Day two in Singapore - No jet lag!

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
Trip End Feb 07, 2007

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

After a much needed sleep we got up bright and early and decided to head down to China Town again to have a proper look around. Unlike our first day, the sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. It was already about 30 degrees but not nearly as humid as the day before.
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. Just like the rest of the city it was immaculately clean and it was very easy to use. Imagine the tube in London but clean, cool and with no tramps. The platforms are wierd because glass doors separate you from the tracks so you are kept cool and clean (no black bogies after a trip on the MRT!), it also means that no one can throw themselves on the tracks. A very considerate design overall. There is so much more I could say about the MRT but my previous job in transport would open me up to ridicule so I have to stop now.
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. After having a few obligatory photos by the Merlion we headed across the marina towards the theatre which looks like a hedgehog. Very cool though. We were intending to look for Raffles Hotel but we got distracted by even more shopping centres, inparticular one called SunTec City, which is huuuuuuge and apparently cheaper than most other places. While we were there we saw the Fountain of Wealth which is allegedly the largest fountain in the world. It looks like a big rubber ring on legs. It may have been big but it wasn't that pretty.
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.
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johnandtamsin on

Hi everybody!
Hello there - we are just sitting in our hostel killing time prior to our flight to Bali later on today. We have been to McD's this morning and had a nice exotic Big Mac!

We will hopefully be able to check our emails tomorrow, so get writing!

Enjoy the bank holiday guys - be in touch soon...

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