Day 2 - Singapore
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In Singapore they have a hop on-hop off bus that goes around the city stopping at sight seeing areas, so what better idea than to start off our trip with that, right? We thought so too at first.
We hopped on the bus early and the morning and figured we'd ride it around the city stopping where we wanted, look around and then hop back on. Our first stop was Little India, naturally Erin didnt want to stay long due to the fact tha we were just in Big India. Little India was not what we expected, it was just a bunch of grocery stores and markets, a few shops here and there but nothing to exciting. We ended up stopping at a temple that we found on a side street, took our shoes off outside and went in. Soon after entering, a man with a long outfit and long beard started yelling at us.
The next stop was Arab street, I was really excited about visting but my excitement didnt last long.
Instead of getting bent out of shape we figured we could just walk to Marina Bay from where we were, it was only like a mile or two walk. So after walking for awhile the first place we came up on was the Civilian War Memorial.
We started walking towards the Ferris wheel with the plan that we would walk around the bay area and catch the bus at the southern part of the bay where the buses were running. Due to this parade, a LOT of streets were cut off which meant a LOT of the bus stops were not active. The closer we got to the ferris wheel, we started to notice that it looked like it wasnt moving, so we started to think that it wasnt open today due to the parade.
That building ended up being called the Sands SkyPark and it was actually a hotel. You could pay to ride all the way to the top where there was a look out over the city and it was actually higher than the ferris wheel. This hotel was 57 floors to the top and the elevator only took maybe 10 seconds to get to the top.
Our next stop was the infamous Merlion. This is a big statue of a lion mermaid, just like it sounds. Unlike the Manikin Pis in Brussels, this thing is awesome, it is probably 30 feet tall. We stood around and got a lot of pictures, this is probably the most popular place so far for pictures.
The parade that was going on was an all day thing...We thought we had enough for today and wanted to catch a hop-on bus back to the hotel but all the hotels were closed. We used our map and each stop that we would go to would be closed due to the parade. There was no way of knowing which ones were open and which werent, the worst part was, was we didnt even know what the parade was about. People kept just telling us that it was a national day parade, except we never really saw anything to interesting except tanks and what looked like high schoo marching bands.
Touring the city like this was fun for about two hours, but after that our tempers were running short.
We were so happy to sit down and were really excited to get back to the hotel and go to the pool and go to bed. When we got back to the hotel we called the front desk to see what time the pool closed and they said 9:00...it was 9:15, we were not happy. So long story short, our first full day in Singapore, besides the hour or so sight seeing in Marina Bay, was not a good day.