Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
11Trip End Feb 26, 2008
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We first visited Little India which was fascinating. The sounds and smells of the incense were enough to make me already start thinking about how much I would love to venture to the real India...( I can already feel my mother worrying about me...) We were lucky enough to visit our first Temple, the Temple of a Thousand Lights on a day that they were having an important ceremony
We visited more of Little India and a Muslim Mosque, we had to wear robes that were provided for us, and we were the only tourists there as well .
So after all that culture it was off to the famous Raffles Hotel to get a look at the high life. That really is an amazing Historic Hotel. It looks like a sort of toss between an old southern mansion, and a tropical bungalow on the beaches of Miami. Maureen really wanted to go to the famous long bar and have one of their Singapore Slings....how could you go all the way to Singapore and not have one? I had read that they were way expensive and the hype was just that, so I went along for the experience of watching her .I am not sure what the most any of you have ever spent on a single drink, but lets just say, I could of stayed a night in my bungalow on stilts in Koh Chang for the cost of that one Singapore Sling ( it was $20 including the 10% service charge) which wasn't the nicest service when our waiter realized that her cheap friend ( me) wasn't going to be ordering anything and just there to keep her company...yeah for him. Maureen said it tasted like barely spiked kool-aid , was her exact description I recall. But sometimes you just cant put a price on such an experience.
The day ended with another "must do"...The night safari at the Singapore Zoo
We left our hotel at 8 am, and didn't make it back until after midnight. The night ended with a Chinese Dragon dancing to the sounds of a live band complete with drums outside on the sidewalk, under neath our hotel window...( it is Chinese new year celebrations all month) We were so tired that we didnt hear a thing.