OK. Have made plans to go down to visit our poor scandal-deprived neighbours, Singapore. Will be doing so this Christmas – so to all terrorists out there, please be warned that if I catch you doing something stupid in the Lion City, like lighting a fuse or something, I’ll bitchslap you all the way to the Tanah Merah prison.
My posse and I will have a couple of days to paint the town red (or bluish-green, depending on availability of paint supplies – mental note: call ICI Dulux).
Money is tight, so we intend to squeeze the maximum out of every cent available. So that means a careful review of the various attractions available, and managing our time and resources so that we’re able to get our (limited) money’s worth of the Singapore experience.
(That’s like project management, y’all. This is so going on my resume.)
In the short amount of time I’ve had in checking out SG’s attractions, a few spots have made it to my list of things-to-do.
I have a bit of an interest in nature and wildlife, and therefore the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari hold a guaranteed must-see status on my itinerary. It’ll cost us S$25 per person to do both, and it’s likely to occupy us for almost the entire day. So we’re gonna have to find a way to cram the rest of the visiting for the remaining day.
Sentosa Island also beckons, and I haven’t been on the cable car ride since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Having said that, I don’t really know what to do in Sentosa – I can’t allow myself to get sucked into the money-guzzling tourist traps. The Cinemania thing sounds intriguing – anybody know if it’s any good? (Although, if their website design is anything to go by, they probably suck.) There’s the Carlsberg Sky Tower, the big ole’ Merlion, the Luge thing.. Worse comes to worst, I might as well check out the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom… and I don’t know how our KLCC Aquaria differs from their Underwater World but the Dolphin Lagoon could be a worthwhile visit….
The Force is with me – and it’s screaming its little midi-chlorians out to get me to visit The Art of Star Wars Exhibition being held at the Singapore Science Centre. Yeah, that should satisfy the Jedi-geek within me… for S$18.00 per person, it better be worth it, though.
Ooh! Ooh! Check it out – Reverse bungy!!! Could be a bit pricey though… damn currency rates..
Not everything’s expensive, of course. I fully intend to revisit my childhood experiences by taking a walk through the Haw Par Villa (they were known as the Tiger Balm Gardens when I was a kid), as well as taking in the sights and sounds of Orchard Road wreathed in Christmas decorations. Visits to Little India are guaranteed, of course – the hotel where we’re staying is but a stone’s throw away.
OK, so that’s some of the usual tourist stomping grounds. I’d appreciate any suggestions and recommendations of other places to see and people to meet and items to buy
and women to seduce. That reminds me, actually – is there actually anything in Singapore to be bought that is not already available in Malaysia at a cheaper price?
Ah, well, the trip’s still nearly a month away, so I guess there’s plenty of time to figure out what to do. In the meantime, I’ll just bone up on Singapore’s history and wonder (again) why we ever let them go….