Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
52Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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There's a restaurant called Handlebars...a biker bar. The bar seats are old motorbike seats, the bathroom door handles are pistols....if you order a blended drink, they bring a gas powered blender right to your table and fire it up! It's a homemade rig...loud...but awesome!
We went to Orchard Road...where you can find Louis Vutton, Prada, Gucci, and any other expensive stores all in one mall....Ion. Orchard Road was amazing! The Christmas spirit and decor in Singapore is fantastic! Far more than at home. The streets were filled with lights and extra large Christmas trees, street performers were everywhere, vendors selling ice cream...it was a great night!
Christmas Eve....we took Sara to Gulliver's Travels (the most terrible movie ever made)...5 thumbs down! Then my Uncle and Tak took us to Brazil...a buffet restaurant...Brazil style! The food was incredible!...they had a huge selection of salads, rice dishes, vegetables...everything
Christmas Day....what more can you ask for?? We woke up and watched Sara open presents. Jay and I took a walk and enjoyed the beautiful weather...28 degrees on Christmas Day! Later in the afternoon, a couple of my Uncle's friends came over for dinner. We went out to one of the BBQ pits and cooked some chicken and beef skewers. We also had a huge selection of Sushi! I made Potato Salad and it was a perfect day....then it struck....thunder, lightning, rain...haha...imagine that...a thunder and lightning storm on Christmas Day! It was great! In the evening, it had stopped raining, so Jay and I went back down to Orchard Road...they had the road closed off and the most beautiful and amazing floats from a parade were displayed. As soon as we got off the MRT, it started to poor! The event was to continue until 1am...however, we had only walked 5 minutes in the pouring rain...since we weren't going to let the rain ruin our Christmas Evening plans!...and the police were yelling at us to get off the road...it was closing! It was only 10pm!! So much for that...so we hopped back on the MRT and went down to Clarke Quay. It wasn't raining there, so we walked around and enjoyed the festivities
On the 27th, we went to the Singapore Zoo! After an hour and a half of MRT and bus, we finally made it! What a fantastic zoo! It was smaller than expected..only took about 4 or 5 hours to walk around, but it is so unique. A definite "must see" in Singapore! The animals are so close and for the most part, free ranging! The orangatans hang just above your head, you can nearly reach out and touch the Lemurs and bats and mousedeer if you dare! It was unbelievable! We enjoyed every aspect of it. In the evening, we went to the night safari...thinking it was just a tram ride around the park to see the animals, we thought it would be a good idea to do the zoo and the night safari in the same day....we were wrong!! After walking all day at the zoo, we had to walk all night at the night Safari!! But it was worth it! The Night Safari is a zoo...but at night. The animals are all awake and prowling around...searching for prey. You can walk through different trails and view the animals up close. The African Hyenas were scary! They were big and they just stared at the people...mmm...dinner...mmmm...haha. We soon understoond why! As were were standing there, the zookeeper says to us...you may want to back up so we don't splash blood on you....umm..okay...haha. They were feeding them...by throwing chunks of meat right from where the people are standing
We ended up catching the very last train back home...we stepped off the train, and 30 seconds later they turned the lights off in the station!! So there we are, no lights, trying to find our way out of the MRT station!!
Little India is amazing too! So many people...men everywhere...no women, just men out and about. They all socialize in the parks, or stand outside the video stores watching movies! The food is fantasticly delicious and the people are incredibly friendly! Chinatown is more touristy..full of souviner shops...but the architecture of the old historical buildings is beautiful! They have preserved them nicely.
New Year's Eve - WOW! For $40 Singapore dollars each, we bought tickets to the Float at Marina Bay...usually a soccer field, but converted to the biggest dance party and concert of the year. The Float is actually floating in Marina Bay. There were over 20,000 large spheres that people wrote wishes on floating in the bay....with lights turning them colors every few minutes
The next couple days were spent dogsitting and trying to get Jay's passport renewed and our visas for India. First, we went to the Canadian Embassy to apply for a new passport, since his will expire only 5 months after our return from India...so we'd have to return to Canada. Your passport must have 6 months of validity on it in order to enter any other country than your home country. However, after lengthy discussions with the officer, he advised that Canada would not renew the passport because there are still a couple useable months on it!! His advise to us was....this is true advice....he said that we should try to do it when we are in Thailand....yup, Thailand. He advised that we should drop off Jay's passport in Bangkok, then travel around Thailand...without a passport...for the 15 days that it takes for the passport to be renewed!! I couldn't believe that a Canadian representative was advising us to travel around Thailand without a passport...umm..what if we get into some sort of trouble...with no valid ID...scary
Okay, fine...no new passport...we'll just get our visas for India and deal with it in India. So after some e-mails and phone calls to the High Commission of India, we were advised to go in person to apply. The catch is that you need to apply for a visa to India from your HOME country. They won't issue them to tourists!! But...they advised, that if we went in person, they may make an exception for us. So off we go! Everything we need in hand....finally number 423...our turn! We go into the Interview room with the officer and explain the situation. He listens, without saying a word....then I say...so, we are hoping that we will be able to apply for our visas here, since we won't be in Canada for one year. He says, with no hesitation....NO. NO??!!! What??!! really??...but we won't be in Canada for a year! He says...How do I know that you won't be in Canada for a year?...I'm baffled by his question and don't know how to answer...lol. So his advise to us is....well, you should try when you are in Thailand!!! Seriously people...what is with everyone wanting us to travel around Thailand with no passports!....so another big....DENIED!!
So, now we don't know what we can do. Bangkok also says they don't issue visas to tourists...however, they do advise that we can pay for it and try, but if it doesn't get issued, we don't get our money back!...haha..of course! So we may not make it to India as planned!
Tomorrow we go to....UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!! Yipee!! It just opened in Singapore about 5 months ago I think...so excited! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!