Farewell to Asia
Trip Start Oct 01, 2011
10Trip End Dec 22, 2011
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We have finally come to the last country we will be visiting on our Travels. Steve went to school in Singapore 4 years ago so he is super excited to relive his time here and I am equally as excited to see it for the first time.
Singapore is quite different from the rest of South East Asia. It's clean, tidy, safe, organized, efficient (relative term and by no means all encompassing), and the country as a whole is very much developed (as opposed to other countries which have some developed areas but many poorer undeveloped areas). Most also know of its reputation for being a very "rules" based country which no doubt has lent a hand into many of the above qualities. It has a British colonial history in many ways quite similar to Hong Kong but where it gets interesting is how Singapore split from Malaysia in the 1960's
We arrived late our first day and decided to spend the afternoon exploring the neighborhood that our hostel was in, Little India. Little India as a community is about as far away from "typical Singapore" as you can get but it is vibrant, colorful, cheaper and a great place to stay.
Our second day was spent taking in the classic Singapore downtown highlights; Raffles Hotel, the esplanade, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, the Merlion, Boat quay and Clarke quay. The best part of all of these attractions is just the beautiful city that connects them all. In the afternoon we made a trip out to the west side of Singapore to NTU, the school Steve attended in 2007. He toured me around his old residence, Canteens (cafeterias), classrooms and beautiful green campus. We even got to relive a few of his favorite campus restaurants including some Chicken cutlet rice, Milo, Iced Coffee, the fruit stand, the "best vegetarian food place ever" and the "go to" Indian Pratha stall. The campus is quite spectacular and I can't help but wonder why we can't have this nice of campuses back home in Canada.
On our third day we started with an early morning trip back to the Marina Bay Sands to get a tour of the new Sky Park. The Marina Bay Sands is Singapore's newest Mega Hotel and architectural marvel with a huge park and infinity pool perched on top of the three towers, 57 stores up, overlooking the Singapore skyline. Tour spots are limited so we had to arrive early. The view up top is unbelievable and the building as a whole is spectacular. It seems that they really have thought of everything and it is probably worth the price tag for 1 night if you are ever there to take in the view from the infinity pool! Next we headed for another one of Steve's hangouts from when he was living in Singapore, the wakeboard cable park. I had gotten Steve a credit for a ride for his birthday and he had a blast reliving his time at the park but pushed him self a bit much in his old age and wasn't functioning too well the next day. We spent the afternoon exploring Singapore's answer to Disney world, Sentosa Island. Sentosa is a completely fabricated island from the waterfalls to the sand on the beach. That being said, they have done an amazing job at creating this resort island / theme park right outside the Singapore city centre and it is a really fun place to explore for a day.
Today was our official last day of traveling and we decided to treat ourselves to a special farewell diner
An Amazing Trip In Recap
The last three months have been amazing and a trip of a lifetime. We have traveled 9 countries (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore ), each one giving us countless memories which we will never forget.
By the time we publish this blog, we will already be back in Ontario for Christmas
We hope you all enjoyed the travel updates and can't wait to catch up with everyone over the holidays.
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Steve and Audrey