Denied, Denied.....DENIED!

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Carribean Residences

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Monday, January 3, 2011

So we arrived in Singapore around 2am...on our $0 Tiger Airways flight...yup! $0...only paid the taxes and for our baggage...so total of $50 each...can't complain. My little cousin, Sara, is a great tour guide and was very excited to give us a tour of the Carribean Residences and surrounding area first thing in the morning. She walked us around and showed us the 7 different pools, all the BBQ pits, the tennis courts, basketball court, and the 7-11....oh, and the clubhouse...haha. The apartment is located directly across the marina, so looking out the balcony we see all the enormous yachts. No better place to recuperate! The first couple days were spent relaxing and getting used to the area. We visited Clarke Quay, located on the river, and enjoyed some "real" nachos at Hooters. Clarke Quay is an interesting location for people watching and nightlife. There is one restaurant/louge called the Clinic....your drinks come in IV bags and you sit in wheelchairs...all the waitresses are dressed in nurses outfits! It's fun! There are ice cream vendors all up and down the walkways...just torturing me! I can't have dairy products for a couple weeks at least...doctor's orders!..ugh...lol. Jay and I had to do some last minute Christmas shopping so we spent some time at the malls, getting lost and frustrated with the million other people doing their Christmas shopping too.

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! Also, the "meat waiters" come around with roasting skewers full of different meats...every cut of beef imaginable, chicken, fish, pork, even roasted pineapple (which is now one of my favorite things). It was fantastic! Highly recommended!

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. Had a Blackberry Sangria at a Tapas Bar and enjoyed the rest of our Tropical Christmas!

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! So of course they think we are dinner!! lol. After the walks, we rode the tram around another area. There are no fences for the animals, elephants, rhinos, everything...just in a natural environment...amazing!

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. We watched a 5 hour concert full of different performances...dances, singing, pole dancing!...then at midnight came the fireworks!! WOW! 8 minutes of non-stop fireworks...none of this "one at a time" stuff like Sherwood Park...it was continuous and synched to music! By far the best New Years we have had...and our first one as husband and wife! Definitely memorable! On the way out, we got stuck in a human traffic jam...no way out...there were barracade fences and police patroling...nothing you could do but wait and try not to panic...haha. It lasted about 45 minutes before we finally got through and to the MRT station! By then, we were starved...so our first meal of 2011 was....Apple Pies from McDonalds! mmm...haha...it was the only thing open between the MRT and home...and it was rockin'! The music was blasted, there were tons of people....party at McDonalds!

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. We told him we'd rather travel around Singapore for 15 days without a passport, but he still gave us a big....DENIED!

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!
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jayandbri
jayandbri on

Hey everyone, we just posted a video on youtube of the fireworks we watched here in Singapore! We watched them from The Float @ Marina Bay. Pretty impressive fireworks display. If you want to see how Singapore does up their fireworks take a look at this youtube link; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7JLxd0Q1fg

william on

hey what's up you two ? hehehe still remember me? looks like ur holidays very colorful hahha .

Steve (the fellow Canadian you met at Telunas) on

Hi guys, hope your time at Telunas is enjoyable and that the rain somehow stays away. It's been very rainy in Singapore ever since we got back. Happy travels!

jayandbri
jayandbri on

William! Hey how are you?? Hope all is well and you are doing great in Mandarin class. Bri and I wish we were there with you......we miss Taiwan!

Yah you could say we have had a couple of colourful moments! The time spent in the hospital a little more colourful than I would like to see.

Keep in touch. Talk to you soon William!

jayandbri
jayandbri on

Hey Steve!

It was great talking to you at the Telunas Beach Resort....sure is a small world isn't it!!?? The weather didn't cooperate fully but what an amazing place.....rain or not couldn't help but enjoy it.

It was a pleasure meeting you and your family, take care and hopefully we can run into each other on our travels again soon!

Regards,

Jay and Bri

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