Singapore Slinging

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End May 18, 2006

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

We're actually standing in Singapore airport right now as I type this. There's loads of free internet around the departures area, good for passing the time when you've checked in 3 hours before your flight leaves.

As you've probably worked out from the map we got here by flying from Kota Bahru to KL. But we got an overnight train from there to here, which I must say was the most comfortable of all the trains we've been on so far. Some sleep was actually had.

When we got here the first thing we did was drop the bags off at our hotel and head straight for Raffles Hotel for their famous Buffet Breakfast. Aishling had the ingenious idea of booking it before we left KL. Best idea she ever had (well, one of them anyway). The hotel was out of this world and the breakfast was was even better. Its the first time that I've been waited on, hand and foot, for breakfast. And you could just smell the money around the place.

So Singapore got off to a good start. But it was downhill from there. It lashed rain for hours as soon as we finished breakfast. And the atmostphere here is completely different to anywhere else in Asia. The people aren't as friendly or helpful and you just know that they'd walk all over you to make a quick buck. They give off a kind of superiority complex, as if they feel that they are better than you and shouldn't associate with you. Not all of them of course, there were some lovely people, but a good number.

Anyway, maybe it was just the rain bringing me down.

Shopping here is a bit of an ordeal. There are so many shops it's madness. I went looking for a new camera. A friendly piece of advice - don't believe anything anyone says when they are selling you electronics in Singapore. They are a bunch of chancers. Of course when you ask for the camera they give some off the wall price. You bargain them down to a price you never thought you'd get then agree the price. 'Great' you think to yourself. Then they slowly add on all the extra bits, which increases the price slightly but not too much. Its still cheaper than home. Then they go and call their 'stock room' who informs them that they have 'none left' and will have some tommorow. They then say that they have the same camera, but with an international warranty (which is bullshit because they all should have that anyway), which costs a little more. Actually a lot more. At this stage your fit to hop over the desk and stitch the guy one.

There was this one smug guy in one of the shops who agreed a good price and even showed me the camera in the box. I went off to get the cash and when I got back he says 'Oh, I can't sell you that one, its a display model, I'll call the stockroom'. Same bullshit. I branded him a conman and walked out of the shop, and he ran after me and, you won't believe this, started hurling abuse at me!! This guy was in his 40's!! He should at least show some maturity. the conversation went like this.

Him: What are you a lady? You wear a dress?
Me: Why are you gay? Do you think it'd turn you on to see me in one?
Him: Bad language of sorts, I won't put it here.
Me: Maybe you should go home and put on your own dress for your boyfriend

He fumed a bit more and I walked away. I was so pissed that I had to do something to get him back. So I did. I went to a womens shop next door, bought a cheap old skirt, and brought it back into him and gave it to him saying 'Go home and try this on for your boyfriend'. All the staff in the shop thought it was hilarious. He didn't. But I didn't give him time to get back. I just left very happy.

So thats the story in Singapore. Next stop Sydney!!
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