Singapore; when we arrived it was humid but a cool 25 degrees, very overcast and no sun at all. That said weather was not important as this was a shopping event. We set off into town o a new and very clean tube system. It wasn't too long before we arrived at Raffles where we partook of the obligatory Singapore sling with complimentary peanuts. Raffles is a colonial traditional hotel with bags of history. The cocktail was splendid but it is fair to say there was no drunken patrons at £13 for a cocktail and £10 for a beer, but you are buying into the history of the place. Fully refreshed we set off Barbra's favoured jewellers store, where within minutes she had offloaded thousands and walked away with a ring that made her smile as much as it made Frank wince! Not to be outdone Frank set off to the apple shop and waltzed out with a full accessorised iPad. All things considered me and Wendy escaped with our wallet and purse in tact. This was principally because we did not actually see anything we fancied. Dan and Josie spent the day at universal theme park returning with an oversized 'hello kitty' teddy, very easy to fly home with that! We met them at the apple store where deep contemplation left them within a whisker of spending a grand on an apple laptop. Prudence prevailed and they walked away empty handed but promising to return to live in Singapore.
Personally whilst Singapore is a very clean and well organised city and clearly very rich it does not appeal as a place to live. The population appears about 70% Chinese and 30% Indian, but English is the first language.
To sees the beginning of a new sector of the trip, this means lots of people left the ship and about 600 newbies have arrived. So loads of new people to get to know and observe also we feel more tanned as the newbies are generally whiter! The shame of it is lots of Aussies left and they are generally a good laugh, still I'm sure there will be new friends to make.