After the craziness of Australia, the first stop on the Asian leg of our tour was to Singapore for a few days which acted as a nice introduction as it’s a city which beautifully fuses cultures from both the East and West. See how we got on below.
“With my passport missing in transit thanks to DHL, the Irish embassy issued me with a temporary one and promised to send the new one to Singapore as soon as it arrived so that I could continue my journey onwards. So with the flimsy passport in hand, I hopped on a flight to Melbourne and then flew out to Singapore to meet the lads.
I arrived at 3pm local time after some of the best plane food I’ve ever had and went to straight to the hostel, which was a serious trek away on the metro. Once I found the place in Little India, which was better than some of the hostels in Australia, we headed out to see a bit of the city itself and try some of the local cuisine. We headed to Marina Bay where all the famous skyscrapers are, including that of the Marina Bay Sands. After a quick walk around we stopped to watch some Chinese dancing show which was part of the Chinese Arts Festival as part of the New Year celebration.
We were up early the next morning to see some more of the city. We began in Little India which is full of colours and the smell of sweet curry and even stopped off at the Hindu temple, making sure we removed our shoes in the process. Next up was Chinatown which is all hustle and bustle. We visited the nearest temple which was beautiful but then got down to business for lunch and visited a huge food market. We guessed that the best places were those with the big queues so waited it out before trying some noodle dishes which were delish. With our bellies full it was off to the Botanical Gardens which were quite impressive, but at this stage having seen so many botanical gardens and having very little knowledge about plants, it could have been the Phoenix Park.
After some chicken curry noodle for lunch (unreal), we organised to meet a school friend in the evening to show us around the city a bit which was cool and afterwards went up the Marina Bay Sands itself to the rooftop bar for the amazing view. But by Jesus the price of beer in this country is crazy. One pint costs about €10. Needless to say we were sober Joes heading back down to the ground floor. Early night it is then!
Although we only had a few days in Singapore it is a lovely city/country that is well worth a visit for both its extravagant shopping and delicious cuisine. We were also highly impressed by the warmth of the locals who tried their best to help us out when we looked completely lost. Just one word of advice for the Singaporean government: lower the price of beer please.
See you in Indonesia!