Last day in Singapore

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
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Trip End Feb 07, 2007


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Friday, April 14, 2006

Although the rain clouds loomed overhead we still decided to go to Sentosa - as it happened it was the right decision as it only spat with rain in the end.
We got the MRT (praise be to the MRT!) down to the Harbourfront and then hopped in a taxi to Sentosa. It turned out that there was a free bus directly opposite the MRT station but we somehow missed it. The cable car was also out of order which saved John the humiliation of crying if I tried to make him go on it!

We headed straight for Underwater World when we got to Sentosa. Sentosa is a man made island with loads of tourist attractions on it including a butterfly park, golf course, gardens etc. With our ticket to the aquarium we were given access to the Dolphin Lagoon. The aquarium was quite small but was still quite cool as it had some species that we haven't seen in the ones in Britain, such as the Dugong, which sailors used to mistake for mermaids (did you ever get that in your sea-faring days Geoff?), and of course, there were some cool sharks! Unfortunatley, to spoil it all there was a man standing outside with a python around his neck trying to get people to hold it. I took as big a diversion as I could to avoid him. A very wise decision on my part, I thought.
When we had seen all there was to see in Underwaterworld we headed off to the Dolphin Lagoon. We were just in time to see a show (just in time because we took a detour on one of the beaches and had a paddle in the sea) so we took a seat and were entertained by the wierdest looking dolphins I have ever seen. The tricks were goog; jumping through hoops, kissing small children etc, but I couldn't get over the fact that the dolphins looked like burn victims. They were pink with some brownish patches on them. Personally I would have felt more comfortable if they had been the traditional blue-grey colour. Not meaning to sound racialist or anything, innit!
When the dolphin show was over we looked for the orchid garden as I wanted some pretty pictures to put on our website. It was tricky to find but was a lovely, relaxing place, full of loads of varieties of orchids. We came across some ultra greedy Koi in the gardens who were literally climbing out of the water to snatch the feed from our hands. They were almost more entertaining than the dolphins!

Afte all the excitement with the Koi , we decided to get the free bus (which we had now found) back to the MRT station. We got off the bus and were attracted by a really vool food market where we ate nice spicy noodles for lunch. Felling tired and full, we headed home.

John had a nap while I updated the blog (despite the sound of it, it is a team effort, this is me - John - typing this up, writing about myself in the third person... madness can't be far away!) and then headed across the river to find Raffles after our previous failed attempt. We found it pretty easilt this time and nipped in for the obligitory Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. It was very nice inside and the whole place had that old Colonial style. The only thing we were uncomfortable with was the free peanuts. It is tradition to chuck the empty shells on the floor. This beautiful bar was rather spoiled by the fact that it looked like the PG Tips chimps had had an all night peanut bender there and not bothered to clear up. Not for the first time we were stunned at what a strange place the world is.

The rest of our adventures in Singapore consist mainly of seeping and getting to the airport so no need to fill you in there.
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