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Our time in Vietnam was sadly over all too soon and we catch a flight from Hanoi to Singapore for our connecting flights via Sydney, Australia to Chile. We fly with a budget airline called Tiger Airways and find the flight quite pleasant. On arrival we catch the metro from the Singapore's Changi Airport down towards the centre. It's pure luxury with very clear instructions everywhere, the metro is very simply laid out so it's a breeze to get around.

We didn't have much time to research where to stay in Singapore, but had a couple of hostels in mind. At our first choice they are full, and it wouldn't suit us anyway as they only have dorms. The guy in the reception is very good and calls up another hostel called The Hive for us where they have private rooms, and they’re not too expensive (relatively speaking that is - compared to the guest houses and hostels we've stayed in so far on our trip it’s ridiculously expensive). We're in luck and they have one spare private twin available for us, but only for one night. We reserve it and head over there straight away. It's an OK room for being a hostel - we even have a balcony - but they could have had more showers and toilets, the queuing is ridiculous in the morning. Also, although the staff is friendly enough they're lazy and work-shy and more interested in surfing the internet than doing their job. For the next two nights we move down the road to another hostel called Green Kiwi Backpackers. It's a bit more expensive but the staff is very attentive and helpful, and they do everything with a smile on their faces.

We don't do too much sightseeing in Singapore but we do a little self guided walking tour of downtown and Chinatown, and afterwards visit the Haw Par Villa gardens by the family that invented Tiger Balm. It's an old theme park with lots of mythical creatures and dioramas of mythical and religious stories. It's a great quaint attraction and there is a lot to see. By the dioramas there is an explanation of the story which is great for us who don't necessarily know of this folklore and religion. Some are unfortunately unreadable due to the erosion by the weather over the years.

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Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2074" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore. Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2075" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore. Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2076" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore. Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2077" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2078" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2113" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2079" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2080" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2081" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2082" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2084" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Salvador Dali was here, Singapore. Salvador Dali was here, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2085" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2086" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2087" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2088" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2089" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2090" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2091" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2092" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2093" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2094" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2095" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2096" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2097" align="aligncenter" width="533"]It's been a while since last time I used any Konica film... Haw Par Villa, Singapore. It's been a while since last time I used any Konica film... Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2098" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2099" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2100" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2101" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2102" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2103" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2104" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2105" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2107" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Haw Par Villa, Singapore.[/caption]

While in Hue in Vietnam I had the unpleasant surprise of one of my fillings falling out and Singapore was the first place where it was feasible for me to visit a dentist, so soon after arrival I managed to book an appointment with the clinic DentalWorkz. It was fairly close to where we were staying and it was highly recommended on the website www.whatclinic.com. Doctor Abdul Rashid was very good and the staff at the clinic was excellent. It turns out he has his degree from London and used to live not far from where I used to live when I first moved to London - small world.

On the last day we have a few hours to kill before we head to the airport. We decide to go to Little India to do a little bit of shopping and have some food before taking a taxi to the airport. From Singapore we fly to Santiago, Chile via Sydney, so ahead of us awaits a 30 hour journey which we’re not particularly looking forward to.

[caption id="attachment_2108" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Fish market in Little India, Singapore. Fish market in Little India, Singapore.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2109" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Singapore. Singapore.[/caption]

It feels very sudden, despite months of preparations, but it's now less than a day before we head off for what will be a very big adventure. Tomorrow the flight will take us to the first stop on our journey, New Delhi. We're braced for a bit of a culture shock but more and more excited for each hour that passes. A quick outline of our trip: India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, Singapore, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. We've been trying to catch up with as many of our friends as possible before heading off. But alas, some we have not had the chance to meet up with. We'll be sure to get around to see everyone on our return in five months time. We're feeling very humbled by all the well wishes from everybody - and we had a most wonderful leaving-party (sorry neighbours). One of the highlights must be the cake by Lauren http://cookingbakingandallthingsfood.blogspot.co.uk Absolutely amazing! We've been repeatedly stabbed by various doctors/nurses and injected with many concoctions to vaccinate us against what felt like every disease known to man... Everything (almost) is now packed and today we're sorting the very last details out. Soon we'll not have any more time for more details and what has not been sorted just won't be - tough luck... This reminds me I have to get started. We're off!!!