On our third day in Singapore, we woke up to an unpleasant sound – rain! It was a crap day outside, and we stayed in bed until it cleared up a bit. We had some shopping errands to do, namely buying some gifts for our gracious hosts, so we ventured out to the market in the hot sticky damp weather and found some flowers and chocolate for the kids who had given up their room for us! Then we packed up our stuff and headed downtown to our second stop on the journey, The Little Red Dot hostel, close to downtown and Little India, but very expensive for us at SG$20 per dorm bed. We got there without too much trouble and checked in, the hostel is clean and nice with a good atmosphere, our beds were soft and the room had air-con so we were very satisfied! After all this, we walked to the Golden Mile complex, a multi-use complex where many long distance buses left for other destinations in Malaysia. We tried to figure out the cheapest way to get to our next destination, but the cheapest we found was SG$55. Yikes!! After weighing our options, we decided to try a few other places and quickly realized it was Sunday night and nothing else was open. 😦 boo.
Our lovely “family” had invited us to dinner that evening near Clarke Quay, so we walked over to the quay to meet them and enjoyed an amazing Indian buffet. It was delicious!! We really enjoyed our time with the Dias family, thanks again guys for welcoming us into your home and showing us your Singapore! After dinner I had made arrangements to meet a friend whom I had met in the Philipines, so we trekked over to the reverse bungy ( a kind of slingshot that shoots you up into the air instead of down) and met up with Magnus. The three of us had drinks on a boat in Clarke Quay, but after two beers my budget for the day was exhausted, so we walked back to our hostel. You may think theses things are close together, but Micheline and I are excellent walkers! It took us about an hour to get home, but since it was nice out and Singapore is an interesting place, it wasn’t a hassle.
Our next day was pretty chilled out, we decided to bite the bullet and buy the expensive bus tickets out of here, reasoning that since it was an overnight bus we wouldn’t have to pay for accommodations. After that, it was shopping time! There was lots of bargaining to be had at the Bugis market, and it wasn’t quite so overwhelming this time, I came away with two reasonably priced shirts, a pair of sandals and some trinkets for friends. Grand shopping total?? $40!! Eeps! Oh well 🙂 when will i ever be back in Singapore? Who knows! After lunch at the hawker center nearby, we decided to check out Marina Bay Sands, the mega complex and casino on the bay that was topped by a giant ship on three towers, and a huge “Gardens by the Bay” as well. The hotel itself was very impressive, we didn’t go up to the top of the ship as it was expensive, but we checked out the view of downtown from the quay, and gawped at the Singapore Flyer, a huge ferris wheel that takes a 1/2 hour to go around and gives awesome views of the city and surrounding area. We walked through the malls and hotel complex to get to Gardens by the Bay, checking out the cool avatar trees and greenery until the sun got the better of us and we decided to go back and get ready for our epic night on the town.
We started out night at the Wine Connection, a reasonably priced place on Robertson Quay, where Magnus, Micheline and I were joined by fellow traveler Ame, Constantin, and my friend Linus, who I had met at full moon last year. We had an awesome time trading travel stories and I finally had a glass of wine after missing it for a month, and headed out to the Playhouse, a club on Clarke Quay that was pretty much empty, due to it being Monday night. We said screw it! Lets make our own party! We may have partied a little (wayyyy) too hard cause both me and Micheline woke up with massive hangovers and nixed our plans for the zoo the next day 😦 oh well. Our day was spent recovering, packing and getting ready for the night bus.
We walked over in the evening to the Golden Mile and I had some pretty goof Pad Thai, as the complex is the “Thai” hub in Singapore, I got a little nostalgic for Thailand! Our bus ended up being AWESOME, with fully reclining chairs, TV screens, video games and lots of little comforts. The only bad thing was the bus Nazi, our driver who kept waking us up by screaming into the loudspeaker when we had to cross the border, shouting at us to hurry up, and generally being a surly dude. oh well. I had an ok night of sleep on the bus, and was eager to get to the Pehrentians the next day! Beach Paradise, baby!!
- Great Things to Do in Singapore (singaporetouristattractionsblog.wordpress.com)