Top tour of Singapore (part 2)

Trip Start Oct 22, 2009
Trip End Dec 08, 2009

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's late and I have just returned back to Hong Kong from a couple of days in Singapore – probably one of the most multi-cultural cities I have visited, with significant representation from China, Malaysia, India and ex-patriots from the West. I'm sure tensions do exist, but from my observations Singapore seems to do a great job of gelling these different groups together.

After a nice lie-in this morning (I have forgot what these are like!), I checked out of the hotel and popped my bag in storage before Lingfei met me in the hotel lobby.

Our first stop was Raffles, where we proceeded to have a Singapore Sling (Lingfei had one and I had two!). For those who came round to mine for a 'leaving dinner’ before I headed off, I must confess that the Raffles version of the ‘Sling’ is far superior to mine!

Following Raffles we headed (ok - I stumbled) over towards the Fullerton Hotel, which sits at the entrance to the financial district boasting stunning architecture.

In order to combat my perspiration issues (it was boiling – though Lingfei said this was a below average heat day!) and the hunger brought on from the drinking, we went to a café that the locals rather than tourists frequent. It was the first time I have eaten Stingray and I would recommend it (it's not dissimilar to Sole).

Following lunch, I was guided around the shops and art galleries (including the Esplanade – a futuristic building that boasts a number of theatres and is also used for open air concerts). We headed back to the hotel via the MTR (metro) and said our goodbyes before I caught a cab to the airport for a late evening flight to Hong Kong (which takes it nicely back to where this blog entry started). A big thanks to Lingfei for being the perfect host in Singapore.

I fly out to Auckland tomorrow afternoon (an 11 hour flight) after 9 holes of golf at the Nine Eagles Golf Course (Nine Eagles sounds like a standard round for Adam, Daniel and Dilley on Tiger Woods 2010!).

I could easily get used to this lifestyle!
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