Singapore is NOT in China!

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With our 30 day Thai Visa coming to an end we head to the airport to catch a flight to Singapore!
Might sound weird but I’ve never flown from a foreign country to another foreign country before, it’s always just been back to England…
All went smoothly and before we knew it we were in a taxi driving to our hostel.
Staring out the window reading the signs as they pass by and i suddenly realise…hey I can read the signs!? Everything was in English and our taxi driver tells us English is the first language in Singapore despite it being populated by 75% Chinese…maybe thats why i always thought Singapore was in China…?

At the hostel we discover that all shops and restaurants are closed for the Chinese New Year ‘boo’ but then we are told theres a big new years eve celebration in Chinatown tonight ‘yay!’
Of course we went straight there…sadly it was very disappointing. We were expecting a big parade with chinese dragons and fireworks but all we got was thousands of people, a tiny stage with some of the craziest chinese tv presenters i’ve ever seen and a few tv screens showing the stage…all the fun must happen in other cities 😦 typical!
We did have a good traditional chinese meal though and it was great to be a part of it even though it wasn’t very exciting.

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The next day we went to explore Singapore…all i can really say is that it felt like i was back in London, tubes, trains and hundreds of people.
It is a beautiful city though, everything is so bright and clean almost as if it’s underneath a spotlight, just a little bit too much like home for me.
However every city does have its hidden gems! We found this in the form of a Chinese and Japanese garden in the heart of Singapore.
Stunning views and some great buildings. We climbed a 7 storey pagoda with a spiral staircase which gave us views of the entire park.

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Looking up…

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Looking down…

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The tortoise and turtle museum was good fun, i never realised how many different types of turtles there were!

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And this little guy had me laughing for ages with his facial expressions, he looks so human πŸ˜‚

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It’s the little things in life that keep me amused πŸ™‚
I also got to watch a tortoise climb upstairs which i didn’t actually think was possible!
After feeding a bunch of hungry turtles

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And discovering some very philosophical statues which i love!

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We decided it was time to head back.
We stopped off at Little India on the way. This was one of the busiest places i think i’ve been to the whole trip so far.
So much life and culture in one place.
I couldn’t resist getting a proper Indian curry to take back for dinner…you know you’re not in London anymore when you order a takeaway and it comes like this!

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Very tasty πŸ™‚
Oh and i almost forgot 1 other thing Singapore gave us…Wendy’s!! πŸ˜€ i stuffed my face with a bacon cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries and was a very happy lady indeed!

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Early bus ride to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow πŸ™‚

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