This time tomorrow I'll be on a plane to Australia! Which makes tonight my last night in Asia. I'm going to miss Asia... I've seen some amazing things and had some fantastic times here. But, still... Australia!!!
Singapore is great but really expensive compared to Thailand and Malaysia. After my mammoth blog updates yesterday I went for a bit of a wander round to the Orchard Road area and explored a couple of the malls there. They have shops like Dorothy Perkins and Marks & Spencers! Awww, nostalgia. The British shops are so expensive though, especially as a lot of the products have the price in pounds (ie. what we would pay at home), with prices in S$ stuck over the top.
Today I've been exploring the city on foot and trying to do the Singapore experience on the cheap. I started off by walking down to the Raffles Hotel compex, but I'm afraid to say I didn't go in as a) I was wearing inappropriate footwear, and, b) I couldn't have afforded a Singapore Sling there even if I could have gone in. I did, however, take some nice pictures of the exterior.
Using my trusty free map as a guide I walked to the RafflesCity mall for tea and donuts (and the air conditioning), and then on to the old parliament buidings and court buildings. I spent a good two hours in the Asian Civilisations Museums, which was really fascinating and had some beautiful artifacts. I also saw the landing point of Sir Stamford Raffles and the riverfront, and then crossed over in to the business district to the edge of Chinatown for lunch in a hawker food mall (this was entirely your fault, Mum).
I caught the MRT, which is Singapore's equivalent of the London Underground, to Orchard Road for some shopping, and was shocked at how pristine and *nice* it was. And cheap too! London Underground people, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Sadly I couldn't really afford to buy much from the numerous shopping malls that crowd Orchard Road, but at least I can say I've been. Dinner at McDonalds... what?
Finally, at 6pm I made my way to the Singapore Art Museum, where they have free entry on friday nights. There wasn't actually that much there as they're in the process of changing most of the exhibitions over, but they had a captivating exibition of Korean modern art, and some other things. I can't say that this trip has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life yet, but it has helped me rediscover my inner artist. :D
Tomorrow I plan on exploring Little India, and then at 5pm or so I'm going to the airport to catch my flight to Australia! Next time I update I'll probably be in Cairns (this is assuming, of course, that I don't update again tomorrow).