Hello Singapore - Frickin Beautiful

Trip Start Dec 21, 2007
Trip End Feb 08, 2008

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

When we arrived in Singapore we had a really nice cab driver. He was kinda like a tour guide during the ride in. Stopped at an ATM along the way and when we got to our hotel we were pleasantly surprised cause they upgraded us to a better room facing the river. I really don't know how we luck out with the rooms ya know....we just thank our lucky stars we do.

After unloading all of our gear, we decided to head across the road to the RiverSide area which is full of funky places. This is, by far, the most funky place (area) we've seen to date in all of our travels. There are just funky shops, bars, restaurants all along this area. It's all under a plastic type roof in bee hive shapes. Walking around the area, we noticed it was pretty frickin clean and there were tons of non-asian people.

We came across a G-Force area which is bungy jumping, but quite the opposite. You get propelled into the air in an open air metal enclosement with seating for 3. Holy crap, just watching them get thrown in the air like a rubber band makes your tummy do a quick flip.

February 4th

Another cloudy morning in Singapore, but it's really warm outside so we don't care. Still able to wear shorts and t-shirts and no socks. Wow, haven't worn a pair of socks in 6 weeks - liberating!!

Grabbed a soup dish from the basement of our hotel in the market area and chatted about the plans for the day. Decided to do a boat tour up the river and check out downtown Singapore cause it's only a 45 minute ride. Well do do love their bridges, everyone of them was different. One was even named after an American during the occupation. There are also some great buildings in Singapore.

Decided it would be fun to walk down to China Town, so I grabbed a coffee, Sherry a juice and briefly studied the map. Off we went and found it pretty easily actually. A nice 25 minute walk to get there. Woohoo - walking in downtown Singapore!! Well it's the eve of the Chinese New Year, so this place was hopping to say the least. WOW!!! There were people everywhere selling cheap food and product. We basically took it all in and really enjoyed it. Hung out there for about 2.5 hours.

Headed back to the room to relax for a bit and eat our sandwiches as neither one of us were really that hungry for a noodle soup or other large meal. Then we decided to head across the street back to Clarke Quay (the funky bar/restaurant) area along the river. The night before we had seen this bar called Clinic and they sold cocktails in IV drip bags!! They also sold cocktails in Huge syringes, so we HAD to check this place out. Some of their chairs were real wheel chairs and tables were actual stainless steel tables you'd find on OBS, Operating Room theatres, or lab - FUNKY!!! The wall separators were curtains you'd find in the older hospitals.

Well the IV drip bag was $50 SGD (holy crap) and same for the bucket of syringes. Needless to say, we thought we'd share one IV bag drip cocktail then have a beer or other cocktail. After an hour of laughing and enjoying people staring at the very cool concept. Then we saw a guy peering through the curtain separating us from the next table and he asked if we were Canadian. Once we told him yes he asked if he and his girlfriend could join us. Well we ended up burning the candle at both ends with this couple - what a good time we had!! Checked out another bar that sold pitchers of beer for a lot less and had a live band playing some very awesome tunes!

Once it got close to 2:00am we knew it was time to head back cause we had to fly to Bangkok the next afternoon and Sherry doesn't do as well as I do with hangovers (for the most part). We grabbed a donair on the way home and crashed in an instant. We never felt unsafe in any way shape or form walking by ourselves at night. Singapore is probably THE safest city in the world. Super low crime rate and a Fine City as many T-shirts will attest to: Fine for spitting, fine for smoking (yeah - nice to breath smoke free air again), fine for urinating in public, fine for littering, spitting gum, etc....

February 5, 2008 - I knew before heading to bed to ask if we could checkout at noon instead of 11pm - thank gawd!!! Sure did need that sleep in. The shower was most refreshing and helped. Our cab driver was a true Singapore guy and chatted the whole way to the airport with many a laugh had. Sherry was not amused, wanting a nice and quiet ride, but it wasn't to be. I was completely entertained by this guy and learned a fair amount about Singapore along the way.

Of course our luggage was over weight so had to pay $75 to compensate. All those souveniers did us in. Still a lot cheaper than flying the higher cost airlines. Good thing we travel light to begin with otherwise it would have cost a pretty penny. Flight departed just a few minutes late and the sleep on the plane was excellent! Off to Bangkok.
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tll-tina on

Great travel logs ladies. It's been great following you. Beautiful that's for sure. Have safe travels back, and we'll see you soon.

TL (& Tina)

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