Singapore










22/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 86 °F ( 30 °C)
22 Jul 2006
46683 km

Singapore feels kind of unreal. We left the stone age country of India for a the very futuristic Singapore. Singapore is clean – incredibly clean, nearly sterile. It is well organized and law-abiding. Everywhere we see prohibitory signs telling us about an extremely high fine for doing different things. What about 500 Euro for smoking or 250 Euro for eating in the metro?

The traffic runs smooth and nearly soundless. People drive carefully and they actually stop at pedestrian crossings. The air is clean and there are no bad smells. No one honks their horn! It feels like we have entered another planet. We really need this after dirty and chaotic India. It is delightful!

But Singapore is expensive and there is hard to find somewhere to stay at a reasonable price. After a few hours looking around we managed to find a double, with common toilet and shower for 19 Euro. The street food is cheep though. We can easily eat for 2 Euro per person.












23/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 87.8 °F ( 31 °C)
23 Jul 2006
46683 km

We spent the day running around the huge air conditioned shopping complexes we find all over town. Bert thought he had died and gone to heaven when he found a six storey building packed with boy toy computer stuff.

Even though”The big Singapore sale” is on it is still too expressive for to buy stuff for us traveling on a tight budget. Beer is also very expensive here. For a pint we have to pay 5 Euro!

But its nice to be here and it nice to feel clean for a change. In India we always felt dirty.














24/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 87.8 °F ( 31 °C)
24 Jul 2006
46683 km

After nine days of bloody diarrhea, Catharina felt like it was time to visit a hospital. Our insurance company recommended a visit to East Shore Hospital. Singapore is obviously the place to be ill in Asia. The hospital was clean, modern and we got very well taken care of.

At fist Catharina got to meet a general practitioner. After examination he suggested a visit to their specialist. The diagnosis was presumed Amoeba Dysentery. The medication prescript was for two types of antibiotics that were to be eaten for one week.

If the problems did not go away, Catharina had to come back fore a more thorough examination including a rectoscopy. We have to keep our fingers crossed that the pills will do it.

The hospital bill ended up at 120 Euro. Half of the bill was for the medication. But our insurance company covers all costs..

As we were in the East Coast area we took a stroll around the neighborhoods. The old cozy shop houses make a strong contrast to the modern, glass and steal skyscrapers.










25/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 87.8 °F ( 31 °C)
25 Jul 2006
46683 km

Catharina chose to stay in the hotel today. The doctor had warned Catharina about that before she gets better she could expect to get worse. It’s a normal reaction to the strong antibiotics.

Bert visited the Swedish Embassy to apply for a new passport. He is running out of pages in the present one. A new pass port is about 55 Euro and it takes six weeks. We are not staying that long in Singapore. Instead we asked to pick it up in Bangkok.












26/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 87.8 °F ( 31 °C)
26 Jul 2006
46683 km

Today we Catharina bought an iPod Nano. The MP3 player we bought in India was crap – even though it was a Sony. An iPod Nano, 4 Gig, remote for the headphones, European net cable, 12 volt charger and a silicon cover was 225 Euro. Only the iPod was the original brand.

In the evening we called the Trans World office in India to check out when our container actually left the harbor. The ship had sailed three days later than scheduled. After that we phoned the Trans Worlds office in Port Klang. To our surprise we got to know that the ship was to arrive in Port Klang already tomorrow.

The ship left the harbor three days too late and arrives four days too early. How can this bee? According to the Trans World agent in India the shipment would take at least six to eight days.

All of a sudden we were in quite a hurry. Tomorrow we have to be in Port Klang, Malaysia to find an agent to help us get the car out. We also need to get in contact with Christian and Elisabet who are in Thailand right now.












27/7 2006 Singapore
Lat N 01° 18,32', Long E 103° 51,19'
Today: 89.6 °F ( 32 °C)
27 Jul 2006
46683 km

There where one thing that we needed to do before we left Singapore – a visit to Sentosa Island. It is a fun park with a nice beach and a 130 meter view tower, from where you can see all the way to Malaysia and Indiesia.

We had also read that it was possible to go up in a trapeze. It is something Bert always had dreamed of. Unfortunately it was closed and we could not what for them to open in the evening.

Instead we rushed back to our hotel, picked up our bags and run off to the bus staion to catch a bus to Kuala Lumpor. The trip took us six hours in a clean, air conditioned and roomy bus.

Arriving in Kuala Lumpor we took a taxi to Port Klang, 30 kilometers outside town. By midnight we stumbled in to Christian and Elisabets hotel.