Singapore Day 2 – not so easy

DSC_1011I was reminded today why I hate being a tourist. And why I’m not a fan of the Chinese.

The day started innocently enough. I did have to go downstairs to the 7-11 for coffee, however, since the maid did not replenish the instant stuff. This should have been a warning.

Our destination this morning was the skyway cable cars going across to Sentosa Island. My misunderstanding of where they originated from led to a comedy of directional errors for the next 2 hours. (It really wasn’t all that funny.) But first, the cab ride.

We hailed a cab right away and headed to Vivo City, where I was told the skyway cable cars started, although I may have also said the tram, and I didn’t say cable cars. So I received bad directions.

DSC_0899But we didn’t make it to Vivo City right away, because Non forgot her phone, and I thought she needed it to video her experiences, and I needed it for translation. So when we reached our destination, we turned back and returned to the hotel. Then we flagged another cab and made the trip back to Vivo City.

There we boarded a tram, thinking it was taking us to the cable cars. Then followed a series of misdirections, miscommunications and lost souls, leading to many meters of walking in the heat, and with two bad knees.

Finally, after much asking of directions (by a man, mind you), we arrived at the correct cable cars – there are more than one and our tickets had us rejected at two others.

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The ride is interesting, and I was always curious about it whenever I visited Singapore from across the strait in Batam, but I’m not sure I would do it again for SGD29/USD21 per person.

DSC_0945We eventually eneded up back on Sentosa Island. Trying to find attractions that would be of interest, I chose the butterfly and insect exhibit nearby. Almost no butterflys but a cool iguana and some beautiful birds. They wanted $5 to hold the iguana or to feed the parrots.  A waste of money.

Next, I figured let’s check out the beach section, so we found the bus connection and waited for transportation. Bus 2 came and we exited at the beach destination, as I was finally figuring out the tourist map I had found.

However, Palawan Beach is not a beach, it is a rock wall. Silseo Beach next door is a slim sliver of sand facing monster cranes and various types of cargo ships. Not really worth the time.

I should comment on two food experiences on Sentosa Island, where we were. We stopped for lunch at a Subway for a steak and cheese – and half the meat was unchewable. And later for some chicken nuggets at KFC, which turned out to be processed chicken. Oh well, Western food.

DSC_0993My plan was to end the touring with a visit to the aquarium. I had no idea how good it is. Except for the crowds, the tanks are often interesting. The shark tank is great, as are the two large group tanks, where you can see all types of fish intermingling.

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However, I almost  tore heads off a few Chinese.

We were done with touring Singapore, except for finding a taxi back to the hotel. A long queue in the basement below the aquarium area and we took a cab back to our fleabag hotel.

And then the dinner.

Our dinner last night at Chinatown Seafood convinced Non she wanted to go back on our last night. I suggested gorging on crabs. She agreed. However, once there, she reneged, and opted for a chilli prawn dish.

I was determined on the crabs, regardless of price. The price: SGD55/USD39 per 800 milligrams, one large crab. I ordered one, thinking it was not enough and that Non would probably eat half of it – as well as most of her prawn dish, and most of the  ice.

It was enough. And Non did end up eating at least half of it. And it was good. Total bill: SGD111/USD80.



About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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