From Asia with Love for the last time!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Well Thats it! Our last night in Asia is tonight and tommorow morning we shall be up before the crack of dawn to get ourselves out to Changi Airport for our flight to Perth.

We have been so busy in Singapore this time around, because we did nothing except from shop on our last visit this time we have been dashing here and there to see what there is to see!

On our first day we took the bus across to Sentosa Island, now when I visited Singapore back in 1999 I adored Sentosa Island and told Matt all about it, so off we went intending to spend the whole day. What happened to this place? It has changed so much that I couldnt recognise it, there were very few visitors, a lot of things were boarded over and closed, and then theres the whole new area with really tacky attractions...its so expensive too! So, we went up the Carlsberg Sky Tower which as the lady on the sound system said as we were about to go up 131 metres "to see probably the best view of Singapore"!! It was a nice view, a little hazy, but nice all the same, on a clear day you can see as far as Malaysia and Indonesia so they say.

We milled around Sentosa for a while and then took the shuttle bus back across to the city, we shopped in the many huge air conditioned malls on Orchard Road before heading off on foot to Fort Canning Hill.
This park is important, during the war underneath the park was the British military underground tunnels, we went into the Battle Box and took a very interesting audio tour, with a local man who showed us around and explained that he was just a child when this was used, the story you are told is all to do with the British surrenduring to the Japanese when they arrived by Land at Johor Bahru, it later tells you that eventually the Japanese handed Singapore back to the British, then Singapore later gained its independance.
Frome Fort Canning we walked for what seemed like an age to Boat Quay, a trendy bar and cafe area on the Singapore river, from here we waited until 7pm when we could gain free admission into the extremely interesting Asian Civilisations museum.
This museum was great for us, inside a beautiful Colonial building, there were galleries from all the South East Asian countries we had visited, a whole gallery on China and the same for Western Asia too, at the end of our Asian extravaganza it was fantastic to piece together all the history, all the cultures and the religions.

We are staying in the area of Kovan which is a residential area north of the city, theres a big Hawker centre here at the Heartland Mall where we have enjoyed numerous meals and Tiger beers!

We took the MRT the next day to Chinatown, Pagoda Street was bustling with shoppers, tourists and locals celebrating the mooncake festival, we entered the magnificent Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, and then went to the Chinatown Heritage Centre - a brilliant museum in converted shophouses, which tells the sad and very real story of the Chinese immigrations to Singapore last century. We visited the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore called Thian Hock Keng, as always a stunning Chinese Temple.

Today we ventured into Little India, first of all we visited the Thai Buddhist temple of a thousand lights, it was a very modern temple directly opposite a Chinese Tao temple that we also went into. On the way down the Serengoon Road we stopped by the Sri Srivishna Perfumal Temple, a Hindu temple, quite a lot like the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown but with more worshippers than tourists!

Little India is just great, they are preparing for the Deepavali festival at the moment so the whole place is jam packed with markets, flowers, colours and people. We dipped in and out of the streets in Little India being amongst the action, before coming back out into the high rise skyscrapers and wide multi laned streets of Singapore! It really is like a totally different world! We shopped a little more, phoned home and then headed back on the MRT to our home for the night here in Kovan.

Thats Asia....Next blog coming to you from Australasia!

Hugs and Much Love
Ali n Matt
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