Singapore

Trip Start Apr 23, 2007
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Trip End May 17, 2007


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Friday, May 4, 2007

Left Boracay in the morning and flew to clark airport in angeles city about an hr bus ride from manila. we had a couple hrs layover at the airport before our flight to singapore. normally this is no big deal but it became one after we learned that you can't even enter the departure area of the airport until checking-time of our flight and there is no waiting area with ac at the airport. the whole place is just horribly designed and operated. jacob and i don't want to sit around in the heat with our luggage so we decided to go check out downtown angeles city. we hired a cab and he first took us to a small hotel to store our luggages (a trick for travelers if you don't want to go do stuff without carrying around your luggages: pretend you are checking into a hotel, store your luggage with the bell boys, come back after you are done and tell them you are not checking in anymore, give the bell boy some tip, this works especially well in 5-star hotels) and then drove us to the downtown area. we walked to several bars just for the ac, it was early afternoon but there were already a lot of 'working' girls in the bars. there are hardly any patrons at the bar so a lot of them flock to whoever walks in. whoa those are not shy girls. in fact some of them are aggressive to the point of sexually harassing me. i have never been sexually harassed, and now i know what it feels like to be harassed. it doesn't usually happen when you walk into bars to have strange girls just come to you and start touching you and groping your cock. it's weird but to tell you the truth, i kinda like it, i have never had so many strangers (girls) grope my cock consecutively in such a short period of time.

Flew to Singapore from manila (clark) via tiger airways, a discount singaporean airline. They have brand new fleets of airbus 320s. manila to Singapore round trip for usd$160, but they charge for food and drinks on-board though. Instant Ramen noodle available too. Going to Singapore after Manila is like going back to civilization. Everything is so orderly and clean. Don't have to worry about taxi or bus drivers ripping you off because corruption is not quite a problem here and most stuff are very well regulated. I got a chance to meet two of my old high school buddies that I haven't seen in 17 years. It almost feels like back in high school again as we reminisce the old times.  The main focus for the Singapore portion of the trip is food. Naturally we had the Chili crab, razor clams, satays (grilled meat on skewers with peanut dipping sauce), otahs (some sort of spicy shrimp paste grilled in banana leaf), mutton soap, turtle soup, murtabak (Indian pratha thingie with mutton and onions in it), and of course Hainanese chicken rice which is probably my favourite.
 
Stayed at Mandarin marina hotel the first night at marina bay. usd$190 a night. That was pricey but I think almost worth it for a 5star hotel. The hotel claim they have the biggest atrium of any hotel in Asia. Looks cool with the slanted floors but seems like a terrible waste of space and air conditioning efficiency. There is live music playing in the atrium until 1am every night. The second and third day we decided to look for some cheaper hotel. We found a couple near the geylang red light district. They are anywhere from s$25 to s$69 a night and are reasonably clean w/o cockroaches. Being in the redlight district the hotels also rent their rooms for 'transit' purposes....say if you are tired from walking around in high humidity heat and you want to take a rest with your new found friendly companion for an hr or so. I highly recommend the geylang area because the bustling neighborhood is just full of color. Cheap food stalls remains open late (3-4am), and lots of fresh fruit stands where you can pick your tropical fruits of choice and have them cut it and serve it on a sit down table. All the durian stands are also in this neighborhood. There are many different grades of durian with different prices. We tried 2 different grades one being the highest grade according to the fruit stand keeper. It's called the "king of Elvis" and it was expensive at s$12 for probably half of a durian but I liked it a lot more than the cheaper grade. Well I have expensive taste....nothing new there.  In the geylang neighborhood it is really cool to just sit by the café and watch people. It's also fun walking around checking out the redlight district. On a weekend they have literally hundreds of 'working' girls standing around in the 4-5 blocks in the area.     
 
Fun fact for the day: according to the Singapore Zhineng QiGong  society one needs to do 108 pelvis thrusts a day to improve one's health.
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