Another roughly 6-7 hour train ride and I arrived in the city/state/country of Singapore. Again, the customs process was quick and simple at the boarder. Using my new favorite travel site www.seat61.com, I was able to easily navigate from the train station to my hostel. It took about an hour and included a bus ride and two transfers of the MRT (subway). Then I walked with my bags for about 15-20 minutes through the neighborhood of Little Singapore to my hostle, called Betel Box. It was nice, but definitely no-frills. I slept in a mixed dorm with about 10 other people. The common area of the hostel was nice, with a TV, wii, and pool table. There were always backpackers or employees laying around to chat with. After a quick orientation with one of the staff members I set out to explore the city. This actually is a true Singapore sling, as I am only stopping off here for 2 days before I sling myself towards the island of Bali! In hindsight however, it would have been nice to have maybe 2-3 more. First I stuck in the neighborhood, visiting the wet market, an open aired market where people sold fish and meet and produce, pretty interesting, but crowded, and so I moved on rather quickly and just walked about. I like to just go walking when I first get to a place. This way I take my time, take in my surroundings, and usually find some cool local hangout. In this instance, with the help of Emily, from Betel Box, I found a cute and colorful little block with European arcgitechture, which I've heard is the most photographed block in Singapore, an ornately carved Muslim temple, and (Becky Smith, this is for you) the absolute best Soup I've ever tasted in my life! If you are every in Singapore I urge you to please do your taste buds a favor and seek out this gem of a hole in the wall. You can find it in near Katong Junction (Its right down the road from the Muslim temple...just ask around, I'm sure the locals will all know about it) and its called Katong Laska 328. The soup is called Laska. Get it, Katong - Laska. Good. Now how do I go about describing perfection in a bowl...Its a noodle soup with chunks of seafood like clams and crab, in a spicy, creamy, but not heavy coconut base. I'm not doing it justice...just promise me you will try it.
Laska....if I lived in Singapore I would grow fat on this delight in a bowl