Written by Tom
17/12/2008 - 22/12/2008 30 °C
After landing in Singapore we were greeted by Mr Eddie Williams at the airport. He was the first friend from the UK we had seen since leaving in mid October. I think Coralie might of even had tears of joy in her eyes.
We grabbed a taxi back to Ed's apartment (more of a serviced apartment actually). He was on the 18th floor in central Singapore just a short walk from Orchard Road (the equivalent of London's Oxford Street). It was then off to town for lunch and a beer at one of the Marriot's outdoor restaurants. I got laughed at by Ed & Coralie for having a cup of tea instead of a beer to start with, but I hadn't had a decent cuppa since leaving the UK.
After lunch Ed and I got stuck into a game of squash at his apartment block. Having played weekly back in the UK with Ed and James Fenwick, I hadn't played for 2 months travelling and with the temperatures on the court hovering around 30C I was soon in trouble at 2-0 down. I clawed back to 2-2 before Ed sealed the 3-2 win with a nice backhand drop-shot. International squash....love it!
After a shower it was off to the 71st floor of the Swissotel to the New Asia Bar where we treated ourselves to some champagne and some great views of the city as the sun slowly set.
One of Ed's friends called Will also turned up to join us. We followed up the champagne with a quick beer before leaving the Swissotel and walking across to Raffles Hotel. A round of 'Singapore Slings' (which are very sweet if you've never had one) in the famous Long Bar and we were well on our way. We grabbed some quick and cheap noodles at an outdoor cafe before meeting up with another couple of Ed's friends at Molly Malone's (there must be an Irish bar in every city in the world). I think Ed's decision to buy a round of Tequila's was the main contributing factor to my hangover the next day. Before we went home we went to Zouk Club which is Singapore's most famous club. The warehouse was so rammed full of people we could hardly move. Thank heavens for 24hr McDonalds at 4am.
We all had bad hangovers the next day and so lunch was taken back at the Marriot. The afternoon was spent lazing by Ed's swimming pool. In the evening we went to dinner in a shopping centre (that's normal in Singapore by the way) and had great dim sum. After dinner we went to the Red Dot bar in an area of Singpore which used to be an air base and is now full of restaurants and bars (Dempsey Road). They served green beer in this bar, in cooled lit up towers holding 8 pints, and you could have one for your own table. Of course we had to get one and we were told it was good for you due to all the stuff in it.
Our last day with Ed was spent down at Senthosa which is a massive man-made beach. It was great fun. They had a cable car there which took us back to main harbour where we could catch a train back into the city centre.
We had great steak sandwiches and delicious red wine for dinner at the quayside before putting Ed in a taxi and sending him off to the airport to go back to the UK.
In the morning the next day Coralie and I went to Chinatown. It was fun, with lots of stands and stalls and best of all we found a cheap but delicious dim sum restaurant. You know its good when its packed full of local Chinese people. We had so much soft shell crab amongst other dishes. Then I took Coralie to the Singapore Botanic Gardens which were absolutely beautiful and the weather was stunning. They had a section of bonsai trees, a section of rainforest and lakes and even a timeline prehistoric section which was awesome.
Unfortunately we got stuck in there and couldn't find the way out, eventually we did get out and we had sore feet. For dinner we met a friend from the UK called Paul Bennett. We had great seafood of crab, tiger prawns, satay and noodles at a hawker centre in Newton Circus.
After dinner we went back to Paul's apartment complex which had an amazing pool by the river, and we sat chatting, putting the world to rights, and drinking vodka and tonics.
On our last day in Singapore we ended up sleeping until 2pm as our hotel room in Little India had no window...I know it sounds weird but its more normal out here and the hotel and the room was nice. We were also hungover AGAIN! All we could do after getting up was watch a film at the movies called Twilight.
The next day we got up at 5am to get to the airport for our 9am flight to Sydney but upon getting there we were told it was delayed for 4 hrs...great! Anyway, after the delay and a free breakfast we were on our way to Australia.