LOG ENTRY 55
Johor Bahru - Singapore - Johor Bahru
Distance: endless kilometers on foot
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The moodiest face ever over Singapore
When we left Hungary with the bikes I haven’t imagined that I will cross borders on foot without the beloved Suzukis. It happened once already in India, when our bikes was not allowed into the country and we ended up walking into India and spent weeks travelling without the bikes. 
This was the case again in Singapore. We agreed with Dad that it would be cheaper and much easier to leave the bikes in Johor Bahru and cover Singapore with public transport. Luckily our guest house was so close to the border bridge that we could easily walk there in the morning. To be perfectly honest, it was like being in an exodus. Thousands upon thousands walked towards the immigration from Malaysia, daily workers mostly from all sorts of ethnic background. 
Surprisingly getting through the border was really simple and fast and after walking across drug sniffing dogs kennels we were already in the tiny city state. 
I forget to mention that the day before we tried another ferry near Malacca but they informed us that without visa they can’t take us to Sumatra. The twist in the story is that Hungarians do not require holding a tourist visa to Indonesia; we are exempt for 90 days. We tried to explain this to the ferry company but they were reluctant, we either have a visa or no ferrying. Because of this seemingly small inconvenience first we headed to the Indonesian embassy in Singapore. Surprisingly we got through the lines really quickly just to get the first slap of the day. They told us that without ferry or flight ticket we can’t get a visa at the embassy, again we tried to explain the situation but rules are rules, we heard the reply. The situation is not helpless; booking a flight from Singapore to Jakarta or to Bali is really not expensive but before we do that we wanted to make sure that I get the Australian visa first. 
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Merlion, the lion headed fish, symbol of Singapore
Next stop was the Australian embassy, another surprise, no queue, we got admitted right away and a lovely middle aged woman talked to us little after she took my details for track down my visa application. As she was returning I knew instantly that something is not right. She told me that the application was rejected weeks ago and she doesn’t understand why the Australian embassy in Hungary informed us. I guess no more worry about the Indonesian visa for a while.

We kind of had seen this coming. Dad has received his visa within days but for Mom had to submit lots of extra paperwork and waited almost two months until the point of rejection. We talked about possibilities, what else we could do and decided to have a great day in Singapore and see what previously thought ideas would work the best. 
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The view from Merlion's mouth.
From the Australian embassy we headed to the popular Sentosa Island. The small island is on the south side of Singapore, offering a great view of the city as well as the port and the Changi international airport. We climbed the Merlion, a lion headed fish statue which also the symbol of Singapore.

After Sentosa we wandered around downtown Singapore, enjoyed the air-conditioned and bubble gum free footpaths. Visited the Chinese and the Indian quarters, filling our bellies with the authentic Indian and Chinese food –roasted duck was amazing-, checked out the famous Orchard towers and talked a lot about what to do next. 
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Love watching ships, Sentosa island has a few good lookouts for that.
While we were munching on the roasted duck I suggested turning towards China. There was not much point crossing over to Indonesia if we cannot go any further since I don’t have the Australian visa, we have to go somewhere anyway so why don’t we just head to North, Japan via China and Vietnam. Australia was both of our dreams, crossing the big red dessert, camp in the bush for weeks but faith had different ideas. Dad agreed after my sales pitch ad we set to go to China.

As the sun went down we took a bus back to Johor Bahru and prepared for the very early morning departure. We planned to reach as north as possible, maybe until the Thai border next day so a good night sleep was all we needed. 
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China town in Singapore.
 


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I visited the most this year is Singapore. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my college friends. I never grow tired of this country. I've made so many memories in Singapore together with my college friends. I feel so bad in your visa. I hope you enjoy your vacation in Singapore. The people there are really great. They will help you soon. I suggest that you should start to be more approachable. The Chinese people are really friendly.

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01/09/2017 8:41am

Singapore is a city of contrasts. Where you can see a businessman next to homeless guy.

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09/11/2017 11:46pm

China would be a good choice for spending vacations.

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That Lion pillar looks so amazing.

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