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Day one in Singapore

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Our first day in Singapore didn't start until after midday, as we spent the morning catching up on a lot of lost sleep.
We started off by exploring Chinatown itself. It is best described as a cacophony of smells, noises and people. There are stalls selling clothes, food and bric-a-brac (i.e. junk) and just about everything imaginale except dodgy DVDs as the Singapore government has cracked down on that kind of behaviour, not that we would ever endorse it. We spent a few hours wandering around in the humidity, before heading off to the other major cultural district in Singapore: Little India.

Just like Chinatown, Little India is a cacophony of smells, noises and people. However, as Singapore is about 75% Chinese, Little India is not as large. We
spent a couple of hours here, before heading back to the hostel and having a much needed shower.

In the evening, we found probably the dodgiest place possible to eat dinner and ordered something that could have passed off as edible. There is a strong penchant in Singapore for porridge served with a variety of accompaniments (e.g. chicken, seafood, etc.). Neither Heather or I were in the mood to try it, so it should come as no surprise that the place we had picked sold nearly exclusively porridge. We managed to find something on the menu that wasn't porridge, but as stated it was barely edible. We may be losing a few kgs in SE Asia :)

Posted by jefranklin 04:16 Archived in Singapore Tagged backpacking round_the_world city_break

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