Day two in Singapore - No jet lag!
Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
41Trip End Feb 07, 2007
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It was around 9am so not much was fully open (as they all stay open until late at night) but we got a good idea of where all of the market stalls and street food sellers are. Someone tried to rope John into buying a suit but he wasn't having any of it and told him where to go (in his very polite and non-offensive way). We also saw some really ornately decorated temples and things but I had my legs and arms showing so we couldn't go in. While having a look around we stumbled across an MRT station and decided to take a trip over to Orchard Road, which is one of the main shopping streets in the city.
The MRT was ace
Orchard Road certainly lived up to it's reputation as one of the worlds greatest shopping boulevards. Everything looked very inviting. There were numerous large shopping centres with shops like Topshop, Dorothy Perkins (in Singapore, Gem!!!) and French Connection for more affordable clothes and Gucci, Chanel and Prada for more expensive tastes. It was all I could do to keep my credit card in my pocket. All I came away with was one pair of Converse trainers and I did need them, I promise. Very restrained I thought.
We had a good look around and had something to eat before heading back to the hostel for a rest. Although it was not humid, the heat was still quite oppressive and took it out of us a bit. After a short rest we headed out again and walked along the river towards the marina to find the statue of the Merlion (top half is a lion, bottom half is a fish), one of the symbols of Singapore
We wandered around SunTec City until our feet burned and our tummies grumbled. We tried to find Raffles before heading home but it was a half-hearted attempt and we soon decided to just head back over the river towards food and bed. We had some satay and noodles and fishballs for dinner which was very cheap but I found the fishballs a bit rubbery. John liked them though as he had them done slightly different to me. We washed them down with some Tiger beer and when we had had our fill we headed back to the hostel for some kip.
Overall, a much better day than yesterday. It felt more productive and we generally felt like we could settle into this lifestyle better. We're planning to go to the Island of Sentosa tomorrow if the weather holds to see dolphins and lots of other nice things.