07.05.2009 - 08.05.2009 32 °C
All good things must come to an end and here we are with one day left.
We have felt the heat, the humidity, the sounds the smells of Singapore. It is truly a city for the 21st Century - it seems never to sleep, but maybe because of the unrelenting heat and humidity the people can't sleep. The most bizarre experience is condensation on the outside of your window in the morning - as the damp hot air hits the relative coolness of your window pane.
Yesterday we spent orienting ourselves and seeing the tourist sights from a city hop on/off bus. We "did" Chinatown in the afternoon and the Malaysian quarter in the evening. We also had a river ride in the evening which was refreshing and a blast to the senses with all the colours of the riverside bars and the noise - not to mention the screams coming from the reverse bungy jumps. You are pulled down under tension and the elastic band is release sending a car load of people up into the sky and spinning around. As you can imagine I was not tempted in the least to queue up for the privilege of being scared witless.
Today we have been to the Botanic Gardens which are just wonderful - the national collection of orchids is stunning. Later we went down the Orchard Road to see the shopping - as you can imagine Tony thought it was boring and all I had for my efforts was damp clothes and an aching back.
Last day tomorrow and it's off to Raffles and spending time by the pool here. The hotel is great - we have afternoon tea, evening canapes and cocktails (yes they do Singapore Slings) all for free, in fact we've not needed to eat out although we did treat ourselves to some Chinese noodle dishes and a malaysian chicken soup of some kind.
See you all soon