Singapore is definitely not a country for anyone on a budget. The average cost of a beer is $10! We are both kinda ready to move onto the next country, Malaysia, where we would be able to get more for the dollar. Anyway though, Jay and I passed out early on the other day and ended up not going out which resulted in waking up at like 5:30am. I was surprised to find that other people at the hostel were awake too, but Singapore is a city that opens late and stays open late as well, most stores don't open until 11am and places are open till about 2:30am, so Jay and I just hung out in the hostel for a bit till we decided it was late enough to head out. We headed back to the Chinese Market and Jay got some candies, so we sat down at this table by the food court to taste them, and as we did so it started to rain so we headed inside the covered food court. What we found though is what we have been looking for. Authentic cheap food! I was super stoked too because there were two places dedicated for vegetarians, wooohooo! We walked through the food court staring at what it had to offer like the roasting duck in the windows and other meats that we were unable to identify, and then just briefly starred in awe as we saw a rat scurry across the floor by the food vendor. We figured we better get use to that so we ordered our food and sat down. My food was okay, kinda cold, but for $1.40 US dollars I could not complain! Jay got something that he really liked, pork or something with noodles, and it was just as cheap as mine. We sat there for a bit until the rain stopped and headed alog to our next destination.
We headed out towards the SAM (Singapore Art Museum) because according tot he Lonely Planet book it has free admission from 12pm - 2pm. Along the way though we came across this amazing place that we plan on going to for brunch today and a thrift store. We walked into the thirft store and found some nice stuff for really cheap! But we didn't get anything so we went on our way to the SAM. We found out that the Lonley Planet book was arong about the free admission, but with a student ID (which we both had) it was only $5 so we decided to go for it anyway. The museum was really pretty awesome with some artists we agreed we didn't care for so much and some that just blew our minds. While we were in the museum it started to rain insanly hard so we chilled there until the rain just about stopped. As we headed back to the hostel we came across the LASALLE College of the Arts, and omgosh we have never seen a piece of architecture so amazing before. It had angular designs, all glass windows so you could see in every room, it was probably about 7 or more stories high, it was open so you could walk through it, and just so many other amazing features that I cannot even begin to describe. We litterally stood in awe at it. Check out their website to see a picture of it http://www.lasalle.edu.sg/index.php/about-us/our-campus. After we able to get our eyes away from the building, we finally made it back to the hostel for some rest before the night.
Our original plans were to take the train to the Marina Bay area where we would get some food and then head to the casino for some fun. Once we got to the bay area, which is absolutely beautiful with resturants lining the river bank with open seating and skyscrapers providing a nice backdrop, we walked along the river in which we were bombarded by people trying to get us to eat at their resturant. Jay was pretty annoyed by this and decided that we would just eat at the place that didn't bug us, and as we sat down at a nice little bar we cheered our drinks to the place that found us without looking. The bar didn't really have a food menu, but once we saw that they had hooka we decided to trade in our appetites for a jug of Tiger beer, some apple hooka, and the Austrailian Open being aired on their big plasma screen TVs. We stayed until the match was over (Murray won by the way), and then headed back along the river bank to be pestered about where to eat. The street was now crowded with people and the trees were dangling with little lights of all kind, blinking, flashing, dangling, making it quiet the sight. As we walked along we thought it would be a good idea to just tell the people that I am a vegetarian, thinking that that would shut them up because just about every place was a seafood place, but that only worked for the first two places. After that we just told them we already ate and that shut them up pretty fast. We ended up going down an ally and found an English Pub place and just decided to eat there because we were so hungry. After dinner we headed back to the hostel and called it a night. All of the walking around and being up since 5:30am had us pretty tired. We slept in a little later today, least Jay definitely did cause he is still sleeping as I am writing this at 9:15am, but today should be another adventure, who knows what it will bring!