singapore

we just got back from singapore (sat 7th), where we spent 1 night in the grand central hotel (good location, quality was like an ageing travelodge but the pool was nice and clean), and 2 nights in uncle heng’s/derrick’s condo.

again, i’m feeling tired and lazy so i think i’ll list things briefly…

  • orchard rd: the famousest of shopping districts and where our hotel was. amazing array of malls/dept stores which seemed very nice with a huge range of clothes. i was surprised at the amount of boutique style or more unusual stuff there was, including lots of stuff that i would have looked at more closely and purchased had i had time/money and most importantly space on the boat to keep. anthe and fiona, if ur reading this before we get back, we bought stuff for you… =)
  • sentosa: the famousest of resort islands, Auntie Esther took a half day on Thur to take us there. we went on the skytower, which was like a big donut that people got into and it rose up into the air to get a view of Singapore. It was cool but i spent too long taking movies and used up most of my memory card!
  • cheng ho chinese junk trip: as in a chinese boat trip. the boat was decorated like an old chinese junk, like the ones the commander of the Chinese Imperial fleet, Admiral Cheng Ho, was in charge of in the 1400s. We cruised around Sentosa and other islands, drank tea and ate biscuits (very nice semi-sweet lemon sandwich ones!) and stopped off at Kusu Island aka Turtle Island. I tried vainly (also perhaps in vain) to get rid of my strap tan lines by wearing a strapless top and managed to burn all the bits that were previously white – while the tanned bits just got more tanned. i’m still a bit red now so i’m still waiting to find out if i will have to keep my scarf wrapped around me at angela’s wedding…
  • zouk: my cousins derrick and vernon took me out clubbing to zouk, along with their girlfriends cheryl and …. i’m afraid i can;t remember exactly and definitely don’t know how to spell vernon’s girlfriend’s name…sorry, i blame the ak47 which i was force fed (a cocktail apparently containing 7 different spirits + ice). the dj was from germany and i have also forgotten his name, but it was trance music and pretty good. so good in fact that we stayed until nearly 5am, dancing till the end. i also tried chival regal whisky with green tea (the sweetened kinf in cans i think) which was nice when it wasn’t too strong. everyone i met was really nice, but they liked necking their spirits a lot, and making everyone else drink up, and i’m only used to necking beer! but i can confirm that frisbee love can be felt with a shared RIP cocktail =)
  • went to the largest temple in singapore in the bishan district…it was huge and much cleaner than malaysian temples. not much else to say about it.
  • raffle’s hotel: where the invented the singapore sling. we went there only a few hours after i got back from zouk tho, so we didn’t order a cocktail.

so overall, singapore was clean and well maintained – the opposite of malaysia where many old buildings – and not so old buildings – are not well kept, and look shabby and dirty. even very old / historical buildings are often in a state of disrepair. in cotrast, the singapore museum which was housed in a colonial building looked brand spanking new – and it was white so would show any dirt. but the food is better in malaysia and i think malaysia’s a bit friendlier and a more interesting place to go.

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