We only spent two days in Singapore, on our way to London, but they were action packed as there is so much to see. The shopping wasn’t that great as the prices were comparable with Australia, which is not cheap. So although the shopping was a bust we did manage to have an adventure of sorts.
We managed to get lost while taking a so called short cut back to the hotel. It was entirely my fault as I thought a shortcut over Fort Canning Hill would take us directly to our hotel and save us time. Well we walked for ages over said hill, , only to get down the other side to find the area fenced off and locked. Much cursing ensued. Finally we made our way back to the hotel very weary and ready for a nice cup of tea. Note to self – no more shortcuts.
Next day we went to visit the Indian district to buy handcrafts and have lunch. Here is the centre of India’s community in Singapore. It’s a vibrant, neighbourhood full of multi-coloured shop-house, amazing aromas, delicious street food, and colourful mosques and temples. We wandered in and out of the shops and there were all sorts of great bargains and interesting items for sale. But we were only at the beginning of our journey so we kept our purchases to a minimum.
In days gone by
Here are some of the scenes in Little India. When I had the photos developed and I first saw the photo on the bottom left, I thought, “It looks like death approaching, all that’s missing is the scythe.”
The street vendor was just one of many preparing delicious takeaway food on the street corner.
Loved the art work in this particular shop and really would have liked to take a piece with me.
I did like the peacock, it was quite magnificent but I also liked this piece.
Our guide pointed out, what she called, Singapore’s national flag, which refers to the washing hanging from the windows.
After lunch we caught the cable car from the Harbour front tower 2, over to Sentosa Island. Which is well recognised by the statute of the Merlion, the Singapore tourism icon.
Sentosa means peace and tranquility and that is exactly what the visitor experiences on this beautiful island with its lovely nature walks.
The dragon sculpture on Sentosa Island.
This is what the Merlion looked like in 2001.
And all too soon it was over. We visited both both the day and night zoos and the next day we were heading off to London.