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The england team warming up

Arrived into Singapore, after quite a short flight from Bangkok. We were met by Sam at the airport and it was really good to see him. Clive who we are staying with was training, so Sam was in charge.

We had tickets for the Singapore sevens and as we had just missed the Hong Kong sevens we didn't want to miss a minute and headed straight to the stadium rucksacs and all. The stadium wasn't too busy when we got there but the atmosphere was still electric. We saw all of the teams play as with sevens the matches are short, but still so exciting. We saw England win and lose, but still progress through the stages. There weren't many England fans, so we shouted as loud as we could, but most of the crowd was against them. We were hoping to see them win again so we kept our fingers crossed.

Once the day's rugby had finished we headed out to Clarke Quay for dinner with clive, sam and one of clive's friends.

Fiji get rowdy
After this it was to the Ministry of Sound club, which was mcuh more upmarket than I am used to. There was different rooms for different music and VIP booths. We sampled each floor of music before deciding on R&B until it got too hot and crowded.

 

9/04/06

Today was rugby all day and after breakfast we rocked up to the stadium just before the days matches were about to start. We had better seats this time nearer to the front and more central to get the best of the action. The atmosphere was even more electric today as it was finals day and the crowd was a lot bigger. We sang, danced and chanted our way through the day and we saw england get to the finals and then lose very courageously to the Fiji side who just overpowered them in the end. We kept the support up right till the end and Katy jsut about lost her voice with all the excitement!

After the rugby had finished, the boys headed back to watch the Football and Katy and I were going to get the free shuttle bus to Clarke Quay and the official bar.

What a good score
After struggling to find the shuttle bus we eventually got on the ref's bus to the bar and chatted away to the french ref, very random.

Once we got to Clark Quay we sat and had dinner and then headed to the bar. At first they wouldn't let us in because we didn't have tickets, but the manager relented as long as we didn't drink the free drinks. The bar was quite busy already with rugby fans and then the teams started to arrive. Katy and I stopped in our tracks as the England team walked in and were stood next to us. It took us so long to pluck up the courage to speak to them, but once we did we found out that they were really nice guys. After that the roles reversed and everyone came up to chat to us, we talked to the Samoan team, the Fijian, French, Argentinian until we eventually just wanted to be left alone as the rugby teams got drunker and drunker.

Ice puddings with Clive and Sam

We eventually started to chat to the Canadian team, who were the nicest of the bunch; such gentlemen. The bar we were in was pretty dead so we wondered to another bar with the team. We had our own personal body guards, 5 Canadian rugby players, a South African and a cultural liason officer called Barry. Its the stuff of dreams, they were really nice guys and we found out a lot of rugby inside knowledge. We just couldn't believe all the different people that we had met in one night, it was mint!

10/04/06

After last nights excitement we were a little tired but had to keep the momentum going. Clive was our tour guide for today and took us first to have Prata which is a kind of pancake type thing, traditional to Indonesia. Then off to Sentosa which is a completely artifical island apart from the foundations.

It has fake sand from Indonesia and fake boulders. The trees are even spaced to get the aesthetics exactly right. It was beautiful but almost too perfect. We walked to the southern most tip of the Asian continent across a rope bridge and rode on the trams that take you all round the island.

After this we went back to Clives to detox Sam's feet as they have never been right since he walked through a jungle in his flip flops. I think the detox stank as he was in quite a lot of pain afterwards.

Dinner tonight was at Munchie Monkey's a student cafe that one of Clive's friends had set up. He ordered lots of different dishes and we ate our fill by having a bit out off each. We still had room for pudding and had the most beautiful cheescakes, I especially liked the chocolate banana ones.

11/04/06

Time was a bit restricted today as we were flying in the evening.

Action shots
Brunch was at a food court which was distinctly Chinese/Indonesian. We could pick rice and then just pointed at dishes we thought looked interesting. I choose well apart from a stringy bean thing which I had to force down.We still managed to fit in at tour of the town centre in the afternoon with a trip up in a glass lift, a look at the cathedral and the supreme court of justice ( where they still cane people!).

Dinner in Orchard road with more prata and dessert of flavoured ice with beans and sweetcorn in it!

 

ceeej says:
I am sooo jelous of you getting to hang out with the rugby players, lucky things

CJ
Posted on: May 06, 2006
hknowles says:
I have sent Adrian a printer friendly version of your log as he wanted to know how you are getting on.

Love

Daddy
Posted on: Apr 09, 2006
hknowles says:
Thanks for such an interesting read. We are all quite jealous.

Love Daddy xxx
Posted on: Apr 02, 2006
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The england team warming up
The england team warming up
Fiji get rowdy
Fiji get rowdy
What a good score
What a good score
Ice puddings with Clive and Sam
Ice puddings with Clive and Sam
Action shots
Action shots
The Canadian team
The Canadian team
Sentosa, a fake paradise
Sentosa, a fake paradise
Singapore
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