Ah, that's Better!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 13, 2010

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Singapore - Tuesday
We slept in, remembering we were still on Melbourne time. 10 am breakfast finished downstairs, so we could wake up at 10 am Melbourne time and still have time for a shower and breakfast.
The room was small but adequate, our guide that day reminded us that Singapore was an island of 630 square kms with over 5,000,000 people. They were grateful for just a roof over theIr head. She also reminded us that Singapore used to to be about 300 sq kms in area, they just filled in the bits between islands!! So the stories about them stealing the sand from the neighbouring Indonesians and Malaysians must be true! Anyway it had a truly unique feature that I have never seen in any hotel/motel room in my life. A large round porthole about the size of one from Captain Nemo’s Nautilus submarine between the bathroom and the bedroom, and I thought the Singaporeans were a shy retiring people!! This would have been a perv’s delight. However, for modesty’s sake there was a roller blind in the bath that could screen you from the gaze of whoever was in the bed at that time. The mind boggles with the possibilities. I leave it to you.
Smorgasboard breakfast (special rate only S$54 for 2!) and a chance to replenish the inner man and woman after the flight. The Lord knows what I’ll be like when we get to London if I feel washed out after a 6 hours stint! After breakfast we wandered outside and ran back in. It was about 30 degrees and 90% humidity, welcome to the tropics! Never the less we had a few hours to kill and we decided to explore Orchard Road, a large 6-8 lane highway (in parts) that bisects the city. We wandered down the road, amused and and then abused by a gentleman of Indian extraction who was walking and gesticulating at, perhaps his friend shouting on the mobile phone behind him? I advised Melien to walk slower and allow him to get ahead, which enraged him. It seemed I had insulted him, he was Indian not some creature. On and on he walked all the time mumbling and gesticulating to himself. He turned into the Thai Consulate, seemed he had some connection to the security there. We walked on.
Getting from one side of Orchard Road to the other was difficult at the 8 lane stages, so the owners of the buildings had sponsored, I presume, walkways under the road. I say this because they seemed to bear the name of the building. Down the stairs and escalators there were whole armfuls of shops, waiting for some poor bemused customer to wander by. Reflexology seems to be a big thing in Singapore! Every second shop was one of these. Perhaps it’s easier to get accreditation for this than dentistry. Compare say, to Springvale where there was always a dentist, doctor, xray clinic every few metres. Perhaps they don’t have Medicare in Singapore? Or maybe the rebate for Reflexology is better!
After our walk back, we found a food court where the workers ate. This time heaped plates of food (Singapore noodles, lemon chicken and greens) for $20. Washed down with Tiger beer, who could ask for more?
We then beat a hasty retreat upstairs and waited for the Tour East tour of the city in the afternoon. Pick up at our hotel at 2pm, wait in the lobby.


Orchard Road
The Singapore Flyer
China Town
Dinner was back
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