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Singapore, Botanical Gardens


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I am currently sat in the Botanical Gardens, yes, on my iPod. I can justify this by telling you that upon entering I have already walked halfway round, walked through the Ginger garden, and visited the Orchard Garden which also included a VIP section (pay Singapore $5000 to get one named after yourself), celebrity garden (only Princess Dianas name I recognised) and a cool house, which is very cool indeed including all those plants that capture flies in tubes etc...! So far this has taken 2.5 hrs and I've prob gone snap happy. Whilst I take a breather I thought I'd give you some progression of events.

Friday -
I landed at about 8am Singapore time, and by the time i got to the Hostel it was about 9.30. After I landed, I got the MTR to a district called LIttle India. So far I have not seen many Asian women, only men who stare at me. Quite intimidating at first, but i guess now I am used to it, I just ignore them.
Check in time was 2pm so I waited for my room passing the time by going on the internet, sleeping on the couch and going to the shop for some bits and bobs. Fri eve I met two Germans (Michael and Christine) who were travelling together and ended up going out to dinner with them around Little India. To be honest, I felt sick so didn't eat much which i put down to being in a new city, and homesick. As most of you know, i love food, so I was slightly concerned my apetite wouldn't return :s

Sat -
Today was a better day, i managed to eat some lunch (fried chicken and salad) and i spent day with my new friends walking through the Muslim quarter to the Sultan mosque then to Golden Mile Complex then to MTR to go to city hall.
Walked to Raffles and had a photo outside (I'm afraid a Singapore sling is being left for my next visit!). We then walked to the Swiss hotel which has good views for free from the 72nd floor!

Then we walked to Espelandes, a theatre slash art house that looks like a giant silver hedgehog from the outside! Then to the riverside to see the famous visitors welcome Lionfish (Merlion) statue. Then after a raspberry ripple icecreams sandwich, we went past parlement house and St Martins church. Finally back to city hall MTR to Little India to freshen up before heading out for dinner in Chinatown. It was a Chinese Mooncake party but we missed it having spent all day walking round the city. So no cakes for us :(

Sun -
Met Faye and Milo. They joined me to go see the MacRitchie Reservoir and HSBC Treetop walk (15km walk from Start to finish taking us 4hrs) but was so much fun, there were monkeys galore! Got bus there n back to hostel. Then went for a curry since we were staying in Little India, although I wasn't too impressed with the service (they wouldn't let me change any options nor did they have two of the things I ordered, nothing like Leicester curry houses!!). Couldn't eat it all so we got take away for dinner tomo. Then got beer n watched movie, but by midnight I was knackard so I went to bed.

Mon -
Decided to stay an extra night, although I thought I'd run out of money, I found some extra in one of my 'emergency' stashes so I can now afford the room! So had a lie in, checked out (have to swap rooms) and got bus (2 actually, there is a change) to botanical gardens. Had lunch (good ole peanut butter sarnies made for free at breakfast time!) then set off on my botany exploration! Which brings us back to me sat havin a break!

Now I am meeting F and M at 7pm for our curry (leftovers) at the hostel then we are going to go to a district called Orchard (great for shopping apparantly) for the night life... Singapore is hosting F1 race and so to promote this they have various activities in this district. Then we may go to Clarke Quays for a sip or two of a nice beverage!

Just been to evolution garden n it's now half 5. Gonna walk back to start and get bus home for well earned shower!

Until then...

Posted by RosiePony 05:23 Archived in Singapore Tagged backpacking

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