|Looks good - but don't get too close|
Now we’re into land travel mode our strategy is to try and be frugal to stretch our limited dollar supplies without going to such ridiculous extremes that we don’t enjoy the experience. Our first port of call therefore was Ideal Backpackers where we’d booked a private room for a little under $50 Aus per night. We’d chosen it on the internet based on location near the city and very close to the rail and the fact it offered secure luggage storage for a small fee if you wanted to leave your bags there while you travelled elsewhere. As we had no intention of lugging our two 25 kilo duffle bags all over Malaysia and Thailand it suited us fine to leave them here until we returned to Singapore to fly home in December - although they were a bit surprised when we said we wanted to book nearly six weeks storage. Apparently the usual is a day or two. Our room proved to be excellent. It was clean, air conditioned and spacious enough to empty all our bags and sort out what we were taking with us in our small backpacks and what was staying. No mean feat.
|The Boat Quay is a trendy bar & restaurent area|
|What you get for an arm and a leg at Raffles Long Bar|
|The works of Hyung Koo Kang were amazing|
|The mayhem of Little India's Deepavali festival.|
During the day we walked kilometres, exploring the city blocks and marvelling at old and new architecture and the engineering of places like the spectacular Marina Bay development with its surf board topped three towers. We wandered through more spectacular shops resisting the urge to buy stuff we didn’t need for our travelling lifestyle. Normally shopping in Asia makes Australia look expensive but not if you’re talking genuine Harley Davidson Motor Clothes. OMG! The Singapore shop makes Morgan & Wacker’s at home look like Target. Same gear – just add zeros.
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