Eat, sleep, eat, shop, eat, sleep, eat, eat...
Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
35Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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As we mentioned in the last entry, we were staying with Jin Yu. He lives in a very nice apartment block with his flatmate Brian. We enjoyed the huge pool and jacuzzi to laze in. They really treated us well, taking us around all of the sights and insisting we try any food we hadn't before. Jin is Malaysian and Malaysians enjoy food, but Singaporeans LOVE food! They have so much choice because of the diverse make up of the people that you can enjoy Indian curries, Malaysian puddings and Singaporean sea food, as well as Japanese sushi, any 'western' food you want and lots more
As a former British colony, there are many fine colonial buildings in the city. Now that may sound a bit airy fairy, but it's true, the buildings have not only survived a huge and relatively quick modernisation of the whole city, but they have been preserved extremely well too. A couple of examples are the previous British Government house which is now the excellent (and free) Asian civilisations museum and the old Post Office which is now the Fullerton Hotel. We had a 'traditional' English high tea here with all the trappings of cucumber sandwiches, scones and cream but with an Asian twist of green tea and duck canapés too.
We went to Chinatown and enjoyed the hustle and bustle there of the market and seeing a new and very large Buddhist temple, we saw the famous and weird Merlion statue which has a fish body and lions head and is a huge thirty foot high water fountain, and we sauntered along the wharf of Boat Quay
The other thing about Singapore is that you can do anything in an afternoon as the island isn't that big. The government is reclaiming land everywhere, so a lot of the island, including Jin's apartment complex, is built where there used to be sea!
Another thing we found is that God is good! We knew that already but He showed us again! We hadn't made it to a church service for a while and we really felt we wanted to go, especially as it was Easter Sunday. We mentioned this to Jin and it turned out that Brian was a Christian and so we all went to church together. That evening we were all invited to the home of a Christian family for dinner who were friends of Jin's and Brian's and we had a great time, and enjoyed the home cooked Chinese food.
Just to mention that the airport there is also great. If you have a lay over there and enough time, you can have a free 2 hour bus tour of the city. We didn't need that as Jin and Brian took care of the tours for us and did a very good job of it!