Goodbye cold wintery New Zealand and hello 30 degree weather!! Although it is only day 6 of approximately 259 days total, we have visited Singapore, Bali and are currently in Jakarta. We spent 24 hours total in Singapore – not much time to do anything substantial, but just enough to get a feel for the city. We stayed in the middle of Chinatown and managed to navigate the MRT from the airport to our hostel, with our big backpacks in tow. Upon finally finding the hostel and walking what seemed like a million steps up to reception, we then explored the shops and food stalls.
I love Chinatown for the very reason I love most places in South East Asia – the food. The night food market is fantastic – you can get dishes from different carts and sit outside under the stars and enjoy cheap quality Chinese food. And cheap beer – a normal size beer at Clarke Quay was going to be 15 Singapore dollars – our large Tiger that we shared was only $6.90. Bargain! I also love Chinatown for all the lanterns – it is a beautiful part of the city, albeit very touristy now with all the cheap 2 dollar shop quality souvenirs. However it still has some charm – for example the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the beautiful lanterns outside.
In our exploring, we were wondering why no people were around – it all seemed very quiet in Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Orchard Road. However we then discovered people doing parkour down near a bridge and decided that the Singaporeans must all be down these little alleyways and parks learning how to jump over items and scale buildings.
Overall though, probably the most exciting moment of Singapore was getting to the airport and having Dunkin Donuts… After a day of walking, my knee, shins and hamstrings killing me, and carrying a backpack all around the airport terminal – a donut was definitely required to make things better. And it was so so good.
Next destination – BALI!