Mar 05, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
. I could feel myself getting excited about being here. After the time on the beach I am ready for the buzz of a city again. As we arrived at the hotel it looked lovely. The concierge greeted us out of the taxi and check in went really smoothly. The hotel is brand new and I was a little worried as some of the reviews on tripadvisor had reported teething problems but it is superb! It is really modern and has a pool and chill out bar deck on the 2nd floor. We are in an executive suite on the 6th floor in the corner so with floor to ceiling windows looking down over the river and the heart of the city! It's tremendous! Downstairs in the room is the bathroom, a study and a kitchen area and then upstairs is the bedroom! It's really funky! We were excited about just getting out and about so we grabbed a quick shower and change and headed out to explore! We wandered along the river just taking it all in. I really got a good vibe from the whole place. Unbeknown to us the Singapore Art Festival has just started so the place was really alive. There were all sorts of shows going on along the river, theatre shows, dance shows, light shows and it was all really cool to be amongst! We walked to the edge of the city and I was surprised about how compact it all feels, which is good for us as we only have a couple of days. We stopped for dinner in Boat quay and decided to try what looked like more of a local restaurant rather than a cosmopolitan bar! It turned out we misread the place as our mediocre dinner of curry and shared rice cost us almost £70! Looks like it is going to be an expensive few days! The charged us $2 just for using the napkin! Oliver said he wanted to take it with him for that! Haha! Seems we have a lot to learn about the city! We wandered back to the hotel and passed some really cool lit up remote control kites flying in the sky. Back at the hotel the city skyline was now all lit up too and looks amazing from the window. I was already really looking forward to Singapore and especially my theme park fix at Universal Studios but now we are here it seems the city is so much more than that and I am just as much looking forward to exploring the city tomorrow too!
We left Bali this morning and flew with Air Asia to Singapore. The flight went smoothly and without incident. The only thing I can think off is that I thought it odd that they gave out garlic flavoured peanuts! I always thought you were supposed to avoid garlic before getting on a plane in close proximity of strangers! Apart from the smell of garlic thereafter the flight was fine and we landed in Singapore with no problems. The first thing that struck me was how efficient everything seemed to be. There were no queues for immigration as there were lots of staff (a complete contrast from leaving Bali!), the luggage arrived as quick as we did, the toilets were spotless and there was even a taxi co-ordinator to ensure everyone followed the queue correctly and got in a taxi safely! I liked it immediately - all that order!! We got a taxi to the hotel and the driver was very animated! He shouted at us about the different areas of the city we passed through and was really friendly. I thought the city looked really green - lots of open spaces, parks and people cycling