Sipping on the Sling
Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
23Trip End Dec 24, 2012
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Raffles Hotel The Long Bar
We had to get our bags off the coach so they could all be scanned, didn't have this when we crossed into Malaysia but Singapore is strict, read that you get fined if you don't flush the toilet. How do they know you don't? I'd hate to be the person who does that job.
There was signs all posted up saying that all alcoholic drink and cigarettes, you know anything fun, has to be taxed. I had a bottle of Samsong from Thailand in my day sack but thought as I've been threw a border already and bought it in Thailand it wasn't a problem. Well supposedly it was, I got pulled into some side room and Elle had to go wait with the coach to make sure they didn't go without us. Firstly they thought I was concealing a taxable item, when I said about buying it in Thailand and not knowing they asked if I had ever been into Singapore before
I have the dearest bottle of Samsong in Asia now.
So finally in Singapore, with the rest of the bus thinking I was a convict they all soon run off the bus and disappeared. We decided to walk down to where all the accommodation was, take in some of the sights whilst we done so. After looking round a few run down places and places out of our price range we come to a hostel and come to the fact that we will have to stay in our first dorm. The place is good though, probably our first proper hostel on our trip, good communal area with a few computers and a huge TV which I didn't see switched off the whole time we was there. The only thing is, which we soon realized is that deepavali was going on whilst we was there and I think it is quite big in Singapore and we was staying in Little India, let the business start.
The sleep wasn't too bad, apart from loads of school kids obviously on a trip to see the Deepavali celebrations. They were running around banging on doors till 2am, the 2 'teachers' that were trying to keep control of about 40 kids weren't doing too good of a job
We wanted to go to Universal Studios, so went to buy the tickets but where it was Deepavali the price was higher for the public holiday and it was 3pm, so we decided to go there the next day and earlier to get more time inside and to pay 'off-peak'. Another factor of choosing the next day would be that we got a discount on the Halloween night they had, which started at 8pm.
Seeing as we was on Sentosa we decided to see what else the Island had to offer. We walked past the man made beaches which were all packed even though the weather wasn't all that and came to the aquarium. Seeing as Elle had never seen a seal/dolphin show before we decided to take a look, had a walk threw the water tunnel and stroked rays whilst waiting for the show. When it was time we got to the stands and they where already pretty full but we managed to get pretty decent seats near the Seal boxes which they stand on. The place was jam packed with about 3000 people, they picked a guy out to help with the seal show, throwing some rings so one could catch them round its neck. Next up was an opportunity to meet a dolphin up close, they warned that you might get wet. Me and Elle both put our hands up along with the other thousand of hands and guess what, Elle got picked! Maybe because she had the only blonde hair in the stands or because she looked the most excited even beating the 12 year old kids
Getting back, all good on the photo front and we had to move rooms as they were overbooked. We decided to go out and see the Deepavali festives, after sampling some Indian food too spicy for Elle and 'trying' to walk threw the crowds we ended up at a bar listening to some live music and after a couple of hours decided to call it a night.
Universal Studios today, off we went. I haven't said yet how good the public transport is in Singapore, clean cheap and efficient, I know they are very strict but its a very well run city!The studios was decent, Steven Spielberg effects show-Mummy ride-Madagascar and a Waterworld show to name a few, its a shame as there was a Transformers ride coming out in December... gutted!
The Halloween night was even better, they had loads of employees (seeing as only half the park was open) dressed and acting like zombies walking threw which was a nice clean street threw a New York set during the day but they had made it look so eerie and apocalyptic it was really good and if you wasn't careful one of the 'zombies' could sneak up and scare the crap out of you!
We got back to the hostel and had to pack and be ready for the morning as our time was up in Singapore and we were off to Malaysia Borneo. Its a shame we didn't have more time here as its a very nice city and we didn't see half of what it has to offer, or have half the money to afford it!!