Equinox was the most opulent buffet we’ve ever tasted. They take fresh lobster tails out of the shell and line it up for you. They had a full table devoted to exotic cheeses. The Singapore dollar is less than its U.S. counterpart (1.35 to $1 U.S.) This amazing luncheon was only $35 per person and included a glass of champagne. The shopping in Raffles City is an ultra modern experience of sight and sound.
You probably wouldn’t guess that Singapore is the safest and cleanest country in the world, but it is. It is affectionately known as the “City of Fines”. There are strict rules and fines for Jaywalking, not flushing toilets and chewing gum. In fact, gum is illegal in Singapore. At the Malaysian border, a soldier boarded our bus, searched our bags and confiscated our gum. Don’t even think of vandalism or graffitti in this city. We all remember the American kid who got “Caned” for spraypainting a wall- yep, it was in Singapore alright. The city is so safe that Cass and I had no worries walking through the nightclub districts late at night (the best spot is down by the Quay). The citizens of Singapore take great pride in law and order.
The top tourist attractions of Singapore are Sentosa, the Esplanade Theatre, The Merlion (half mermaid/half lion statue that guards the city) and the Night Safari. Sentosa is SE Asia’s version of Disneyworld. They have rides, a zoo, a pink dolphin show and nightly fireworks. You can only get there by cable car. The Night Safari is the most original we’ve been on. The concept is that since most denizens of the rainforest are nocturnal, the park is only open at night. We saw large cats on the prowl that night and I got to go on stage and hold a Siamese Python over my head in an exhibition of American strength.
Singapore is about a day and a half’s journey by plane from OC. We flew into Thailand and drove south through Malaysia. It’s right on the equator and every day is about 80 degrees with brief thunderstorms. It’s 12 hours ahead of OC and everybody speaks English. The mixture of Asian and Indian cuisine is delicious. Our friend Pat who owned Charlie Changs (54th St.) moved out there a few years ago and never came back. We can’t blame him. This is one cool city.
– The Rox