Singapore is fine

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
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Trip End Oct 02, 2005


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Monday, November 15, 2004

We arrived at Singapore, booked our hotel and the airport then got the train into the city. We checked into our colonial style hotel (SHA Villa) and then headed out for the evening to go and see the Esplanades. They cost $600 million to build and look like Durians (Durians being a spiky large fruit that has the distinct smell of poo, and is banned from most hotels. The Esplanades are a used for concerts, theatre, and they host numerous free concerts outside, of which there was one on when we were there. Underneath is a very large shopping centre (of which there are literally dozens of in Singapore, these people like to shop!). We walked around for a whil (like we seem to do everywhere) and then headed across to see the famous Merlion, a lions head on a mermaids body. The significance of this is that Singapore (or Singa Pura as it was first called) means Lions (Singa) City (pura). There were also a host of decorated lions on display representing numerous countries and cities around the world. We ventured back to the hotel after this ready for some sleep.

The 14th of Nov was spent firstly dodging rain. We walked towards Orchard road, where most of the shopping centres are situated, and the heavens opened as if it had never rained here before. We stood under a bandstand for 30 minutes hoping that the rain would calm down, but it wasnt to be. WIth military precision, like SAS, we strategically waited untill the rain calmed then ran like the wind to get under cover nearer our intended target of ORchard road. We miscalculated and ended up standing in the middle of probably the heaviest downpoar of the day. It saved putting the clothes in the wash at least. Once things had settled we headed along Orchard road taking in the magnificent christmas decorations that ordained the street. Granted it was the middle of November, but they know how to do things here. At night we popped up to Little India ready for the Deepvali celebrations and saw some beautiful temples and decorations depicting this religious celebration. The following day, the 15th we ventured out towards Chinatown, seeing some great architecture before arriving at Clarke Quay, a beautiful little area with bars and restaurants. We popped into the Singapore History Museum to learn a little of the culture and saw a great 3d movie of how Singapore became occupied by the Japanese in the WW2 and its origins as one of the main ports in the world. WE had a few pictures taken with a thermal imaging camera, which caused lots of laugher for the other tourists when Sarah stood in front of it. Certain bits of her upper body were glowing up white hot on the camera causing a bit of laughter. After this we headed back to the hotel via the Singapore River then off to bed ready for a trip to Sentosa Island tomorrow.
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