Singapore

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Left Kuala Lumpur at 1.30pm,got on bus for 5 hour ride down to Singapore and hopped off bus at Johor Baru,through customs and back onto another bus other side of the border.Got talking to a student from Cardiff who'd studied in Singapore for 2years and had booked a hostel on the internet not far from where bus was dropping us and after not having a clue where to go decided to follow him.

Arrived at "sleepy Sams" hostel,a real posh chill out hostel with dorms and tv lounge for 25singapore dollars a night.Way more than I'd paid so far,but heard Sinapore really expensive compared to the rest of Asia so plumped for it.Met a girl coming out of the shower (wahey!) Tyler from St Albans,London and asked if i knew where to go for food and decided to head off to Little India together to get some food and after getting lost ended up sat in an Indian restaurant just like a Friday night back home!Got up next day and walked down town to Raffles Hotel and to local shopping malls, Raffles an old colonial hotel but wouldnt let me in wearing shorts!Walked down to Orchard road,a street full of boutiques and massive shopping plazas with shops like Quiksilver,Prada,Armani and anything you could think of!Prices not that much cheaper than england but managed to buy a card reader and memory card for the camera for 40quid altogether which wasnt bad!Figured out how to use the MRT monorail/underground train and spent next couple of days zipping around the city to different shops looking for a watch as had just about managed to survive 3months with no watch but thought id make most of choice in Singapore!
Next night decided to go out and hit the bars with Tyler and Tom,another lad staying at the hostel just arrived from Australia.Headed to the Ministry Of Sound wearing jeans,shirt and birky sandals as had no other shoes to wear and heard they were funny about no flip flops.Got refused at the door and told that there was a 24hour shopping centre nearby so after thinking was it worth it,headed in a mad taxi dash with Tyler and Tom to the mustapha shopping centre-a massive place open even on Xmas! Ran in and asked the indian fella for his cheapest pair of size 10's!Got a lovely pair of BROWN slip ons for 6quid!hmmmmm nice to go with the white shirt and blue jeans!Bundled them up,chucked the flip flops behind the counter and made it into the ministry!Wouldnt have minded but theyd have let me in wearing shorts and trainers as long as my feet were covered!Spent few hours in ministry dancing to old school tracks and got bought a drink by a really weird kiwi fella who was telling me how he was in the SAS in New Zealand etc so managed to lose him soon as i could!Got back home eventually and hit the hay,Tyler and Tom moved onto Malaysia next morning.Flight to Bali not until 7pm so spent last afternoon lazing round,finally bought Fossil watch id been eyeing up for 40quid then went to DHL hot air balloon in the park,a balloon highered and lowered by wire cord 10minutes up in the air for 7quid.
Hollow circle balloon which could see through the middle and everyone stood round edge of cage as it went up,got really high when he told us we were half way!Above tallest buildings in Singapore with cracking views of the city but started to crap myself when everyone moved to one side and the wind took us making the ballon sway from side to side pretty urgently!
Made it down in one piece and caught the MRT to Changi Airport to get the flight at 7pm to Bali
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