After I arrived yesterday, checked in and had the obligatory Singapore Sling by the pool I headed out to look around for dinner.
I settled on one of the oldest Hawker food centres in Singapore, the Telok Ayer Market. I had a fantastic Thai beef dish. Absolutely delish.
Singapore is certainly one clean place and obsessed with health and hygiene. One of the reasons I love this city. Each food stall is rated from A to D on a food safety / hygiene scale.
A – You could basically eat of the floor
B – Yeah, pretty good
C – Would you really want to chance it
D – This will probably kill you
For reference, almost all the food stalls in the Hawker centres are B rated. Only one was rated A which was a sushi place.
The metro (MTR) here is really good, seems to go most places. The hotel I’m at has one right next to it, you can get to it via the mall right opposite to completely avoid the humidity here.
When on the metro, after the English announcements, there is one that sounds like “Happy Happy Platform” It couldn’t possibly be that, so I googled it and it’s “Berhati hati di ruang platform” – Malay for “Please mind the gap between the platform”.
The MTR also have lots of little rhyming cartoons asking people to be mindful of other commuters.
At the metro stations, no free phone charging for you!
Even in conformist Singapore these share bikes are treated with contempt. Saw plenty of broken ones here.
My wifi router at home looks like it’s finally packed it in, so went looking for a new one. They have a shopping centre dedicated to geek stuff. They had the one I was thinking of, but the hassles of brining such a massive box home far outweighs the cost saving of buying it over the web at home, so I didn’t bother
Today after my awesome coffee I went down to the gardens at Marina Bay. I didn’t actually go in, the crowds were insane and they wanted $35 so I just walked around the outskirts of it and took the shuttle bus around it
Pictured is the famous Marina Bay hotel with its equally famous infinity pool. This is where I really wanted to stay, but at around 3 times what I’m paying for where I am, which is already a fabulous hotel, I wasn’t prepared to hit the wallet for that one this time just to swim in the pool. It would have to be a fantastic swim for $1000.
I did a little shopping, all of it for Emma since I went past one of her favourite clothes shops.
Before packing for the last time and heading out to find some dinner I had a dip in the pool here and a cocktail.
More than halfway home, Singapore has been an awesome place to break the journey in two and readjust to the clock in the part of the world. Daylight hours flight home tomorrow.
Went across the river to Clarke Quay for dinner. Plenty of nice food options here. All seemed to be rated “A” on the it might kill you scale. I had Mexican. Once the sun was down walking around outside was really pleasant.