Singapore, S'pore, Singabore or Slingshotcahore!?!
Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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After staying in for many nights and eating cheap pasta meals, our kiwi bank account is finally looking at a respectable level to continue with a few more laps of the planet.
Flying with budget airlines we moved over to Brisbane fitting in a swim in the city beach, then to Darwin for a 24hour look before landing in Singapore. With a heavy carbon footprint we spent three days exploring the sights of Singapore.
Dubbed the McDonald's of South East Asia, bland, dull and predictable, Singapore is more like a London tube at rush hour. Packed full with representatives of every country. However, Singapore's underground is clean and organised. Our first experience was the smooth ride in a tube from the airport. Locals pose, standing up and texting furiously on cool mobiles, as the train pulls into a station so smoothly you don't need to hold the bars.
The work ethic is hard work. We discovered the 5 C's which have recently been upped to the 7 C's. Singaporeans aspire towards; the Credit card, Cash, the new Car, a Condominium, a Country club membership, a Career and a Certificate of education. They arose as a joke based the Singaporean cultural ethos of materialistic obsession and in order to impress others socially and economically.
The tourist attractions are slotted between the office blocks and apartments and what is on offer is good. We enjoyed the Singapore flyer, their version of the London eye, bigger than ours, a sign helpfully pointed out. We spent a good day walking around the zoo. No cages in sight, all the animals live in environments that resemble their natural habitat. Feeding times were accompanied with short presentations about the animals which was good.
We walked around Chinatown and had a curry. Then walked around Little India and had a Chinese, hmmmm. We went into the famous Raffles hotel, an example of the colonial past and where the cocktail the Singapore Sling was invented. We didn't try one, (sorry Tony, we spent your dollars on beer which was just as bloody expensive). but I spoke to some Singaporeans and they weren't too familiar with its taste. You have to remember the number of fines you could expect for un-sociable behavior. No chewing gum, spitting, crossing the street in the wrong place, eating in the wrong place and littering. We accidentally committed nearly all of these deadly sins but were never asked to part with $500 dollars.
Going to Kuala Lumpur on the train tomorrow.
Love Dan & Kat