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Buses, trains, monkeys and Taiwanese propaganda!

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Well what a crazy few days it's been! Where to start?! As we said in the last post, we had to go to the station to check if we could get a train to the Perhentian Islands. Fortunately we could :D HURRAH! And we got one of the last 5 seats available. Getting up at 7 was worth it afterall....

After the station it was off to Suntec City, an enormous shopping centre, split over 3 skyscrapers, with the much famed "Fountain of Wealth" at its centre. As Paul told us the day before...its just a fountain....which it would have been if it hadnt been covered over and a stage put at the middle of it. So much for that one!

After the disappointment of Suntec we took a much needed nap at the hostel to prepare ourselves for the mental afternoon we had planned. After a delicius curry in Little India, which we ate with out hands (and John spilt all over his shirt), we went on a mission to the Nationl Park, a tiny slice of jungle in the middle of a massive city. After a long and confusing bus ride there we were presented with a 160m hill, the highest point in Singapore, which was the route the national park took. All was well and good when we did the "common" trail, straight up to the top on a path. We saw a lizard, butterflies, squirrels and a weird vole type thing and lots of other naturous things besides. We then figured, we're young, we're energetic, we don't just wanna do the "common trail" and headed off to do the other 3 trails at the top of the mountain. 2 hours later we emerged, exhausted, bored of trees, anything green and most of all STEPS. Not just normal steps though, massive steps, which John's little legs really did not appreciate.
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Our spirits were somewhat lifted as we walked down the road back to the bus. A family of monkeys were camped out by the side of the road and it was awesome to watch them having a bath together :) As one passing American commented, "we walked all the way to the top of that f***ing hill and didnt see jack s**t and now here are the monkeys...by the road..." we couldn't agree more....
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However, the day was not over yet! Next we took the bus to Chinatown for the Mid Autumn celebrations. The whole town was lit up and t was a great time to be there :) Lanterns_in_chinatown.jpg

By this point we were pretty exhausted and Chinatown was absolutely rammed! We watched a bit of an award ceremony for the best decorated Trishaw in Singapore, grabbed a quick but surprisingly tasty noodle supper, and slowly dragged our feet to the river where we'd seen them setting up a few days previous. Once we got there we felt as awake as we had 13 hours before, but we were lifted once again by the amazing light displays which had been put on. There were floating platforms covered in scenes from myths all made from cloth and lit up on the inside. They really were amazing to see! However, it didn't take us long before the lights faded and we were ready for bed, though the unsubtle plastering of the entire event (and most of Chinatown) with adverts from the Taiwanese tourist board did not escape us! A long MRT ride later, the longest day of our trip so far came to a close......more to come tomorrow!

PS. To see more photos of our trip to Singapore go to this linkSingapore Photos

Posted by Susiep539 07:01 Archived in Singapore Tagged singapore

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Oooh! I remember loving all the Chinese festivals. Somehow Beccles Carnival didn't quite have the same polish!!!

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