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Singapore October 2011

Yes it is out of order

sunny 28 °C

All the last minute preparations behind us, Mum picks us up and out to the airport. We have been warned about delays due to Customs go slows, but there is so little happening at the airport when we arrive that we are into departures in 30 minutes including a hot chocolate. Start to go through all the things we have forgotten, but we have got passports and tickets, and that’s a good start.
Spend a while in duty free using the iPad to compare prices of stuff between Melbourne, duty free and Singapore. Got the basics of a shopping list, but there is nothing I really need, so we won’t be buying unless there is good prices going. Of course buy a couple of bottles of Mumm to enjoy with T&J. Spend enough time here to get called up over the PA for the flight, to G’s consternation.
We are the last on the 7pm Emirates flight, which is half empty. The crew are very attentive, and keep us well watered and fed. We are all watching too much TV, and I am the only one to get some sleep before we arrive in Singapore at midnight. Taxi into T’s place in the centre – S$26 is not expensive by home standards.
Enthusiastic greeting from T, which belies the fact she has to be up in 6 hours to get the kids to school. But we still have a bit of a natter before we are all off to bed.
Surface long enough to see T, C and O off to school. Back to bed, so the morning is very short (as far as we can tell) and we eventually pull ourselves out to go for a walk down to Orchard Rd. We do not get very far, caught in one of the many shopping malls and losing each other in the levels. We have a good lunch in the food hall, and good value at $5 for a good size meal. We continue around the Mall, which stretches over 5 floors with the most expensive around ground level - usually the prestige brands with the prices dropping as you go up levels or into the basements. Looking for glasses, trying to get a good value pair but the prices seem similar to Melbourne. We head into the next mall, which is more of the same, just the names of the labels change. Certainly makes it is easier to get about and see all the different major brands if that it what you are interested in..
On Orchard Rd

On Orchard Rd

We drag ourselves back, still tired, to rest with T and the kids. We are still too knackered to go out for dinner, so T kindly makes us a lovely roast chook for dinner.
In the morning after T, C and O are out, we slowly rouse ourselves and get prepared. G and I are heading over to Sentosa Island today. L is up and dressed and going shopping with T. We hail a taxi and head over to Sentosa. We get a good scenic tour on our way out there, and it seems to be taking longer than expected. Looking at the map later we have been for a ride, about 50% extra his way around. From now on I am sitting in the front seat with the map out.
We start at fort Silosa, looking over the (largely useless) fort that was overrun in WW2 with its guns pointing the wrong way. There are some interesting displays, tunnel complexes and views of the transport fleets in the Malacca Straits, but a bit more detail than G is interested in with the other attractions waiting. Fort Silosa

Fort Silosa

His main focus is just around the hill at Mega zip. But when we struggle up the hill through the humidity, it is closed for maintenance – bugger. The open alternative is the mega climb at $24 each, an elevated ropes course with the choice of three levels. We go straight for the highest course because we are tough. The course is pretty short, but with the humidity it is pretty draining. There is a section with a jump from one plank to another across a one meter gap which G hops across as if was drawn on the footpath, but it really throws me (especially after looking down the 10 meter drop) and I have to gather my thoughts a few times before I jump it gingerly. Got to say, the one in France was better as it took longer and was more involved, and had a working zip line. Up on the high level

Up on the high level

With the course complete, we head off to the luge. This is a concrete track going down the hill side which you ride little carts down, steering into the corners. I don’t get to see much of G as he is out of sight after the first corner. The fact that he thrashed me is probably G’s favourite part, so we do it again. Good fun, but at $36 for two quick rides each it would want to be.
We have a slurpee, then have a look at iFly, the indoor skydiving ride. It looks likea lot of fun, but as you need 3 hours and $200 each, we give it a miss. Instead we head over to the Segway “eco tour”. There is a brief training session, then we slowly head up the beach road for 12 minutes and then ride back for 12 minutes. There is no discussion about the island, flora or fauna. All in all it is very tame, there is no tour and there is no eco to speak of. G was feeling quite let down after all the build up.
After the disappointment we hop on to the mono rail which gets you form the south of the island up to Harbourfront shopping mall for free. It also connects you with Universal studios, a popular stop. And it’s the only free ride around.This is how a testicle feels, hanging around all day

This is how a testicle feels, hanging around all day

We head into Vivo Mall at harbourfront (yes there’s a mall here too) to check out the prices of stuff like Lego, headphones, cameras, iPods etc. After a while looking around and comparing prices, it was soon apparent that prices were much the same as Australia within a few percent and no one was willing to bargain. And if you know where to look in Australia, there are better retail options, except Lego which was definitely more expensive.
We then went on to Hunan Digital Mall but that was basically all computer stuff with minimal cameras and headphones, but all at standard prices across the board.
Headed back to T’s as it was getting on a bit. Greeted with a mojito – great stuff! This on top of the weariness means we let T cook us dinner again – carbonara tonight. I keep up with price comparisons online for stuff, and cannot see much cheaper in Singapore in what I am looking for – especially without knowing the cheaper areas. L had much the same – not to mention the issue of the clothing sizes.
View from T's place

View from T's place

Posted by lostagain 14:11 Archived in Singapore

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