Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
28 Dunlop Backpackers Hostel
Had a nice ly-in, got my packing done and had a great breakfast with the whole family, which were very kind and really nice. Then I headed to the airport. Byebye Indonesia - I had a great time and will surely come back to visit Papua and some more of Flores, maybe Java and Sumatra!!!
Arrived in Singapore at about 16:30pm and took the tube to Little India. Civilization shock!!! So many westerners and concrete skyscrapers - from the real jungle into the concrete jungle :)
I found a room at the 28 Dunlop Backpackers Hostel just down the Dunlop Street. The room costs 28S$ in a sleeping room with 8 beds, a hot shower and breakfast (tea, coffee, water, toasts, cearials) all day long.
In the evening I went to the Prince of Wales pub, which is run by an Australian. They serve some nice steaks and burgers, but the best thing: they serve wine at reasonable prices (40S$ a bottle [1S$=1.7€])
Long sleep till 11:00am, but still a hang-over :)
After a good breakfast I started for Orchard Road, which is the shopping mekka of Singapore. Headed down Bencoolen Road, past all the different University campus buildings (Art, Economics, Information Technology, etc.), past the Singapore National Museum and then onto Orchard Road. One skyscraper shopping mall after the other. One fancier than the other. And great architecture!
My intention was to buy an Amazon Kindle, but the malls there contain only the noblest brands like Gucci, CK, Prada, Rolex, and god nows what. Hard to find an electronics store there!
But I found a Borders, which is a huge book-store and bought a couple of books - just in case :)
On my way back I took the MRT (tube) to City-Hall and walked down Northern Road, then Victoria Road, Waterloo road past the Singapore Art Museum, and back onto Bencoolen Road. On Bencoolen Road I noticed a big shopping mall just with electronics and computer stuff, so I tried my luck there finding a Kindle
In the evening, I had a great steak and bottle of wine at the Prince of Wales and met the guy from New Zealand and the two norwegian girls again. Also met a Paul who's Australian guy, helping to build up the grandstands for the Formula1 GP.
First things first: walked to Raffles City Shopping Center and got a Formula1 Ticket for the Marina Bay Grandstand, row 50 light blue sector for 301S$! After that I walked down North Bridge Road to the Raffles Hospital, but they said I had to come back tomorrow morning. From there I walked down Orphir Road down through the park towards the Marina and the Fly Wheel.
In fact the GoogleEarth photo details seem pretty old because a lot has happened in that area since Singapore holds the Formula1 GP there.
The preparation for the race in a fortnight is well underway and all the lightning and barriers have been put up so its a bit difficult moving around but very interesting. Lucky me, I got into the Marina Bay area for the course, where the Grandstand for which I have a ticket is located. Inspected the tunnel and the music stages they're currently building.
Then I walked through the Eperanza mall back through the underground link to the Raffles City Shopping Center and took the MRT to Bugis and walked along Rochor Road back to the hostel.
In the evening I had a nice cold bottle of wine at the Prince of Wales and met Nick (the New Zealand travel agent from Dubai :) again, watched Monza Formula1 race and just talked about the day's impressions
At around 11am I walked down Sungei Street along the chanel and down Upper-Weld Road past the chinese markets to the Raffles Hospital and up to 11th floor to the RafflesSkinCenter to get a skin pigmentation checked up. Luckily It's just my old age and not anything worse ;))
After that I walked down North Bridge Road to the Raffles Shopping Center to find a MoneyChanger. Then over to the Raffles Hotel's Long Bar to drink the legendary Singapore Sling and crack some peanuts and throw the shells on the floor :)
After beinging strengthend walked down Beach Road and St. Andrews Road past the St. Andrews Cathedral and the Cricket Club to the colonial part of Singapore where the Supreme Court looks like a flying saucer has landed on the building. The Singapore river front and
the Boat-Quay with all its seafood restaurants look very pretty from the other side, but all the waiters try to lure you into their restaurant which is a bit anoying. Then I went back over the river and along the New-Boat-Quay and further down to Clarkes-Quay where I crossed the Singapore river yet again via Ord-bridge. The Read-bridge (halfway down Clarkes-Quay) was really nicely decorated
From there I headed in direction Chinatown which's entrance along the New Bridge Road was decorated beautifully for the Chinese Autumn Festival.
Chinatown was quite interesting with all its lampions hanging everywhere, little stores and food stalls. Really beautifully coloured and ornamented were the two chinese temples.
After some gruesome sloppy grey seafood/oyster noodle slush where I just picked out the good bits and left there rest, I made my way to Chinatown MRT station, got of at Little India station and back to the hotel where I planned the trip to Malaysias Pulau Tioman tomorrow morning.