Singapore Day 2 " Criminal Enterprises"

A forum where you can read the great
adventures of the visitors to Amsterdam.

User avatar
TheGoatMan1
super power poster
super power poster
Posts: 2715
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 12:43 am
Location: A very RED state

Singapore Day 2 " Criminal Enterprises"

Postby TheGoatMan1 » Mon Jun 23, 1:34 am

Pretty tired this morning, but still excited about heading out again tonight. Word of my dancing display have already made the rounds through the whole ship, and it's only breakfast time.I get mercilessly teased throughout the day, but it's a good sign out here. If they don't give you a hard time, then they probably don't like you .Since i left work early last night, i can't leave till the 1830 launch. 1815 we board the launch, but have to wait for about 10 people, and a load from the crane before we can get going. The driver doesn't understand english as well as the last guy, and keeps trying to leave before we have everyone on board. We finally get it sorted out, and it takes the usual 30 minutes to get to the pier. We arrive at about 7:08, and quickly get in line at the Taxi stand. We wait, and we wait, and we wait. After about 30 minutes, my friend goes to grab two very large cans of Tiger beer from a nearby food stand, which makes waiting alot more bearable. I am offered, and accept a ciggerette, (my first in 3 years) and my lungs quickly remind me why i quit in the first place.I finish half and put it out in a nearby receptacle. I have heard of people quitting for years, and then bumming one smoke and being back to a pack a day in no time. I am not one of those people, i have discovered.

At about 7:55 we are still waiting on a cab, and are getting irritable about the wait. We see someone from our company who has hired a van to get them to a hotel, so we hitch a ride downtown with them. We catch a cab from the marriott, and as we slide into the car, we quickly realize that this is the most decorated cab either one of us has been in. There are neon lights, imbedded in the door panels, the ceilings, and the floorboards. There is an electrical ball (the kind you touch and it follows your fingers) strapped to the back dashboard.Black curtains on the rear passenger windows, and even a scrolling LCD with a greeting. This is a party cab of some sort. We direct the cab to the most famous (but certainly not the cheapest) hawkre center in Singapore: Newton Food Centre (A.K.A Newton Circus).

Newton Circus is an open air food court that is open 24 hours a day. It is made up of over 75 individually operated stalls that all specialise in different food. The stalls are laid out in a square, with tables under umbrellas making up the center of the food court.There are sales people at EVERY stall who try and get you to buy wheatever they are selling. You will be assailed by calls of " Ice cold beer", "Seafood, Fresh, very fresh", "Chili crab, right here, family owned," and every other sales pitch you could imagine.The salespeople are very aggressive, almost like carnies touting those rigged games at county fairs. My friend and I make a counter clockwise tour of the entire scene, checking for the cheapest price on tiger beer, and occaisonally asking a merchant about how a certain dish is prepared, or what it contains. We walk by Live crabs, Tiger prawns that are as big as lobsters,stingrays, chicken satay stands,the infamous durian fruit and various other seafood delicacies. After making the rounds, i settle on a stand that has huge stingrays on ice, and i order a medium sized "Chili stingray". I ask about the spiciness of the dish, and request medium heat. this may sound like a weak move, but you must understand, in this part of the world, what they consider mild, we consider fire breathing hot. My Stingray arrives, and looks excellent. my friend has found the best deal for a pint bottle of tiger for 6 sings. While we start on that, we order, some fried squid for a second course, from the same stand. The chili sting ray is delicious. There are lots of bones and cartiledge, but once you get the hang of picking the meat out with your chopsticks, it's not a hassle at all to deal with. The meat is very tender, and has the appearance of courdaroy pants (Tube-like?) No fishy aftertaste either. The squid arrives, and I have to say it is the best squid i have ever eaten. Cooked perfectly. very tender, and served with a sweet and sour sauce that is different from any other I have tasted. As soon as your beer runs out, someone from another stand will spot this and dash over to offer you another one.It is an environment I am not used to,but i honestly enjoy the atmosphere, it truly is a circus. Our hunger sated, we head to the taxi stand, and get in cab that doesn't look like the inside of a disco club.

