Well a very full few days in Singapore. Yesterday we bought a hopper ticket and first of all did the heritage and then the city tour. Singapore is a strange place, but the people are very helpful and friendly. It's a lot like home with the work ethics and astronomical taxes. It doesn't really have it's own identity though as most of the workers are employed from india, china and Malaysia. The buildings are huge and very close together , plus what has happened to all the water when they reclaimed the land? Raffles hotel used to be on the beach and now it's in the middle of the city! After our tours we took a trip on the Singapore flyer which is like the London eye but of course much bigger. It was amazing to see all the buildings and the city from above, an awesome experience, we were also lucky enough to have a pod to ourselves. At one point we were watching some huge eagles flying below us... Incredible. After that we went to Clarke quay on the waterfront to meet some friends of Victoria. The place is obviously the place to be when the sun goes down, lots of bars and music and restaurants and of course the roof held up by giant penis's! They mist have said to the architect " we need an erection to hold the roof up!" a good but late night was had by all, which was unfortunate as we needed to be up early!
We were picked up at 7.30 and taken to singapore zoo. We started the day by having breakfast with the orang outans. They were so cute and gentle. Apparently they share 97% DNA with humans. O can certainly think of a few people they may be related to. I also held a huge snake which pleased the Chinese visitors ad I was hyperventilating before I even touch it, but I did it! Of course victoria was nowhere to be seen, so missed my huge achievement ! The zoo was set out so the animals were roaming freely. Certainly the nicest zoo I have been to, but you did have to watch out for high flying chimpanzees. I nearly went into the rainforest area and honestly would have made myself do it if Victoria hadn't chickened out! Not sure what I would have done if i had encountered one of my multi textured friends but I was willing to give it a go.
After the zoo we got the bus to sentosa island and took the cable car across to the mainland and back. Again an experience not to be missed, dangling above the sea on a bit of wire! When we hot to the top, it hammered down with rain, just the thing, caught in a storm miles high above the sea, but all part of the adventure.
We had lunch on the hard rock cafe and I had one of the nicest piña coladas ever.
After that we mooches around the shops at universal studios and then got the bus back to the mainland.
We fully intended to go to raffles hotel, but as usual got distracted
Victoria saw something in the conference centre and we had to investigate! It was an automatic CPR machine, see still working even when on the other side of the world! It was quite fascinating for geeks like us, so we spent a while playing and then explored the rest of the conference. It was such fun playing on police bikes and having our pictures taken with all the latest uniformed services kit! All top secret I'm sure!
We did eventually get to Raffles Hotel for an original Singapore sling. Had to nest the best I've ever tasted, and I've tasted a few!
I'm sure we did a lot more things that I have not mentioned and the time has flown by! Still things we haven't done or seen, but time to move on. Heading for KL tomorrow to see what excitement that brings. Will be sad to go, but tomorrow's another day!