Smiles and Satay in Singapore

Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
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Trip End May 07, 2010


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

They say some people love Singapore and some people hate it. But I say, what's not to love? So what if the shopping streets are lined with vast, vulgar temples to designers labels? And the characterless bars are filled with expats? You don't have to go to them. I say Singapore is fab, for two reasons, Firstly, everyone here is so darn nice. Friendly, friendly, smiles all round, couldn't be nicer. And secondly, they're all about the food. On the first night here, we visited a hawker centre where we stuffed ourselves silly on the tasiest satay, noodles and whatnots we've ever had. A groaning table of yummy food all for about a tenner. I like Singapore. Nuff said. Who's for another satay?

(Kath)

I was tapping kath's head in excitement as I was about to purchase a giant foam finger when Kath reminded me of the local customs in South East Asia....pointing at people and tapping their heads is considered rude. Anyway, Singapore was great. And so was the Hyatt. Once again being upgraded to a small suite and having access to their club lounge was tremendous. Also, did I mention the pool? Unlike the scum-infested chav fest at Club Crocodile, this place was the exact opposite. Tranquil, civilised with outdoor four poster beds next to the pool.

Our first night at a Hawker (food) market in the Newton area of the city was great. Being pretty much the only westerners there, we looked like easy prey to the stall owners who each approached us to convince us to buy from their food stalls. However, determined not to walk into traps we decided to wander aimlessly around until we saw a notice board with some very revealing information. Each stall is graded from A to E depending on level of cleanliness. Being generally overcautious when it comes to food, this narrowed down our choice considerably. Eventually we settled upon some fantastic noodles and chicken satay skewers (never has so many of these been consumed by so few).

Another highlight was a busy river area where we came across some great 'cordless remote controlled' kites (see video). We visited a small island off Singapore called Sentosa, which was just odd and too much like a theme-park. For a Norwegian it is odd to see people climbing a hill (one of the Sentosa to-dos) through a series of escalators. 
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