I didn't think I'd get to internet again before Malaysia... but who knew, we found free internet in Singapore. Here are my initial thoughts on the country:
It is VERY clean. Never seen a cleaner place. People walk around picking up individual leaves they are looking so hard for litter.
The Singiporians do not mess when they say they will fine for spitting, jay-walking, and eating/drinking on public transport.
The high-rises are AMAZING! Their new casino trumps anything we have in Vegas for sure.
We took a boat tour along the Singapore River to kind of get the lay of the land and see things from a new perspective.
Our hostel is a TOTAL dive. I can only remember about2-3 places worse than this that I've stayed in. I just got out of the shower- worst experience of my life. It was freezing, about 10% water pressure and i couldn't even lift my arms it was so small. I had to change in there too because Scott said I couldn't go trapsing through the halls of the hostel in my sarong.
We read 2 Nephi 2 today, and Scott applied the principle of knowing good from evil to our staying in this awful hostel. Maybe now we will better appreciate our nicer (but still sketch) places in the future.
We are staying in little India :) It is great because we were hoping to work India into our trip, but couldn't. So now we are happy to frequent their markets, shops, and most especially their delicious food stands. Marsala chicken for lunch was perfect!
Some locals told us they never get used to the humidity here. Now we've lost hope. We thought maybe by week 3 we would acclimate, but now we've resigned ourselves to being hot and sweaty the entire trip.
We really love Singapore. It is clean, classy and very organized. There are tons of nice banks and hotels, all of which have the most phenomenal water features I've ever seen! Today I dragged Scott into many a bank office to check out their cool fountains. We were REALLY out of place there though, in cargo shorts, t-shirts, and sweaty hair... it's really gross.
Scott told me I will be a more righteous person if I adopt the missionary practice of only using internet for 30 min, once per week. But don't worry, I'll keep working on him and hopefully check in sooner than later!