Trip Start Oct 17, 2007
49Trip End Feb 04, 2008
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Having arrived at night, we had no sense of orientation upon arriving at our hotel, but despite it being in a fantastically central area which was bright and clean we did figure one thing out right away: our hotel rented rooms out by the hour, if you know what I mean... If you don't, well, go ask mum or dad to explain it to you. Never mind, everyone was friendly and families and tourists alike stayed there, so we didn't think twice about it (maybe only once), and stayed.
Our first day we walked and then walked some more. We're gonna have smokin' legs by the end of this trip. To cover the longer trips we got tickets for a hop on/off shuttle and traveled around the city that way. We went to the Lao Pa Sat hawker market which is one of Singapore's original food markets. There we tried sugar cane and lemon juice (YUUUMMMYYY) which is made by grinding the sugar cane stalk right at the stall, and mixing it with freshly squeezed lemons and lots of ice. Yes, it does taste as good as it sounds! We also walked along Orchard Road, which you could say is the main street in Singapore, full of restaurants, clothing stores etc etc. On Orchard Road we stopped for a peek at the Orchard Hotel, where Scott did work experience way back in 91. In Chinatown we went to the
A highlight of the day, and the you're-a-tourist-you-have-to-do-it-just-accept-it activity was going to the Raffles Hotel. This is a historic hotel in Singapore where (are you ready for this) the Singapore Sling was invented at the Long Bar!
Night time led us to the Newton Circus hawker's market. Once inside the vendors provided a cacophony, very, very, very firmly urging you to purchase food at their stall. It's a blast! Now normally I would become upset if I wasn't addressed in any way by someone when I'm with Scott, but when there are an overwhelmingly large amount of vendors trying to sell you their satays and all they yell is "Sir!", I think, bring it on! Only my Sir has to answer, giving me more time to closely study the menu. Oh, the strategy! In the end, we bought Singapore satays (wow, the flavour), murtabak (a roti with meat and onion in it), and baby Kai Lan in oyster sauce (only my new, most favourite vegetable!) from a lovely lady name Gina (stall number 46 if anyone ever goes). We washed it down with a nice, frosty, big (650ml) Tiger beer and soursop juice, which is a fruit like guanabana in Colombia.
Ok, I'll stop talking about the food, but it's just so gooooood..... We then walked back to our hotel via Little India which is celebrating the Deepavali Festival, and wow, the lights! Beautiful!
So that's Singapore! I've devised a canaussie rating of new foods and experiences from 1 to 5, 1 being blah, 2 so so, 3 ok, 4 very good and 5 excellent must do/have again or recommend! Here goes:
Fish reflexology: 5 for weirdness and results
Baby Kai lan: 5
Soursop juice: 4
Singapore Satays: 5
Sugar Cane Juice: 5 (must be with lemon)
Till next time! xo
Where I stayed