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Trip Start Dec 15, 2010
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Trip End Jan 03, 2011


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nothing to be said about a 5 ½ hour flight other than Pete slept for 5 ¼ hours (he is blessed!) and I managed maybe four hours.    We got do not disturb stickers, didn't bother with meals and had eye patches.

Once at Changi we picked up one suitcase (the other was checked through to Auckland) and put it in the left luggage room, had McD’s for breakfast, then got a cab to Jalan Lim Tai See which was our second neighbourhood in Singapore, we’d heard there were changes around the area – that was an understatement!    The old temple was at the T-intersection, but the empty section across the road where they used to put on Chinese opera once a year, and which held an old stone burner for offerings, had been replaced by an extremely large and fancy house.  Even the temple itself had a new wing at the back so the neighbourhood must be doing well.  

Fifty meters along the road and…………no Promises Garden to be seen.  We couldn’t believe it –  those of you who visited  will remember  a four-storey building housing 48 apartments set in a square around the central swimming pool, and the security office housing the ever-inquisitive Mr Singh (oh Mr Peter, I do like red wine you know if you have any spare?, and who the boys had almost convinced that Kumaran , Justin and Jon were Andy’s brothers – Indian, Asian and a tall blond Brit).   Well, all that could be seen was the old power room at the back of the section and a flattened area of rubble.    No idea what’s going to be built, but it was a huge surprise.

Two doors along from there used to be a big house set back from the road with a big grassy area (I can remember counting about 15 migrant workers weed-eating the lawn one day), and now it’s a brand-new complex of three-storey narrow houses.    It was a relief to get to the main road and find the playground and bus stop were still there I can tell you.  

It’s all indicative of the huge growth going on in Singapore, property prices have rocketed and there’s so much new development happening.  Very interesting.

We went to Orchard Road to get a couple of things in the shops, then took a cab to Brewerkz to meet Justin Chen and his fiancée Rachel Kelly for lunch.  It was three hours of laughs and reminiscences, Rachel was finding out things about Justin as a teenager, he used to spend a lot of time at our place before the boys went off to uni.   And it was lovely to meet Rachel too, they make a very happy couple and we’re very pleased for them both.    The photo makes it look as though we were hungry, and we did make a good effort. 

Later we picked up the shirts from the tailor, headed back to the airport and easily filled in time until our flight.    

Nearly home now.
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