Raffles 'the gentleman thug'Seeing as I am shortly departing for Christchurch (NZ) I thought I would update you on the delights that Singer Poor has to offer. I arrived on Monday evening at Changi airport Singapore to be greeted by the Zigster, and I've had a blast ever since. Went back to Ziggy's apartment on the east coast at The Bayshore to meet two friends of Becca's and tuck into some homemade sushi and chinese, top scran, then a mild bout of jetlag set in as I went to sleep only to to wake up at 4am and stare at the walls for a few hours.
Tuesday we set off for the Singapore Botanical Gardens and the National Orchid Garden, where believe it or not there was an orchid named after Maggie Thatcher after one of her visits, it was all red and twiseted, oh yeah and it was f***ing hot. Then we took a junk tour of the waters of Singapore for around 3 hours with a brief stop on Kusu Island (turtle island).
Photo here: Kusu Island
Stopped off at the supermarket for some supplies for dinner and then I tasted my first Chicken Murtabak, I shit you not it was delicious, basically a pancake with an egg broken on it then chicken curry added and folded.... some seriously good shit, kinda like a Roti but better.
Wednesday was shopping n'shit followed by the night safari which rocked, saw: Asian babes.. I mean Rhinos, Golden Jackels, Striped Hyenas, Lions, Sloth bears, Bongos, Hippos, Asian Elephants, Malaysian Tigers, Bearded Pigs, Tapirs...bored yet?? btw a night safari is a safari of animals that are mainly active at night (errr nocturnal), at night...doh
Thurs, went over to Sentosa Island with Zig, which was great. We headed straight for the Butterfly Park/Insect Kingdom and rushed through to get to Mr Scorpion...
Photo here: Dr Dolittle..he talks to the animals
what a legend we had a good craic with him playing with his scorpions (he had 70 with him!!) and sweating heavily. Then Underwater world, the beaches, some top notch hawker food and then we got the cable car back to the mainland and headed off to a 5-a-side footy match which went rather well, I even got asked to make an appearance for the Pirates, an 11-a-side Saturday team... in goal of course, I think they were rather impressed with my ability between the sticks, even if I do say so myself... I said sticks. Friday was Singapore Zoo...very impressive, Polar bears blah blah blah, but seriously it was incredible and then we went for Tiffin Curry and Singapore Slings at Raffles, no not Raffles the gentleman thug from Viz, the colonial hotel that still sits in all its grandeur in the middle of the city, most enjoyable.
All in all, I would recommend Singapore for sure, very forward looking, almost futuristic in parts, we should get KKKKKen over to look at the public transport system, kick ass. The only serious question mark lies over their ability to drive, not good. Now for me it's off to Christchurch, and I have already booked myself into a 4 bed dorm at the 'Star on the Square' hostel in Cathedral Square, the girl on reception that I spoke with yesterday assured me that I was sharing with 3 female swedish gap year students..... I will find out in about 24 hours. Watch this space...