Our second day in Singapore was a busy one! Joey and I wanted to make the most of our vacation by seeing as much as we could. Just like Okinawa, Singapore is tiny in size, but yet there was so much to see and do. So get ready to see a lot of pictures in this post!
We started out the day by going to Sentosa Island, which is an island resort in Singapore. When we were there, we saw that they are building Universal Studios Singapore that will be integrated with a new resort and scheduled to be opened early next year. Guess Joey and I might have to make another trip down there again!
Our first stop at Sentosa Island was Siloso Beach. It was beautiful!
Then, Joey and I headed to the Butterfly Park. Little did I know, it was a Butterfly Park AND Insect Kingdom! Gross! I see enough large insects here in Okinawa.
Black and white butteflies on an ugly tree trunk.
Black and white butterflies on a pretty plant.
They even had parrots there!
Next, Joey and I went to play a game called Desperados in Sentosa. It's a virtual shoot out game played alongside 20 other people, while riding a mechanical horse. Joey got second place in the game!
The legless, headless, mechanical horses.
After that fun game, we went to Imbiah Lookout, still on Sentosa Island, to visit a museum about Singapore. I thought it would be fun, but I was wrong! It was a wax museum depicting life in Singapore through the years, but the wax figures scared the crap out of me! I kept thinking in my head that it was a perfect spot for a murderer to hide, pretending to be a wax figure, then jump out and start killing. And it didn't help that Joey and I were the only ones there! So I practically made Joey run through the whole museum with me to the exit - and it was much bigger than it looks on the outside!
The scary wax museum!
The Tiger Sky Tower that overlooks Sentosa Island and Singapore.
When coming to and leaving Sentosa Island, you would pass up the Merlion, a trademark symbol of Singapore. This particular Merlion stands 37 meters tall and is only a replica of the original Merlion at the Marina Bay in Singapore (see SE Asia Vacation - Day 3, Singapore for pictures of the original Merlion).
We came back to the hotel around lunch time and decided to walk around Orchard Road to find food. We stumbled upon Lei Garden Restaurant near our hotel, a Cantonese restaurant, and that was an experience in itself!
The place was packed, so they seated us on the balcony overlooking Orchard Road. We've had Cantonese food before, but there was so much food listed on their menu, so we asked the waitress what she recommended. From there, she basically told us what we were going to eat while Joey and I just nodded, "Okay." We're not picky eaters and like to try new things, so whatever she suggested, we were fine with that.
First, she comes out with a soup and serves us. She then plops the meat onto a plate, and well, you can see in the picture below what she served us. The waitress told us it was chicken, and even had her repeat herself a couple of more times to be certain - but why was the skin black? So Joey and I ate the soup, meat and all. And it was good! Later, we found out one of the other "meats" was sea cucumber! Hm, so that's what those things that I play with when I snorkel taste like.
On the plate, sea cucumber on the top left and black-skinned chicken on the bottom.
Then the waitress continues to bring out BBQ pork, noodles with steamed fish, dim sum, vegetables, egg custard tarts, and tea - and it's only Joey and I eating! When we got the bill, we almost choked on our tarts. Let's just say that we left with our wallets much lighter and full bellies!
After lunch, we walked around Orchard Road a bit more to walk off the extra pounds we consumed.
Christmas decorations on Orchard Road - looks beautiful at night with all the lights lit up.
At night, Joey and I headed to Clarke Quay for dinner at Quayside Seafood, which was an outdoor cabana-like restaurant alongside the Singapore River. Clarke Quay is a popular location in Singapore, with a lot of restaurants, nightclubs, and floating pubs.
Bumboats on the Singapore River with Riverside Point in the background.
Then, we passed by Suntec City to see the World's Largest Fountain, called the Fountain of Wealth. Suntec City is a shopping center made up of four tall buildings and one smaller building, which depicts the left hand when viewed aerially, with the fountain at the center (or at the palm of the hand).
The Fountain of Wealth. It's shown sideways, so turn your head to the right to view it - for some reason, Blogger keeps posting it vertically.
Next on the list, Bugis Street! Bugis Street is a night market that sells anything and everything, where bargaining is key. The stalls were lined up side by side, it was crazy with all the people around, and the air smelled of durian (the stinky fruit).
Potato Head Durian Head.
To end the night, Joey and I went to Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, the location of the original Singapore Sling - a cocktail made with Gin, Cherry Brandy, Cointreau, Dom Bénédictine, Grenadine, lemon juice, and fresh pineapple juice. I must say, that was the best Singapore Sling I've had!
Long Bar was fun and it had a colonial-feel to it. While we sipped our drinks, we listened to a live band, ate peanuts, and threw our peanut shells on the floor. I know that's the style of the bar, but all I wanted to do was sweep up all the shells on the ground!