Another excellent train journey thru the Malay countryside. It is astounding the difference between the designer malls and the poor living in the surrounding areas , maybe a bit like London and Bristol.
Arrived into woodlands and got checked into Singapore . I had planned to take the mass rapid transport system to the hotel only to see no connections at the station, no ATM , no tourist advice and 20000 people running for everything . Eventually we got a bus to the MRT station of the same name some three miles away . Got on the MRT and arrived at Orchard Street to exit the train into a wall of humanity , try this with a walk on suitcase and no directions as to where to go due to building works , so much for Asian efficiency. Half an hour later and me almost twisting my knee we arrived at our hotel .
Singapore we quickly surmised is one big shopping centre full of designer labels with for example Fossil watches going for 20 Singapore dollars , amazing value. With all these labels you,d expect the locals to dress well but they don't so who buys the designer clothes I don't know .
Our first port of call was the new Gardens in the Bay a sort of Eden project but with lots of money spent on it . It was great even if an electrical storm caused us to exit the canopy walk hastily .
That night we enjoyed a Tony Roma's spare rib evening . They really do make a good job of this meal . Booze however is expensive at £10 a pint.
Carrying on the horticultural theme we went to the botanical gardens and national orchid house where her indoors decided she was an artist and started taking hundreds of flower pictures. Afternoon was spent at the overrated raffles hotel where we did not partake in the £25 Singapore sling.
Next evening we went to little India and visited a recommended curry joint called Lantree.....barefoot. Really good food and made even better by the local Deepvali celebrations.
Last morning we visited the Changi prison to hear about the Japanese occupation . Horrible stuff .
What did I learn about Singapore . Well one it's one big shopping centre , two prostitutes occupy most street corners at nigh , three their ugly , four her indoors want to know their terms of business, five it's very business orientated. But overshadowing this info is the knowledge that her indoors like to use the in room ironing board at least twice a day , funny it's not portrayed that way at home .
Waiting now in Changi airport which is as good as they say , it's one big shopping centre ........you can see where this is going .