City Slingers

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
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Trip End Sep 07, 2006


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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Hi Everone,

Got a flight from Langkawi last Friday back to Kuala Lumpar, we had a bit of transit time so went back up to Chinatown on the monorail to get a few more bargains. Rucksacks are straining now, will have to start throwing away stuff soon. Back to the central station to get our overnight train to Singapore at 10.30pm. Train was crazy, we got a 2 bed sleeping berth, with a little bathroom. So funny, everything was tiny, the beds were so small, there was no hope of lying flat out on them, so needless to say not much sleep was had. They bring you in a tray of fried rice at midnight and then an egg sandwich at 4.45am! We were told then to get up as Malaysian immigation would come on board to check our passports. That went fine until we were then told at 5.30am that we had to leave the train with all our belongings to go through Singapore Immigation. Train pulled into this really strange compound, everyone got off, queues and queues of people. Singapore immigation was quite tough, they want to know everything about you, after about an hour we were finally allowed with all our luggage to get back on the train to travel for another hour into the main Singapore railway station. As you can imagine we were completely wrecked, got a taxi straight to the hotel but as it was so early our room would not be ready until the afternoon. Stumbled back out onto the Orchard road and found somewhere to have breakfast and lots of tea! Finally booked into the hotel and fell into a coma until 5.00pm.

That evening we had arranged to meet Jim and Sandra, a couple we had met in Borneo. Arrived at a place called Chimes, which is basically the Temple bar of Singapore, loads of really nice bars and restaurants. Chelsea were playing Man Utd for the Premiership title so there was a big screen out on the main square. Jim and a few of his mates being Chelsea supporters enjoyed the game throughly. Great atmosphere as there were loads of Man Utd fans there aswell. The big sports channels were broadcasting live so Jim was on TV at half time. Great fun watching the match and drinking in the heat. After the match the Chelsea fans took a dunk in the fountain!

Afterwards we took a short walk up to Raffles Hotel for the infamous Singapore slings. Amazing bar, great 7 piece live band playing, loads of cocktails, monkey nuts on the floor. Had an amazing night, thanks to Jim and Sandra who were brilliant!

The following day we caught the ultra clean and modern underground train to Chinatown. Being Singapore, the whole area had been renovated and was spotless. Very colourful and a lovely friendly atmosphere. Went to the Chinatown heritage museum which was great, there was a recreation of what it was like for immigrants in the 19th century, really well done. Spent the afternoon wandering around taking in the sights and the sounds.

That evening we went to the night safari in Singapore zoo. Again it was fantastic, they have no cages like some zoos, it is all natural boundaries so basically you can walk down a path and have a lion 20 feet away, the only thing in his way is a trench which I am sure if he was hungry enough he could jump. You could either take a tram around the park or do the treks, which were far better as you were walking down pitch dark paths surrounded by the sounds of tigers, giraffes, zebras, hyenas etc...

The following day (Monday), we went around Little India and the Arab quarter of Singapore and then met up with Jim and Sandra for dinner down at Clarke Key, this time we went to a tequila bar so margueritas all round. After dinner we went for a cruise up the Singapore river, a walk around boat quay and then to the oldest pub in Singapore. Wonderful night...

On Tuesday, our flight to Darwin was scheduled for 22.15 so we had plenty of time to make our way to Sentosa island, which is just off the port of Singapore and has lots of amusements on it. Got the cable car down from Mount Faber, the highest point in Singapore. Was fantastic, the view over the port was incredible. On the island we went to a 4d IMAX show which was brilliant and got addicted to their luge track, where you basically get into a little cart and go as fast as you can down a steep track and then get a chairlift back up to the top and do it all again!!!

Got back to the hotel and made our way to the airport, gave ourselves plenty of time as we heard Singapore airport is pretty amazing! Waterfalls, free cinemas, showers, swimming pool, free massage chairs, free internet, loads of cafes, comfy seats... You don't feel as if you are in an airport at all...

Had an amazing time in Singapore, thanks to Jim and Sandra who were just fantastic to us...

Will update soon from Oz,

Lisa and Paul x
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phoneyboy
phoneyboy on

Watch out Kimi!
Love the photo of Lisa McClaren. Seems like Singapore is a real happening place. Looking forward to hearing about Oz.
Take care
Love
Gerry n Isabelle

saidahon
saidahon on

good stuff!!!
That would hopefully be my next destination......... the singapore airport. :) :) Sounds like a fabulous place. Send regards to your new cool friends. saida.

ettiemccormack
ettiemccormack on

Croatia
Arrived safely.Dubrodnik is beautiful and the hotel. You must add this country to your itinerary for your next round the rest of the world trip. Love always, Mum and Dad xx

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