Travel to Singapore and Day 1

After grabbing some brunch at an art café (how cosmopolitan are we?!) it was back to the bus station to get on one that would take us to Singapore – the only time we’ll go between countries on anything but a plane! This one had massage chairs, which Mo liked

Mo enjoying the massage seats on the bus!

It wasn’t the nicest of days, lots of rain but that didn’t really bother us as it stopped before we got there. After about 4 hours we were on the bridge linking the 2 countries and we got our first view of Singapore! We had to pile off the bus with all our bags and go through security and customs checks before we made it into the city.

First sight of Singapore - the marina

For our first morning in Singapore we took a metro train to Little India for a walk around. It was obviously a popular tourist place as there were lots of backpacker hostels and western pubs/restaurants. We tried to be a bit more adventurous by trying one of the many food markets in Singapore. It’s basically like a food court with lots of small vendors selling local food at cheap prices. We bypassed the one that had crocodile paw soup on the menu. There was a picture of it and it literally was a crocodile’s paw in a bowl of soup. To be honest this made us both lose our appetites a little and when we got our food (duck and noodles) it didn’t go down too well. In the end we went to a bar nearby and had some pasta and chips to make up for it. Well at least we tried to be good tourists!

Next we headed into the CBD where most of the famous landmarks are, and we headed for Chijmes – a collections of bars and restaurants set at the back of an old church building.

Mo in front of Chijmes The courtyard at Chijmes

We stopped for a drink to cool down in the shade and then headed for Clarke Quay.

A nicely chilled glass of wine

As we got there, the landmarks started to appear

First preview of the Marina Sands Hotel img_1377_26-02-2012

Finally we headed for tea at a place we’d passed earlier in the day called Taste. They did tapas style dining but it was local cuisine that was on offer. So we shared 5 different things that included a Singapore favourite of black pepper crab and even some Stingray! Yum.

Stingray anyone?

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