SingaporeOctober 29 in Singapore
Singapore is the size of lake Taupo but has 5 million people living there with a large amount of expats. While completely urbanised it is also dubbed the greenest country in the world. It’s full of skyscrapers and 20-something storey condo’s in amongst a sea of trees.
However, we did have a bit of trouble getting across the border via our bus. We got off the bus at the Singaporean border and were given limited instructions other than being told, “stamp passport” by our driver. We noticed everyone literally running to customs to get their stamp while we slowly picked up our bags and casually strolled to customs. After getting through to the other side of the border we then realised we had missed the bus. We later found out that the driver will only wait 20 minutes and will leave you behind if you miss the connection to downtown. However, we didn’t have to wait long until we found one of the 27,000 taxi’s Singapore have.
We really liked it here and ended up extending our stay a couple of days. Although it is probably one of the more expensive places on our itinerary we were lucky enough to get hooked up with free accommodation at a really nice condo by a friend of dad’s. The first night we arrived she took us out to a good dim sum joint that we visited at least once.
The first day here we spent sorting out a few flights for the remainder of the trip. We have our flight booked to London and will be arriving there on February 7. This night we also decided to cook Dee, the person we were staying with a chicken roast. Turns out here they don’t cut the claws or head off the chicken before putting it on the shelves at the supermarket. It definitely changed Jessies experience of eating meat. You’ll see what I mean in the pictures.
One of the highlights of our visit here was visiting the zoo. Particularly in Asia, i’ve avoided going to Zoo’s because they’re shit and don’t care about the welfare of the animals. Singapore Zoo is an exception to this, it’s an impressive facility that sets the standard for captive animal conservation. Upon entering the zoo we were greeted by a peacock politely asking for food. You can get up real close to the animals, with the exception of some ie. the baboons and cheetahs. You’re also able to feed some of the animals; such as, the giraffes and elephants.
The only UNESCO world heritage site in Singapore is their botanical gardens. It’s a 158 year-old tropical garden. We were able to get through half of the gardens before we battled the 30 plus degree humid temperature. We then ventured into Chinatown for the cheapest Michelin star meal in the world. Fortunately it only set us back $4 NZD, yet I don’t feel like it was worthy of the Michelin star.
Another thing we also noticed in Singapore is the number of malls they have there. They’ve built malls inside of malls, malls with theme parks, and malls with train stations. The malls also have good restaurants and entertainment, one of which had a massive casino inside of it.
Our last night there we went out to the city and for a Saturday night we were surprised how early the bars closed up. We did manage to get lucky at the casino and double our budget for the night; which came in real handy with a bottle of beer setting you back $15 NZD. We finished up the night at an Aussie bar which was full of poms. For what we considered a quiet night we still somehow almost missed our flight to Cambodia the next day.Read more