Singapore is amazing!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Our only morning in KL leaves something to be desired... I have a fiasco at Citibank trying to get out cash and then get separated from Lauren and Adi before having to leave to the airport all sorts of early as it is 70 km away from the city center.  Citibank makes me take out Ringett (paying a conversion rate at the ATM) and then convert that money back into dollars.  Needless to say, I sound off at the branch manager and the bankers back home are lucky that the time difference prohibited me from talking to them... 

The flight to Singapore is quick and painless and we arrive in the early afternoon.  The drive from the airport to the city center gives a glimpse into just how spectacular a destination Singapore has become.  We pass convention centers, sailing, tennis, outward bound, golf, cricket, restaurant, and all sorts of master planned complexes while driving on some of the most immaculate and intricately adorned highways I've ever seen or dreamed of.

After a short walk around the most modern city I've ever seen, we change and hit up Clarke Quay which is easily one of the coolest neighborhood in the world. 

You can't imagine how amazing each and every bar, restaurant and club is with choices ranging from Morrocan and Spanish themed lounges, Indian and Irish themed bars, mega clubs (with a range of hip-hop, house, electronic, funk and trance music), to ornately decorated restaurants that serve outdoor seating areas right on the water.  I immediately fall in love with the place as we eat on a river boat docked to the boardwalk called Lotus Grill.  After dinner we do a mini-crawl that includes places called Singapore Sling, IndoChine, Forbidden City, Ministry of Sound (which we find out is really more like 5 clubs in one fitting over 3,000 people), and Marrakesh.  The night ends with a deep conversation over a little hookah in the walking-only streets that were jam-packed until the wee hours of the morning.  There is no thought given to the stereotypically conservative government impositions at any point throughout the night, except that there was no gum chewing involved.
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