04.11.2011 - 06.11.2011 32 °C
So, from Melaka, we took a bus to Singapore. Not many people travelling with us - we had to jump out at Johor Bahru to get stamped out of Malaysia, then again on the other side of the causeway to be stamped into Singapore but, other than that, it was a nice easy journey.
We took one of Singapore's snazzy metro trains to Chinatown, where we checked into our lodgings - A Beary Good Hostel. It was beary good, not least because of the free iPads and Netbooks, unlimited breakfast including cereal and real milk, and teddy bears everywhere.
That evening, we headed to Lau Pa Sat foodmarket to choose between the hundreds of affordably priced meals on offer. Then a walk around the financial district towards the marina, and a boat ride. We looked into going up to the 'Skypark', a boat-shaped tourist centre resting atop three hotel skyscrapers, but $20 for the privilege was too much! We decided after much deliberation that we didn't like the Skypark anyway. Looks too much like a banana. On the other side of the marina, we came across an outdoor stage where some traditional Indian dance was being performed. Very impressive performance which we stayed and watched for the whole hour.
On the Saturday, we took in the National Museum of Singapore, whose special exhibition at the moment is a display of paintings on the theme of Dreams and Reality. It also housed the very very extensive History of Singapore interactive gallery. After exhausting our interest in the museum, we nipped into the Raffles City basement food court for some lunch before doing the touristy thing and paying $26 for an autherntic Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel. We needn't have worried about not meeting the hotel's dress code as many other tourists and the like were in there and each table is provided with complimentary monkey nuts, the shells of which were spread all over the floor.
Saturday evening was spent exploring the bars and nightlife in Chinatown...
The next day, we moved on again by plane to Phuket in Thailand. More soon!