06.02.2014 - 09.02.2014
We arrived with expectations of shiny buildings, expensive shopping malls and a Starbucks on every corner - this is what we found. We flew from Yogyakarta airport which is essentially a large holding area leading directly onto a runway, if we wanted to it would have been easy to chase a plane like Jim Carrey in Liar Liar. We flew into Singapore Changi airport which has a butterfly garden, three storey slide and rooftop bar, needless to say the difference was refreshing.The feeling of a real carpet beneath my feet even made me do a little jig, it wasn't that I missed carpet, I had just forgotten it existed.
Day one has been reserved for a long time for Universal Studios and the wait was worth it. Essentially a scaled down version of the parks we visited in Orlando with all the theme park magic that me and Becky buy into as if our lives depend on it. There was a pretty sweet Jurassic Park area with an escaped Velociraptor, river rapids ride and, of course, the gates. Somehow Becky got me on The Mummy roller coaster even though when we went on in America I stated it was the worst point of the trip - fortunately for me this was a slightly tamer version!
Day two we got up super early to go to Singapore Zoo, another one I'd been super excited about as I'd read some great stuff online. It didn't disappoint - they had an amazing, huge polar bear tank, orangutans swinging over our heads, rhino feeding and huge bats flying right by us (Becky was not so keen on the latter whereas I thought they looked like Pterodactyls so was pretty happy). We retreated back to our hostel for some much needed relaxing/watching The Walking Dead.
Our first two days in Singapore were both at tourist hotspots and each day did at times feel like a battle between us and Asian tourists who do all they can to avoid any kind of queuing system. After four months of this its a little depressing how relaxing an orderly queue can be!
We were both shattered by day three but we headed down to Marina Bay to check out the skyline and those big shiny buildings we'd heard so much about. This is my thing usually, I love cities and their skyscrapers but the humidity wiped me out. In the unrelenting heat of Angkor Wat I didn't falter but a gentle stroll along the riverside in Singapore left me needing a cold drink and a nap!
Next stop Australia, It's difficult to fathom the trip is beginning to wind down, a harsh reality!