Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, Shopping Centre Paradise!
27.03.2011 35 °C
Our cheap flight tickets get us too Singapore safe and sound, the one missing passenger who had checked in was supposed to be sitting next to me so all for the win really! Arriving in Singapore we decide a night in the airport would save us money. I spend the night annoying the information desk lady by asking for new wifi passwords hourly. Blin manages to fall asleep but I think an all nighter may be more appropriate after a man from the Philipines ask me to come back and visit, all I did was ask where a plug was to charge my phone! Public transport opens at 6 so we are on the first train in search of Singapore's little India which is apparently the place to stay whilst on a budget! The sound of a return to India troubles us slightly... No hostels are open at this time apart from Dunlop 28 so this is obviously where we end up staying. No sleep and a trip to Singapore's world famous Zoo is agenda so off we slog, managing to navigate ourselves there by both underground and bus. The Zoo is definitely the best Zoo I have ever been too, that's for sure! I also manage to fall asleep on th floor overlooking the manatee which is found highly amusing by some local school children. I wake up to them photographing me! Lol! Blin grooms the Arabella ponies and looks at the giant rabbit whilst I have my power nap. Continuing on we ensure that we see every single animal the zoo has to offer, ticking then off on our map. After this extravaganza we think a spot of food down in the harbour would be appropriate... We think we should have had orienteering lesson before we left and brought a compass with us as we hiked around Singapore and ended up on a tour of the CBD finding ourselves in a car park of Lamborghini's! We get rescued by a lively Thai lady who totters out in heels who guides us to the cheap food Market we were after. It turned out to be shut! So we went up to a food court in one of the 49000 shopping malls Singapore has to offer and managed to find some noodles and rice for $4. The shopping centres are insane, you would need about 2 months worth of non stop shopping to visit everyone of them and be able to look around. That is no exaggeration. However, food accomplished we made our sleepy way back to little India for bed, just in time for the Indian prayer songs to commence at full volume on the street outside and continuously throughout the night half-hourly. I take to making skype work, doesn't really happen apart from a weird man introducing himself to me, shaking hands etc, he then stopped me on the street this morning to check I remembered him and told us to have a good day!?! Anyway....
After finally getting some sleep we wake up rather late at ten and stock up on the hostel breakfast which was included in the $28 a night price tag. Then decide to take the underground to Sentosa Island, which we've heard good things about. We caught the bus from the station which conveniently took us straight to the door of Universal Studios, which is where I type from now as I wait for Blin to get off the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. We've taken to single rider so we can take turns guarding the valuables. The park is insane! The Shrek 4-D Adventure was very exciting! An interactive cinema basically and we were soaked with jets of water every time Donkey sneezed, also hit from beneath our chairs when the spiders appeared!! Blin was a little traumatised by this. We've been making the very most of our ticket and have been on every ride here, we came to the conclusion that the 'psychological thrill ride' that was The Mummy was the best, and have been on on it numerous times. Also the 2 Battlestar Galactica rides are amazing!! Google them, apparently the tallest upside down roller coaster in the world if you believe the flyer :-/ Food here is very expensive as you can imagine an we are kicking ourselves for not making sandwiches with the free food at breakfast this morning.. But we live and learn and will be making hampers for our day out tomorrow. Chips and burger it is, this time of slightly higher standard than McDonalds... Not really that hard actually but owel. Fireworks started at 9 in the park, we decided they have different explosive laws over here as neither of us have seen anything like before, for some of them you couldn't even look they were so bright and made such loud bangs that actually shook our bodies!!!
Today has consisted of a return trip to Sentosa Island, this time exploring the beaches, very clean and rather man made looking but we weren't sure. Left for the airport at 4 and when arriving to board our plane we go into major panic as the gate has been closed!!! Thinking we have missed the flight despite having been in the airport for 3 hours I ask another passenger who kindly/not so kindly informs us that our flight has actually been delayed by 2.5 hours which is annoying. We have managed to grab some lounge chairs in a rest area so not too much of a hardship. Hopefully we shall make it to Australia soon!
Lots of love