Reunions, cable cars and the wow factor!
23.05.2013 - 24.05.2013
Our final stop in SE Asia would be Singapore!
Some people might question why we didn't go there before Indonesia but it was with good reason. By putting it at the end we could coincide our visit with when a friend from home was moving to Singapore. Another epic reunion awaited us!
Having stocked up on duty free gifts we went to get our bags,
only to be left waiting at the carousel with Dans bag nowhere insight. As that drama was resolved and his bag arrived I noticed someone waving frantically in our direction. It was Hache who had come to surprise us at the airport what was to follow was a fun night of catching up on news from home, her time moving to Sinapore and our adventures.
We had some great local food...
And having been without decent wine for months, we may have got a bit carried away...
Which resulted in a lot of kangaroo onesie fun
Have you ever had crisps made from purple potatoes?
The next day a bit worse for wear we set out to explore some of the city, stocking up on some local grub at one of the many food courts.
Check out these gardens! So cool!
Our first stop would be China town and as we walked through from sky scrapers to old style shop houses it was like being in a giant film set with changing scenes that didn't quite seem real. Kind of like in the Truman show as everything feels like it has its exact place. It definitely didn't have such a built up, bustling feel to it that was so impressive about Hong Kong.
As none of us were in the mood (or in any state) to be looking through all the different things at the stalls or haggle we decided to opt for the cable car ride instead where we could just sit back and take in the city without the hecticness. To be fair as we had been to China and several other China towns on our trip we didn't really need to get anything anyway.
The cable car takes you to the top of Mount Faber (which really should be described as a hill), over the harbour and across to Sentosa Island. As it was an overcast day and drizzling the views weren't as spectacular as maybe they could have been on a clearer day.
But it was quite cool to get a birds eye view over Sentosa island
And of this gigantic cruise ship! Complete with mini golf, a driving range, swimming pools with slides that come out off the ship and a helicopter pad!
We jumped off at Sentosa Island to take a look around, I had not realised that it was one big playground, with casino, theme parks, water parks and aquarium. It was also where they have Singapores Universal studios. I really should have read up on it more, not exactly the best place to be hungover and with not a large budget! But it was fun to see and if we were back in Singapore on a different trip I might check it out properly.
After all that excitement and walking around in the humidity it was time for a nap before we took on Singapore at night.
We were glad we had some new clothes as we knew that flip flops and shorts were not the dress code required to get in the roof bars.
Singapore is known for its great food and we headed to Satay Street for some...can you guess...that's right satay!
Outside on the street was stall after stall of satay sellers, all advertising the 'best satay'. There was also an impressive building where inside was a selection of other food and drink you could get too but we opted for chicken, beef and prawn satay, which was delicious!
Suitably stuffed we made our way to Level 33. Daniel and Hache were amazed that there was no queue. We think as it was a bank holiday weekend that a lot of people had actually left Singapore for a long weekend which worked out well for us. Within seconds we were in the lift and sitting at a table outside with this amazing view of the city, just in time for the light show! WOW!!
From our vantage point we could look down on the famous Fullerton hotels, and decided we would move on to Fullerton Bay hotel for a cocktail.
We could get used to this!