06.01.2009 - 07.01.2009 29 °C
Annie and I finally reached our final stop in our long journey across South East Asia, Singapore. The humidity is still high and the heat is strong . We arrived in Singapore pretty late on Tuesday night since we missed our plane in KL due to some confusion as to which airport we were leaving from...OOOPS!!! But we made it safe and sound. The bad part of arriving late into the city is the fact that everything is closed. The only establishments that were open past 11:30pm were the local bars and the Karaoke rooms. We were both hungry after not having any dinner, so we looked everywhere for a place that was still offering food. After 20 mins searching we decided on going to an Irish Pub and had their late night Chili Dog with chips and a side of fried whitebait ( little silver fish). Of course, anytime you get to go to an Irish Pub you see if they have Guniness on tap. Lucky for me they did and it was extra cold.
The city itself is very beautiful and clean. We were able to explore the city today visiting many more famous and exciting places such as Little India, Chinatown and Raffles City. Singapore is known for their Fish Head Curry and in Little India there is a place famous for making the best Fish Head Curry in all of Singapore, Banana Leaf Apollo. It was very big and very tasty, the only problem that we had when the dish arrived at our table was how to eat the dish. There was a big soup bowl and inside the bowl was a curry soup with a hugh fish head. Oh I forgot to mention that we did not have any plates, we ate our meal on top of big banana leafs. You can imagine what a difficult task enjoying this famous dish must have been, besides the fact that we didn't know how to eat fish head.
Most of the city was getting past the holiday season but in Chinatown there are gearing up for Chinese New Years. We saw so many decorations of Red and Gold. Everyone is getting ready for the year of the Ox. The year of the Ox begins on the 26th of Jan and celebrations will go on for two days.
After our stop in Chinatown, Annie and I travelled to the famous Raffles Hotel. As many might not know, Raffles Hotel is home of Long Bar. Long Bar is the birthplace of the famous cocktail know as the Singapore Sling. The Sling was refreshing and very tasty. Anyone who might be going to Singapore has to have one before leaving, we both recommend it.
One of the great features that Singapore has to offer to it's citizens and visitors is an amazing transit system that takes you all around the city with out any hassles and it is the cheapest way to travel around. In fact it is the only cheap thing in the city.
Tomorrow we are returning to Taiwan to see some more family and then we will be heading back to the states. Southeast Asia has been an amazing trip. We have seen more than we ever imagined. We have eaten more than we ever thought possible.