The Lion City

Trip Start Nov 15, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2013

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

After a fabulous send off from Bali and little sleep (we seem to be making a habit of big send offs and early morning flights) we landed at Changi Airport and our friend Olly was there to collect us. It was the first time in years that either of us had somebody greeting us at the airport so that in itself was rather exciting.

It has been totally weird going from Bali to Singapore, third to first world, sublime to ridiculous, ying to yang. This place is stupidly clean and perfect, the rules are followed by the locals with childlike obedience and possibly a little fear too. It's the safest place in the world and certainly one of the most expensive, yet offering something that very few other cities in the world can live up to - Singapore is beautiful. I never thought I would say that about a city, they are fast, pumping, lively, wicked, exciting etc, but beautiful? I don't know what it is. For those of you who have been here you may know what i mean, for those who have not, take a visit and you will see.

So, we dropped or bags and headed straight out to Santosa on the west coast. Santosa is a resort area in Singapore and a little haven for the rich and famous. We have been staying in Katong on the east coast, though Singapore is so teeny tiny nothing is very far away. To the beach to meet up with friends Struan and Aly, along with their three beautiful kids Matty, Kiera and Amy. We spent the whole day chilling in the sunshine, playing in the sand and catching up with our friends - good times.

Olly then took us for a couple of drinks along the Singapore River (all of 2km long). There are three quays: Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. They all have numerous restaurant as, pubs and night clubs along them and one of them even has a nightclub that sinks down under the water - very cool. It's all luminous lighting, music pumping, people selling various things from clothes to uber massive crabs eeew!

Knackered from the night before and our day we headed home to Olly's apartment to gather the energy reserves for our next day. Day 2: the life of the rich and famous in Singapore...and our first and only bottle of veuve clicquot (THANK YOU OLIVER LARKMAN) since our travels began.

Spent the best part of the day walking around the city, checking out china town (great little shops and cheap clothes) and looking for a pair of pretty slops/flip flops/thongs (depending what country you are from) which I was in need of as uncle Rich was going to be taking us for dinner at the ridiculously fancy Ku De Ta Restaurant at the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It is THE PLACE to go in Singapore and has the most spectacular views of Singapore. Also checked out the Buddhist Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Olly and Chris hang about outside while I got my dose of temple viewing and monk sighting.

Thank you to Richard Westcott for a fabulous evening at Ku De Ta, the opportunity to experience the likes of this whilst on a round the world adventure are few and far between, in fact I may even go as far as saying, they never happen. However, thanks to you we got to experience the magnificent view, delicious food and sexy cocktails. Tummy's full, heads floating with numerous cocktails and wine/beer, we said our good byes to to Richard and headed to another roof top restaurant for some late night drinks, the name escapes me now, Olly your input would be gratefully received.

As if it couldn't get better, Olly, knowing our love and propensity to demolish bottles of champagne in London, then proceeded to order our favourite, Veuve Clicquot - yummy! This has been our first and probably will be our only bottle (apart from perhaps when we get married in Vegas, all supposing we have moola at that stage) of the deliciousness that is veuve and so we sipped it slowly, well more or less, took in the panoramic views, had a few heartfelt discussions, a good few laughs and made our way back to the cozy apartment on the east coast.

Day 3 very much spent recovering both heads and budget from the previous two days, a TGIF burger and packing for Australia. Off to the airport to catch our flight to Perth, stupidly excited for the next adventure...BRING IT ON EEEEEEEEK
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Paul Westcott on

What wonderful fun, reckon you are seriously sleep deprived and jet lagged now ! But all worth it !

Tina on

Fun blog Vics. We have been to Singapore and it is indeed unbelieveable! Say hello to all the Maudlins especially Pam and Carol and Cliff ( they visited Vancouver a few years ago) xxxxxxxx :)

Tina on

PS Carol and Cliff visited...not Pam! xx

zandz on

sounds like such a lovely time shrubbie - so nice to catch up with old friends and seems like it was quite chilled - yay! hope aus is amazing &lt;3 xxxxxxxxxxxx

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