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Published: June 25th 2010
Finally! My trip has started! After a fairly awful flight from Perth to Singapore, umm when did Jetstar stop installing seats that recline??? I arrived ready to hit the streets.
My first port of call was Little India where after wandering around lost for a while I found the starting point for the walking tour and my tour guide Carol. I spent the next 2.5hrs wandering the streets and hearing about the history of Little India, all very interesting but the thing I wanted to do the most was to get my fortune told by a parrot, yes a parrot! Apparently its and ancient tradition amongs the indians in singapore and there is only one man left who does it. Unfortunately for me he chose this day to stay home so no fortune for me 😞
Finishing the tour at 1pm and after only a lousy burger king breakfast (just hash browns really) at the airport I was starving! So I head over to the Tekka Market which is a huge hawker centre with all sorts of food. In Singapore they rate the cleanliness of a food stall with a letter, A is best then B, C etc. According to the tour guide if you want A you best go to Macdonalds! lol Most of these guys were a B so after doing 2 laps and still not being able to decide, one of the stall holders made the decision for me, 'what you like', umm chicken 'you want sweet & sour, lemon chicken' ummm sweet and sour 'ok you sit'. So I sat and was promptly served a magnificent meal accompanied by my first tiger beer, does it get any better?
After fuelling up it was back to the MRT and over to Chinatown. 2 minutes into my stroll around Chinatown the heavens opened and I mean it bucketed down. After finding a corner to stand on (no not THAT kind of corner) I waited the downpour out with several others and whilst there purchased one of Singapores famous 'Ice Cream Sandwich'. This is essentially a block of ice cream wrapped in a piece of bread, but the bread is mulit coloured! Yum.
The rain continued so I decided I would just have to get wet and wandered through a few more markets before deciding Singpore obviously didnt like and I should just go back to the airport.
I'll be honest and say that my time at the Changi airport was not a happy one. Upon checkin for my flight to Koh Samui I was told that I needed to show the credit card I used to purchase the ticket, hmm thats a problem I lost that card months ago.....So after waiting an hour for the supervisor I was informed that I must purchase a new ticket and then in 30 days they will refund me. The point of this I hear you ask? Bangkok Airways just wants to make sure you are paying your own way....??? Anyway I paid the fare and off I went.
The flight was half an hour late getting in and I was subjected to the slowest passport control ever so I was a little worried that the guy from the hotel who said he would pick me up would not be there. But I needn't have worried, as I wandered out looking lost I heard a cry of 'Spotlight!' and there was Chloe to greet me, with a beer!
So after catching up over a few beers I headed to bed exhausted but ready for my Thailand adventure to really begin....
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