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Singapore

July 21st-24th

We got to Singapore at just after noon on the Saturday the 21st. Grandma's friend Virginia Tan had set us up with a place to stay with her cousin and family, and they very generously picked us up from the airport. Monica, Eric, and their son John (age 12) were waiting for us outside customs. They are the nicest people in the world! They immediately took us out for lunch at a local Singapore coffee house that served the classic café fare, plus Singaporean food like noodles, soup, and other dishes. We had a great meal before they took us back to their place. They lived outside of the city, but only a couple blocks away from an MRT line, so it was extremely convenient. After settling in, we took a train into the city to explore. Singapore is absolutely beautiful. As far as cities go, it may be the coolest I have ever been to, architecturally speaking. The buildings are so stunning that some of them look like they are straight from a video game! The Marina Bay Sands hotel is probably the coolest sight I have ever seen. I'll post some pictures. After walking around, we decided to get a couple beers and play some pool before we mapped out our night. When we found that the cheapest beer we could find was $10 each ($8 CAD), having beers turned into having one beer. We decided to walk towards Singapore River where the financial district and restaurant/pub areas called Boat Quay and Clark Quay are. The quays were really cool areas comparable to Yaletown and Gastown, but even more expensive. We met the family for dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant at Clark Quay then headed to the one bar that we were happy to find had $5 beers, before calling it a night.

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The next morning we headed to a small island at the very south of Singapore called Sentosa. It is a resort island with a Universal Studios, a chairlift and gondola, and lots of beaches and restaurants. We simply just walked around the island as any of the attractions were far too expensive. The beaches were really nice, but nothing compared to Thailand, so we didn't spend too much time there. We found a nice bar to play pool at, then headed back to the city. We walked around some more and found a nice little Chinese place for dinner, and then we found a Chinese bar where they were singing Chinese karaoke that was quite annoying so we called it an early night!

On the 23rd we decided to go to the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel for lunch. We had hoped to stay a night there so we could go to the amazing pool that spans the three towers of the hotel, but it was $400 a night, and that was about $350 out of our price range! Instead we decided to go there for lunch. The restaurant was super nice, and we sat right on the edge of the roof at 60 stories high, looking over Singapore. The lunch was very expensive, but the meal was really delicious. We each got a bento box with roasted asparagus, pickled vegetables, some sort of salad with a sesame dressing, amazing sashimi, and salmon and rice. It was so good, but I hope I never have to pay that much for lunch again! We had nothing to do in the afternoon, so we went to watch the Dark Night Rises, which was an amazing movie. After that we met one of Virginia's nephews named Elliot, who had also stayed with Monica when he first arrived in Singapore. We ate a seafood feast with him and his friends. We had pepper crab, chili crab, cereal prawns, regular prawns, and some sort of fish. Apparently they were all Singaporean staples and it was so delicious!! We went to bed early again as we didn't want to spend the money to go out.

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The 24th was our last morning in Singapore. Monica's godson picked us up and took us to the WWII museum and POW chapel. It was very interesting, as we had no idea how much Singapore had been involved in the war. I lit a candle and said prayers for Grandad, Granny, and Grandpa at the chapel. We then met Monica for lunch before we flew out to our next stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Posted by geoffboulton 09:02 Archived in Singapore

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