Blimey Charlie it's hot
Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
42Trip End Dec 21, 2004
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Within minutes of being at the Tourist info desk we'd sorted a hotel & Paul was v.relieved to see people smoking outside the airport (Kerry not v. impressed, she was hoping for the police state like smoking ban). As soon as we stepped out of the airport (so Paul could have his fag) the heat & humidity hit us like a very hot & humid thing. It was 30 odd degrees!!
Stayed in Chinatown at a v. swish hotel called the Furama, pool, air-con, free papers, big telly (with cable), a bath - with complimentary bubble bath(!!!!) & a swanky restaurant
Singapore v. strange place. Definately a good place to enter Asia; lots of east meets west, extremely clean, the underground amazingly efficient & cheap, lots of fancy restaurants side by side with lots of little food hawker stalls selling incredibly cheap grub.
Kerry absolutely loved Orchard Road, a cross between Oxford Street & Knightsbridge; a very long road full of designer shops (3x Louis Vuitton within minutes of eachother - she nearly wet herself). Paul not too chuffed with Orchard Road but he extremely glad of the air-con in the shops (he melted twice & had to be remodelled in a cast, unfortunately for Kerry they'd sold out of Brad Pitt casts so Mr Blobby's had to do).
Paul loved Little India, literally a suburb of all things Indian; temples, shops, restaurants & customs
Did something cultural one night by visiting the Chinese Garden's lantern festival. Can't be bothered to describe what it was all about but it was amazing; 1000's of paper lanterns in all shapes & sizes - including Winnie the Pooh, loads of food stalls, acrobats & buskers. All topped off with a firework display over the lake (which had loads of turtles swimming in it).
Spoiled our new found cultural spirit by visiting Sentosa Island. The whole experience was like the twilight zone; it took us about an hour to figure out what Sentosa actually is & what we were supposed to do there. So having figured it all out Sentosa Island is not a normal suburb as we first thought but a theme park/Disney Land type thing. You pay to get on the island but then all buses are free (no-one told us this) to the different attractions. We started off with the Merlion; a naff concrete lookout structure in the shape of a mythical creature. Can you guess what it is? That's right, a mixture of lion & mermaid! There is a reason for this (can't be bothered to explain) & it's their national symbol (well what would you choose?)
We completed our stay in Singapore by doing the time honoured touristy thing by necking a couple of Singapore Slings in Raffles. They looked horrible & sickly & they tasted... not that bad actually.