05.04.2011 - 09.05.2011 32 °C
So the journey started in Singapore, we arrived at 6:30 in the morning and took a minivan to our hotel, about 5 minutes into the journey some little girl threw up - luckily her dad dealt with it quickly and I didn't have to see or worse smell it. Our hotel wasn't ready when we arrived so we wandered the streets for the first 3 hours, by the time it was 10am, we were sweating in the sticky heat of the Singapore summer and dying the get into the air con. Our room was tiny and that was being generous. The bed was literally 60% of the room and the bathroom the other 40. There was no where to even stand unless you were on the bed! It was very clean though, much like the whole of Singapore. They get loads of rain there - almost as much as the amazon so it was great, coming from Australia and it's tight water restrictions, into a shower where the head is as big as a frisbee.
The food was everywhere you the eye could see, streets were lined with restaurants and the hawker markets have rows of little stalls, each boasting seafood cooked in every imaginable way, fragrant 'chicken rice' a staple diet for many which looks plain and boring but the chicken is juicy and flavoursome like it's been cooked in its own stock for hours and the rice is infused with jasmine? and is also cooked in some type of stock, there are pancakes that are green and filled with beans or peanuts and are sweet, porridge is served with vegetable in it and frog legs if you're keen. There is also bbq stingray which is served in a spicy sambal sauce, oyster omelettes were popular, but not for us and or course there were copious noodle and rice dishes. The laksa was awesome! Seafood seems to be a huge part of their diet, everyone has large ice trays with all kinds of seafood out front. but if you don't get it weighed before you eat it, they are likely to rip you off. This is a must for chili crab - which should definitely be tried - be prepared to wear a good portion of it though and don''t wear anything silk or that requires drycleaning.
The zoo is also a must - the best zoo I've seen, huge enclosures, heaps of animals, free range orag-utans were swinging over our heads as we moved from one part of the zoo to the next. I could go on but Ill show you pictures instead - also I touched a lemur!! Pretty much the highlight of my trip to Singapore apart from the food. Singapore people were really friendly and it was a relief they all spoke English as well as Cantonese. Well worth the trip but after 3 days we felt as though we'd seen almost all there was to see, NB: public transport which was an underground train was second to none - so cheap and so, so quick!!