Living the high life in sensational Singapore

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Re-entered civilization and met Parents

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hello all!

We reluctantly left the comforts of Melaka to get the bus down to Singapore. Believe me it was very hard to say goodbye to Mani, Ray and Janet and of course Mani's lovely cakes!

The journey itself was pretty painless. It felt good to be back in Singapore as I have not been there in over 6 years. It was funny looking at the map in Lonely Planet and realizing that there are whole areas of the island that did not exist the last time I was there! (They reclaim the land from the ocean). 

For the first 4 days we stayed with some mates that we had met on the liveaboard dive boat back in Thailand last January. To be honest we had a bit of trepidation as most of the time we spent with Django & Sabine was 30 meters under the Andaman sea. Well the trepidation evaporated within the first 10 mins of arriving at their place. We really have met kindred spirits and can't wait for them to come back to London so we can carry on this new found friendship. Before I carry on I have to mention Django & Sabine's flat. Before we had even reached their place we were saying "WOW" as we passed the 2 communal swimming pools, tennis courts and gym. Their flat over looks the river with beautiful views of the famous Singapore skyline. We had our own room and bathroom and their were beers waiting for us when we arrived! All we can say guys from the bottom of our hearts is a huge "THANK YOU!!!". If you ever quit your jobs, a new career choice should be guesthouse owners! lol. All that was lovely but the most enjoying moments of our stay was the fantastic conversations that we would have with Django & Sabine, It was so nice to sit there and put the world to rights or in the case of Django & I try to find the meaning to life every night over a beer or 3. 

Singapore turned out to be the reunion destination. As well as our wonderful hosts we also met up with Marius and Marcelina who we met in Siberia way back in August (or was it September?). We met them in this Pub called The Penny Black on the quay side where we drank Old Speckled Hen and ate Fish & Chips. It was like being back in good old Blighty with the prices to match! lol. It was great meeting up with people that we have met along the way. Once again we had only known Marius & Marcelina for 2 days, yet when we met up it was like hooking up with old friends. Travel truly breaks down barriers. 

The next person  we met up with was Gerrard, one of the divemasters from our Thai boat. He lives in Singapore and took us to some great places to eat. Singapore has some fantastic food and you don't have to go to the fancy places to eat it. In fact I would say the best food is found in the food courts, so if you ever come here, head to one of those. 

Last but not least on the reunion front was MY PARENTS!!! They arrived on our 5th night and it was great to see them again. We have missed them so much. We had a packed 3 days with them in Singapore and they loved every minute of it which I knew they would. On their first night they met up with all our mates at a food court and had a proper Singapore experience. We also did the touristy bus tour which gave them a good introduction to the island. A real highlight was the botanic gardens which are a real oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. It was the first time there for all of us and we were amazed at how calming and peaceful the gardens were even though they are round the corner from the famous Orchard Road shopping street. 

Last but not least was High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel. If it's your first time to Singapore a visit to Raffles is a must. Thanks to the generosity of my folks we had a lovely afternoon sipping tea, eating lovely sandwiches, dim sum and millions of cakes! Then washing it all down with a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. A brilliant afternoon. Just so you all know that the opulence did not go to our heads we all headed back to our hostel to sleep the night. Now I never ever thought that I would right those words. My Parents in a hostel. They loved it and are now becoming proper backpackers! ha ha.

So that was our 7 days in Singapore. Thanks to friends and family a truly unforgettable experience. 

Our next stop is way north back into Malaysia to take my folks on a culinary tour of Penang. See you next to the guy who sells roast duck!

Love and Peace to all,

Paul & Karen (who was lazy and had a kip while I wrote this opus!) xxx 
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mom on

Lovely time in Singapore

Claire Murray on

I can't believe we were in Singapore at the same time and didn't get to say hi! Did you manage to go to the top of the new hotel? (cruise ship on stilts) Glad you are enjoying your travels! Loving the blogs, stay safe! x

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