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Friday, March 30, 2012

• Trip day: 25

To Singapore With Love

Oh Singapore. A utopia is what you are to me. I have nothing but good things to say about you. Some people might call you dull, maybe even sterile, but what do they know? Yes, you’re predictable - everyone knows you have some rather draconian laws in order to keep things as clean and ordered as they are & everyone knows that you’re way too expensive for a penny-pinching backpacker like me. But I’m ok with all of that & if an opportunity ever presented itself for me to live with you I would, and that’s probably about the biggest complement I can give you right now.

So thanks for being you & thanks for the last 3 days. It was, as we’re fond of sayin’ in Ireland, bleedin’ deadly.


Yes I like Singapore, the small city-state tacked to the southern tip of the Malayian peninsula. I love how it just works - it’s organised, structured, clean & things run on time. Of course you can get arrested for littering and j-walking & you’ll get the death penalty for doing silly stuff like drug trafficking but hey, that’s Singapore for you. Of course you need bags of money to fit in around here & walking around the Central Business District (CBD) it’s plainly apparent that lots of people in Singapore have lots of money. Of course we don’t - have lots of money that is - but that didn't stop us spending up a storm for the 2 days/3 nights we were forced to forget the ‘b’ word (budget). We’re leaving here in a few hours to return north back to Kuala Lumpur. We’ll spend our last 2 nights in Asia (for now) before our ‘Meet The Broere’s’ flight to Oz on Sunday. It’s day 25 of the trip & the previous 3 have been a real highlight so far. As always check out the accompanying pictures for more... lots more.

Day 22-24 Observations

I don’t really have any observations beyond the sweeping generalisations I made above. But suffice to say I have to mention prices.  

Mel & I spent - no pun intended - a great night partying in the plush KU DÉ TA (I don’t know why it’s spelt in capitals but it is) bar/club on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. It’s a bar/club that might turn you away at the door if you’re not beautiful enough (although when we went mid-week they seemed to be happy to let anyone in); a bar/club where you’re not going to bump into too many backpackers; the sort of place where the young, hip Singapore gentry like to get sweaty; & definitely the sort of place where you really shouldn’t worry about the cost of the drinks - it’s one of those if-you-need-to-ask-how-much-then-you-probably-can’t-afford-it places. We just let it rip, threw off the financial shackles for the night and threw our non-platinum credit card at the barman (no one uses cash). Our most expensive receipt for the night, a trip souvenir if ever there was one, came to SGD$82.39 (€49/AUD$64). That got us 1 pint of Stella draught (mine), 1 bottle of Tiger beer (for Mel) & 2 tequila shots (we always keep it classy wherever we go). Expressing a modicum of relief shortly after analysing our first receipt of the night that a pint of Stella draught ‘only’ cost SGD$18 (€10+/AUD$14) was one of the better parts of a great night. There’s no doubt about it - we wouldn't have hemorrhaged as much money as we did if we didn't drink... but where's the fun in that.

Here are few other select costs that we incurred over the last few days, all in Singapore dollars.

- $26 (€15/AUD$20): For Mel’s Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of Raffles Hotel, where the drink was invented. When in Rome & all that. I got a pint of Tiger for SGD$20.
- $52 (€30/AUD$40): 2 return cable car tickets to Sentosa Island. It’s a 10 minute ride people.
- $136 (€80/AUD$105): 2, off-peak entrance fees to Universal Studios, Singapore. It may have been worth every cent but it's still a budget buster.
- $11.90 (€7/AUD$9): For 2 watches in some discount shop off North Bridge Road. Not everything in Singapore is expensive. Neither of us have had a watch on the trip so far and have been on the lookout for cheap watches. We never expected to find them in Singapore.
- $0 (€0/AUD$0): Our accommodation costs right in the center of the CBD. We stayed with Mel’s friend Clay who has a plush apartment (a swimming pool/Jacuzzi/concierge kind of place) in Raffles Place, right in the middle of the CBD. Thanks Clay.

- Keep track of our progress on my dMb Travel page
- dMb blog - Singapore
- Bogan On A Bus: Mel’s trip blog from Singapore - The One Where Everything Is Amazing, March 31st 2012.
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