The FINE City
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
129Trip End Apr 29, 2007
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First dorm we've stayed in since Japan, bit strange after so many bungalows etc, but its nice enough. Based in little India, not exactly stereotypical Singapore.... Chaotic, haphazard, mad, incense and spice smelling and full of Indians (the clue is in the name!)
Went camera shopping as needed a replacement for stolen one - managed to get a better model for about the same price as my old camera cost in UK. Apologies for the sudden influx of photos - rat and I liked playing with the new toy!!
So Saturday night, what else to do but explore the nightlife scene here...
Next day off on a big ol' walk of the city. Little India - Arab Quarter - Fountain - Colonial District - Waterfront - City District - Chinatown - Shopping district!!!! Walked many miles, but I loved it!!! Always something of interest about, be it a building or a few chinese fellas sitting on the pavement selling phones from the 80s!!
Rat seems to enjoy shopping centres now, which is a good thing as we spent a stupid amount of time in them!! There are so many.... We were looking for a cinema and centres are where they seem to lurk... Found a few, only one showed a film at good time though.
Pirates of the Carribean.... In a state of the art, newly opened cinema - very nice, but the air con was a bit nippy for us - we were glad to step into the hot night air after!! The locals laughed big style at the film, and seemed happy that Singapore was mentioned in it
Comparisons with Hong Kong are inevitable with this place. Rat says if he had to live in any city he'd choose here... But for me HK had far more character, and I enjoyed its manic, neon, mentalness...
Ate at hawker centres on a couple of occasion, big food courts where a meal is just over a quid. Tremend!
Early start next day, off to Sentosa island off the south coast. Went to numerous attractions, including a 4D cinema film that we'd already seen with Jazz at Thorpe Park!! We'd already paid before we realised though... All a bit tacky, but enjoyable nonetheless, also went to a museum about Singaporean history - good to see us Brits portrayed in a favourable way! After a trip to the beach we went to the Musical Fountain Show... Thought it'd be like Barcelonas, but it was way different - far less refined, a kind of fountain pantomine!!! The effects were supreme though, and it held our interest until the end (unlike Barcelona)
And next day the Zoo!
In the evening we went to a firework display to celebrate 41 years of independence. National day is a big deal over here and the place was PACKED. Made Lewes look like East Hoathley!!!
Bit confused as to littering being rewarded with a big fine, yet people seem to be able to have small bonfires on the pavement.......
We have enjoyed our time here, could easily have stayed longer - bit worn out after such a hectic schedule and little sleep. Also we both have sandal sore from prolonged sandal wearage.....