Super Singapore (Part One).
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Arrived at Changi Airport probably the best airport in the world.
Despite 18 hour wait at Perth, felt very relaxed arriving here, thanks to the large amounts of natural light and the 300m natural wall. Also everyone helps themselves to a sweet whilst clearing emigration (children and adults alike).
From here we took the clean and efficient MRT to our hostel in Gaylang. O.K. so it’s the red-light district but everyone was too busy eating to give us any hassle. .The food is great you can get anything you can think of. So if you are not brave enough to try the frog porridge or the BBQ sting-ray, you can always go to Pizza Hut.
Also because there are so many places to eat, you don’t have to walk very far at all, and there is always somewhere open.
Walked around the fountain of wealth which is the world’s biggest fountain. As it was during the day we missed out on the laser show, but had a chance to read up our horoscopes for the year.
My pearls of wisdom included: eat more grass, stop hissing at my partner and to hand over my weapons if asked to do so by the police. (Note, you can't bring your own ninja stars in to Singapore). Simon’s basically said he was in for an average year.
We went to the Zoo which was a good day out Simon particularly liked the “free-range” orang-utans. I don't like animals being cooped up in small cages, but wasn't sure about this set-up as the orangutans nearly dropped a large branch on my head! So keep your eyes peeled, as i'm not sure if your travel insurance would pay out.
We went on the Night Safari it was a bit like being at the zoo after dark (Even though it’s right next door to the zoo, they are not connected apparently) The main downside being that it is too dark and difficult to take photos.
(The plants in the foreground look fake, but they are not).
We went to Jurong Bird park again this was easy to get to using public transport. It was actually pretty cool, but I might be biased because they had a monorail, or though should that be panorail. (Either way it’s unique in that it travels through an aviary). The waterfall aviary being the largest walk-in aviary in the world.
O.K. so the waterfall is man-made, but you have to admit they have done a pretty good job.
Billy and I liked Pelican Cove, whereas Simon was more impressed by the Lory Loft.
This is a massive walk-in aviary, with over 1000 lories. For a small fee (that goes towards looking after the lorries) you can buy some nectar mix which the lorries just love.
We went to China Town where we had a dodgy massage (always find out what you are getting yourself into first), and lots of different taylors tried in vain to persuade Simon to have a suit made.
We went to Little India where I bought my first salwar kameez, which is nice and cool and comfortable.
Shopping is good….again pretty much whatever you can think of, you will be able to find.
There is so much for us still to to, in our second leg of Singapore which will be in about a months time.Snow city, Lilliput golf (can’t miss that), Botanic gardens , The pink dolphins (yes, you did read that right) and so much more.
Which is why it seems such a shame that so many people stay only one night in Singapore using it as a stop-over between destinations.
Don’t let the fear of being fined for the smallest misdemeanour put you off, it’s just common sense things like not littering that you wouldn’t do anyway.
However, it’s not a great destination if you don’t like thunderstorms, which occur on a near daily basis, but the good news is that they don’t last very long.
The only other downside is the risk or being run-over, but you’ll be o.k. if you keep your wits about you. Plus it's always nice at the end of the day to realize all your new found friends have made it back in one piece.