27.11.2010 - 30.11.2010 28 °C
So everyone tells me this city is boring. In our three days there I couldn't see why. Horrendously expensive, yes, but boring, absolutely not. Singapore to me is a dozen different countries squeezed into one city. On our approach into the town I couldn't get over the amazing architecture. They put a huge ship on top of three massive towers for gods sake!!!
We went past the Marina area of the city into Little India, where we were staying (the less said about our hotel the better), where things were completely different. The smells and the colour were gorgeous and the curries hot. A metro trip over to Orchard Road and we were in the most commercial district I've ever seen where there were queues coming out of Louis Vuitton and Chanel stores and a beer cost a tenner. We picked up a Sri Lanka book and got the hell out of there. Below you'll see one of the very expensive looking shopping centres.
The following day we went out to Chinatown via a Hindu Temple, a Mosque and a Chinese Buddhist Temple. Hindu Temples are really places where I would love to have a guide to explain all the crazy looking sculptures and murals. The Buddhist Temple is said to hold a tooth of Buddha within a shrine that is very heavily protected, we didn't actually see it as there were prayers on at the time. There are brilliant statues of demons standing guard outside the temple that you can see below.
We also made it to Clarke Quay, a really funky place along Singapore river that has been developed really well. The area holds tonnes of bars and restaurants. All of them are quite expensive, even the token Irish bar, which resulted in Will's argument that the cheapest place would of course be Hooters. They do have good chicken wings though!
It was in Clarke Quay that we found a bar called Clinic. This bar serves you cocktails held in an IV bag from which you suck out through the drip, oh and you're also sitting in a golden wheelchair. I found it all a bit creepy but it's definitely original.
The final day in Singapore, after picking up our bus tickets to go back to KL, we went to check out the Park View building. Amazing building, very Gotham City! We ventured inside where there is a bar (it was a bit early for a drink and we couldn't afford one anyway) and the interior was even better. The bar is home to the 'wine fairy', behind the bar is a huge stack of cabinets holding hundreds of wine bottles and the wine fairy's job is to fly up the cabinets and grab the bottle to bring it to the customer's table. I can't describe it very well but here's a video that Will found - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r07pMN5Kxk
We loved Singapore, and we were quite surprised by it. If you had plenty of cash it would be a brilliant spot for a few days, if you're on a budget it's certainly a bit tougher. You can manage to eat cheaply (for Singapore) if you eat in Chinatown or Little India, but good quality cheap accommodation is hard to come by.