Trip Start Mar 06, 2012
12Trip End Ongoing
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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
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
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
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.