After leaving Bali, we set off on our travels once again and arrived quite late in the evening at Singapore airport. We were very excited as were to be joined by Lexi (lots of you know her) and her friend Holly. We headed out to Little India - an area of Singapore that portrays the culture of India in miniature - self explanatory really! We ended up in a pub called the prickly bush where we met them both and as you can imagine we hadnt seen eachother for ages so we were gossiping for quite a while - and later after dropping our bags off we ended up exploring a few of the local bars - very busy place with lots of people bustling about and everwhere you turn there wer market sellers trying to get you to buy numerous foods and we soon figured out that the best way to experience Singapore is to just walk and take it all in.
The next day arrived and better late than never Bennett finally got her birthday present - a night stay at the Raffles Plaza - bliss - this travelling lark really is quite difficult lol! We wandered up to the entrance back packs in tow but walking along a red carpet - felt rather strange lol! Then we just had such a wonderful night - the room was beautiful with two massive double beds that bounced A LOT, matching slippers and dressing gowns, power rain drop shower, but the best bit had to be the remote control by the side of the bed that controlled the curtains tv and the lights - hours of fun!. Lex and holly joined us in the famous Amrita spa for an afternoon of sauna's, steam rooms and jacuzzis which was really nice. We headed out that evening for some food and wandered along Orchard road which is where all the shops are (they even have marks and spencers here - i got cheese tasters mum yum yum lol!) We wandered through Tiffany's and Cartier and Gucci and Fendi blah blah - getting tips on what to look for in a good fake when we get to Thailand lol! We ended up getting some authentic asian food at one of the street markets - everything is just so cheap cant get over it! Then us kates wandered back to the hotel to get cosy in our dressing gowns and enjoy the plaza for the evening.
Next day after checking out at the last minute possible we caught the Mrt underground over to China town - its chinese new year at the moment in singapore so everywhere was decorated to the hilt - very couloruful - lots of reds and golds - didnt get to see a parade but you could still get the idea of the atmosphere - v. impressive. We spent the afternoon exploring the famous Raffles hotel where we sat in the Long bar and tried a singapore sling - its very fruity and very strong - the bar was decked out in wooden everything and there were big big bowls of monkey nuts and lots of empty shells everywhere! That evening we soaked up the atmposphere of the night markets and had an early night as the next night was lex's birthday - and for those of you who know her - its guaranteed to be a good night!
We were all up bright and early and caught the cable car over to Sentosa island which is a small island just off singapore that is home to pink dolphins, a lagoon and fake beach and a carlsberg tower which gives you views out to sea. Its liike being inside an amusement park of sorts but with something for every taste - they do the best cheese cake in the world yum! That evening we got ready and headed out to Clarke Quay which is the trendy up market place to be for a night out - we had the best night ever!!!! We started off in a bar called medicine - we sat in a booth that resembled a medical examination room complete with the screens - and the waiters kept bringing out cocktails - with a twist! - They were being drunk from I.V Drips on the metal stands - classic! Then we headed into another themed bar called the highlander - lex got very excited as she got to pose for photos with a very good looking barman in full scottish get up! Then the best bit of the evening was when we went to "Pump" a bar that when we went inside we realised there was a live band playing - the band found out it was lexs birthday and they got her up on stage with them and she sang "I will Survive" without the words in front of her - it was really good and she got everyone up dancing - the drinking and dancing continued till about 3am then we headed to an after club where we got in the coldest hot tub in the world and met some random US Airforce guys and we didnt pay for drinks all night - quality! - however the tub didnt warm up so only stayed in their about ten mins - but it was all worth it - really good night followed by a few hours sleep before our journey to Melaka in Malaysia.
All in all Singapore is a lovely city - very busy with so much to see, hear, smell and touch - but once you have seen one road its all very - as the thai people would say - "same same but different". Glad to have seen the business hub of south east asia but also glad to be moving on - the wilderness beckons but we have a few places to see before we can go into the middle of nowehere lol! Next stop Malaysia!