Day 1 - Singapore
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Our flight got in this morning at 6:30 and we were VERY tired, so as soon as we got to our hotel (7:15) we went to our rooms and crashed. We slept for a few hours just in time to wake up for the end of complimentary breakfast which was what we were really wanting. The hotel had everything: cereal, omlets, bacon and best of all Indian food. Then after breakfast we went back and slept a couple of hours.
Right away we could tell Singapore was a lot different than Chennai. It is very clean here and almost every building here is a mall. Once we got out this evening we walked around the city near our hotel and everywhere we walked we saw malls. Erin was in heaven. We spent a few hours in one plaza shopping, this place was huge. This plaza has five floors and each floor is packed with small shops.
The money conversion was a big difference from Chennai as well. It is REALLY expensive here. $5.00 here is about $3.50 U.S. dollars so theres a little difference between the two. Even with the conversion it is REALLY expensive here. We got Starbucks and for two drinks it was almost $20.
We ended up spending most the evening shopping but planned on meeting some of Erin's co-workers for dinner and a few drinks so we headed back to get ready. Thank God, because I was done shopping and it was the first day. A colleague of Erin's picked us up and we went to a resturaunt in a really nice "hip" area. There were a lot of people our age and it was definitely the place to go out on the town on a Friday night. We ended up meeting up with two more of Erin's colleagues and having dinner at a really nice Thai place. This was a good way to start our trip off because they gave us some things to do and taught us a little about the culture there. Something we found really interesting was that there is a dialect here called "Singlish" which is English mixed with many different other native languages here. It will be different for each culture and can let you know what other people speak. It could be easy as ending a sentence with "lah." For example, they would say how are you-lah? There were a lot of different things like that we learned about the we wouldnt have noticed without them telling us that.
After dinner we went to a Bollywood club and had a BLAST. The place was called the Rupee Room and was like no other club I've been to. Everyone there dances and the music was amazing. It was a mixture of Hindi and techno. The bars and clubs here stay open until 5:00 a.m.! but dont worry, we didnt stay out that late, we had to catch up on the sleep we missed out on.