May 05, 2008
May 05, 2013
My first impressions of Singapore are that it is a clean well organized city and very much westernized
. It seems very materialistic and I have never seen such a density of shopping centers. The city's design sometimes makes me feel that I am an aviator in a Sim City game. Singapore is an ideal pace to get acclimatized for Asia. There is an eclectic mix of different Asian cuisines and it is cheap to eat here. The same cannot be said of drinking as it is very expensive especially in areas such as Clarke quay. We are staying in a Muslim area just off Arab St. behind an impressive looking mosque. 5 minutes west and you are in Little India which has lots of eateries and the usual market tack. Chinatown for me was a bit more impressive. I had a half-body massage and Angie went for a foot massage. The massage was great and my body was cracked in ways that I did not think possible. My muscles are quite stiff and at times it was not always pleasant. In fact, my back looked like I had been beaten with a rubber hose later on that evening but it felt good.
4 nights was enough time in Singapore. Next stop Melaka, Malaysia..
P.S. Angie (Geli) will be writing auf Deutsch entries too!!!
After saying many goodbyes to friends and family in Dublin and Germany we arrived in Singapore Changi airport via a sleepless 8 hr train journey from Reisa to Frankfurt followed by a 12 hr non-stop flight to Singapore. Dogged by jet-lag we made our way through immigration and collected our backpacks from the baggage carousel. Chiangi airport is so clean and chilled out, it was great. Following advice from a fellow passenger we bought a $15 EZ-Pass and caught the MRT into city. We got off at Bugis and made our way to our hostel (Sleepy Sam's). Our beds were not going to be ready until 2pm so we had some time to kill. It seemed that any place that we stopped and sat down, our eyes started to close and fall into a deep sleep. The heat and humidity was stifling to begin with but we knew that in the next day or so we would get over the jet-lag and be fit.