China's New year celebrations....

Trip Start Nov 16, 2008
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Friday, January 9, 2009

China's New year celebrations....

We arrived in Singapore to the delight of the Chinese new year's celebrations and with our one night and full day we decided to make the most of it...... much to my disappointment (Mike) as I would be quite happy roaming the airport of Singapore....!  Besides, Singapore is just one big shopping mall right??  Luckily the free xbox games were full with real kids so we headed off to book our hotel and sample the sites / shopping malls!!

After arriving at our 4 star hotel (for the price of a travel lodge) we soon headed out for China town, and much to our delight, the start of the Chinese new year celebrations were under way.  China town was just vibrant with market stalls and shops over spilling onto the roads with an array of colours and smells each with distinct shades and flavours.  Our mouths soon were watering and it wasn't long before Misha found the sweet stalls.  What we thought originally we just jellies and boiled sweets turned out to be delicious sweet sensations and explosions in our mouths....  Make note to self to buy some Chinese sweets in China town when back home.  We also ventured into a Chinese cafe (looked like a mini school dinner hall) for some traditional Chinese food and certainly weren't disappointed.  Wonder why the Chinese take aways don't cook it like this back home?

Next day we awoke a little late and went for brunch at a restaurant called Swenson's........ never again!!  Bloody chain restaurants... we should have known better.  The worst food of our holiday by far!!   Only two ways to get rid of those horrible tastes and that is some retail therapy and a Singapore sling at Raffles.  Now... what is all this fuss everyone is making about the famous Singapore sling.  The hotel ok does look quite nice.... the bar....well, it's just another bar only it has loads of monkey nut shells on the floor, and like the Irish bars that have pints of Guinness settling on the shelves behind the bar, Raffles appears to do the same with it's Singapore Slings!!  BUT.....they taste absolute divine!  And at 15 per drink they flaming well should be!! 

In true Misha style, one drink was all it took and we headed out the door to go back to the hotel via a few shopping malls.  Now, if there was one thing you can definitely say about Singapore, it is that it has hundreds of shopping malls.  They seem to stretch back for ever and all pretty much have the same shops inside them.  We must have counted 10 of each brand all in one street.  Talk about overkill.  If it wasn't for all of the Chinese and Japanese tourists, many of them would have gone out of business.  Hasten to say we didn't actually buy a single thing!

One thing you can definitely say about Singapore is that it is very clean and very ordered.  Even the people all seem to look the same.  No distinct out-landish styles, no chavs, no plebs or geeks, no trendies or retros... just normal people.  Maybe we caught it on an off day but even the cars weren't beeping their horns if you stepped out in front of them (saved Misha's life twice).

There is actually loads more you can do here like go to the night safari or the Zoo during the day, take a ride on the Big wheel (like the London eye only they say it is the biggest in the world) visit some of the temples and museums, Botanical gardens etc.... and why didn't we do any of them....no idea....!  Nothing really seemed to inspire us or stand out to us!   Besides.... it's our honeymoon and if we want to be lazy in one of the countries we visit... then we shall!!  :-)

We did get to the airport about 6 hours before our flight......I'm telling you this Singapore airport is just so damn cool..... those of you that have been here will know what I mean! haha  ;-)
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