Thursday 11 September 2008
since i last wrote we had plans on going to malaysia, but instead we spent 4 more nights in singapore.
we planned on getting our visas sorted the following day after the whole airport fiasco... but instead we slept. when we eventually surfaced we checked out of our hostel and found accommodation for the next 3 nights. we got our visas sorted the following morning, which left us just one night for malaysia... so we decided there wasn't much point.
we had seen all the sights of singapore... so we had 4 nights with no fixed plans at all. just wandering about, chilling, eating and drinking. it's hard work travelling
it also gave us time to get some travel stuff sorted and update our blogs and photos.
one night we took a walk to the raffles area and had such a great dinner. it was next to the fountain of wealth, which is the largest fountain in the world. i've seen it before but unfortunately for paul, it wasn't working. although i don't think he was too bothered.
we had some sort of sushi buffet, but nothing was raw... and hardly much fish. the guy mentioned something about soup so we assumed soup was to start with. in the middle of our table was the hot plate where he dumped this bowl which was split in half... one side with chicken soup, the other with chilli soup. so we filled our soup bowls and started slurping away. half way through our second bowl we realised that the soup was just a stock to dip all the fresh meats and vegetables into. we were wondering why the staff were laughing and looking at us. paul loves his spicy food, but this chilli soup was unbelievably spicy. he was sweating buckets trying to drink it lol.
so they served us all kinds of meat, veggies and chinese type things for us to cook and munch. it was yummy. some weird looking things that i didn't have the guts to try. i've seen pig intestines, stomach and all sorts on menus over here... so i was taking no chances.
the following day we got our visas sorted for vietnam and then walked about the city. we had another sushi buffet for dinner, but this time it was of the normal kind. lots of plates would pass us on the belt with all kinds of sushi. the buffet finished at half 5 so we had just under an hour to eat as much as we could. the empty plates on our table were stacked so high because of the amount of stuff we ate. looking around we were the only table with so many empty plates. again, a very yummy dinner. we then headed to boat quay for a fun drunken night out. talking absolute nonsense and laughing lots.
our last day in singapore was the laziest day i've had since i've been away... and it was great. slightly hungover, we had to pick up our passports from the embassy before 12:00. paul, being the amazing boyfriend that he is... left me sleeping and picked them up. and even better, returned with a mcdonalds.
we basically stayed in our hotel and only saw daylight when we were hungry.
then it was singapore airport, round 2 of trying to get to vietnam... and thankfully it all went well. we are now in ho chi minh, leaving tomorrow to start making our way up north to hanoi. in a few days hopefully, i'll write all about our time in vietnam...