Day 2 - Singapore

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Hindu Temple, Little India

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.

My man Ganesha
This guy was a character, no teeth, limp, even if I did speak Hindi, I dont think I would have been able to tell what this guy was saying. We left right away and walked around the building to snap a few photos. We ran into the same guy on the other side of building and he was still yelling at us but this time he had some actions to go with it which  helped because what I THINK he was trying to say was that Erin couldnt go in with shorts on. After leaving the temple we walked to a few shops and found a really cool music shop where I would have bought a zither, a Indian guitar that has 20 strings and sounds awesome. Figuring we better move on, we decided to just keep walking to the next stop instead of riding the bus.

The next stop was Arab street, I was really excited about visting but my excitement didnt last long.

Civilian's Memorial
As soon as we got there, WE decided that we should move on and head to Marina Bay where most the attractions were. So we headed to the bus stop. This was a journey, we found out that the bus maps do not do a very good job at placing where the bus pick up is. On the map there is a picture of a bus but it is so big that looking at the map, the pick up could be at three different streets. So after a half hour of walking around we found the bus stop AND found that all the stops in Marina Bay were closed because of some parade.

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.

part of the "parade"
This is a tall four pier tower that was built in rememberence of the civilians who were killed in WWII. This was really cool up close because it is a lot taller than it looks and it actually had a sign explaining it in English. From the tower you could see the ferris wheel, also know as the Singapore Flyer.

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.

Singapore Flyer
We started to get very frustrated. While walking we noticed another building that was really tall and was divided into three different sky scrappers and looked like it had a hot dog on top of of it. We figured we would head that way later. Once we got to the ferris wheel we found out that it was open, it just was moving SO slow. It took almost an hour to get all the way around and it cost $30.00 a person! We decided that we might save that for another night and we'd walk to that building.

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.

Cool bridge that was being built
At the top you had a view of all of Singapore. It literally looked down on everything and was very beautiful. You could take a headset if you wanted to have an audio tour but it was really boring so we got rid of those quickly. We snapped a lot of photos on the top and walked all around it. There is a pool on the top that literally goes to the edge of the building! It was probably the coolest pool I've ever seen and it was only for hotel guest...So after getting my hopes up, we decided that we werent going to be able to swim and headed back down.

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.

After hanging around here for awhile and trying a local drink that tasted HORRIBLE, we moved on.

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.

Singapore City 57 floors up
It was getting dark and we were really hot. We ended up walking to about 5 different stops and for such a small country, I'd be comfortable saying we walked over 5 miles going in and out of streets all day. So after never finding a bus stop we just grabbed a taxi back.

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.

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Hindu Temple, Little India
Hindu Temple, Little India
My man Ganesha
My man Ganesha
Civilians Memorial
Civilian's Memorial
part of the parade
part of the "parade"
Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer
Cool bridge that was being built
Cool bridge that was being built
Singapore City 57 floors up
Singapore City 57 floors up
top of Skypark
top of Skypark
Coolest pool ever, goes to the ede…
Coolest pool ever, goes to the ed…
top of skypari
top of skypari
Sky Park
Sky Park
Merlion
Merlion
Three of the hottest attractions i…
Three of the hottest attractions …
During the parade
During the parade