Historical Singapore and a decent hairdresser!
Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
250Trip End Dec 01, 2011
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That sorted I then bump into Michael, a guy from Australia with one of his sons Connor who is here for 3 weeks holiday... he travels extensively and offers me some advice... he also says I can pop over and meet his wife and other son later and if there is anything I need just ask... how nice is that!
I then call in to reception... good news there is availability.. bad news because of the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix.. the price has gone up slightly... it still makes sense to stay here! This hostel is fab even with a train journey..
So today I'm off to The Changi Chapel and Museum. I take the train and then have to take a bus.. the bus stop is right outside... I give the driver (known as a bus captain here!!!) a $2 note and he looks at me... he says I need change.. OK so where???!!! I ask him again and he indicates that I need to go and find change from passengers!!! Thankfully a local lady changes my note and asks where I am going... I tell her the prison... in hindsight I should of said the Changi Museum and she informs the driver where I need to get off and also a very mature lady.... arriving at a bus stop the older lady indicates I'm to get off... I do and see the prison... the old lady points to the entrance... it is in fact the actual prison... I ask the guard the way to the museum and she points me in the right direction, a short walk away... lesson learned... be more specific on destinations!!!
Changi Prison was constructed by the British administration of the Straits Settlements as a civilian prison, in 1936.During World War II, following the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese military detained about 3,000 civilians in Changi Prison, which was built to house only 600 prisoners
In 2000, the prison was demolished and its inmates were relocated to a new consolidated prison complex in a neighbouring site. In view of its historical significance, the Preservation of Monuments Board worked with the Singapore Prison Service and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to allow the front gates of the old prison to be preserved and moved to the new prison
Maybe a good thing I didn't get in!!!! Off to the right place...
The Changi Museum is a museum dedicated to Singapore's history during the Second World War.In 1988, Singapore built a replica Chapel and Museum next to the Changi Prison. When Changi Prison was expanded in 2001, the Chapel and Museum was relocated to a new site 1 km away and the Changi Chapel and Museum was officially established on 15 February 2001. Bernard Stodgen, the son of Sgt Harry Stogden, was invited to place the cross that his father made onto the wreathed altar in the new Chapel
Unfortunately you are prohibited from taking any photos. The museum is free to visit however you can for a small charge pay for an audio system which talks as you walk around... this museum is full of interesting facts and commentary from people who had experienced awful situations... it was a very moving and emotional tour.
On my way back I stop at another shopping complex and happen to walk by a hairdressing salon that looked good and spur of the moment decided my hair needed a trim... this travelling malarkey takes it out of you and my hair feels in need of some attention..
I walk back to the hostel and knock on Michael's room where I meet his wife Natasha and other son Liam... they are such a nice family and offer me lots of advice on Singapore and Malaysia... Michael travels every month with work and knows so much and I've picked up a few pointers!!!
I then go out for dinner before returning to the lounge and watch another Bali DVD... these are incredible value and so far all work!!! BARGAIN!
Time ticking the land of sleep beckons...