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Day 12 : Wednesday 21st March 2007

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Singapore

Having been to Singapore a couple of times over the last few years, I had seen quite a bit of the city. However there were a few small things that I wanted to check out with my day and a half here. With no Club access, I was out and about before 10am and stopped off for breakfast in a nearby Burger King .

I headed first for Suntec City and remembered immediately how difficult Singapore is to get around on foot. Don't get me wrong - it's easy to work out where you want to go, but getting there is difficult - there are few road crossings and paths tend to meander around in all kinds of ways. Eventually however I found my way to the Esplanade on the Bay promenade and walked across the bridge to check out the Merlion which I had inexplicably missed on previous visits.

Another venue I wanted to check out was the Asian Civilisations Museum, which is a short distance away over Anderson bridge. The museum was smaller than I had anticipated, but well worth a look in. I then completed the hat trick of bridges at the mouth of Boat Quay by crossing over the venerable Cavenagh bridge and walked through the main business district with it's iconic skyscrapers to Chinatown, which I must say was the least obvious Chinatown I had ever visited. Furthermore, it is home, slightly strangely, to another interesting tourist attraction, the Sri Mariamman temple, the entrance to which is adorned by an intricate and colourful gopiram (tower). I refrained from visiting and plodded on down the road to another interesting Chinese style building, although I'm still at a loss as to what it is!

With the heat and humidity a constant hindrance to progress, I sought refuge in Singapore's excellent air-conditioned underground system and caught an MRT to Bugis station - back near the hotel. Before finally heading back there, I had a quick diversion to Arab St and around the Muslim quarter of the city.

Back at the hotel, I took a refreshing plunge in the hotel pool and relaxed reading in the afternoon sun. The rest of the day was remarkably quiet, with a fairly poor room service dinner of Hainanese chicken, but I did get substantially through the fairly small selection of alcoholic drinks in the mini-bar!


Merlion

Sri Mariamman Temple

Chinatown

Sultan Mosque (off Arab St)

Other views of Singapore