Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
117Trip End Jul 28, 2008
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Firstly, big up to my Auntie Caz whose acted as our Asian flashpacking saviour. (You've been a star although I'll probably be stumbling up to your door looking for a bed after over-indulging on the fizzy pop to thank you in person!) A spotless hotel room with a clean bathroom was essential to our detox. The fact that our backpacks were sweating internally like Kew Gardens composts bins was far from ideal. So Kim set about her tortuous process of tidying up which for once was ideal as I was left to lie on the bed watching sport
As the final leg of our unforgettable 13 week journey down from the icy depths of Beijing we wanted to finish off in style. What better way than sipping a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel as you toss peanut shells onto the floor with colonial arrogance! It was one of the great moments we've spent together. Truly unforgettable!
Based in the heart of Chinatown it felt we had almost returned full circle, but with a touch of sophistication and English recognised as a form of communication. The suspect meat cuts were back on the menu and one night we were treated to a very loud and colourful street procession for which no one could really tell us why. Standard Chinese practice!
A short stroll we were in the high rise glamour of the CBD before crossing north over the river to enjoy the architecture of St Andrew's Cathedral and City Hall. A particular highlight was the recently renovated National Museum, which included an ultra-high tech display of the city's history with the help of a personal hand-held computer and audio-system! By the time we reached the stunning Asian Civilisations Museum Kim's concentration was starting to wane and she gained enjoyment out of the dressing-up box designed for children, especially the armoured waistcoat
The following day we made the spectacular cable car trip to Mount Faber then over to the artificial amusement of Sentosa Island. The man-made beaches and theme park rides made a welcome break from the city. The formula seems to be working as massive development is under way to create a family resort there.
Our Asian adventure ended in style at the architecturally magnificent Esplanade - Theatre on the Bays. The evening performance of the West End musical We Will Rock You was out of this world. The Queen classics just kept rolling with the finale of Bohemian Rhapsody bringing the audience to its feet.
So there it is - goodbye Asia, roll on Australasia...