We've spent the past four days in Singapore (following our foodie tour of Malaysia) and it's been a blast. The highlights have included:
– climbing Bukit Timah, Singapore's highest peak
– eating a vegetarian feast on Serangoon Road
– visiting Pulau Ubin, a ten minute bumboat ride from Singapore but far less developed
– window shopping on Orchard Road, and marvelling at the many delights in the Mustafa Centre
– enjoying lots of kopi c, kaya toast and nasi lemak, and
– checking out several excellent exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum.
Singapore's public transport is fantastic. Clean, cheap, punctual, safe and integrated. It makes it an easy place to get around, and an attractive place to return to. Usually when I tell friends back in Australia that I'm planning to visit Singapore, they say one of two things. Some people admit they've never stayed there, but have transited through the airport en route to somewhere else. My advice? Get out of the airport and have a look around. You'll love it! The second group of people say something about all the rules. Yes, Singapore has lots of rules and takes its laws seriously. But – so what? I'm a law-abiding person. Not inclined to (say) traffic drugs, paint graffiti, jaywalk, spit, or carry durians on trains. Provided you prefer order to chaos, it is a perfectly pleasant place to visit.
Today was our last full day in Singapore (this time) and we'll miss it when we go. Guess we'll just have to visit again, some day ...
Kopi C and kaya butter toast
Malabar Mosque – beautiful
Flowers at Pulau Ubin
More flowers at Pulau Ubin
Poor durians get no respect
Chinese egg tarts
We made it to the top!
Happy Deepavali, y'all