So a day spent in Singapore yesterday. Mostly wandering around in the locality where I am staying. There is a degree of (not always) well-suppressed excitement around as it comes up to the Chinese New Year tonight. In some ways not the best time to be here, but also a very interesting time. I am not sure what will be open tomorrow, so today I have planned today accordingly.
However I get ahead of myself here – not a good idea – you can trip yourself up in advance!! So before I head out I will drag myself back to yesterday. The MRT here is (as ever) very efficient and very full. I am about 3 minutes walk form Little India, but as yet I have only used it to come in from the airport.
So yesterday as I reinforced my fortitude to look around, I had a very nice red bean bun and freshly squeezed lime juice – such a refreshing drink in the heat and humidity that is Singapore – not that it was that hot! as I got up to leave, I noticed the view and had to take a photo. Notice here the cleanliness of the place and the colours (which were even brighter) in the house in the centre. It was a house belonging to a merchant around a hundred years ago.
The litter – well as you may well know, mostly non-existent. I think it shows a degree of self-respect, not apparent in many other places in the world. A pity we do not adopt the same hardline policy of instant fines for offenders. However I guess that would be too PC for our "modern" society. Don;t get me wrong. I would dislike many of the strictures that are placed upon one in Singapore, but there is no need to disregard all of it.
This is a Hindu temple in Little India. The colours are extraordinary and there was a steady stream of people – mostly worshippers from their attitude, early on a Saturday morning.
The rest of the day, I spent mostly wandering around the centre of Singapore city. One giant mall after another and lovely food. I scathingly passed by the Starbucks and McDonalds etc to eat in the local food centres. Wonderful food. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, so I could not take more photos.
I remember when here about ten years ago, I found the locals none too friendly, however my impression changed yesterday. I came across many very friendly and helpful people in shops, and in the passers-by. Of course it is early days yet.
My room should be called a cubicle. Fine for one person, but with two people here, it would be very tiny. Look at this photo of the bathroom. It is basically all in the photo – and yes the shower is pretty much above the toilet – a form of sanitising? However the hotel is quite good. A swimming pool – which I used yesterday to freshen up in the middle of the day and setting out again. It is clean and tidy and (so far!) quiet. All that I need on my own for a few days – though I will look forward to a little more luxury in Kuala Lumpur.
So today, it is off to be a little more adventurous – especially as I am not sure what will not be open tomorrow. The Island is still waking up, but I am sure it will wake up today – the Chinese New Year celebrations will be in full swing.