Singapore is one place a lot of people overlook when coming to south east asia, (its so small and is usually just a stop over point for long haul flights) we were nearly guilty of that crime to. We only had four days here and with it being the last place we visited before australia we didnt expect much at all (how wrong we were).
We arived at the superb Changi airport, which is one of the most efficintly ran cleanest airports ive ever seen (much like the country). we took the super modern fast and reliable mrt (subway/underground) to our hostel which was in an area called little India the Indians version of Chinatown. the Hostel was pretty small but with free internet, breakfast and a couple of lovely girls on reception it really was a great place to stay (though far more expensive than places we have stayed at so far!).
On our first full day here we went to see Changi POW museum which was a really great insight into Singapores role in WWII and how the crazy Japs took over the Country in their onslaught of the whole of the the eastern pacific, I wont try and educate all of you too (im sure Tony will aid me via the message board lol) much but basically the Japs wanted to extend their domination in the area of south east asia and the asian pacific all around the region and Singapore was one of the first places to fall as the Brits, indian and australian allies lost out to the Japanese military power and the Japs started to work their way overland into Malaysia and Thailand. Long story short part of theire asian pacific domination involved the bombings of pearl harbour in Hawaii (an american state) forcing the reluctant Americans to join the war, culminating with the atomic bombings of hirishima and nagasaki forcing Japan to surrendor! I could talk for hours about this but i will spare you all!!!. Basically in Chagi many thosands of POW's were held captive by the Jap forces for 3 years and thats why its so famous. later that evening we visited the Singapore art museum which had some great works of contempory art from all around the region (my particular favorites were the pieces from the Indonesian artists, they were pretty crazy to say the least).
The next day we visited Orchard road the district for shopping in Singapore, ive never seen anything like it, its just shopping centres linned up as far as the eye can see and me and sam got a Digital camera and an ipod to add to our extensive collection of items, most of which we finally get to post home in a couple opf days!. that evening we went to see the ever impressive CBD (central business district) and took a walk along the harbour.
Yesterday we went for a walk deep into little india which was very surreal being in the middle of Singapore and all. and then we went to the island of Sentosa which is kind of like an Alton Towers but on an entire island complete with a great aquarium and artifical beach and in the afternoon we got to see pink dolphins at dolphin lagoon, sam was picked as a lucky voulenteer out of everyone and actually got to feed a dolphin which was a pretty cool experience. that evening we went to Chinatown and had some food (see little india sentence and change the names around!). Then we went to the upmarket Clarke Quay on the waterfront and had a Singapore sling to end our trip in style.
We leave shortly for the airport and a night flight to Cairns, we are sad to leave behind not only Singapore but South East Asia but time waits for no man or woman and im gonna be a happy little boy as im actually going to the southern hemisphere for the first time in my life!!!
Love to all
Adam and Sam x