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A taste of home in Singapore

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I thought I'd try to offer some more details about our brief stay in Singapore before I move on to an update about how Malaysia is treating us so far.

For the first two nights, we stayed at a great hostel called Footprints in Little India, where the kids loved the bunk beds, air conditioning and general cleanliness. They also lucked into a big flat-screen TV with Playstation in the lounge area, and spent an hour on two separate occasions playing soccer with each other. That all ended when Ciaran nearly broke Chloe's arm during some dispute that I didn't witness, but it was good while it lasted.

On our first afternoon there, we headed to Sim Lim tower, a high-tech shopping mecca with about five storeys of shops all selling phones, computers, video games, watches and other electronics. We were so dazzled by the display after a month in one-storey Bali that we lost ourselves in that complex for about an hour. We were offered a spectacular deal on new Nintendo DS games, but left without buying anything more than a new adaptor for the systems so that we could start recharging them again. We decided to mull over the purchase of more games before taking the plunge.

We didn't have time to explore every neighbourhood, but had a good look around Little India and Orchard Road before heading to the zoo the next day. A zoo is a zoo -- I won't ramble on about every single exhibit -- suffice it to say that this was a highlight of the trip for both kids, second only to Waterbom Park in Bali. The best moment for both was being kissed by a seal named Carlos during a show near the end of our visit there.

While in Singapore, we ate mainly at Indian restaurants, getting nameless thalis in little corner shops and giant dosais in others. For his first venture into dosais, Ciaran tried a "cone dosai" which looked like a giant party hat (wide at the bottom, pointed on top) and was actually taller than him when it arrived at our table. We took photos but I haven't uploaded them yet.

For our third night, we stayed with friends Paul and Naomi at their condo quite close to the hostel. If the zoo was the highlight for the kids, our stay at Sunshine Plaza was the highlight for the adults: the best coffee, softest pillows and coldest beers we've had since we left Ottawa, topped off by cereal with fresh milk the next morning (unheard of here in the land of styrofoam-textured cold white toast and greasy omelettes for breakfast). We were planning to leave the next day on a 1:30 pm bus to Melaka, and were supposed to be at the bus station by 1:15. At 1:20, we were still back in Sim Lim buying those Nintendo games we'd been pondering (40 games for $50!!). We dashed back to Paul & Naomi's house, finished packing, and realized there was no time to walk to the bus station -- in fact, there was hardly enough time even to drive there, and in any case we'd used up the last of our Singapore dollars. Paul & Naomi saved the day by hailing us a cab and giving us some cash, and we made it to the station just in time. Many thanks to our fabulous hosts!

The bus trip to Melaka was peaceful and uneventful -- we got to listen to our iPods while the kids immersed themselves in their new games. Melaka itself has been a good adventure so far, but I'll save that for another post.

Posted by The Rymans 22:16 Archived in Singapore Tagged family_travel

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