Singapore

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
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Trip End Mar 29, 2008


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Grand Plaza Parkroyal

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Well it's 4:15 am...might as well walk the city right? Right! I headed to the waterfront to get some night pics and reflection shots. 4:30am...everything is not ok...the humidity is killing my camera....it's totally fogged up and everytime I clean it it comes right back...this cannot be happening...well it is...sucks for me...by 5am I'm back at the hotel talking to myself...get a grip Rod...get a grip....I can't though...The water could not have been more still and the buildings could not of had more lights on to make it any more perfect for photos..

Waited for some camera shops to open up near the hotel and ask for advice on my lens problem, which they just said to wipe it off...well I knew that...Just something I have to deal with till I get home I guess. It was now time to board the train and head to North Singapore around the Woodlands. Here we would catch a local bus and walk the causeway and have lunch in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The train from the City Hall stop to Woodland took about 45 minutes and cost a little under $3 (Singapore) a piece.

The bus stop was about a 3 minute walk from the train at the Woodlands stop. We hopped on bus 911 for the 7 minute ride to the checkpoint which ran 1.50 Singapore dollars. The checkpoint building was huge, it had about 8 stories with many halls and corridors to follow. We finally arrived at immigration were it was the first time I ever had a laser scan of my thumb print taken. After clearing immigration we were well on our way to Malaysia. It was about a 15 minute walk across the causeway before arriving at the border.

It was a much different place here compared to Singapore. The immigration are had a few fans inside..mainly blowing air on the workers. No A/C here..It was a long sweaty wait before we cleared. It has now been 3 hours since we left Singapore...much longer than we had planned. The long tunnel was also much different than Singapore, there was several homeless people and beggars inside with the smell of urine, and trash lining the ends of the walkway.

After getting outside, there were many aggresive taxi drivers and others that wanted to "help" you. We just kept walking east towards the shopping mall. All we wanted to do here was have lunch, but it didn't help that we didn't have and Malaysian money. We would have to find a place that took VISA. That leaves the local area out of it. The mall wasn't real exciting either, but they did have have a couple eateries where we could get a quick lunch and start heading back to Singapore. We found a chicken place...but the service was very slow. By the time our food arrived we were ready to head back to Singapore. We did do a little more window shopping before walking back towards the causeway. I can now say I've been to Malaysia, but Johor Bahru is not a good benchmark on judging the country.

On the walk back all I could think about was the Chili & Black Pepper Crab we were going to have that night. After the bus and train back, we freshened up at the room before walking to the waterfront for our crab. We decided to eat at Jumbo Seafood for our crab feed. We started the meal with a jug of Tiger Beer and our crab arrived within 15 minutes. We ordered chili and black pepper crab so we could try both. We liked the Chili Crab the best, as the black pepper crab just mainly tasted of pepper with a hint of crab. The chili crab gets messy, but very much worth it!

Even though it was 8:30pm it was still very warm out, but a good night for a walk. We headed down the the riverwalk and stopped at a park to watch some remote control neon spaceships. There were about 5 different "ships" tracking across the sky. The waterfront here is a beautiful clean place loaded with bars, restaurants and rides. We never did a river tour here, but it also looked like a good way to see the area. If you fly Singapore Airlines you can get a free cruise on the Singapore Stopover pass.
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