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Singapore Botanical Gardens

When we arrived to the ship our luggage was already in our room waiting for us, so we spent some time unpacking. By the time we were done with unpacking it was time to eat dinner. We went to the Santa Fe dining room, a Tex Mex themed dining room that served the same food as all the other dining rooms except they had a specialty of Chicken Fajitas. We ate dinner and went back to the room to crash for the night. We were still jet lagged at that point. The next day was a sea day, which was much needed. I spent some time exploring the ship. I've never been on the Diamond before, both of my parents have. I went up to the lido deck and laid out for a bit. Apparently much much too long for my white skin. I got incredibly burnt.

Singapore Botanical Gardens
The sun down by the equator is much stronger then what I'm used to. Ow. It was formal night, so I got dressed up, drank some champagne and went to bed. I've been on so many cruises that it doesn't excite me to be on the ship any more. Especially since I was the only one in my 20's on the ship. There weren't even any 30 year olds. All retirees on board. Fun times.

Our first port of call was Singapore. We got off the ship, took a shuttle bus into town and attempted to find an ATM. The ATM that we found was broken so we had to search around for a money converter. We finally found a bank that would convert our dollars into Singapore dollars. We then took the bus to the Singapore Botanical Gardens. We quickly walked through the gardens until we found the National Orchid Gardens.

Long Bar, Raffles Hotel- Singapore Sling
They were beautiful, lots of pretty purple orchids, some random other colored/shaped orchids and some pretty fountains. We finished up at the gardens, it was really much too hot to leisurely stroll around, and we flagged down a taxi. The taxi driver spoke perfect English, and gave us details on all of the things we passed. We asked him to drop us off at the Raffles Hotel home of the Long Bar. The Long Bar is where the Singapore Sling was invented. We had our expensive $30 Singapore Slings, ate some peanuts and met some British friends. The Brits were stuck in Singapore because their flight was cancelled due to the volcanic fumes emitted from Iceland. I wonder what I'd do if I were stuck in Singapore, I'd probably be the happiest girl alive. After we had our touristy drink we took another taxi ride over to the Singapore Flyer.
Stopping for a quick drink from the Merlion
The Flyer is currently the largest observation wheel in the world. This may change when The Great Wheel of China debuts later this year. The wheel was so slow moving, and by the time we got to the top, we just wanted to get down. In my opinion it wasn't worth the $30. It definitely had nice views, but it was way too long of a ride. We flagged another taxi over to the harbor. We took some pictures with the Merlion statue. I tried to be artsy and copy some of the TravBuddys picture where they were drinking from the Merlion, but it back fired on me. Some guys my age were there watching me bend down with my mouth open and they thought it was hysterical. I probably would have been cracking up too if I were them. Never the less I was embarassed so I stopped and never got my perfect Merlion fountain picture.
Singapore Flyer
lol. The harborside was gorgeous. The Esplanade, theatre was a really cool dome looking building, a nice touch to the skyline. After we spent some time at the harbor we caught a taxi back to Orchard Road for some shopping. We walked into this one building that had hundreds and hundreds of little boutiques. I was in heaven. Too bad my luggage were already packed to the brim otherwise I would have gone crazy shopping there. I found it funny that in each store they were playing a different song from the US: Lady Gaga, Britney, Jay Z etc, felt just like being home. We found a stall that sold Chicken Rice and just had to try it. Chicken rice is good, we had the boneless kind, which was cooked in some sort of flavorful broth and served on top of rice and cucumbers. I put on some of the Chili sauce that they offered me, wow it was hot. But overall a very tasty meal. After lunch it was time to go back to the ship. Overall Singapore was beautiful. It was the cleanest city I've ever seen, and the people were very friendly, and everyone we spoke to spoke perfect English. I could definitely picture myself working over there for a while. I'll look into it. When we got back to the ship we went to dinner and headed to bed.

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Singapore Botanical Gardens
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View from the Singapore Flyer
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Singapore Merlion
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Singapore Harbor
Boneless Chicken Rice- Delicious
Boneless Chicken Rice- Delicious