Our cab drops us off at the infamous "Four floors"( Notice a trend forming here?). I buy a used cell phone,a sim card, and some minutes for the phone from a store loacated inside, runs me 75 sing total (30 sings of which is talk time). we make our way to one of the bars i hadn't seen yet. This is a much trendier or "classier" bar than the others. It is only a tuesday at 9:00 o clock, but this place is packed, the working girls outnumber the men about 4 to 1.There are atleast 100 prostitutes in this bar alone. We grab some beer and stand at the bar chatting.About every 3-5 minutes 1-3 ladies will walk up and introduce themselves, grab your arm, or brush up against you.My friend is married, and I'm not currently looking for a female companion, so the quickest and politest way to deal with them is to tell the ladies we are gay. Three minutes later, another group of gorgeous women approach. "we're gay canadians" my friend informs them.10 minutes later, a solo woman approaches. I simply tell her "we're canadian", as if that explains something, a brief pause, and then my friend adds "and gay". We finish our drinks, and cautiously scan the room, if you make eye contact, you will be approached, so you must be careful where you are looking. We discuss the role reversal in the bars here. In a bar at home, women are constantly having their conversation interrupted by men approaching their table to flirt, here at four floors, we now know how it feels to be the center of attention at the bar. The men still buy the drinks here though., we can't have it all, can we?We make our way through a crowd of women and out the front door, not before someone gropes my ass on the way out.

We have time for one more beer before we have to depart, so we decided that since we are two straight guys who are comfortable with our own sexuality, we should check out the infamous fourth floor. We enter and immediately head straight to the bar and order beer. Two women(?) who were playing pool approach and introduce themselves. One of them is named "O". She emphasizes this by making an O sign with her hand. We ask if they are men, and they assure us they are ladies, and even offer to prove it. We say that we will take their word for it, but asked them to point out one of the lady boys for us. One happens to be sitting next to my friend, and leans and whispers in his ear an offer of services.By the look on his face, i can tell it was a very descriptive offer. He politely declines. We tell the two ladies who we first encounter that we have to leave, and they are immediately less friendly. We depart, but not before someone else gropes my ass. We exit to find a taxi.

We skip the taxi stand just outside, as the line is 7 couples deep,mostly prostitutes and their customers. We walk a block or so, and find a taxi that has just let out a fare. We try to enter, but when we tell the driver our destination he waves us off, as he won't make any money on the return trip, and it is prime prostitute transporting time in this area. We walk a few more blocks and try in front of a swanky hotel. The taxi line is long here too, but we see a 7 seater taxi, and he agrees to take us to the pier for 30 sing. We agree since it's either that or miss the launch.He drives like a wild man, and we quickly buckle up.While driving he offers us his card, and says he will arrange transportation, female companionship, and could even find me an apartment far out of downtown for 1000 sing a month. We arrive with 20 minutes to spare. I use my new phone to call my parents back in the states. I talk with them for about 15 minutes. The moment i hang up I get a phone call. It is a Singapore number. "strange" i think to myself. I answer and the first sentence is unintelligible. I say "You must have the wrong number" to which the woman replies: "No, I sold you this phone a few hours ago". "oh" i say. "The police are here, the phone we sold you was stolen, can you come back here?" Me: "I am literally leaving on a ship right now, i can't come back tonight. I will be back in 3 or 4 days, and I will come back then" Her: "Ok, what is your passport number?" Me: "I would rather not give that over the phone, it;s not secure, you understand, I will be by in 3 or 4 days" Her: "ok". Unbelievable, only my second day in Singapore, and already police are involved. Can't wait to go back. I love this country.

FitZerOy
power poster
power poster
Posts: 258
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 3:33 am
Location: Head full of HOPE...Scotland

Postby FitZerOy » Mon Jun 23, 11:30 pm

Enjoyed this...conjured up the hustle and bustle of this facinating place

User avatar
Generous_J
mega power poster
mega power poster
Posts: 6063
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 6:10 pm
Location: Tír na nÓg
Contact:

Postby Generous_J » Tue Jun 24, 3:20 am

good stuff. B+

User avatar
TheGoatMan1
super power poster
super power poster
Posts: 2715
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 12:43 am
Location: A very RED state

Postby TheGoatMan1 » Tue Jun 24, 1:08 pm



Return to “Channelites Trip Reports”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 1 guest