Singapore 2

Trip Start Jun 28, 2006
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Trip End Aug 28, 2006


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Awoke to another perfect day. We walked towards town till we found a local resturant that served Toast and jam with coffee for $2. A great deal. After the excellent breakfast we decided to go looking for the Arab Quarter to get a taste of things to come. After much walking and talking we saw a couple of Mosques but also found the bus station by mistake. We enquired about the cost of a bus to Malacca in Malasia and also when it left before catching a $4 taxi ride back to the city center. We paid for another night in our accomadation and also got instructions from the receptionist about getting to Changi Prison Museum. This first involved taking the MRT/Subway then a bus to the museum. The day was so hot, and as the train speed along an overhead track i began to relise the extent of the population of Singapore. Housing goes on forever. From the train station we walked to the bus station and got the correct bus to Changi Prison. All very cheap, $2.80 all up. The Museum to the Prisoner of War Camp that was Changi Prison was a Sobering experience, From the Death and Torture of prisioners to the use of Local Women as Comfort Women to Mass Executions carried out by the Japanese Forces on Civilians.
From here we walked to the Jahor Guns, these were 15 inch guns that had been installed prior to the Japanese invasion, but that had been installed facing out to sea and so were of no use when the Japanese invaded down through Malasia. The Jahor guns are in a compound inside a real life prison . From here we bused to Changi Beach, were we bought some Muslim food. Very hot it was. The ladys laughed as we ate it. We then spent time wandering the beach, lovely sand, palms, beautiful views. We found a Plaque to 66 Chinese Civilians executed there by Japanese Forces. Some of the 40-50,000 to meet this fate in Singapore.
After busing back to the city centre we took a ride on a river boat in the cool evening during which we saw the Merlot (a Symbol of Singapore) and harbour before retiring to bed.
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