Welcome to Singapore
Trip Start May 28, 2012
46Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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We arrived in Singapore at about 12:30ish and it was a fairly smooth experience. You literally stroll through customs. No one checks anything, however the customs sheet you fill in did advise that any drug trafficking would result in death!
As soon as we stepped out of the doors a massive wave of mugginess hits you. After telling the taxi organiser dude that we didn't require a luxury Chrysler to take us to our cheap hostel, we headed into Singapore proper to sleep for the first time in 24 hours. The hostel was a bit of a shock as it's out in Little India (you know you're in for an interesting time when the driver doesn't know where it is). Room is small with no windows, but that doesn't matter when you have a heat pump that you can set to full power and 16 degrees to get things back to Wellington-esque temperatures. Hostel is actually pretty sweet; has everything you need and makes me feel 'hip' living in a less upmarket part of town. Footpaths appear to be completely optional here so you just sort of walk along the side of the road and dodge people, parked motorbikes/trucks/bicycles/cars, tables, stuff being delivered, stuff being sold, stuff in general
Food is everywhere. And, as expected, lots of Indian food in Little India but masses of Malay and Chinese too. Loving Kaya toast for breakfast (an egg and soya sauce concoction put into toast - sounds weird but A-Mazing), and having a $3.5 dinner that doesn't suck is still a nice novelty.
Spent about 4 hours driving around on the top of a sightseeing bus. Saw the city. Got rained on. Still 30+ degrees but was just nice to have the wind in my hair and it kept us pretty cool for the day. We went and met up with Jono Luke after he finished work and went up 70 floors for a ($16) beer on the tallest building in Singapore. Pretty spectacular views with only some glass between "building" and "not-building." Saw a light show which wasn't that great but still worth watching and made for some sweet photos
Zoo. It was badass. I saw a white tiger and a rhino and they had a lot of amazing things - puts the NZ zoos to shame. Jason got pulled out of the crowd to act as a tribal warrior in a show in front of 100+ people. He fricken got his shirt off and did a war dance. It was not embarrassing at all....
One of the monkeys fell in love with Jason, I think it was the red singlet he was wearing...or maybe he just liked the clippers? But every time Jason walked one way the little monkey would follow him along his tree and then stop and just stared at us. Then Jason would move his head left and right and the monkey copied, he even tried to follow us as we walked away.
Today we went on a mean mish to try and find some bikes to ride
Tonight we're heading to the National Museum of Singapore - it's free after 6pm and hope to see some museumy stuff. Vietnam tomorrow Booya!