29.02.2012 32 °C
We all had a great day on Sentosa Island, and started today at the Flight Experience Singapore. It was the coolest thing I have ever done, and I think Kim and Dalyce would agree. It was just like flying a real plane! But without being worried about crashing. It is the only flight experience in Asia currently, and it was amazing to try it.
Flight Experience Singapore
Doesn't it just look like so much fun? We flew a Boeing 737-800NG! (Well, a simulator of one). And it was only about $140 CAD for a half hour.
We chose to take a nice trip over Rome. You could pick anywhere! You could even choose to go to an airport. But we thought it would be awesome to see some of the European landmarks we've always wanted to see. From a plane. That we were flying. Well, "flying", but close enough. It was awesome.
So after all of that excitement, we decided to go to Chinatown, one of the ethnic areas in the city. We were still looking for traditional souvenirs, and heard this was the best place to find some. Plus, the Chinatown Hawker Centre was said to be amazing (which I'll write more about later - little preview, so delicious).
It wasn't very close to the Flight Experience, so we took a taxi. I have a couple little tips about taxis for anyone who might be going to Singapore. First, they generally are not a great way to get around the city. Buses have their own lane, so generally taking the bus is easier and quicker than taking a taxi. But since it was pretty far, we would have had to switch buses, and a taxi just seemed easier. The second tip is that tipping is not expected, or even encouraged, in Singapore. The locals don't tip, and then they become upset when they see tourists tipping their taxi drivers.
Singapore has a really cool statue, the Merlion, and we found small souvenir statues at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Seeing the statue was so cool. It's like, the Eiffel Tower of Singapore. There really isn't much to do at Merlion Park except look at the statue, but I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. I already have my little statue all wrapped up so it doesn't break before I get home.
Dalyce and Kim bought a few handmade Singapore shawls for themselves, which can be worn 22 different ways. The woman who sold the shawls to them was showing them some of the ways to wear the shawls. Basically any way you can wrap it around your body.
After spending way too much money in the shops around Chinatown, we stopped at the Chinatown Hawker Centre. It was extremely busy and mostly consisted of locals. I understand why, it was really inexpensive and had so many different types of food.
I tried the Hainanese Chicken Rice (I'm not very adventurous with food, chicken and rice was enough for me). But I will admit that the Popiah Rolls that Dalyce tried looked delicious. They are really common in Singapore, and are basically stir fry in a crepe. But she said they had a hot chili sauce on them, and I don't do well with spicy food so I couldn't get the courage to try them.
Now that we have spent too much money and ate too much food, we are off to find a hotel for the night. We're all exhausted from the last couple days, we need to catch up on some sleep so we are good to go again tomorrow.