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Published: November 9th 2009
It was sad checking out of our posh hotel in Bangkok. We could've stayed a few more relaxing days but we were off to the next destination. A hop, skip, and a jump flight to Singapore left us in the 88F humid air of this large city. Once again, we had a great luxury hotel (Conrad Centennial) but Tammy scored a Priceline.com deal for $79 (tax included).
The hotel is next to a ton of shopping complexes and has a HUGE fountain out front. The fountain is called the Fountain of Wealth and is located in the middle of a gigantic traffic circle. At night the fountain lights up and changes color. Spectacular view of it from our 23rd floor room (see pic).
We were then off by subway to find the restaurant Rick saw on Discovery Channel- the Banana Leaf Apolo. It is located in Little India section of Singapore so guess what type of food it is. Considering Tammy doesn't like Indian food, a short stop at McDonald's for her dinner was necessary first. Poor Tammy. But that just left Rick all the hungrier when we got there. It looked just like it did on the telly. They are
famous for their fish head curry but it is a real big dish and too much for one. So, Rick tried out some other exotic fare. Sri Lankan chili crab and cuttlefish in black (ink) sauce. All served on a banana leaf with rice of course. Wasn't hot, well not that hot, but it sure was spicy as Indian food typically is. Yum! Rick was stuffed and loved it. Afterwards, we headed over a few blocks to see the Kali temple. Didn't look at all on the outside like the "Temple of Doom" in Indiana Jones. But we caught "Little India" during rush hour. The streets were just jam packed everywhere you looked with Indian men. Yep, no women to be seen anywhere. Rick's theory is that they are at home where they should be getting dinner ready for their hard working husbands. ; ) We have another theory on the general lack of women in the few side streets we were on. We think we were in the "San Francisco" type of area with lots of men hanging around and holding hands. So, would be a better alternate explanation why no women were needed. A couple pics of the
temple then back on the subway to the hotel. Tammy said it very much reminded her of her trip to India but cleaner. It's an authentic Indian area not a touristy faux Indian area.
Let us comment that Atlanta officials that run MARTA should come to Singapore and Bangkok see the efficient and easy way they use their subways and elevated trains. It's a piece of cake, even for a foreigner. They are quick, efficient, and relatively inexpensive.
Back to the hotel for bubble bath and bad TV and up early again tomorrow for 9AM (18 hr) flight back to Los Angeles. Bleck! So, we'll pop the Dramamine and hope for a smoother flight than last time.
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