We have spent 4 lovely days here in Singapore. Generally wandering around seeing some sights.
Saturday the first job of the day was to get one bike box, Jerome and Claire already had one for us from another cyclist they have hosted. There were three close by options, the free one had nothing so we ended up paying S$12 for one, this was very mean we though charging for something you would normally throw away. But we now have two boxes ready to be filled with bicycles.
Boxes and our backup scooters and bike
For the rest of the day we walked up to the Geylang Road and did a little shopping then ate at a food which is far better value than the restaurants where you can spend large sums of money. For shopping lots of things are now the same value in S$ as RM so everything is two and a half times more in Singapore than Malaysia.
Sunday was a bicycle boxing day, we had to taking a lot of things off as the box was smaller than a European one (smaller people remember). Then we caught the bus with Jerome, Claire, Eglatine and Hortense to a food market for lunch, once fuelled more buses took us to the Southern Ridges area. Here there are three parks connected by paths: Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber Park. More information on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Ridges
First we walked a canopy (tree height) walk, we saw butterflies, many birds, a squirrel and even a green snake. Then across Henderson Waves an 274 m bridge connecting Telok Blangah to Mount Faber Park. In Mount Faber Park you get spectacular views out to sea as far as Indonesia and city views as you turn inland. There is also a cable car ride starting here, this goes over to Sentosa Island, now almost entirely entertainment complex with theme parks, hotels etc etc oh and of course eye wateringly expensive.
In all the walk is just over 10 kilometres long and very enjoyable.
That evening we were treated to a homemade meal with chocolate cake to finish, it was lovely.
Monday and the second bicycle was packed for the final time, quite a sad moment after travelling so far. Using the tap on tap off card system common to most cities we have visited we caught to MRT into Chinatown where we wandered passing the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, a Hindu temple and the Buddah Tooth Relic Temple, this is a modern temple completed in 2007 getting it’s unusual name from a relic stored on the 4th floor originally found in Myanmar, more information on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Tooth_Relic_Temple_and_Museum
Jumping back on the MRT for 3 stops we arrived in Little India, where after a short walk around we ate a lovely lunch, Indian of course.
Once back we were treated yet again to home cooking and another cake, you can never have too much cake.
Tuesday was a more leisurely start then a walk to the Katong / Joo Chiat area where some 800 buildings have been preserved they date back to the late 1800’s early 1900’s more information on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joo_Chiat_Road
Finally is is our last night here in this warmth (sometimes too hot) we will fly to Heathrow tomorrow then drive back home. It does happen to be Shrove Tuesday, pancake day so guess what we are eating tonight?