Somerset Liang Court
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... had improved or we had just been travel weary, we will see tomorrow.
We had a nice walk down to the river and Clarke Quay, where we found loads of restaurants and things to watch while we ate our dinner. The river is a mass of water taxis and river cruise boats and the banks are full of bars, restaurants and skyscrapers housing hotels and shops, it's a bit different to Vanuatu!!
Its really odd, last week ...
... with huge extra cost- so as back pakers we just watched and wished. However we did manage to treat ourself to dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and went on the cable carts which have for a great view of part of the city. The Islands man made beach here were free, however the humidity here is reaching unbearable and sunbathing just wouldn't have been enjoyable so a small dip was sufficient. It being a Friday night we decided to treat ourselves to a bottle of wine from ...
... we boarded, and dark 30minutes later when we got off. The views were fabulous, the company in the pod, not so much. We had this massive group of Chinese women who gabbled away the entire time! Oh well.
We then decided to set up camp on the river bank over the way from the gardens by the bay- a park of giant “trees” which are man made modern interpretations that light up. At certain times in the evening they put on a light show so we positioned ourselves perfectly ...
... that we were there. After we had finished at little India we decided to head to the botanic gardens, we'd heard a lot about them and a few people have recommended them to us so we got the maps out, headed back to the underground and got off at the station which we thought was close by, it turns out the station we got off at was under a huge shopping centre so we decided to have a look round for a bit and get some lunch in there. We went down to the food court first and it ...
... under the control of the Sultan of Johor who was himself loyal to the Dutch. The Brits and the Dutch sorted out their differences with Treaties in 1824 and 1826 and basically carved up the Malay Archipelago between them. The Straits ports of Malaka, Penang and Singapore all fell under British control. Singapore flourished and expanded and by 1869 the population had risen to around 100000. Initially it grew despite ineffective administration by the British East India ...