17.02.2017 34 °C
Well we have spent the last three days in Singapore and loved it.
Singapore is an amazing city and after being in Thailand for a month, a massive culture shock! It has to be the cleanest, neatest, strictest and most progressive city we have visited. There are a lot of rules here with on the spot fines for example for smoking in public, littering, singing out loud, jaywalking and eating in metro stations!
Modern Singapore is a tiny island state founded by Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819 as a free trade port. There are a lot of British colonial influences here, notably in the architecture, however although the majority of the population are Chinese, Singapore is very much a multicultural city. Aside from the enormous glass tower blocks, there is a historic Chinatown, Little India and Arab quarter.
The skyscrapers are incredible, especially at night when lit up, many have rooftop bars and clubs. Being a small island means real estate is at a premium, a downtown apartment would set you back at least 5 million US dollars. Singaporeans like to shop and eat predominantly! We have never seen so many huge shopping malls and every type of food you can imagine is widely available. Everything is very expensive, a pint of Tiger beer costs £8! Clothes have at least a third on again for regular high street brands. We did discover the hawker markets and generally ate with the local Chinese where food cost a lot less. Frog porridge and chicken intestines on the menu so you have to pick carefully if that's not your thing!
Yes we did the tourist number one in Singapore and had a Singapore Sling cocktail at Raffles! You eat unlimited peanuts and throw the shells over the floor in the bar. This iconic cocktail did not come cheap at £19 each.
We landed in Perth, Western Australia late last night. The weather here is about 36 degrees, but the humidity is much lower than Singapore so we can breathe again 😳
Some new photos in gallery.
Love from Si & Steph