Singapore without the sling

Trip Start Nov 12, 2012
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Friday, January 25, 2013

I arrived in Singapore knowing it mainly as the stopover location for most flights to Australia so I was pleasantly surprised to find a bustling multicultural city. I spent my first few days in the old heritage part of the city – Joo Chiat – where I wandered around, went to the cinema and generally people watched in this hot and sticky city.

I ventured out to the Botanic gardens where I lay in the sunshine listening to the birds amongst the stillness of the gardens…….which was then completely shattered by an Adele song BLASTING out over a PA system in the grandstand area! They were checking the sound system for a concert that night and played the song over and over and over again. I finally left in disgust after 10 minutes. 

I then moved to another hostel near the Little India area of the city to get a different view of the city. Although the room had 28 people in it each one had a separate "pod" type bed with own lights, safe and luggage storage. Unfortunately what each pod didn't have was a curtain across the entrance! My pod was facing 2 double beds making it very awkward for them and me. However I used my trusty duct tape and my towel and instantly I had a curtain! I then embarked on a tourist frenzy visiting the Singapore Flyer (a large revolving wheel) which overlooked part of the Grand Prix racing track, an open top bus tour and then a boat tour of the marina area.

Another day it was a visit to the wonderful Singapore Zoo where a baby orang-utan nearly brained me with his lunch of branches which he dropped just where I had been standing moments earlier.

It was the lead up to the Chinese New Year celebrations so the city was buzzing with people shopping for their family arriving and the partying to begin. So there were a lot of symbols around the city. 2013 is the year of the Snake (same as the year I was born). Lots of eating and cooking to be done. One pork shop had queues out the door and along the pavement so I assume it’s the best place in town for spare ribs!

Went to the cinema quite a few times as it was at least a 5 hour journey in Sri Lanka to get from the house to the nearest cinema in Colombo! So not really viable, but in Singapore there were a lot of cinemas and at 5 a time quite reasonable for a traveller. PLUS it had air conditioning which was always a bonus – except of course when I had to take in a sarong as it was TOO cold inside.

Anyway, I head back to Singapore on 5th March for a few days until I decide what to do in Malaysia. So plenty of time to check out other things that Singapore has to offer.
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Ginge on

Looks like you are continuing to have an amazing time and are no doubt making everyone extremely jealous back home.

Pics are fab. You're not going to want to come back!

Julia on

Thanks for all your updates and the photos of Singapore brings back lots of great memories. You must go to Sentosa, go via the cable car fantasic views we saw the most spectacular thunder storm there too but avoid the "tamed" performing Dolpins. Enjoy.
Love Julia

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