My Birthday

Trip Start Jun 09, 2003
Trip End Jun 02, 2007

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Well I arrived in Singapore at about 5pm on Good Friday. I eventually managed to track down the hostel and found that they were having a BBQ. After feeding my face I fell into bed at about 9pm, I was so tired. I was staying at The Inn Crowd in Little India. It's the best hostel I've ever stayed in. Clean, tidy, fairly quiet and lots of activities to do.

On Saturday morning I headed down to Orchard Road to do some shopping. I was stopped by a student who asked if I wanted to go and look at a photographic display of the recent Tsunami. It was an amazing display showing the rescue teams and the locals working together to bring their lives back into some kind of order. It was very moving and brought back to me the reality of what was still happening. I went to Hard Rock Cafe for some lunch which was a big mistake. The tannoy came on to announce there were 3 birthdays, so they all got cakes and everyone was singing Happy Birthday and there was little ole me sitting all on my own feeling sorry for myself. I cheered myself up immensely by going shopping.

I headed back to the hostel and decided to go on a trip to the Night Safari. I was sharing a taxi with Raul, Andre and Harold. We watched a show with lots of very clever animals and then took a tram ride round and saw all sorts of animals - lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants. It was great. I then wanted to go for a walk around the park, which is the highlight of a trip there, but none of the guys wanted to so we ended up back at the hostel drinking Tiger Beers. At midnight when the bar closed I announced I wanted to go dancing. No one was up for it, but someone told me about a really good nightclub called Zouk. I ended up persuading Andre to come with me. It was a cool club and the music was okay but I'd had a little too much to drink so we called it a night.

On Easter Sunday I ended up going to the Bird Park with Andre. I wasn't really interested in going, but I had been given a free ticket and Andre was going anyway so I decided just to go. I'm glad I did because it was fantastic, one of the best things to do in Singapore. We spent hours wandering around. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of birds. There was a giant aviary with the highest man made waterfall in the world inside it, it was so big that you didn't acutally realise you were in an aviary. In the middle of the afternoon it started to rain and thunder. We took shelter in the entrance to an aviary. In the entrance were 2 cages with little Tamarin monkeys in them. They were terrified of the thunder and all huddled together in a little corner of the cage. After about an hour and no sign of the rain going off we decided to make a run for it. We stopped to watch the penguins being fed and then caught the train back to town. We stopped off in China Town for some dinner before I headed back to the hostel to help prepare for the Chocolate Easter party. Myself and Karen, who was also helping, were told that we only needed to chop up some fruit for the fondue, it should only take half an hour. Three hours later we were still in the kitchen. I've no idea what on earth took so long, but I ended up escaping to have a shower. When I got back down stairs the party had started. We had chocolate punch, which was basically just a bottle of rum with a little bit of cream and chocolate added. I couldn't drink any of it. After a game which involved raw and boiled eggs and a lot of mess and the punch was finished, Dieter decided it would be an excellent idea to add a bottle of vodka to the leftover chocolate fondue. The chocolate fondue was just condensed milk and cocoa powder, so it was a very interesting combination with the vodka. Again, I couldn't bring myself to drink it. I ended up escaping the mayhem and going to bed.

On Easter Monday, the day I was supposed to leave Singapore and head back to Malaysia, Karen and I went shopping for IPods. In the afternoon we took a cruise along the river to see some of the sights. On our way back to the hostel we stopped at Raffles for Sinapore Slings. Karen was leaving the following evening so I decided to stay for another day and we planned to go to Sentosa.

Tuesday morning dawned and it was pouring with rain. We ended up sitting in the hostel and watching movies for most of the day before venturing out to find some astrologers that were mentioned in the Lonely Planet. We never actually found them. That evening we went on a open topped bus tour round Singapore. Our first stop was Sentosa Island to see the magic musical fountain. It was a half hour show of mind numbing proportions. There was a mad guy dressed in a rubber ring a goggles prancing around the stage in front of the fountains. They projected laser images of really annoying cartoon characters onto the fountain. It was only in the last few minutes there was actually a fountain and fireball display that was very good. A complete waste of the millions of dollars they spent on it. We then headed to Bugis to do some shopping and then over to China Town where we left the bus. We found a chinese fortune teller. She basically told Karen it wasn't going to be a good year for her, she shouldn't travel, she shouldn't go out after dark and neither should any of her family. I decided I would get mine done just to see if my luck was going to be any better, but no I was also told not to travel and not to go out after dark. What a load of nonsense... On our way back to the station we bumped into some others from the hostel. Michael, Victoria, Paul and Michaela. I only knew Michael and Victoria but apparently Michaela told me she was sharing a bunk bed with me. Shows how observant I am, I thought there was a guy in the bed below me. Michael was cycling his way around the world... We joined them for a drink before catching the MRT back to the hostel. Karen was leaving at about 6am so we sat up for half the night chatting before saying farewell and falling into bed.
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