This morning I had the best lay in, even though I was located by the door I slept really well. Around my bed I was able to pull a curtain so no one else in the 26 sleeper dorm could see me. I woke up about 11 and showered and had breakfast that was included in the price. I was meeting a couple of the girls from the G Adventure tour, as it was their last day in Singapore. We arranged to meet at Arab Street the location of the Sultan Mosque. It looked like something from the Disney film Aladdin. I arrived on time, I cheated and got the bus, as there is no way I was going to walk it, as it would have taken about 40 minutes. Being midday it was already piping hot. The Sultan Mosque had 5 entrances, and a lot of building works going on outside around the grounds. I think we must have all walked around this place before we eventually meet up at 12:30! After taking a few pictures it was time for lunch. Just outside the Mosque there was a small Turkish street, with restaurants and shops. The food was really good.
After lunch we got onto the red line train, to Orchard Road. This is where all the shopping centres and posh hotels are located. We arrived at the ION Shopping centre. We had seen in the tour guide that you can go up the ION tower for great views of the city. We took the lift up to the 55 floor, and took a walk around. You can see all the major attractions, Sentosa Island, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Hotel (with the massive ship on the top!) I decided to try and look for the hotel the Harper's stayed in back in 2001. It took me a while but finally I spotted it using the cheap paper binoculars that we were given when we got our tickets. It used to be the amazing Concorde Hotel, however sadly it has changed names to the Holiday Inn, It doesn't sound so grand anymore! The Sky Bar was very posh, and there I am in a pair of swimming shorts and a vest! CLASS. We decided as we were up here we might as well have a drink, and a look at the menu. It was pretty expensive, but you have to treat yourself every now and then.! I had a Mojito and between us we ordered a selection of food to share, bread, thinly sliced meats, and Foie Gras. I have finally found a better toilet than the Rattle and Hum in Cairns. This toilet had a massive window and looked out over the Singapore skyline. AMAZING! I took my camera into the toilets to take a picture, but had to retreat as someone was in there as well. I went back later for my photo!!! We all got the underground back to our hostels/hotels as we were all staying at different places and agreed to meet up at the Newton MRT station for dinner. ( I think I am becoming a bit of a pro at the Singapore MRT now! - Its a cleaner, safer, London Underground + you don't get Singapore boogies!).
We all meet on time at the Newton MRT station, and had a short walk to the famous food market called Hawker Centre. It was a massive round food centre with stalls selling all kinds of food around the edge. Anything you wanted they had, well at least anything Asian. I ordered satay chicken, and noodles but everyone shared what they got. It was all amazing, and best thing it was really cheap! I decided to skip the desert at the market however both Selina and Edelyn went for some kind of Singapore Ice snow. I tasted both, and I think I made the right choice not to have one. We then couldn't stop laughing as Edelyn's chocolate ice snow as it looked like shredded beef/duck. We continued to laugh about this all night. It didn't get boring, at least not for me. I have to hand it to Edelyn she ate all the chocolate beef looking ice snow. We used the MRT to Raffles place and walked around the Quays to an Arts Festival that was going on. We first came across a strange guy and girl in a boxing ring.. I don't know how to describe what was going on... but it was VERY weird. Moving on, we found a small coffee shop, that had a group of kids dancing in the middle. It was really good, and was a bit like the flash mob you get dancing in different locations. They were all dressed up in the coffee shop uniform. We continued to walk down the esplanade and came across the Outside stage where they were doing a show, there was dance, singing, and fire acts! It was really good. But I think a couple of us from the G Adventure group could show them a thing or two with our amazing fire talents.
Our last stop was a bar Barossa, by now all of us needed a nice cold drink! My beer didn't last long. Edelyn went for the beer tasting, she got 4 x small beers from all the different local beers that this bar sold. The first 2 were really nice, light and perfect for the hot evening. The second 2 weren't so nice, one was really strong, and tasted like coffee, when I tried this, I screwed my face up! YUK. Glad I stuck to the Tiger. It was time to walk back to the MRT and say goodbye to Selina and Edelyn. (I am really looking forward to meeting up with Edelyn in Sydney to do the harbour bridge climb!!) I am on the only one left from the G Adventures tour in Singapore. I actually got lost walking around the sky scrappers back to my hostel, but walked about 15 minutes in a massive circle before I knew where I was again! When I arrived back at the hostel, I was finally told that a bed has come available for Aaron! Thank god, as he is arrive in less than 15hrs! Otherwise he would have been staying around the corner! Didn't got to bed until about 4 in the morning, as wanted to make sure Aaron got on his flight OK. z z z z z