Singapore - Day 145-147

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day 145 - 16/07/08

A long flight from Seoul to Singapore today. When I arrived caught the quick and efficient Singapore MRT to the downtown area. It's great to land at an airport and be in the city centre within 30 minutes. Normally by the time i've had a cig, worked out how to get to the city centre and travelled there, at least two hours have passed maybe three.

I've broken the law already in the place they call "fine city". I've Jay-walked, I wouldn't call it a serious crime, but if the police catch you it a $500 fine which around 185. The problem is I'm impatient. If there're no cars coming and the police aren't around, I'm going to cross the bloody road.

Staying at the Hawaii Hostel which is a total shit-hole to be honest. Checked out several other hostels but there're all booked up. Was so tired, this place had a room and couldn't be bothered to find anything else. At least it has A/C.

After dropping my gear off, went to the famous Raffles hotel but got ejected from the lobby because I had shorts on, for god sake it's 32 degrees outside and 80% humidity. To be fair the concierge asked me to go in a very polite manner and allowed me to take some pictures before leaving.

After departing from Raffles I headed for Singapore's bigger version of the London Eye. It's the biggest observation wheel in the world at 165 metres, takes 30 minutes to complete a full revolution. Went on just as the sun was setting. Great views of the city and I could just make out the coastline of Sumatra, Indonesia. Saw the new F1 track, which is in process of being constructed in the city for the first Singapore Grand Prix in October. They've still got a lot of work to do, but I'm sure it will one of the best GP's of the calendar. Will probably rival Monaco as the blue ribbon event in the coming years.

Walked around the downtown area for a while, then went to the street markets near my hostel near Bugis MRT station. Some really cool stuff, but once again I'm constrained to what I can carry, so I resisted.

Day 146 - 17/07/08

I'm really looking forward too getting back to nature, the next opportunity will be Borneo in around a week. Really looking forward to this part of my trip, Borneo is place I've always wanted to visit. Did have a brief opportunity in South Korea to visit some national parks but it wasn't long enough, only a few days. Hopefully I'll be in Borneo for at least two weeks maybe longer, who knows.

Visited Chinatown and Little India today on the MRT. Then went to Orchard road which is the 5th avenue of Singapore. Went to the largest water fountain in the world this evening at Suntec city, it's called the "Fountain of Wealth" but I missed the show. Will go back tomorrow tonight, now that I know what time the display is on.

Day 147 - 18/07/08

Today is the half way point of Phase 2 of my trip, "Round the World in 293 days". Next year will be "The America's on foot", more to follow about this proposed epic mission.

Below is a link to some stats on where i've been, and what i've done on my travels so far in 2008:

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/christosp/1/1216256400/tpod.html

After those boring stats, back to Singapore. Sent another 2kg of stuff home today, will lighten the load a little until a purchase something else to fill the fresh gap in my bag. Very inexpensive to send a parcel back to the UK, pleasantly surprised.

Visited the Zoological gardens today. Best Zoo I've every been too, very few cages so the animals roam around relatively freely in their enclosures surrounded by water moats. My favourite animal of the day had to be the White Tiger, such a majestic and power creature. The Zoo is set in a beautiful landscape surrounded by water and forest. A great Zoo and defiantly worth a visit.

Got ravaged by mosquito's again, I was walking through the butterfly garden and I saw a lizard on the path, around 40cm long. Managed to get really close to it, so spend a few minutes taking photos and watching it. Then I looked down at my ankles and there were dozens of mosquito's buzzing round my legs, I ran for it, but it was too late, both my legs are covered with bites, once again.

Singapore is starting to piss me off a little, far to many people for me. I'm constantly dodging and moving around people. Another issue I have with the place is crossing the road. Some traffic lights take 5 minutes to change, so you're waiting to cross and when you finally cross there's another crossing 50 metres down the road which once again you have wait at. I think it's a ploy by the police to frustrate people so they cross when they shouldn't, then they can fine you for jay-walking, that's my theory anyway.

Went back to the fountain again today at Suntec city but a no- show. Not going to see the biggest fountain in the world in action now. Nevermind, not a big loss.

Went to a bar tonight and had the most expensive beer of my trip so far, could of got completely pissed in Laos for what I paid for one beer tonight. The bar did have a good live band on but still six quid for a beer, ouch!
Thank god I'm going to Malaysia tomorrow, 3 days in Singapore is more than enough. Maybe the mosquito bites have put me in a bad mood today, hence the rant about Singapore. Singapore is a safe clean place and probably a very nice country to live and work. Everything you'd ever really need is so close, but not a place I'd want to live long term.
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starlagurl
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Nice blog on the Singapore zoo
I featured it today on the company blog, check it out! http://blog.travelpod.com

Louise Brown
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