The last stop in Asia...
27.04.2012 - 29.04.2012
Yes guys, the time has come... its the last stop in Asia!
Singpore is one hell of a place. It so clean! Its so shiny!! I could actually imagine living here (dont worry Mum I wont...!) My first experience wasnt great though. I got dropped off at this random shopping centre god knows where I was! I asked at information how to get to Chinatown where my hostel was and asked where the metro was... because I heard it is everywhere and really easy to use. "No Metro." the woman said. "Bus No.2" she said. OKay, so off I go to find the busstop and I get my lonely planet out (Very battered after 3 months of use!) and ask a man waiting there where abouts we are. He doesnt know... WHAT!! A local doesnt know where he is? I told him where I wanted to go and he then tells me no buses go there. WHAT!! So wheres the metro? 30minutes walk he tells me. WHHAAAATTT!!! It is soooo hot and humid and i have my backpack (and Cath Kidston holdall ) And i cannot be doing with walking 30minutes to get the metro. So i was going to get a taxi, but then i see a train! And it doesnt look that far! I started walking, assigned to my fate of getting very hot and sweaty knowing the cold showr at my hostel will make it all worth while! I cross the road, walk 2 minutes and BOOM im at the metro! Why would do people lie?!?!? So annoyed! But I dont really care because i found it and used it all the way into Chinatown. Oh yes, a day of public transport in a foreign country always makes me feel proud of myself!
China Town is gorgeous, hanging red lanterns cover the streets, brightly coloured buildings make the area vibrant, stalls, after stalls line the streets giving a bustling atmosphere. But theres something a bit different compared to others I have seen... ITS SO CLEAN!!! There is no rubbish anywhere! The metro is so clean and shiny, it feels like going into a posh hotel or something when you get to the stations. Me likey. Anyway, i arrive at my hostel, dump my stuff have a quick shower and head out to Marina Bay, where there is a gorgeous view of the city. What suprises me is its actually quick small. The buildings are huge and yeah its not like Leicester, but compared to Bangkok or London its tiny in comparision! The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a bizarre sight.. looks like a boat ontop! So I had a walk around then when to a nearby shopping centre to do some SHOPPING!!! 2 pairs of shoes later I was exhausted, so heading back to Chinatown for the best massage of my trip then bed!! ZZZZzzzzz....
I get woken up by the sound of thunder and heavy rain! Great! I stay in bed for as long as it takes for the storm to stop! I head out of the city to the Chinese Gardens, and the chinese influence is in your face! Pagodas, statues, bonzai trees, and a little garden called the Garden of Abundance which has statues of every one of the animals that make up the chinese years. Really nice to have a chilled walk around. Saw some big lizard things and turtles. I then head back into town to Arab Street where there are loads of Indian shops selling saris and carpets. "New rug for you miss?" haha no, i dont think I can fit that in my backpack! I see a big Mosque. Nice. I see lots of buildings that have been painted with weird and wonderful patterns and pictures. Oh I do love it when I see buildings like that! I then walk further down and find Raffles hotel, so I pop in and have a Tropical Sling in the courtyard. I didnt fancy going to the bar, It was such a nice day and the courtyard is lush. I was all prepared to be virtually ignored and the service to be horrendous because I am not a posh resident there! But no! The bar man was so nice, asking me questions abut myself, wether it was my first time here, how the drink was... he brought me over a magazine to read without me even asking! The best service I have had in Asia! I was missing it to be honest! The cocktail was lovely, I didnt want to go with the crowd and have a Singapore Sling, plus Ive heard they are horrible!
After the cocktail I was feeling a little tipsy (!!) so headed back to China Town, got myself a manicure in preparation for Oz, I do not think my style that i have had over the past 3 months will do in Oz!
My time in Asia is over! BOOHOO!! Im actually quite sad... There is so much to see and do here, I feel like ive only seen the tip of the iceberg! The past 3 months have gone SO quickly, it feels only yesterday that I had my teary farewell to my mum and sister, and sobbed to all my friends on my leaving do! Over the past 3 months I have gained a major obsessions with bikes - learning to ride them in Pai and then the 3 day motorbike ride in Vietnam. I have trekked.. everywhere! Major one being Sapa, very proud of myself over that, another one of my highlights. Ive learnt to cook Thai food, lets see if I can remember when I get to New Zealand! I went to Cambodia... and HAVE to go back at some point. Everyone needs to go there, my favorite country by far. I am now an Advanced Scubadiver so have kind of got over my fear of open water! I experienced my first earthquake. I spent my birthday in paradise, dancing in the rain with two great guys and a great gal. I have many new passport stamps and have met SO many great people (and some not so great but wel forget about them!). Im excited for reunions in Australia and now its all a bonus as far as im concerned... i wasnt too sure if i would even last Asia!
Love you all,miss u more!