17.02.2012 - 19.05.2012 28 °C
We arrived in Singapore on Friday evening and jumped on the MRT (Singapore metro which was very cheap & really good for getting around) from the airport and headed on the purple line to Boon Keng. After walking up and down a few streets in some really intense heat we eventually found the hostel, but unfortunately it was quite late so the 2 girls asleep in our dorm were woken up by our arrival (we did apologise inthe morning).
Our first day was spent walking around the city exploring the different parts and cultures it offers. As I heard about the shopping in Singapore before we arrived I was eager to do a little window shopping and Singapore certainly is not short of shops. The Orchard road goes on forever with lots of shops from high street to designer retailers. I was pleased to see my favourite 'H&M' and managed to convince leight I needed a couple of long sleeve tops..oh and a pair of sunglasses! We took a walk to the Raffles hotel and from there we could see the more impressive Skypark (Marina Bay Sands) so made our way in that direction. From around 7.30pm the Skypark begins a laser light show across the marina, it was worth seeing and there's great views of the skyline of Singapore across the otherside of the marina too. There's lots of places to eat with little India, Chinatown etc, we had a curry at a restaurant that just opened at the very top of the Mustafa shopping centre. After a full day walking the city and utilising the MRT we were quite tired so slept well.
The next couple of days were pretty much a mix of the same (shopping & exploring) apart from Sunday evening where we booked to go to Singapore night safari (apparently the only one in the world). We had a really good night but don't go expecting anything other than a cool zoo with flood lights in the enclosures.
If we could sum up our visit to Singapore 5 or so words/statements.
1) Gems vision of heaven (shopping, shopping, shopping)
2) Amazing buildings
3) Really friendly people
4) Very very clean
5) Gem wants to go back
Random sights/things in Singapore.
1) The Marine bay sands resort (google to see why)