On my second day in Singapore I woke up early and decided to take a walk down to the 7-11. I found a decent freshly grinded coffee in the 7-11 which got me sufficiently caffeinated to start the day. And what a beautiful day it was, warm with clear sky’s which is a nice change from the wet season in Phuket. It can rain non stop for days on end in Phuket at this time of year.
My girlfriend wanted to go shopping so we jumped on the MRT and headed to the Mustafa Shopping Complex. Sweet fancy moses that place is huge, there is so much stuff crammed into this shopping complex seemingly without much order or logic, and it’s just one of many huge shopping centers. After a few hours of shopping with a Thai ladyboy I realized that one coffee would not suffice, so we headed to another shopping center via the MRT for some much needed lunch and a caffeine boost.
Singapore is such a user friendly city it’s so cheap to get around on the MRT, we didn’t pay much more than a dollar for any trip around the city. The MRT cards pre-loaded with money can be used on buses too. The user friendliness is further enhanced by the ability to rate the toilets in the airport on a scale from Excellent to Very Poor. I wonder if the guy in the photo will get in trouble if you rated the toilet Very Poor. I would be lying of course rating the toilets lowly, they were at a very high standard.
Hunt For The Merlion
Looking very cute in her new dress my girlfriend and I went out later that night on the hunt for the Merlion. The Merlion is a well known icon of Singapore depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a body of a fish.
On this fishy expedition we caught the MRT to the general area we thought the Merlion was and walked around for maybe an hour and we found something even more impressive. A view of the Marina Bay Sands hotel with a laser light show accompanying classical music. The atmosphere was amazing and almost romantic. Shortly after we found the Merlion. What we didn’t find was the perfect selfie with the Merlion, 324 selfies later we gave up, went for some Mi Goreng Noodles and then headed to the hotel.
We left Singapore the next day, but before we caught the plane I insisted we try the free foot massage chairs. Those things are really great, I had to drag Cherie out coz she didn’t want the foot massage to end. Arriving back to Phuket I felt satisfied when I got my passport stamped – Border run successful. It was easier than I thought, and it was a great excuse to check out Singapore!