We walked around town and checked out some of the unusual fruits at the very brightly lit and colourful stalls. Having been told about the oh so smelly Durian fruit, I opted to try some but after a few minutes of realizing how insanely gross it was, it only left Desmond with a big bag of the squishy uneaten fruit. The only way to describe it was like squishy onion mashed potatoes, and don't get me wrong I love potatoes, I'm Irish sure, but this was a no go! Never again!
Afterwards we were brought down to the harbourside area of Glutten Bay were we saw lines of food stalls, selling all kinds of Singaporean food. Here we got more food, and sat by the beautiful night skyline. I couldnt believe how beautiful It was at night and I could not wait to explore the next day! The following day I had considered doing a full day trip on the city sightseeing buses which was super expensive but worth it i thought. That was until I spoke with Brett and the receptionist and it dawned on me that exploring a city by yourself is always much better. So I did!
That day I started in Little India where I stopped off for a Masala Chai (Addict) in a local indian store, before carrying on to many of the city malls and to Bugis Street where the Asian markets sell super cheap clothes, gifts and crafts. I spent most of the day shopping and purchasing crazy cheap clothes at the markets and in high street stores that by the time I got to the Singapore Flyer, I had a dozen bags hanging off my arms. I paid $30 for the Singapore flyer which is higher than the London Eye and gave great views over the city during the 30 minute 'flight'. I coudlnt help but think It would be better at night time but nevertheless, the scenery was great! Afterwards I went to The Marina Bay Sands Hotel for a gander and then carried on via metro (my legs were killing me) to Chinatown for more shopping and some street food. I ended the day by taking a metro back to Lavender station towards my hostel and that evening we had a lovely group dinner together. It had started out quite funny because we pretty much ordered drinks in a posh Indian restaurant where we had imagined it would be cheap, and after ordering, we straight away asked for the bill to the disgust of the waiter, without ordering any food. He laughed in our faces as he picked up the bill full of coins, from an obvious group of backpackers, and we gathered ourselves and set off to find somewhere cheaper, which we did!
After our meal in a local restaraunt, we bough some beer and headed back to the common area of the hostel for a chat and some drinks before we one by one set off to bed. Gemma asked me to wake her up to say goodbye and swap email addresses which I did the next morning and kindly asked her to pass it on to Chris who was going to Bali the same time as me. I had recommended Bedbunkers to him and said I would see him there. Singapore had been great to me, It was short but sweet but I made some lovely friends and had some unforgettable experiences. And of course I came away with a backpack full of new clothes!
Luxury for a traveller x