Disneyland Meets Vegas

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2013

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Singapore was definitely the most amazing city I have ever seen. The entire city is like Disney land or the Vegas strip.  The subways are clean enough you could eat off the floor, the transit system is impeccable, everywhere you look you see Lamborghinis and Porches, and the buildings and scenery is like one big work of art.  In order to own a car in Singapore, the locals told us you must pay $140,000 USD to have the right to own a car.  You are allowed then to drive it for a maximum of ten years before you have to re-apply.  Basically there is not a single junky car on the road and the regular taxis are usually luxury cars like Mercedes.  The cab driver told me that in order to start a cab company you must have at least 500 cars.  All these rules keep cars off the road other than cabs and the very wealthy.  This combined with the subway, bus system and monorail make it the easiest city I have ever been in to get around. 

We found a really nice hotel, after some searching, for a reasonable price on Balestier Road, which is very famous for its local food.  The first night we headed to the Boardwalk, which is so great.  All the college kids hang out on the bridge and drink beers.  Across the bridge there are tonnes of pubs, bars and restaurants on a walking street that is essentially covered by huge pieces of art in case it rains.  We bummed around there for a bit, had a few bevies, then decided to hit the casino.  It had been a while for this kid and I was jonesing a bit.  We got absolutely demolished for an undisclosed amount but still had a blast. 

Got a little bit of rest and headed to Sentosa when we woke up.  It is a small island off the coast.  There is a monorail system that takes you there from the mall.  There is also a gondola but it is pretty pricey.  In Sentosa there is MGM studios, a beach, some other stuff to do… but most importantly… another casino.  So we obviously hit that up for the afternoon.  We crushed a bit and made back a small portion of our losses and headed back into town. 

We went to the hotel to regroup, and then decided we had a lot to do in one more night, including a stop at the world's highest rooftop bar, which would require pants, which we did not have.  So we picked some up and headed out on the town.  We were flying around the city.  Our first stop was the origin of the Singapore sling at Raffles hotel.  We took a cab there and ordered our $30 drinks.  There wasn’t a lot of time so we pounded them and headed to the next stop… haha.  The next place was across the street and called Chijmes, it was a collection of bars in a walled in park.  The bars were really deadly and most had live bands.  We demolished another couple $12-15 drinks and jumped in another cab to head back to the boardwalk to take some pictures.  We flew through there and had a small bite to eat at this Schwarma place we discovered the night before and headed by taxi to the roof top bar.  We enjoyed our $40 drinks and the amazing view for about 30 minutes, then decided we needed to teach the downtown casino a lesson for raping us the night before so we headed down. 

At the casino, we crushed some slots then discovered a game called Pontoon, which is a variation of blackjack.  Somehow we rounded at that, then crushed the dice, then smashed some more slots and won all our money back from the night before.  All this by 430 am.  Our flight was leaving early in the morning so we decided we might as well just stay up.  So we walked around this amazing city for a bit longer taking pictures, went back to the hotel, showered, and took our Mercedes taxi to the airport.  Bali here we come.  We are both so excited to see some familiar faces and our amazing villa. 
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