The FINE City

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
Trip End Apr 29, 2007

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Saturday, August 5, 2006

A surprisingly smooth journey, border was hassle free - nice intro to The 'Pore.

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.... Highly distressing!!!! Bar seen was way to posh for us, and more critically - way to expensive!! Fortunately we'd done some research and found a club not mentioned in the Lonely Planet, and this served lovely cheap 1 pound beers!!!! We went in there earlier than we intended, but the que was still big. Reason being (we found out after chats) that Singaporean youth dont tend to go to pubs, they drink a few at home, eat then straight to club. Sensible at these prices!! Pretty good night, spent most of it chatting and dancing to 4 Singaporean ladies, the peeps here seem to love Maroon 5 and Blue, i'm afraid to say, we joined in with the dancing!!! Only real problem was that water was twice the price of beer, so in the name of econommy I had to drink more....

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. We enjoyed the dice game that is in the film, as it is the one that Joey taught us in Hong Kong!!

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!! Great place, massive contrast to the hell hole that was Budapest. Hardly any cages (moats are used instead) and in a lovely setting. Weird going to a zoo though, as we have seen so many of the animals in their natural habitat, and that is far more exciting... Salt water crocs were truly awesome though, had no idea how big these creatures are, cant wait to see more of them in Oz!!! Also saw a few animal shows which were typical Singaporean fun!!

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.....
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llynnie on

The 'bonfires' are actually burning of offerings to the dead. This is the Lunar (Chinese) Seventh Month when the gates of hell are supposed to be open and all manner of ghosts and spirits roam the realm of the living. As such the burning of offerings is tolerated by the government and other races as it is considered an integral part of traditional Chinese belief (or superstition).

mothman on

Re: Helloo
Hi! Thanks for the info, we wondered why we saw so many that day... Lots in Malaysia as well. Cheers!!


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