Causeway to the cash rich

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Ali's nest

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 233 ;

Caught a local bus from right near ours to JB Sentral, from there a covered walkway bridge over the main road to the causeway link terminal - which was huge and lavish and just over the top really, through immigration and customs...

So it cost us just 4 ringgit each to get TO Singapore, under a quid...... Since we've been in Singapore, we've spent 80 Singapore dollars [ forty of your English pounds, sire, thank you kindly] - let's break down how far that got us....
So we walked from the bus station [which we payed for in Malaysia so that doesn't count] to the area in little India we wanted to check out, that was free. We got a room, at ali's nest which we had found online, ok, a private room, but even so - its a seven foot by ten foot room, [Shared toilet and shower downstairs] with nothing but a bed in it and an ac unit, for... wait for it....38 Singapore dollars$$$ - and we're being serious, that is a deal, and a hard find in this place - that's twenty quid to you and me.

No offence to the place or the bloke because that's the way it is here, but the place is from what we can gather originally a town house, or at least the top part of, bottom part being shop front, which has then been used as a shop front and has now been turned into a family home, but also somehow has the capacity to not only house the bloke, his wife, his kid, and one of the parents in law, but at least 15/20 people - from what we can see, and we haven't even been up to the makeshift 'third'floor built into the second and loft space - god knows what's up there.

Don't get us all wrong the bloke is great, friendly, helpful, the place is pretty nice by some standards, but come on seriously? Is that the best Singapore can offer for twenty quid?? And the answer to that is yes.
If you don't mind sleeping, or not as the case may be, in a dorm bed, maybe you might get something for somewhere upwards of 15 dollars, but who the hell wants that??

It's renowned for being expensive and comparitively lacking in standard but we were hopeful we might find the odd place which wasn't quite so bad, but no, they are all genuinely a rip off in that sense, we asked nearly ten throughout the whole day, and the least we could find a double room for was 80singapore dollars - forty quid - these aren't exactly what you'd call high end either, you'd be lucky if you got a tv and a window and hot water for that amount...... Wow!!!

Ah yes, so that's our count up to S$40, after that we took a ride on the MRT to harbour front and back to find out about ferries to Indonesia, that cost two and a half quid so not so bad,
We had lunch - 12dollars
We had dinner - 12 dollars
Shop - 5 dollars
Tobacco - 6 dollars.
That was some un named tobacco which is rank and I don't think it was even 12.5 grams, so more expensive than at home!!
And cigarettes?? Equally expensive to England, we wondered why customs checked our bags for them as we came through today - now we know why....

So that's how far forty quid got us, a room - of sorts, two meals - which weren't big, smokes and a ride on the tube. Glad we're not staying here long!!!!!!!!
Maybe we'll come back if we ever get rich!!

Apart from that, no Singapore is NOT cleanest city in the world, there's definitely still rubbish every where we look - less?.. yes, none? No.
And it too seems that Singapore's favourite past time is spending money, followed by eating [spending money] just as in Malaysia, you can't walk ten steps without somehow ending up in front of a 'mall' or a 'plaza' or a 'shopping centre' and guess what they're spending money in it, non stop!!! Crazyness.

But we're not here for long and maybe we've been spoilt with the past months in Asia, its only going to start getting more and more expensive the further east and closer to home we get....maybe getting back to England won't be quite such a big shock this way.

So we'll have a little explore tomorrow see what's what.

And yes. that was a bit of a rant. but we're bored. Since we got to Kuala Lumpur and from then on we've spent most of our days sat in grotty little rooms. staring at 4 manky walls. with no windows no daylight, fluorescent bloody light fittings and paying a lot for it as well. Today was always going to be one of those days, after the long queues at immigration on the Singapore side things started slipping and we got into a little funk. It'll change, it always does, we're in limbo, that period between being at the end of one country and waiting and the anticipation of the new country, we end up feeling stuck and it niggles at you. It's the knowing your leaving, not wanting to wish the time away but in the same breath hoping it comes sooner.
Plus, its our own fault this time, we've overspent along the way and its crunch time now, had to or we wouldn't last the rest of the time we had planned. So, its a case of having to. All the same, doing absolutely nothing, gets a little tedious!!
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