Coming up on one week in Singapore. I’ve been able to visit a few places around the city. From Chinatown to Little India, all around the Quays, out to the Flyer (Singapore’s ferris wheel – the biggest in the world, for now), and to the best place of all…Dempsey Hill. Well, ok, so Dempsey Hill is just a place where all the expatriates hang out, but the one place we ate there was the very tasty, if high-priced, PS Cafe. But what in Singapore isn’t costly?
To be fair, I ate lunch yesterday for under 3 Sing dollars. Hainanese chicken rice, from a vendor in the China Complex in Chinatown. The low price may be because that food court was not filled with the ex-pats and tourists from the nearby market street – except me of course! You get the feeling that it is where all the street vendors came to eat lunch.
Singapore is a great city to just wander around, especially if you make a habit of stopping at each 7-11 to buy a beer and perhaps a snack. We call it 7-11 hopping! I advise buying the 330mL can because the heat is always in a hurry to warm up your drink. Before you finish the 330 can you’ll have gotten to the next 7-11 anyway. Beware! Carrying an open beer around is not illegal, but it seems to have the effect of making everyone want to stop you to ask for directions.
A new habit I’ve developed has been using hotel bathrooms several times a day to rinse off the sweat from simply being outside. Unfortunately the clean feeling doesn’t last too long.
My list of remaining activities to complete in Singapore includes visiting:
– The zoo
– Night safari (been hearing mixed reports on if this is any good)
– Tiger Brewery (need to find out if they do tours)
– Asian Civilization Museum
– East Coast Park
– Any other suggestions?
I head out on Tuesday to go to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. If you’re around any of those countries, let me know. I should be back in Singapore around May 27th for a few days. As usual, new photos are posted here. I can’t sort them in reverse order to put the most recent at the top, so I suggest viewing from the end of the album.