05.03.2010 25 °C
So our sleep in the hostel wasn’t as pleasant as we thought it was gunna be!! Courtney woke up to something crawling up her leg so Jo ran to flick the lights and it was a giant cockroach!! By this time all 4 of us were yelling and screaming jumping on the bed, terrified to fall back to sleep. When we eventually fell back to sleep, morning came too fast. It was around 8:00am and we needed to start our busy day. Courtney was not impressed with this insect in our room so we notified the staff immediately and they gave us a free night if we chose to stay. We don’t have all the money in the world so this didn’t seem like too bad of a deal. We grabbed some food from the buffet and headed out.
Singapore is known for a few of their ethnic areas so today was the day to check them out!! Little India was located right close to our hostel so we decided to just hoof it there. Serangoon Road is the main commercial thoroughfare in Little India. It has the Tekka mall, little india arcade, a plaza and the Mustafa Centre. There is soo much to see and do in Little India, the architecture was absolutely breathtaking it was a very colorful atmosphere. We stopped at a jewelry stand which had hand crafted necklaces which we all bought. They are our Singapore friendship necklaces! We also ran into a market which was selling bug nets! Of course we each bought one, no cockroaches were touching us tonight!! We really enjoyed walking up and down the streets checking out the shops along the way and Indian culture.
This took up a good chunk of our day and we still wanted to visit Chinatown as well! It was too far for us to walk so we found a line on the MRT that took us straight there. We were really looking forward to this experience because we have a Chinatown in Calgary so it was neat to compare what Singapore’s was like. There were locals along the streets telling tourists about the history of the area. One china man explained to us that not all parts of Chinatown are Chinese. There are popular celebrations that occur yearly in Chinatown such as Chinese New Year and Mid Autumn Festival. Chinatown is the second most-visited-free access attraction in Singapore. It is quite large and lots of walking so we found a café and took a seat for awhile. It was getting dark and the gorgeous bright lights of Chinatown were starting to light up the streets. Today was a great experience but it was getting dark and the lights of the streets were starting to come on. It was time to take the MRT back to our hostel and get a good night sleep, hopefully bug free!