Most of our time in Singapore seems to have been spent waiting for little green men to appear; but then with massive fines for every false move you make - including j walking - it has to be done! Cars seem to rule here and the best way to shift around otherwise is on the underground.
On our first full day here I went exploring by myself while Campbell caught up on some hard-earned sleep (!) in the dorm. Once fully rested by the second day we managed to both get out; this time to the zoo. In the zoo we saw lions and tigers and elephants and monkeys and crocodiles and rhinos and..... just like any other zoo really, except there are no cages, just well hidden protective barriers. At times you get very close to the animals, which is nice. For instance the orang-utans are free to roam around the zoo as they please. We fully enjoyed the day, but did get massively wet as it rained for pretty much our entire time there. In the evening we stayed around for the highly recommended night safari - a tour on foot and by tram around the next door safari park at night. On the night safari we saw......... well, nothing actually. This was because it was dark and most animals are quite hard to see in the dark; except of course the famous singaporian luminous arctic space monkey, only found in the figment of our imaginations - which was where you had to go to believe that you could see any real animals. We did have fun with pointing at non-existent animals in the darkness, waiting for a crowd to gather, and then leaving them to all stare at nothing. Fools! Ha ha! Well worth the money though if you are ever in singapore yourselves as the whole day cost less than a pint (4 quid in happy hour!). On a positive note the staff at the night safari were very informative and helpful - more than can be said for those pesky gate-closing staff that locked me in Knowsley safari park that time.
Today I have mostly been taking Campbell on a tour of all the places that I went to by myself on day one, which was nice. We saw buildings and temples and temples again and marinas and rivers and dragon boat races. It was incredibly hot today; hot enough for Campbell to try the lesser known iced horlicks! The day they bring out a bovril version is the day the world has finally gone mad. This evening we paid a visit to the world famous Raffles hotel and had ourselves a 'singapore sling' (each). The drink looked good for our photos, but cost a lot and was unbelievably sweet. Jay would make a small fortune if people back home started to drink it! Raffles is obviously on the tourist circuit as we bumped in to people we met on Ko Lanta and also in the Cameron highlands. Success of the day was getting hold of some extra ashes tickets - we are now going to be at days 3, 4 and 2 of the Melbourne test. We also have 1 ticket spare for each of these days so if anyone fancies popping out just after christmas then there is a ticket there for you! Go on, you know you want to!