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
After a luxurious night of sleep, the bed here is the most comfortable we have slept in for a long time, it was breakfast time. Our breakfasts are included in the price here, they were served over the road in their other property, it was a nice “american” style cereal, toast, jam, tea, coffee, etc.
The old and the modern
A day for some sightseeing, the Batu Caves. This is both a natural cave system and a very holy Hindu Temple.
A lot of information about the caves and temple is on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves.
It is very nice just to relax in a very comfortable apartment and just go for a stroll during the day.
A view towards the Petronas Towers from the apartment roof
We got up again around 12:30 am to walk out to Jalan Burma where the third and final day of Thaipusam has the silver chariot pulled by oxen due between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. There were the huge piles of coconuts still waiting by the roadside, the earshattering music being played, the food and water being given out from roadside booths, hundreds of people finely dressed all waiting.
Everyone awaits the chariot
What another day with no cycling you say, we did climb “A mountain” though.
Master of all he surveys
Our breakfast was a little disappointing, but it was enough to start us off. Today it was the start where we needed lots of energy.
The view from our bungalow door
It is amazing what difference a pillow makes to your nights sleep, take last night huge thick pillows and a very poor nights sleep, the night before a little thinner and a good nights sleep. We must be more delicate as we age.
The natural bay our hotel overlooks
Throughout the night you could hear deep rumbles of thunder and often heavy rain. By morning it had stopped thundering but it was still raining.
There be dragons
After a good night’s sleep, we set off along very quite roads.
A temple very close to last night’s hotel