Where have my muscles gone?

Trip Start Nov 03, 2006
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Finally on my own, I flew to Singapore yesterday. The airport is fantastic with information and help readily available in logical places and public transport within about 20 mins of the centre. I had already booked my hostel that had been highly recommended in a lonely planet....... I booked a girl only dorm with 8 beds and ended up in a mixed dorm with 32 beds. Not great but its only 2 nights and totally costing 12 GBP, (2 nights without sleep!) Everyone is friendly, mixture of ages, but mostly younger or older than me.

As soon as I put my bags down I went straight out to explore, with my trusty compass. I walked for about 3 hours from the hostel to the marina and Esplanade, then back again. Singapore is clean, safe and heaving with bars, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and shopping malls. It feels great to be on my own and to blend in with the crowd (unlike in Cambodia etc). This morning my legs were sore from not having been used for so long, but I still went out by foot again. The weather is about 27 degrees and sunny, great for sightseeing. The area I am staying in is Little India and has lots of curry houses, temples, Indian shops. (i cant get away from Buddha, there are shops full of tacky plastic ones in gold and red!)There is also a China town and a Colonial district from around the 19th century (Raffles etc). Orchard road is the Regent Street of Singapore and is highly decorated for Xmas. I have seen 30ft pink plastic trees, fake snow, Xmas floats etc and it all seems so weird in this heat! The lights are amazing.

I didnt stop to buy, except for my fridge magnet, but walked the whole length until I reached the Botanical gardens where I had a picnic. ( I learnt today that there are a thousand varieties of Ginger and that bananas belong to the ginger family!! There was a whole Ginger village in the gardens and not one gift shop sold my favourite chocolate gingers!) On the way back i tried to find some traditional Singaporian food for dinner, but as there is a huge mostly Chinese, Malay and Indian population, the tradition is fusion cuisine. I was happy with that. (This morning I even brought a touch of classy English fusion cooking to the hostel by making egg and soldiers for a girl from Taiwan.)

Tonight I am going to sample the famous Singapore sling cocktail that was created by a barman in Raffles over a hundred years ago, (thanks Alexia and Cheers!) I take this task seriously and have tested a few of these in Vietnam in preparation.

Overnight flight to Auckland tomorrow!!! Have booked a hostel on recommendation from my parents, have since found out from someone who has stayed there, that it is next to a strip joint... makes a change from the normal temples I suppose!
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jennybat
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Hi Molehole
Charlie and I have been catching up on all your travel news (don't tell work). We think you should turn it into a best selling book, really well written and entertaining. Take care

All our love
Jenny B and Charlie P
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