Spic and Span Singapore City
18.07.2008 - 30.07.2008 32 °C
Singapore is a country and a city in one and has a population of over 4 million people even though its only 45km in width! It s also one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Its a bit difficult to describe Singapore. Its a dynamic city with so many different faces which makes it hard to know what country you are in! The 4 main languages are Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and English so whenever you look at a public sign it has 4 different translations.
The main part of the city centre is around the shopping area of Orchard Road. Its a few kilometres long and is full of glitzy shopping malls that you could get lost in.
We stayed in Little India in a backpackers hostel. The bar was really cool but the rooms were terrible with no windows. The first night we arrived we were wrecked and needed a good sleep but it felt like the band in the bar were playing in our room it was that bloodly loud. We were going to check out the next day but accomadation in Singapore is really expensive and its hard to find somewhere decent. Apart from the dump that we stayed in Little India was fantastic. We both loved it and it was like being back in India but this was the super sanitised version not a cow or elephant in sight walking down the main street!
There is plenty to see and do in Singapore and each district is very different from the crazy streets of Little India to the markets in Chinatown. On our first day we had an Indian thali for breakfast and a Chinese veg noodle for dinner. We did nt know if we were back in India or China! Looking at the Chinese menu (in English this time around!) we were spoilt for choice and had a good laugh at the menu. Pig organ soup was the speciality dish of the restaurant. It was a tough call to make but we went for the veg noodle dish instead. Its unreal what they eat and it would really make your stomach turn. Its great to see so many different ethnic groups live in harmony under the one roof. We bumped into Ciara and Steve too that we met in Cambodia when we were strolling around Chinatown so that was lovely to catch up with them again. They were flying home the next day so we didnt take them out on a bender like poor Tom who missed his flight home! Just goes to show you how small the world is getting.
Sentosa island is a major tourist draw for visitors to Singapore. Ben and I got the cable car across to the island and we were both terrified!The views were amazing once I had the guts to open my eyes! It was a great way to see the city skyline from a birds eye view. Sentosa is a plastic fantastic kind of place. It has 3 man made beaches, an aquarium and a few flash resorts. We stayed on the island for the day and got the dreaded cable car back to Singapore!
Another really good thing to do in Singapore is a visit to the Botanical gardens. I could nt sell this one to Ben as looking at flowers for the day is not his thing but I was in photo heaven. They even have an air conditioned room for some of the rare orchids that they breed at the gardens.
When we returned from Malaysia we spent our last few days in Singapore before getting ready to fly home.