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Week 9 - Singapore

The journey from Melaka was quite smooth. 4 and a half hours and a couple of passport check ins later and we arrived at the bus station and then found our way to the hostel.

We stayed just a short walk from Little India where the main attraction is "Mustafa" department store. This huge store looked like their version of Londons Harrods and sold pretty much everything you could think of.

Singapore compared to its neighboring countries (Thailand and Malaysia) is pretty expensive so we had to watch the pennies. Our first day, we took a nice cultural stroll through the main shopping district called Orchard Mall! (Singapore's Oxford Street)
In the afternoon we headed down to the Zoo and Night Safari which we had heard only good things about. We enjoyed the afternoon in the Zoo seeing some animals and creatures we had never seen before. We were surprised at how open and exposed the animals were to the public but they seemed to stay within their territory. Even the Tigers were only separated from us by a little stream! But then we're used to Tigers now anyway so that wasn't such a problem!

We also watched a sea lion show which was amazing and like watching a show at Sea World Florida.

When the evening came, it was on to the Night Safari. We watched a live fire show whilst waiting for the park to open. We got comfy in the front row which turned out not to be such a good idea. After watching about 5 minutes of various displays of dance, scorching stunts and fire blowing Paul felt a hand on his shoulder! He was being summonsed to the stage with the half naked fire blowing stunt men. His shirt was stripped off him as he took part in their performance. Much to my delight my camera battery kept going and I was able to film the whole thing..... which I will use as bribery material!!

We continued the evening by taking a tram ride through the park seeing all the animals and we were able to stop to take some walking trails which was fun in the dark.

We visit the Botanic Gardens and took in the beautiful scenery. It is nice that the second most densely populated country in the world, has still remained one of the most green with its protected parklands and reservoirs.

The next day we visited Clarke Quay which is a beautiful little town situated on a river. We took a boat cruise down to Marina Bay seeing the waterfront restaurants and bars and passing beautiful hotels including the 6star Fullerton. The most amazing sight was the 4 Billion Pound Marina Bay Sands Hotel which is 3 huge towers and what looks like a giant boat resting on the top of all 3 at 55 stories high.

On Day 3 I made the mistake of letting Paul read the Lonely Planet guid book. Of course I knew what this would mean and sure enough his suggestion was to spend the day at McRichie Reservior hiking! We walked a total of 12km around the lake and throught eh forestry. Half way around we walked along a 250m tree top suspension bridge which had some pretty amazing views. Although tiring we both really enjoyed the energetic today and felt a sense of achievement when we had finished.

On our last day the weather was rather poor. Heavy rain meant we didnt make it out until the evening so we were glad we had taken full advantage of the glorious sunshine on the first 3 days.

Next stop....Austrailia! We are both so excited to get to Cairns, begin our ride on the Oz Experience coach and check in at our Hostel which from the pictures looks like a 24/7 party! Getting to Oz also means we can count down the days until the Boyces meet us in Brisbane....

Posted by pjr6 22:05 Archived in Singapore

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