Thursday went to Little India, which definitely wasn’t little
. Biggest little India area I’ve seen. Loads of colour as usual and popped into various shops. There is a small complex and had some chicken tikka. Nice. Walked over to Orchard road which is a very long road, full of shopping malls; shopping mall after shopping mall. Singapore Mall is the country's full name. After the long walk headed back to the hostel for a nap before a pub crawl in the evening. Went to 4 bars and a club in the boat quay and Clarke quay areas. Was a good group of people and was a good night. Very well organized and well done crawl as the guys just started doing it a few months ago.
Next day went to Sentosa Island which is connected to Singapore mainland by a ~800m boardwalk. Sentosa has a Universal Studios, shows, bars, restaurants, parks, beaches and adventure activities. Had a walk along the man-made beach, sand wasn’t very soft but still better than southend on sea's rocks. One of the beaches was really nice and had a snooze there, before walking to the most southerly point of the Asian mainland. Went on a luge ride down a circuit. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Skyride going up was a bit flimsy, with some flimsy net at the bottom. After the luge went and found a palm tree to sit under for a bit, as it was about 35C. Sitting under the mango tree my baby and me. There was a massive merlion statue (half fish and half lion) which had lasers shooting out of its eyes at night
. Went back to the southern point to watch the sunset, before having a drink and listening to some jazz on the beach. (No James stop what you’re thinking right now, or another hidden message will appear, so stop it). I reckon I could write jazz - Doby, doby, doby you will not harm harry potter, boo, boo, boo where is my picnic basket, doo, doo, doo, Scooby dooby doo. See easy. Watched a crane light/water show, which was out of this world, amazing. Two large cranes which represented birds and then they told a story of how they went from machine to being real. Look at the pics as words don’t do it justice, the mechanics and story was incredible. Then watched a water show at the lake of dreams which was good in its own right. A lot of walking in the day but really liked the island defo worth a day here if you visit Singapore.
Early start to the day as was off to the zoo, started off by having breakfast with Orangutans. Saw a jaguar, lion, baboons (one went ape shit when another one touched its food), various monkeys, plus your standard zoo animals. I didn’t go to the Australia area. One thing it did have which I hadn’t seen before was White Tigers. Gorgeous creatures but still prefer the look of the standard ones. Racist? Not so much. Came back to the city and had lunch in Chinatown before going to softel building with hostel mate which we thought was the highest building in Singapore for a drink
. Its Singapore national day in August so there was a practice off the show going on. Where we were sitting you could see the show and in addition saw fighter jets and paragliders. We met princess Leia there who said this was the 2nd largest building in Singapore, so the plan was to go to the three highest bars in Singapore. The 3rd being the "Boat" on the Sands. We met up with a few others from the hostel and pub crawl and made our way to the waterfront to watch the fireworks. These were also practice for the national day, so were absolutely spectacular. One of the guys we were with was here to see the band stone roses, and as we were walking he saw the band and got a pic with them. We thought they were his mates so we stepped away and didn’t meet them at that point. We then went up to the "boat" and was a great view of the city. There we saw Ian Brown again (the bands vocalist), and this time talked to him. Was good enough to take a pic, had a bit of banter, and he was good enough to say bye to us when he left. Fair play to the lad. Then made our way to raffles food court for some food which went through me like a sieve. After this we went to the highest bar in Singapore, one ruffles place. Great view of the city and it was time to party. Woooooo. 3 towers crawl it was christened.
A bit of a lay in before a trip to Indonesia. 45 mins by ferry thought it rude not and come and say hello. Went to the island of Batam and the harbour bay area. Was like being in Bangkok again, didn’t see one traffic light, got asked for a taxi ride 75 times in 20 mins. Went to a few malls (very run down) and had a general walk around. Not much to see too be honest so headed back to Singapore. A large security presence I noted as well in Batam. Had a walk in the garden by the bay, which is beautiful but massive so walked as much as I could as legs were getting tired. Then walked back to the hostel along the river, which was a nice way to finish my trip in Singapore as saw a lot of the sights again that I visited over the last few days.
First day in Singapore and walked over to the Singapore flyer (bigger London eye). Not much in the area to be honest as that is where the grand prix is run from and a lot of the street circuit is left as is. Not having a car, I had a little run along the grid area. First impressions were that it was very clean and people here were really friendly and polite. Also first thing I saw was what looked like a boat on top of three buildings, I did a double take and I wasn't hallucinating. I walked over to the structure which is located on the marina bay, the marina bay sands has the biggest mall I have seen. The KL ones are tiny in comparison. There is a casino, a river, hotel and a lotttt of shops in the complex. I watched the light/water show from marina bay in front on the complex. Was nicely done, got to love Louis Armstrong.