Singapore, we'll be back!

Trip Start Sep 26, 2013
Trip End Oct 26, 2013

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's hard to believe it's almost all over. This morning we got up and had breakfast in our room again before heading out. Our goal for the day was to hit some of the major neighbourhoods and do some shopping since things here tend to be cheaper than at home and there isn't the huge market for fake goods that there was at our other destinations this trip. Don't get me wrong, the fake goods provide hours of entertainment and a good laugh but we were looking for things that would last more than one or two uses. Our first stop of the day was little India. Singapore is a very culturally diverse city with huge Chinese, Malay and Indian communities and they all seem to have their own huge neighbourhoods. In little India we went to a huge store called Mustafa which apparently is open 24 hours. The store is like Walmart on steroids with 5 floors worth of everything imaginable at pretty good deals. We mainly stayed on the supermarket level as there was some things I wanted for the kitchen at home that you would never find at Extra foods. My main targets were palm sugar and tamarind paste which are use in Asian cooking to make fried noodle dishes. You can get tamarinds at home but if you've ever tried to separate the fruit from the pods and the pits you'll know how much of a pain it is. We also bought a bunch of snacks for the plane tomorrow. We weren't really thinking as we should have bought this stuff at the end if the day. I ended up hauling our heavy bag of groceries all over Singapore for the rest of the day. After we were done at Mustafa's we walked around the neighbourhood through some markets that were set up. We were excited to see markets but as we went through them we notice that it was all Indian stuff for the Diwali festival coming up and there was really nothing for us. Not all was lost though, Gina wanted to try a fresh coconut as her boss insisted that she did while here. We tried it, it wasn't my thing but Gina enjoyed it except that you get an awful lot of water in one coconut and she ended up full before finishing. From the market we walked over to a hawker market where they had food. Being in little India we decided to try the claypot bryani, I had mutton while Gina had chicken. It was good but I think our expectations were so high going into the meal that we both ended up disappointed as we have had better Indian food this trip.

After lunch we walked down towards Orchard street which is a huge shopping street. We walked along to see what was there and from what we could tell it was block after block of shopping malls. You could spend all day here if you wanted so after wandering through a few we decided to move on but not without a stop at Garrett for some popcorn. It caught our attention with the smell and looked delicious so we bought a mixed bag with cheese and caramel corn and it was so good. I guess Garrett is from Chicago and quite popular around here. From Orchard street we took the train out to the east side of the island in search of an outlet mall that we heard was good and we actually recognized some of the brand names at this one so there was hope. After sorting out which bus we needed to transfer to from the train station we made it. This mall did not disappoint, prices were way cheaper than at home and with the exchange rate we saved even more. The New Balance store was the highlight with most things half the price they are at home. I ended up with a couple running tops and a pair of shoes while Gina went to town with athletic tops. Gina also bought some other clothing at a few of the other stores. For supper we went to a Korean restaurant to have hot pots. They were different from what we had previously but still good. After supper we headed back to the hotel.

I apologize for all the readers out there, this entry is not very exciting, a whole day of shopping commentary...

Sadly tomorrow is departure day, we fly out of Singapore at 8:30 and have 8 hours in Hong Kong. We are thinking of taking the train into the city for a few hours but well have to see how long the line is to get through immigration.

André and Gina
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Looking forward to your return. Ace has a bump on his nose that I am getting checked at the vet tomorrow. Safe journey home!

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