Sin City 3000
Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
25Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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After another dirt-cheap flight offered by Air Asia, my new favourite airline (well the favourite one that I can afford) the gates of heaven opened with the incredible sight of an airport that I can describe as a world class elite hotel, which happens to have airplanes and passengers around. Free internet computers, free drinking water fountains and the nicest restrooms I've ever seen are the first impact of the devastated traveller with this city. Pretty damn good welcome! But I'll visit it another time since Merlion is calling.
The security checks at the immigration counters are possibly the most interesting ones I've been through. The female officer I met was quite willing to be the living proof that Singapore itself is gentle but firm. Where firm means iron fist behind a smile .
As I approached the counter
"Huh ok. Here's my passport"
The lady's face became very serious and started to cross check my immigration paper form.
"What's your full name?"
"I see you're going to stay five days"
"It's actually three days"
"What's the name of this hotel you're staying in Edward Street?"
"It's a hostel that it's actually located in Mosque street"
After more typing and what sounded like a disappointed look, the queasy guard let me through with a smile. Happy to have prevented the chance of a jetlagged terrorist entering her country, for sure.
Better luck next time for the colon inspection room, ma'am!
It was then time to get some information since I stupidly didnt prepare any itinerary for the weekend. Not a problem! Every terminal of the Changi airport have a well staffed tourist info booth providing personalized information on how to do anything you could ever want: from getting to your accommodation by subway or eating Korean on the bay for dinner.
Just ask, dont be shy! It's their job and they love it. They have no problem in letting you know that they don't like your homeland's food though. I guess they might have added the wrong amount of dried fish heads into the panettone or stuff like that.
Anyway! After a quick ride into the world's cleanest subway (I swear you could eat off the floor) and checking in (the most awful dump you could dream being slaughtered into), time for a change of clothes and there it finally begins: the Singapore weekend.
Took the metro to Metro City Hall station and walked all the way to the beautiful Clarke Quay, a colorful neighborhood on the river with restaurants and eateries one after another. Very good prices as well for seafood as big as a cat.
Turned back to the bridge and finally went to the mandatory Merlion, the icon of this beautiful city. Merlion (mermaid lion) faces one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the world, if you haven't seen it then you haven't been in Asia.
Anyway! On the other side of the bay, the Victoria amphitheatre started getting on fire due to the approaching sunset, as well as the Marina Bay complex, although I was just too tired to do anything else and decided to head back to Chinatown for a good night of sleep.
Did I really spend a week in KL instead of being here?