23.02.2010 25 °C
It was gorgeous when we woke up this morning. It was so warm and sunny, with the sun shining right into our rooms which was so nice to wake up to. We all hung around the rooms talking for a while before we decided to go downstairs for breakfast. There was a large buffet which included some original Singapore dishes such as Kaya toast and soft boiled eggs. Kaya toast is really sweet but with the butter on top it makes for a nice mix of sweet and salty. It was delicious! We've heard that the right way to eat the Kaya toast is with a soft boiled egg and a cup of coffee.
There was also a nice lime drink that is quite popular in Singapore.
Joelle tried to tip the waiter, but he refused the tip - this is where we found out that tipping is frowned upon in Singapore.. who knew?
After breakfast we decided to go shopping. We went to Orchard Road which is the "quintessential retail focus of Singapore", so our guide book says. Nearly all of Orchard Road is easy to walk in and out of shops that line the road, but it got really hot and we went inside to some of the centers. One of the centers we went into was Far East Plaza, which was great for bargain finds! One of the finds we were able to grab were some necklaces and earrings of the Risis Orchid, which are hand crafted models of the national flower. They're so pretty.
These are some earrings that Jenn bought of the Risis Orchid.
After Far East Plaza we worked our way down the street and found some gorgeous batik sarongs, they are so gorgeous and colourful. There are so many different patterns and colours that you can get. It was unbelievable. Shopping in Singapore is nothing like we've ever seen before. We could have easily spent all of our money there.