We thought that our third day in Singapore would be our best as it was the start of Chinese New Year. However it turns out that the first two days of the new year-till the end of our Singapore stay-are public bank holidays!! Oops-well planned you say? Actually it all worked out fine as we headed instead to Little India, which was amazing. As soon as you stepped out of the MRT you were hit by the most amazing smells and colours. It smelt even better than Rusholme does. We headed straight to the Banana Leaf Apollo for lunch, which we had read about. Basically it is an indian restaurant but you eat with your fingers off of Banana leaves. We thought that it would be weird at first eating without cutlery but it wasn't, it was a great experience, and the food was delicious!!
After lunch we wandered round all the little stalls and picked up quite a lot of souvenirs-fans, parasols and buddhas. We wanted to visit a temple but it was closed so instead we got some great pictures-the statues and carvings are so impressive and very intricate. We will post photos soon-i promise!!
We wandered back through Chinatown to Tekor Ayer Green which was really pretty. It was shaded with pagodas and little water features. So we sat and relaxed and decided what to do for the rest of the day. Next we headed back to Boat Quay and sat on the river with a drink at Coffee Beans & Tea Leaves before returning to the hotel for a quick nap.
In the evening we decided to go to Clarke Quay again for Dinner as it's really nice and we knew there would be things going on in the evening there. We eventually decided on a place called Asylum-appropriate?-and had some cocktails and food while looking out across the river. As we were paying the bill a display of fireworks started at the Harbour Front so we had a perfect view. It was a nice end to our last evening in Singapore. We walked along the river before calling it a night.