Woke up early this morning, jet lag does come in handy these days. Had breakfast with some people and we started our sightseeing.
We went up the one big hill in Singapore to see the whole city from up high. Everything is so beautiful and lush. Singapore was pursposely built with large areas of trees and greenery to protect it from looking like a barren urban jungle. Then we went on to Little India and Arab Street for lunch. Singapore is made up almost entirely of Chinese, Indian and Malay people so the Indian food is authentic and delicious.
We went through Chinatown and explored Buddha Tooth temple, while has 8888 Buddha statues for good luck and one is made from 65 kg of pure gold. We also stopped at another temple before we wandered around the Esplanade and saw the famous Merlion. The colors are so amazing.
We stopped at the famous Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. Singapore discourages drinking excessively so alcohol is very expensive, with a Sing Sling ringing in at $29 in local currency, which is still close to $20 at home!
Chewing gum is a crime in Singapore as well, being caught will earn you a $1000 fine! The country is very strict with their rules but crime is almost nonexistent so i guess it works.
We closed out our sightseeing with a bum boat ride along the river through Clarks Quay, one of the most popular sections of the city.
Later that night I headed out to dinner with April to experience some authentic Thai food. I ordered the traditional red tom yum sukyaki. It is soup that you create at your table fondue style. Amazing. Dinner and a show.
Then off to bed for a long day on Wednesday.