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.
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.
The tortoise and turtle museum was good fun, i never realised how many different types of turtles there were!
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!
Early bus ride to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow 🙂