Super Singapore

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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With my Aunty

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was even better than a plane. The seats were leather, folded back horizontally, we had a TV with loads of movies to choose from and waitress service with free food and drinks for the whole 5hr journey. All this for 10$, bargain!

Once we arrived at the border at 2pm we had a little bit of a nightmare. After getting to the Singapore Customs and having our bags scanned we were asked to follow the customs officials into a side room. We didn't know what was going on at first when two guys asked to see my document holder, which had my passport and other bits in. The other bits were two empty bullet cartridges that I had taken from the shooting range at the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam. One of the officials picked up the bullets without even asking me and said "M16, am I correct?", I replied “correct”. He smiled and said that I couldn’t bring this into to Singapore and had the bullets seized. Whilst I was getting talked to by the police, Marie was told that it was illegal, at one point we thought we weren’t going to be allowed into the country.

In the end I was questioned by almost twenty different officials/policemen for about one and half hours to see if my story matched up. I had my passport photocopied five times, I had to give a statement to the Police and had my finger prints taken. All this for two empty used bullets. We were eventually allowed to leave but then realised the bus we were on had gone. We had no money with us, our phone had run out of credit and there weren’t any cash points at the immigration office. We spent time negotiating with another bus driver to take us on his bus. As we didn’t have any Singaporean Dollars it was hard bargaining with them. In the end we managed to get the bus to the centre of Singapore, where we were picked up by my waiting auntie called Braema.

As we only had one full day in Singapore we decided to get the hop on and hop off open tour bus in order to see as much as possible. We left in the morning and by the end of the day we had visited Little India, Chinatown, Marina Bay, the Old Quarter and the busy shopping centre along Orchard Street. Singapore doesn’t look like an Asian country at all. The streets are clean, people walking around in suits, high class shops and restaurants line the streets everywhere.

The next day we took the massive A380 Qantas plane to Sydney and the southern hemisphere for the first time on our world tour. There were individual touch screen TVs with about 100 new movies. We also got a menu with different meals to choose from. To top it off there was the Sky cam, which allows you to view the whole plane as it takes off and land as there is a video camera on the tail. In the end, after watching three films, we didn’t sleep even though we felt extremely tired as we wanted to get the most of the flight, meals and drinks.


Cesta autobusem do Singaporu byla nejlepsi jakou jsme za cele tri mesice meli. Autobus, kterym jsme jeli mel krome tv, dvd, cisnice za darmo jidlo, kozene sedacky i interent. Kdyz jsme nasedli prisli jsme si spise jak v letadle nez v autobuse. Nase pohodlna cesta bohuzel skoncila, kdyz jsme prijeli na hranice se Singaporem.

I kdyz jsem vedeli, ze Singapore je velice striktni stat a je zde zakazno hodne veci, napriklad nesmite zvykat na verejnosti atd nenapadlo nas, ze budem mit takove problemy na hranicich. Kdyz jsem prosli pasovou kontrolou, museli jsme dat nase veci na skan. Ja jsem prosla bez problemu, ale pro Philippa se prisli dva policajti a vzali si ho na vyslech. Ja jsem mohla jit s nim a ukazalo se, ze Philippe mel v jeho dokladech dve pradne nabojnice, ktere si nechal jako pamatku z Cu Chi tunelu ve Vietnamu.

Byli jsme tam skoro hodinu a pul, mezi tim byl Philippe vyslychan asi tak dvaceti ruznymi policajti, jeho pas byl kopirovan tak dvacetkrat, musel jit na otisky prstu a musim rict, ze v jednu chvili jsem si myslela, ze nas ani do Singaporu nepusti. Prisel za mnou jeden z tech policajtu a ptal se me na ty same otazky jako Philippeho asi si zjistoval, jestli to odpovida tomu, co Philippe rekl a pak se na me tak podival a rekl, vite ze to je ilegalni a pasovat zbrane do Singaporu? To jsem si opravdu myslela, ze nas tam nepusti. Ve finale nas pustili a my jsme  mohli pokracovat dal, ale meli jsme dalsi problem. Jednak na nas cekala Philippeho teta na miste, kde nas mel vysadit autobus a za druhe autobus, kterym jsme jeli odjel a my jsem zustali na hranicich. Jednak  jsme nemeli kredit na telefonu tak jsme nemohli dat vedet Ushe, ze budem pozde a take, ze pravdepodobne neprijedem na slibene misto. Museli jsme pozdat jednoho z tech pojicajtu jestli muzem zavolat z jejich telefonu, jelikoz nikde nebyla telefoni budka a za druhe jsme nemeli zadne singaporske dolary a nikde nebyl automat na penize. Ptali jsme se na informacich, kde je neblizsi automat na penize a jak se dostat do mesta, ale bylo nam receno, ze nidke automat na penize neni a musime se zpetat lidi, kteri projizdeji hranicemi, jestli nas nehodi do centra. Jelikoz jsme meli jeste par penez z Malajsie zkuslii jsme ridice autobusu, kteri prijizdeli z Malajsie. Ze zacatku nas nikdo nechtel vzit, ale po chvili jsme jednoho nasli a zaplatili jsme skoro vsemy penezi, ktere jsme meli. Nastesti Philippeho teta nikam nespechala a prijela pro nas na misto, kde jsme vystoupili, mimochodome to bylo uplne na druhe strane mesta nez kam jsme meli prijet.

Singapore je mestky stat, ktery se nechazi na stejnojmennem ostrove a 54 prilehlych ostruvcich. Je to supermoderni mesto a druhy nejvetsi pristav na svete. Je to velice bohate mesto a vsude vidite jak se stavi nove a vesti mrakodrapy. Jelikoz jsme diky F1 meli pouze jeden den v Singaporu rozhodi jsme se, ze si koupime listek na tak zavany hop on a hop off autobus, coz znamenalo, ze jsme jeli po vsech dulezitich pamatkach a mohli jsme vystoupit, kdykoli jsme chteli. Diky tomu jsme projeli cele mesto behem  jednoho dne a navstivili jsme mista jako Padang namesti, kde stoji katedrala sv. Andrewa, radnice, nevyssi soud, parlament a take pamatnik kralovny Viktorie. Zajeli jsme to Cinske ctvrti ci do Male Indiie, hned vedle techto ctvrti se nachazi moderni mrakodrapy a okrasne parky. Vecer jsme zasli na veceri s Philippeho tetou u ktere jsme take spali a druhy den rano jsme vyrazili na letiste, kde nas cekal let do Sydney.
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Comments

tata on

u nearly shot your self in the foot . some countries are so very strict its best not to take anything not in a tourist bag . Any way a good experience for u . A380 trip sounds fantastic .

Jana on

Hi guys,

What happened to your trip to Bali? I though that you were supposed to go there?
Anyway well done to Phill for organising your schedule!! Sorry for your trouble in Singapore.

Take care, jana+matt x

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