29.02.2012 26 °C
Hello lovely family and friends who are reading our blog!
Kim and I really need to hand it to Dalyce, she did an awesome job picking a hotel for us. We all loved the Strand Hotel, and decided to stay there for another night. We checked out this morning, because we're going to Santosa Island tomorrow so we're going to find something near the island.
Today was AMAZING. We started out by going to the Raffles Hotel. Unfortunately, it's about $550.00 CAD per night to stay there, so we did not stay there. But it was amazing just to visit it. Even just to look at!
Gorgeous, right? It opened in 1887. And it's managed by Fairmont Raffles Hotel International, so as Travel and Tourism students we obviously felt like we needed to see it.
Dalyce was especially interested in it, because during World War II, it was used as a transit camp for prisoners of war. Then in 1987 it was named a National Monument. We didn't know that until we got there, so it was really interesting to learn about! We got extremely lucky and had an employee take us on a tour around the hotel. The rooms were so amazing and luxurious.
We ended our trip to the hotel at the Long Bar, which was featured in a travel series as one of the top 10 bars in the world. This was the part we were most excited about - trying the Singapore Sling. The drink was invented at the Long Bar in 1915.
If you want to try, here's the recipe for a simple Singapore Sling:
1/2 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz gin
sweet and sour mix
1/2 oz cherry brandy
Pour grenadine into the bottom of a collins glass, and fill with ice. Add gin, and almost-fill with equal parts of sweet and sour and chilled soda. Top with cherry brandy, and serve unstirred, garnished with a cherry.
After we finished at the Raffles hotel, we walked over to the Suntec City Mall. I was so excited to go shopping, but it wasn't as authentic as I expected! It was quite close to the hotel though, and we heard it's a great mall so we decided to try.
They had stores like La Senza, Nike, Guess, and Toys R Us. We're going to try find another shopping area later in the week because we couldn't find a lot of souvenirs here. The employee at the Raffles hotel told us a great place for souvenirs was the handicraft shops in Chinatown, especially for jade carvings and bronze statues.
While looking for a good restaurant for us to go to online, I found an article called "40 Singapore foods we can't live without" and now we are hungrier than ever. Travel books and online articles we read before we got here all said to go to a Hawker Centre for food, so we're off to find one! Then we're going to find a hotel for the night and we're off to Santosa Island in the morning.