Trip Start Feb 10, 2011
15Trip End Jul 29, 2011
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I arrived early on Saturday morning to Singapore's beautiful airport, had another wild goose chase as I couldn't work out where my pre-booked airport bus left from, a trolley man pointed me in the right direction and spoke to some very helpful ladies at the Help Desk then got the bus. I was the only person on the bus, to be fair it was more of a minibus, the driver was hilarious though! He was asking all about England and thought I was too young to be doing such a big trip on my own LOL
Right I've gota go for dinner now but will continue when I get back...
I was exhausted from the 2 long flights and very little sleep, wasn't allowed up to the dorm until 12 lunchtime and it was currently 8am, I spoke to a few people and had a shower
The markets were crowded and everything was written in Chinese, it was all a bit much for me and I felt really scared! I went back to the hostel on my own and fell asleep for 5 hours!
Later that evening, I met some English boys: Sam and James from London. It was really nice to hear some familiar voices and I find English people are the easiest to talk to and they're nice and homely so they were great company! We went for a walk in the evening, we walked to the marina and got some nice dinner at a food stall
Had the most awful night's sleep as I'd had a 5 hour nap! I lay awake in the dark just thinking about Mum, Dad and Rich and what they were doing, it would be daytime back in the UK and I felt really sad. Got up in the morning and went downstairs where I met Katie and Alicia and had some brekkie (free brekkie at the hostel!) and I just burst out crying! It was very embarrassing! But sometimes you just need to let it out and let someone cuddle you. When you're ALONE on the other side of the world it's really scary and I needed some looking after! Alicia said I would get used to be away and that her and Katie would take me shopping to cheer me up!
That day I went to Sentosa Island with the boys, it was awesome! It's themed beautifully with fountains and decorations and music playing, it was like going to a theme park without the rides! There was some sort of flower festival going on so there were all sorts of pretty pictures made up of flowers. At the far end of the island there were Segways!! So me and James went for it and it's the most fun I've ever had, we bombed it along the dirt track! Then we walked to the beach and chilled out there for a beach and went up a tower at the 'Southern-most point of continental Asia' and saw hundreds of cargo boats out at sea! We got lunch and headed back, I did some shopping with the girls and met them at VivoCity shopping mall.
In the evening, a group of us went to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling cocktail
The next day I had originally planned to go to Universal Studios with the girls but it was very expensive and didn't think it was worth doing for a day. So I rocked up at breakfast and started chatting to 2 girls: one Scottish and one Australian, Lesley and Anna who had met each other on a tour from Bangkok to Singapore, I went on a river cruise with them at Clarke Quay. It was nice, I've always loved boats! I just felt really sad again but the girls were really nice to me. I went back to the hostel to have a little chill-out and read some book. I met some absolutely lovely Filipinos! The nicest people I've ever met - a lady called Esther with her son Miggs and niece Kari, they knew I was feeling homesick and really took care of me, I felt like part of their family, they really included me and were asking me lots about life in England. We went for dinner then went for a drink at Clarke Quay.
The day after was the best day of my trip! I went on a 5 hour scooter tour of the city arranged by the hostel and it was free! I was with a really nice friendly group, I had so much fun flying through the streets of Singapore taking in the sights and people without a care in the world! Had a little bell on my scooter which I rang if any people were in my way! We had little stops frequently and the tour guide told us about the different areas, the culture and religion and funny facts along the way! I spent most of my time on the tour with Dave from Blackpool who I got on really well with.
On my last day, just went shopping all day to the little markets with Anna, who I went on the river cruise with. Got some amazing travelling trousers which are pretty crazy, lightweight and baggy and I've been wearing them for the last 3 days, also bought a bracelet and a day bag. Also went to Sim Lim Tower - Singapore is famous for it's cheap electricals and this tower had 6 stories of just electrical shops :O wanted some new ipod earphones, unfortunately didn't really know anything about earphones - could have done with Rich's expertise here! I ended going for the view that I have no idea, there's probably no difference so I'll just get some dirt cheap ones for 2.50 GBP - error! They are awful, I'd rather have tin cans on my ears, oops so they'll be going in the bin! That night went to a nightclub in Clarke Quay where it was Ladies Night - free entry and 2 free drinks, boom! Had a great night with Anna and the Filipinos :)
Next day was time for Jakarta!