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Published: September 15th 2011
Steamed Garlic and Chilli Prawns
Arrived! 12/9 (3 days ago)
Jetstar plane was very late - left at 3pm instead of 11am, so we didn't get here until 10.20pm local time. Apart from that it was smooth and the cabin only about 1/3 full, so a pleasant trip. Also the qantas lounge was lovely and a godsend when such a delay - very civilized.
It is 28 degrees and smoggy. The suburbs are 'aerial' ie all multi-storey apartments.
We are pooped and going to sleep very very soon.
2 13/9 We went into an alleyway and had hawker food for breakfast then we did a self-organised walking tour of places of worship, and saw a buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, a mosque, a synagogue and 3 christian churches; all in the space of 3 blocks. The people go into the temples with bundles of incense and stand there holding them and facing the street and praying and waving the incense around. The Indian deities seem to have a surfeit of arms, if you arx me. But they are colourful and also have interesting faces, like lions and elephants.
We did a bus overview of the city this arvo; the highlight was
Singapore suburbs are all up in the air
the orchid garden, which was just like Amazing and Surreal, dude. We took an awful lot of photos of flowers and will probably inflict them on you eventually . Tonight we took the recommendation of a man on the plane and went to the seafood centre, which is a group of eateries on the marina. We chose Jumbo. There was a table of about 12 (looked like office colleagues) and they spent 2 hours standing up every few minutes and toasting things... they were very very very pie eyed.
3 14/9 Day 2 (full day) of being in Singapore and we cannot believe how knackered we are. We got up early again and went for breakfast with the locals - noodles and vegetables. The locals work from very early in the morning till late at night - their peak hour 6 - 8 am and 6 to 8 pm for office workers and others their hours can be from 10am to 11pm. Given this they do not cook that much but eat out for nearly every meal and that is why these hawker markets are everywhere. Cheap too - really big serving - about $3 to $4 - haven't quite
Orangutans - breakfast at Singapore
got mum onto the local cofee yet - we tried one yesterday and she has sprouted some very big black hairs from the effects of it - we had to go for a walk and find a western style coffee for her.
Today after breakfast we went on a "duck tour" which was on an old american vehicle (said by our guide as an american VEE-IC- LE which used both land and water to get around. This took us on another tour of the city but amazingly a different area to yesterday - then onto the river (same vehicle) to see the city from a different angle - it was great! and I took lots of photos...
The grand prix is on next weekend here so lots of building works going on - unlike ours they close down a large portion of the city to run it so the tour guide was saying they go on holidays for 6 days while it is on.
This afternoon we went to Sim Lim Square which is the place that Marie told us about - MJ - I am sorry but contrary to what you think you would have LOVED it. We could only stay for about 3/4 hr because it got all too much with people trying to get us into their stores - anyway we did manage to buy a battery for the baby computer- double the size of the current one - for $69 Singapore dollars - about A$60 - hope that was OK Michael.
Tell Marie we tried to get Kindle stuff but they hardly have even heard of Kindle - one person told us they would not even buy that sort if thing because they used their laptops for everything - e- books etc.
We are now back in our room - in our nighties having a rest before dinner - we call it our 'anniversary' and we are going on the Singapore Flyer dining car for dinner. We have been at the flyer place a lot over the past couple of days and we are very familiar with it because all touring trips go from there.
We have bought a few bits and pieces too so we are going to try and find a PO tomorrow to send home to you.
The weather is very hot and humid - they seem to have very big storm every day which only intensifies the humidity - so each day is about 33 degrees and night time does not drop that much lower. The room we are in is very small but we are not spending that much time in it so it has been OK.
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