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Day 3 : Monday 7th March 2005

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Singapore Stopover (3)

Today was our last in Singapore, only a short stopover, but that was the whole point! After our over-indulgence on the Sling front last night, we missed the 12pm checkout , although only by half an hour or so.

After breakfast at another riverside cafe, we proceeded to Fort Canning Park. This is an area of Singapore which was held as sacred by the indigenous people. However, as the Lonely Planet guide points out, "Demonstrating the brand of cultural sensitivity that characterised colonial rule, Raffles promptly cleared the jungle [on the hill] - thus uncovering Javanese artefacts from the 14th Century Majapahit empire - and finding the resulting view to his liking, he decided to build himself a house". Since this time, Fort Canning has been an important military and communications outpost for Singapore.

We spent several hours wandering around the hill, seeing the Fort, Lighthouse, Flagstaff and visiting the much-hyped Battle Box museum, which was utterly disappointing, mostly because of the decrepit state of the audio-visual equipment and very narrow focus (the British surrender of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942).

After this escapade, we meandered back down to Clarke Quay and took lunch overlooking the river (which had become a theme of this short stay!). After reaching the hotel, we took a short swim in the pool, showered and then headed off to the airport for our flight to Sydney.

SQ221 Singapore Changi Intl (SIN) - Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl (SYD)

Fort Canning Hill

Clarke Quay (including a branch of Hooters - how very un-Singaporean!!!)