Singapore and Hong Kong
Midnight arrival in Singapore, a little bit of confusion to find the hotel shuttle, and a surprisingly nice room at the Grand Mercure Roxy off East Coast Road. Sadly we had only a few hours' sleep in it before we left for a far inferior room at the Singapore Recreation Club in the far more centrally located Marina Bay area.
Brunch was at the Marina Parade Promenade hawker stalls-- a plethora of delicious food for cheap! Well, not as cheap as I remembered Malaysia being-- but still cheap! The fish ball kway teow was excellent, the hainan chicken was okay, the only real disappointment was the lor mee, which wasn't really soupy or even tasty. Right across the way was the Parkway Parade Mall, the first of many malls to be visited on the trip-- and they had a Din Tai Fung (again, one of many) which we couldn't resist visiting. (nom nom)
Once downtown, we met up with Thomas, got organized, and proceeded to wander around. Turns out many malls are all linked underground-- by more malls! Raffles City via Citylink Mall to Marina Square, then to The Mall at Millenia... hmm. Maybe we skipped Millenia, I can't remember-- too many malls! And tons of food courts-- the ones in Raffles City were excellent, the one at Marina Square was mediocre.
The Singapore Cosplay Club Show was running as well, and near the end of the night we walked across some of the Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit) route, across The Helix bridge, and into the Gardens By The Bay area across from the Marina Bay Sands. 165 feet/50 meter tall grove of fake trees, aka "Supertree Grove"-- you might think it'd be weird, even decorated for Mid-Autumn Festival, but it was quite a sight.