So I arrived at 5am into a deserted Singapore airport. The transport system is so easy, it was fantastic! I'd booked my hostel the previous night and they had sent directions which were super easy to follow. I just had 2 trains and a 5 min walk. I arrived at about half 6am and they let me check in early so I went straight to bed for a couple of hours. I couldn't believe my luck really. Usually you can't check in until 2pm. Anyways after my power nap I headed out to see some of the sights. Singapore was not what I expected at all. I hadn't been that excited for it as I thought it was just a big city with lots of shopping centres but I spent the morning walking around Little India and Chinatown. They were both awesome. Small streets with lots of shops selling saharas and pretty colourful dresses. There were lots of Indians walking about and it was like a completely different part to Singapore. I visited a mosque and a temple and then headed into the centre of the city. This was a completely different story. High rise buildings with lots of business men and women rushing about. I loved it though! Way more than I thought I would! So interesting. I went to the Marina Bay Sands and watched the sunset. After the sunset I walked over to, jeez I can't remember what it's called, it's like 10 big fake trees with colourful lights. They put a show on there so I watched that. It was nothing too exciting just music and the tree lights changing colour, very pretty. Then when that was over they were putting a different light show on just across the bridge. They used fountains and shone lights on them and it told a story. This was about the birth of a baby and the babies life.. I think, it was quite hard to tell. Really great day! First day alone as well and I had no problems! Really enjoyed it actually. It was only until I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom having a conversation with a girl when I realised I actually hadn't had a proper conversation that whole day. Very strange!
Sunset at Marina Bay Sands
The most expensive builidng in the world at 5.6 billion usd!
Day two in Singapore was even better than day one! I was meeting up with my friend, Jodie, who I used to work with in Aberdeen. She was generous enough and let me spend the night in her spare room. Very kind! So I went and dropped off my bags at her flat, she was still working so I headed out to Sentosa Island. Another interesting place in Singapore. It's a small island which is actually a resort. Ithas a theme park, beaches and an aquarium. I just went to the beach for a dip and had a look around. I didn't really like it to be honet. It was quite fake and very touristy. Heaps of rich westeners and Chinese. Back to Jodies flat and Jodie, her fiance, his brother, who is also staying, and me headed out for dinner. I had spicy crab linguine which ended up being a big mistake. It was very warm and humid and the spicyness was making me sweat buckets! I couldn't eat it all even though it was delicious! We headed to a bar and had a drink or two then it was back to the flat for bed.
The next day Jodie and I went for a bike ride along the coast. It started off as a beautiful day and we must have ccled around 6km when we decided to head back as the clouds were starting to roll in a looked menacing. The ride was great. We passed a wakeboarding park, lots of little shops and toy car racing track thathe locals seemed to be taking very seriously. On the way back we stopped off for some lunch. Lemonchicken with rice for me and chicken noodles for Jodie. Just as we were heading back onto our bikes the rain started. Like someone has pressed a switch it just poured so heavily! Luckily Jodie had brought rain ponchos so we popped them on and braved it. We got well and truly drenched but it was so much fun! A quick shower, cup or coffee and then I was hitting the road again! Great couple of days in Singapore! Well and truly smashed my expectations!
me and jodie