June 20th, 2004

Singapore, day 1

Happy Father's Day!

The short version: free karaoke!

The long version:

We got to the hostel using a taxi, which was funny because the driver stared at the map for a while before he finally put on his glasses, then he was like, "Oh!"

We're in a four-bed dorm for tonight with two other girls, but tomorrow and the night after we decided to spend the extra money for a private room. We wandered off to find some food, and ended up at this street that's closed to cars and has a bunch of food stalls selling local food. It's interesting to note that they grade the vendors the same way LA County does! I had chicken satay (Singapore style, not quite the same as Thai), and Tiffany's head exploded upon consuming five bites of mee siam (too spicy!). When she went to the counter to pay, the guy told her they didn't even put in the chili!

After a pit stop at 7-11 for candy bars and black currant pastilles, we wandered around and found a karaoke place that was having a Father's Day Special. Basically, three hours of karaoke plus one drink per person absolutely free! Since we had to be back at the hostel by 11:30 so that we didn't get locked out, we didn't have time for all three hours, but we made the best of it!

Now we are wasting time until we get sleepy, so that we don't bother the other two dorm people by bustling around.

Tomorrow, it's shopping, museums, and the night zoo!