Jan 17, 2007
Feb 01, 2007
. We took the ultra clean - ultra modern MRT (Metro Train) back to Chinatown and then I bid farewell to Jim as he headed back to see what was happening at the hotel - or more importanly the bed - and I went off in search of a place to have a Foot Reflexology treatment. I enjoyed a very nice and relaxing treatment - a bit painful at moments - but the kind of pain that is enjoyable. My feet thanked me and were up to enduring a couple more hours wandering around Chinatown. I visited the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. This temple - interestingly is located in Chinatown instead of Little India - but Singapore is a very diverse country and all people travel around the country without segregated borders based on ethnicity and/or religion. Therefore, the Hindu temple, which was built in 1827 is located right in the middle of Chinatown. The gopuram (Tower) above the entrance is decorated with carvings of gods, goddesses and mythological beasts. It is a beautiful temple and can be seen from afar (it also makes a very good reference point). I finished up a little light shopping - a few Chinese New Year items - and headed back to The Scarlet. (I got a pretty good photo of the facade - you will see it posted today) Jim was up and .... hungry. We thought about heading back to Clarke Quay - but then decided to find a place close to home and then maybe finish up with a martini on the roof top lounge at our hotel. We found an Italian restaurant that appealed to us both and we ate there - then walked back through the festivities in Chinatown to get a Thai Coconut for dessert. (Jim and I both had them earlier and they were very good - you will see a photo of Jim and his). There were some Chinese acrobats performing in one area and we watched that for a bit before heading back to the hotel. Once we arrived we decided we were just too tired and didn't really need a drink anyway...so as I finish this - Jim is sleeping and I am definitely ready to join him.
A very nice day in Singapore and we both feel pretty good considering we indulged in quite a bit of seafood and vodka yesterday. We missed breakfast but got out and about around 10 a.m. Headed down towards Clarke Quay to find a place for lunch and to take some photos of the new additions to the area so that Sharon, Christoph, Denny and Kathy can see the changes from the last times that we were all here. The only place open for lunch at 11 a.m. was....Hooters....that however, hasn't changed since the last time - but we did sit outside on the riverfront and enjoyed American bar food at its best. We were not the only people there - but it was interesting that all of the other couples were either European or Australian. We finished taking photos and decided to hop in a cab and head over to Vivo City - a new shopping mall down by the Ferry Terminal. This area services Sentosa Island and the various islands close to Singapore. We were quite impressed with the mall - it is massive - and has great views to Sentosa Island. We thought about taking the cable car/gondola over to the island - but might do that tomorrow or the next day