Very Hot and Very Humid
Trip Start Mar 13, 2012
55Trip End May 10, 2012
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It had rained in the night so it was even more humid this morning than it had been yesterday and it was even hotter than yesterday, not really sightseeing weather.
We went on the MRT to Little India - the area where the Indian immigrants had settled when Singapore was first founded. The buildings were very colourful and again had wonderful shutters and fretwork. There were lots of stalls selling beautiful bangles - the equivalent of £1.50 for 20 or so - however they were made for people with much smaller hands than mine so our money was safe!
We went into the grounds of a very ornate mosque - Masjid Abdul Gafoor - lots of columns and ornate carvings - very beautiful
By now it was getting unbearably hot so after a quick drink we got back on the MRT system and went (in the wonderful air conditioned train) to the Botanic Gardens and walked through them to the Orchid Collection. The orchids were amazing - colours I’d never seen in an orchid before and so many of all different colours. The rest of the gardens were really nice (we saw lizards, squirrels and a beautiful red breasted sun bird) but it was getting so hot by now that we quickly went back to the MRT station and got on a train which was going to Clarke Quay by the longest route - just to stay in the cold for a while. We’d seen Clarke Quay yesterday from the boat and thought it looked rather “Disneyesque” and what we saw today confirmed our thoughts. All the buildings were carefully painted in pretty pastel shades - it did look very nice though! We had a very late lunch at a microbrewery and as we ate a thunderstorm started in the distance. By the time we’d got back to the hotel, got changed ready to have a refreshing dip in the pool before our flight home the thunder and lightening were over head and the rain had started lashing down. So we abandoned that idea and just had a cooling shower and a cold drink. We are now waiting at Changi airport (with free wifi!) having a coffee listening to a pianist playing the theme from Titanic (Philip/Iain - I’m sure you can guess what I’m doing!).
I can’t believe we have been away for two months! I hope you have enjoyed reading about our travels as much as we have enjoyed travelling - we are back at work now for three months (hopefully!) and then off to Japan and China in September/October - I hope you can join us for that adventure!