New Year in Singapore!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2011

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 88-92

So we arrived in Singapore from Melaka without any problems. The border crossing was straight forward, we even got a Malaysia badge for taking part in a survey! The things we noticed about Singapore was how clean it was! Chewing gum is banned.
We had booked two months previously for a hostel as it was New Year. After being dropped off at the bus depot we walked to the hostel which took about 15 mins. It was just on the outskirts of Little India and a short ride on  the MRT (underground) to the city centre. The hostel was fairly nice pretty much what we had expected, free breakfast, hot shower and private room, but don’t get too excited guys, there was no window in our room.
One of the major tourist attractions we wanted to do was the Singapore Zoo. We had heard that the night safari was excellent but we were tempted by a Jungle breakfast where you could watch Orangatans  while you eat. We chose the later option and a tour of the zoo in the day.
Like true English tourists we were there 45 minutes early to get the best seat in the house, right next to the orangatans. In actual fact we were the first in the zoo. Now, as we have been eating mostly asian food for three months we were excited at the opportunity to eat as much as we wanted at this breakfast buffet. We had a full breakfast followed by muffins, fresh fruit, pancakes and not forgetting the CHEESE! We did feel and look a bit piggy but who cares were on holiday! Whoop Whoop! The orangatans were fantastic, we had never seen them so close before (See pics).
After the breakfast we did the tour of the Zoo which,  we have to say surpassed our expectations.
Other attractions we saw in Singapore were the  Singapore Flyer  (the London Eye equivalent, and is the largest wheel in the world), which had wonderous views over the city at night time. Raffles where you can buy a Singapore Sling ($25, not on our budget thanks), and the city Marina where we saw the New Years fireworks (see pics and video). The fireworks were fantastic, you could hear from the crowd the ohh, and ahh’s. The bad bit was getting back to the hostel as we had to take the MRT, an expensive taxi or a long walk. We chose the MRT , it took 1 hours and everybody was squashed like sardines (see pic). It was worst than London. All in all though we are glad that we went and the Vodka in the hip-flask helped too ;)

We did find Singapore quite expensive, mostly for accommodation but there were some bargains. As it was New Year there the sales were on. Danny brought some new running shorts and top, Emma approved of this buy to get the old smelly running wear in the bin. Emma treated herself to new flip flops as the ones Sandie and Steve brought unfortunately were on their last legs.

The day came when we had to leave S.E.Asia so we caught the MRT to the Airport, browsed the duty-free and got ready for our next adventure in New Zealand.

Incase your wondering why is Danny holding a shield and spear at the Singapore Zoo, he was picked out of hundreds of people to dance. Danny can't dance!
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