Please beware of swing flapper
Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
81Trip End Jun 28, 2008
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Our journey from Kota Kinabalu was pretty straight forward. We flew into Johor Bahru (Malaysia) and then foolishly I assumed it was a quick jaunt across the bridge to Singapore. In reality, it took us nearly four hours by the time we got from the airport to our hostel in Singapore. Our time in Singapore certainly turned out to be even shorter than we had planned!
At first glance, its a beautiful modern city, like Hong Kong and (parts of) Bangkok. And it is neat - no rubbish on the ground here. Still, no rubbish bins very often either, so we ended up carrying around empty water bottles etc, for ages. The MRT (subway) is a good way to get about, thank goodness. You have to pay a S$1.00 deposit extra each time for the plastic ticket card, though, which you then can put it back into a ticket machine at the end of your journey to get the deposit back. Seems an oddly fiddly way to ensure the plastic cards get reused. Why not just take the tickets when exiting the terminal like in the UK?
Our highlight of our trip to Singapore was the new Singapore Flyer. Its touted as the world's largest Ferris Wheel, standing at 165m. I guess that means its bigger than the London Eye? It just opened in Feb '08, and seems to be a popular attraction to the locals at the moment. I think we were about the only tourists on it when we were there. It takes about a half hour to do the whole rotation, and we got some spectacular views of the downtown skyline including some docks and a golf course.
Otherwise, we did a wee bit of shopping (mostly window, sadly!) and are now just hoping for a good night's sleep. Tomorrow morning we have to get up and do the whole journey in reverse to get back to the Johor Bahru airport to fly to Surabaya (Java).
Lots of love,
K & M