get to enjoy my Singapore sling whilst in Singapore as it gives us and excuse to come back one day!