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South East Asia Adventure, Stop #1: Singapore


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Singapore is way bigger than HK! It takes us over an hour to get anywhere. Maybe we should have stayed closer to the city centre, but the people at this hostel are so nice. Despite the draw-backs, I’m glad we’re here.

Went on a river tour & pub crawl our first night here, (Casey we went to a zero degree bar, but not as cool as the one in New Zealand). Leaving the hostel we got our first taste of the true nature of the neighbourhood we are staying in - prostitute central. The old guys taking home the young Thai girls only increases in numbers as the night gets later. Also, the music next door is super loud.

Saturday Sue and I went to Johor - scratch that, I went to Johor, while Sue waited at the Singapore-Malaysia border because she forgot her passport at the hostel - to buy tickets to KL for today. We’re still in Singapore, the reason for which happened Saturday night.

Saturday afternoon we went to Orchard Street to check out the major shopping area. Man, I felt under-dressed! There was a line up to get into the Louis Vuiton! I got in line, and the lady in front of me was going into the LV with a LV bag. Kinda like walking into a Timmy’s with a Timmy’s, but on another social level. We ate dinner at a place called Thai Express on Orchard St. That was where we made our (near) fatal mistake.

After Orchard St. we went to the Night Safari, which was really cool. Even after I threw up twice due to food poisoning from the stupid Orchard St. restaurant! So that’s saying something. I really didn’t want to leave, but really, what else could we due? We got a bag (paper, they had no plastic) and took the bus. I threw up twice on the bus. Sue was impressed by how quietly I could puke. We decided to get off and cab the rest of the way after a while though. Got off the bus, I went and threw up in the bathroom of a restaurant and Sue got some plastic bags (the paper just wasn’t cutting it). Caught a cab that would take us back to the hostel, threw up two more times in the cab, and finally got back.

Sue took good care of me, and so did everyone at the hostel. I spent most of the night throwing up, thinking I would die, then all of Sunday in bed. We decided one more day of rest would be good before braving the trip to KL. Good idea. I started really eating again today, so we should be good for the rest of the trip now.

Sue saw more of Singapore than me, so she has some better impressions of it. I leave the rest to her. Peace out, homeslices!

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Yes, I do have a pretty good impression of Singapore as I went on a 43km bike ride, left Mars in bed to recover, basically saw all the main highlights of the island. Biking in traffic is nuts here, the other girl on the tour almost took a car door to the face when some lady opened it without looking, I was behind an saw the whole thing. I really enjoyed the trip and I think it is the best way to see Singapore. Tony the owner and guide of the bike ride was awesome, had loads of information about buildings, history etc to share along the way. Went to a water reycling plant and drank %100 water converted from sewage water- tasted pretty good. I will see what the side effects are later.
The hostel has been good, as Mars said we are in an interesting district but it is part of the experience. They also have a cat that has a cow- kinda cool. Next stop Malaysia! I have already packed my passport so I won’t forget it- no worries. Peace Out -SL

4 Responses to “South East Asia Adventure, Stop #1: Singapore”

  1. Dad Says:

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    Sorry to hear of charmed Martha’s churnings, but sounds like theres no long term ill effects. A co-workers father went to Malaysia a year or two ago and came back with a tape worm. He survived too ! Good luck with the rest of the journey.

  2. Michelle Says:

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    Eww!

  3. Philip Says:

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    ewww indeed. I hope your trip to KL makes up for it! (And that you’re ok!)

  4. Laura Says:

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    Well, hopefully Mars will still like thai food :) and you didn’t get anything funky from the water! Sounds like a wicked adventure on 2 wheels! Have fun!!! xo Laura

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