24 hours in Singapore...
Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
87Trip End May 19, 2010
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The next morning, we caught the hotel's shuttle bus into town and, a bit shocked by the heat, headed straight to find somewhere for breakie. It seems muffins are a popular morning feed here, so I just had to try one, delicious! We then headed down Orchard Road, to check out the many shopping malls. I remember there being a lot when I was last here a decade ago but now there are an uncountable number; each one is huge with 3 or 4 floors of shops, incredible
Our next stop was the Docklands Area. It seemed a lot of it was still being built, one strange building had what looked like a boat surrounded by palm trees on top of 3 high story buildings. very strange! We made our way back to Orchard Road via the Old Singapore Cricket Club Pavillion, and the landmark Armenian Church. Having then braved some rain (apparently a daily afternoon occurence here) and the full length of the road on foot again, we caught the shuttle bus back to the hotel for a wee rest and an escape from the heat!
In the evening, we taxied it to the Long Bar in Raffles for our expensive but scrummy Singapore Sling, accompanied by far too many monkey nuts. We had fun discarding the shells onto the floor, as is customary in this particular establishment, and even more fun walking over them all on our way out - listening to the crunching noise as we walked over them, no quiet escape! We then walked down to the Boat Quay, on the recommendation of our hotel’s concierge. They had said there were plenty of restaurants along here, and boy they were not wrong. Walking along the riverside there must have been more than 20 restaurants all with what looked like exactly the same menus and the same prices, although with different staff pestering us to dine in their particular seats..
So we had had 24 hours in Singapore, and we had only really seen Orchard Road. However, it is one helluva road... What really struck us was how clean and organised the city is, and just how much there is on offer there! We really enjoyed it, and hope to be back again one day. On our taxi ride to the airport we had a very interesting driver, telling us all his stories of when he worked at the Singapore Shangri-La (once the best hotel in the world), meeting Maggie Thatcher, and surprising Elton John with balloons on his birthday... great stuff!