Before our Australian trip, we spend 3 days in Singapore.
Singapore is a city state in Southeast Asia, located at the southern end of the Malaysian peninsula, north of the first Indonesian islands and really near the Equator line. So you can really feel the heat and humidity. Landing from Athens at 3AM local time, 29 degrees celcius 86% humidity.
The subway is opening at 5: 30, as it's late or early, we are looking forward to the opening to get to the hotel in the city center near Little India. What is surprising in is the cleanliness of the streets and the metro but also the rigor of locals regarding the rules.
After starting / finishing our night, we go out around 11AM to discover this multicultural megalopolis.
A few subway stations from Little India we are heading towards the bustling Chinatown area to get lunch. We visit the Buddhist temple of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and eat local food on Food St. The official language in Singapore is English, everyone speaks it, surprising for a South East Asia.
Few more stops later we find ourselves in the big Marina. This is a very modern neighborhood, everything is new, large buildings, large shopping centers that make us think of the American city centers (... but cleaner)
We visit the Gardens by the Bay and even go on the SkyWalk between two flower-shaped metal structures that have been gradually covered with flowers and plants . There are about fifteen metal flowers but some are only slightly covered with plants. There is a real effort from Singapore government to make the city greener: green building, large parks, trees everywhere, ... being on the equator line, Sun and rain are not lacking.
It's already late, we go back to the hotel for a well-deserved shower and get dinner in Little India, a neighborhood that can provide us with the food we have missed so much since our departure from the USA: curries, pakora, saag paneer, mango lassi.
The next morning, we visit the Singapore Botanical Garden where you can find the largest collection of orchids in the world. It is very hot but the ride is very nice.
After that we discover the Malaysian neighborhood of Singapore. Full of small alleys, trendy shops, bars, artistic graffiti on the walls.
Back to the hotel where Justine, Manu's cousin is on a stopover with a friend before going to Indonesia. Direction Little India again for dinner (we never get enough Indian food :-)) and hop to the Gardens by the bay but by night this time. The show is really dazzling! The metal structures are illuminated and it gives an effect: "Avatar forest"
After this very good evening, it is already time to part with the girls!
For our last day, we take care of the laundry and wander around Little India for some shopping!
Oh and Thomas was also able to repair his Mac at the Apple store for free (story to be continued during our trip in Australia). We had to go there several times to get appointments but at the end the operation was successful (or not)!
It is already time to fly to Australia, we are really looking forward to this part! Melbourne here we come!