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attack of the mini-pirhanas!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

while playing tourist on sentosa island just off the coast of singapore, we visited the fish reflexology spa that kirstin and thea recommended… for $35 you get the pleasure of dipping your feet into a tank of hungry little fishes ready to nibble away the dead skin from your feet! it definitely took some getting used to (check out jess’s screams!) but we got the hang of it. by the end, we were disappointed when the fish left our feet in search of “fresh meat” (fresh feet? hehe) when another girl came along.

culture shock singapore

Monday, April 21st, 2008

jess and i are not your typical backpackers. we don’t carry around those big turtle-esque bags on our backs, roaming the street for hostels when we arrive in a city. we appreciate comfy beds and fluffy pillows. and we (usually) don’t smell too bad. but at the same time, especially in a city as flashy as singapore, we do occasionally feel like we’re “roughing it”. and coming from the craziness of thailand, singapore was quite a change…

people here drive withing the lane markers in their own lanes. they obey traffic lights, and there are hardly any mopeds anywhere. you can’t chew gum, litter, jaywalk, or eat on the subway, and all of these are punishable with fines of up to $500! the city is spotless, parks are elaborately maintained and interspersed throughout the city, the public transportation is efficient, and just about everyone speaks english. as a friend of mine told me the other day, singapore is like “asia lite.”
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