Named after a Mer-Lion you know.
Three days was a perfect amount of time in Singapore - which we really enjoyed although we weren't expecting it to be so western (i.e American). In a bid not to ramble on, I'm going to summarise our stay in a list of memories (hey - you're lucky its me writing this - if it was Noush it would be a powerpoint presentation!)
We had an amazing meal in a street market in Chinatown. Cheap as chips but much tastier - we found that it was possible to eat really cheaply although restaurants were expensive. The hawkers markets are unbelievable - hundreds of stands selling every kind of food - my favourite being the stand that specialised in vegetarian lamb curry.
The people were all extremely friendly and seemed genuinely proud of where they lived - everyone gave us recommendations of places to go, things to see and of course what to eat. Chilli crab is a speciality although I'm ashamed to say we didn't get our act together to eat any.
The zoo really is as good as people say. Set in 28 hectares of tropical forest with rainforest areas. The range of animals is spectacular including quite a few that are no longer seen in the wild (according to Last Chance to See). It's always sad to see the big 5 in captivity - however luxurious - but it would seem a neccessary evil to help preserve the species. We saw huge lions, white tigers, white rhinos, cheetah, puma, jaguar, giraffes (yay!), through to pygmy hippos and mouse deers. Oh and loads of monkey penises.....rude. And I'm not sure if it was part of the deal but I swear a duck gave us a tour of the rainforest.
We had the obligatory Singapore Sling in Raffles - it's a gorgeous building but the cocktail tastes like cheap sweets - Noush liked it though.
MUZAK!!! There is piped music everywhere and it's BAD. I think it takes a special skill to realise you are listening to the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire while you are having your dinner.
The Botanical Gardens are beautiful and lush and the orchid garden was stunning.
We were surprised by the enthusiasm for fast food - have never seen so many BK, McDonalds, KFC and Wendys which is a shame. And consumerism is crazy because of the tax free status I guess - Orchard Road is like Oxford Street on steroids and heaving 24 hours a day.
Really glad we stopped here but by the third day we were keen to get on our way to the open spaces of New Zealand....but more about that later.