Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
74Trip End Jun 27, 2008
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Singapore is the only border control that has made me feel nervous - very nervous. Even China, and Cambodia were not intimidating but here I felt edgy
The plan for Singapore was to spend four days here as we had our flights already booked to Australia on the 30th November.
First things first, and the same applied in Kuala Lumpur, the beer here is expensive. And I mean expensive. KL is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol carries heavy taxes, and the same seems to apply to Singapore although it is predominantly Buddhist. It's over four quid for a pint of beer! However, I promise I won't allow that to blur my judgment of the place.
One of the first things we did was to go into a coffee shop and ask one of the locals what there was to see here. Unfortunately, other than Raffles Hotel and Orchard Road there didn't seem to be a great deal
And then the remaining two days were spent doing what basically summed up a large part of Asia for me and that is shopping. I hate shopping and Singapore is a shoppers heaven. There are shopping centres everywhere - and I mean everywhere. It is on a par with Hong Kong for shopping centres. There may be six and half thousand Singaporeans per square kilometre, but I bet there are more shopping centres per square km than this. Orchard Road is about 5 miles long and all along there is shopping centre after shopping centre after shopping centre. Nic loved it - I hated it. I have got better. It used to only take half an hour of shopping for me to slump my shoulders and drag my knuckles on the floor (OK - so that is a normal walk for me), moaning 'I hate shopping' over and over and over again. Now, I can actually shop for 45 minutes before this happens
Anyway, needless to say, 30th November couldn't come quick enough for me. We were ready to leave Asia by this point and were very very excited at the prospect of Australia and meeting up with Paul and Megan.
Can I finish this blog entry and the Asia section with a very very very bad joke? I will understand if you never read another blog but I feel it is worth it. Here goes:
I went to watch some karaoke in South East Asia
No - she was pretty good actually.