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so long singapoo-poo...
our final days in singapore were spent in style. a nice and welcome change from backpacker central came when checked out of the cozy-corner backpackers and into the swissotel, the stamford, on friday. and it came not a moment too soon, after discovering the backward man... that’s right with shared bathroom facilities, the cozy-corner housed a man that showered in the toilet and went to the bathroom in the shower...

after welcoming dad on saturday morning, we had a lazy day wondering the streets of singapore and showing off a few of our favourite haunts; an typical asian cafeteria, the amazing $1 cones on orchard road, the un-missable mango store (which i just had to show him) all before persuading him to jump on a bus and head back to the hotel.

flying in late saturday evening, mum had little choice but to go with the flow on sunday which coincided with fathers day. we headed into china town for some yum cha and then opted to spend the steamy afternoon at the botanical gardens with a chilled bottle of french champagne, some fresh fruit and baguettes with salami and camembert cheese.

we started the evening sipping singapore slings and tossing our peanuts onto the floor at the famous long bar, at raffles hotel. next we went to clarke quay for some steak (our first in five or so weeks) and smoking apple flavoured sheesha at a funky moroccan bar. we ended the evening on a high note with a bicycle side-cart tour around the grand colonial district.

monday, dad treated us to a buffet brunch before kurt took me on a little ticky-tour of orchard road and got a new hair-doo, whilst mum and dad tended to some business. the evening was yet another unexpectedly fun one, where we drank and ate in little india. after meeting my old and dead friend sally, we had a drink at the prince of wales, aussie pub and then proceeded to a tradition barefoot indian restaurant. dining on the floor, around small intimate antique tables and nibbling on poppadoms and tandoori prawns was certainly the highlight of the night. good food, great wine and fantastic company. a fabulous way to spend a 23rd birthday, if you ask me.

pics. botanical gardens, night view of city, the clouds descend, unfortunate cab drivers name (mr. nung soon fatt) bus singapore to malaysia.

we have stumbled across the pot of gold and the end of the rainbow...
well at least singapore seems that way after a month in indonesia... no longer do we miss what’s ahead of us on the side walks because were busy looking down, making sure we don’t step on something dead and/ or suspicious looking. ours heads are up - as we move forward into the second month of our adventure.

singapore, while being the cleanest city in the world is small, unique and decidedly very traveller friendly. to date we have used most methods of public transport, including buses, trains, trams and taxi’s. day one (tuesday) in singapore was spent finding accommodation after our 24 hour ordeal from nias to medan and then to singapore. the second day we decided to get a feel for the place and walked until we literally could walk anymore. it was at this point in the day we gave in to the luxurious air-conditioning that beckoned us into one of the mega malls situated on orchard avenue.

day three (wednesday) we decided to pack a picnic lunch and bus it to the botanical gardens which was an absolutely amazing place that we will visiting again, this trip. we will however, have a chilled bottle of vino, some soft cheeses and olives to accompany us – along with mum and dad. later in the day we treated ourselves to a movie, a comfort well worth the seven dollars we paid. thursday we took the train to the singapore zoo and spent the day walking around and taking in the 28 hectare open plan sanctuary. tonight we cabbed it into chinatown for dinner and straight away fell in love with the authenticity and ambience of the lantern-lit streets, bustling food stalls and markets.

yesterday (friday) we packed a picnic and headed to east coast park for a lazy day and nap on the grass, alongside the strait of singapore. we then headed to clarke quay a beer and glass of vino before heading back into the city for a walk around the singapore art museum. the next for fews days will be filled at the beach on sentosa island, curry munching in little india as well as celebrating, yours truly’s, birthday...

pics. a happy snap of us enjoying a $1 twister cone and a mixed bag from singapore zoo.