I had a nice day in Singapore. Thanks to a friend of mine in London who was just here a week or two ago for a much longer period, I got some tips on things to do. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I had a pleasant mall experience today. But this wasn’t your typical, suburban, US mall. This was Singapore.
Vivo City is HUGE. I got there around 9:30 a.m. and many of the stores weren’t open yet. But that was okay; I needed to scout the place out. Not to mention the outdoor areas of the mall are beautiful for just strolling around since they have views across the sound to Mentosa Island. No time for tourism today though, I had a shopping list. I managed to find the elusive travel alarm I’ve been looking for and razors. I also got a haircut at Vivo City. I’m still looking for the other things, but all in all, my kind of day.
After my haircut I had a most pleasant lunch (Sorry Nils, not Modesto) at a little Vietnamese deli called Baguette (http://www.baguette.sg/index.htm). It was delicious, a cross of Vietnamese and French (you know they were there before the Americans pretty much blew the place up). After lunch I headed back to the hotel for a little snooze and to prepare myself for the next thing.
Tomorrow morning I have an 8:00 a.m. train up through Malaysia to Penang. This place is a little confusing, but let me explain. Penang is an island off the coast of Malaysia. The main town there is called Georgetown, but the train station is called Butterworth (here the English influence?). So if I use these terms interchangeably, you understand why. The train trip is about 10 hours. (I’m having flashbacks to my Melbourne trip). But I have a treat in store there. I’ve booked a suite at an old, heritage hotel called the Eastern and Oriental. (http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g298303-d307724-Reviews-Eastern_Oriental_Hotel-Georgetown_Pulau_Penang_Penang.html) I’m there for two nights before I take a sleeper train to Bangkok.
This evening I got the best bargain on the whole trip so far. I had dinner for 3 Singapore dollars which is about $2.25 US. Finally! It was good too.