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Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
43Trip End Nov 07, 2010
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As you know, we arrived in Singapore airport today (if you read the London blog…). After all our uploading in the airport, we made our way to the MRT station to catch our train to the city. Very squishy, but the train went fast enough and before we knew it we had transferred twice and were making our way through a shopping centre to connect to the monorail that would take us to Santosa island – our final destination! As soon as we got off our little monorail, we were struck by 'vegas-like’ humidity
The humidity was soon our enemy as we lugged our luggage the 5 minute walk to our hotel! Who would have thought 1 person can perspire so much in such a short time!
We checked in to our hotel and were shown to our room – which unfortunately smelt like smoke, so it took a little over an hour to get transferred to a room that was very much over air-freshened. It was only about midday or so at this time, so we found our togs, last seen in Egypt, and went to explore our rooftop "infinity" pool. What would have made this pool even better was if they installed heating – but at 30 degrees and humid as heck out of the water, the coolness was a lovely change. Our hotel called itself a ‘sanctuary resort’ and we saw some peacocks just wandering around the ground, really lovely.
The hotel gave us free monorail passes back to the mainland so we made use of them and went in search of some food for dinner. Some of the prices in Singapore are completely wacko – a prime example is a tub of Ben & Jerrys icecream (our American friend), in America about $5, Europe we found one for 4 euros, it was expencive in England at 5 pounds, but nothing compared to the $14 in Singapore
Being pretty stuffed from our sleepless flight, we ended up pushing through to about 7 before completely crashing for the night.
Being in Singapore felt so relaxing – nothing to do, we could sleep in to all hours, and relax completely with out having to worry about seeing the so-and-so museum etc. Today we were woken up at about 9:30 by housekeeping wanting to clean our room – I forgot to turn on the DND light. After sending them away, I think it was another hour or two before the curtains were drawn.
We wanted to do a spot of shopping, but since half the day was gone, we decided not to go to Orchard road, and to tackle the smaller, closer district of shops instead. After our monorail journey to the mainland, we thought we could walk to the first shopping centre, 5 minutes later, we turned around, walked 5 minutes back and caught the MRT! Why put your self through stupid hot walking when you’re on the relaxing bit of your holiday
The afternoon was pretty much spent walking into a shop, getting stalked by the shop assistant, and then leaving and going into another shop – repeat this many many times, and you’ll have our afternoon. Not a single Singaporean goodie was purchased. We caught the train back to our more local shopping centre and walked around there for ages, eventually finding some summer footwear, before catching the monorail to the island. We thought it would be a good idea to explore a bit, so we took a very scenic path home, eventually walking in the door about 10pm. I wasn’t a bit tired, so I stayed up watching bad movies on HBO till about 2 in the morning – Since I got to sleep on the London flight, I knew the Sydney one would be the same, so why not stuff up my sleeping patterns completely!
Again today we were woken up by house keeping wanting to do our room – I stupidly forgot to set the DND light on again. Cath and I usually have bets on how much something will cost or what the time is, and today I said 8:30 and I think Cath said 8:45. We were both wrong! Housekeeping visited us at 1pm! – what a sleepin
We got out of bed and took off to explore the island further. Our hotel was a short walk from the beach, and we set out to see what it looks like during the day. The beach looked great from a distance, nice sand, beautiful lagoons and not many people. When we got closer, it looked more “alright” than great, but the warmness of the water made up for it. We went for a little float and all was good until Cath discovered slime on the bottom. This was an instant way to get Cath out the water and she shot up the beach and then saw lots of rubbish floating around. We decided to end our swimming expedition and went looking at other things the island had to offer. There was some lovely views, but every photo manages to have a cargo ship in the background.
We were finding out more and more about our Santosa island, and it’s apparently the place for to be. There’s so many swanky hotels, a huge ‘fake wave’ machine thingo, giant flying foxes, soon apparently there’ll be a sky diving wind tunnel thing but still cargo ships in the background. We headed back to our hotel and went to visit the other pool, the family pool. Fortunately there were no family’s in the pool and it was just us.
Today we set an alarm so there wouldn’t be a repeat of yesterday – not that sleeping is a bad thing, we just wanted to spend the entire day shopping! The alarm wasn’t needed as at 8am we were woken up by a brilliant thunder storm. When the thunder stopped we caught the trains to Orchard road and began the walk. There were so many shopping centres, some of them completely posh and others you could mistake for a multi-level street market. A lot of time was spent here, but the only thing we had to show for it was our usual souvenir magnet. We decided to head back to the hotel for another swim before getting ready for our last night out in Singapore.
The island had its own cassino and so we got dolled up and set out exploring “Resort World” – yes, it’s actually called that! Very original name I know.
We quickly came to a hurdle when they demanded our passports to enter the cassino. After trying quite hardly to get in on our drivers licences, I gave in and went for a brisk walk back to our hotel. The cassino only opened Feb 2010 so it was nice and news, but stupidly expensive
We went to a nice buffet restaurant (which cost less than a BJ hand) and enjoyed all you can eat, and I ate all I could!
$10 found it’s way into a poker machine and we were feeling pretty tired so we went back to pack our bags. This was our final pack and it was really hitting home that this is the end of our trip.
As I’m writing today, I’m sitting in Singapore airport looking out at lightning over the runway, guess they’re used to it over here, but me not so much. Today we got as much sleep as we could before packing our last final things and checking out of our hotel. We stored our bags and headed on the monorail to spend some time shopping (again) before we had to go to the airport. I don’t know how we missed it all the other times we went into this shopping centre, but Cath has success… Two lovely dresses in a pretty shop bag made Cath the happiest shopper in Singapore!
We then went back to the hotel, saw our Peacock friend in full spread again (I think we saw him almost every day!) then lugged our bags back to the monorail and to the airport.
What’s strange is there’s only 1 more blog entry to go, when we get back home, but till then, we still have 7 hours of plane movies to watch!!!