Once we reached the other side of the Ferguson Bridge we passed through a shady park, with a small bird population then some beautiful colonial buildings before reaching the National Gallery – which was wonderfully air conditioned.
This was very pleasant as was the walk to the gallery. Once inside we found food at the Owl Cafe and had iced chocolate and an Ambon cake to share which is made with tapioca, egg, yeast and sugar. It was yellow and spongy. Very interesting and tasty.
Next we wandered around the gallery and saw some interesting works. One fun one was in the children’s education section where we found a jungle made from twisted balloons. Very clever. Note the Bear and Tiger.
After the jungle we walked through some new collections and some contemporary art and of course, the obligatory gift shop. Some really fun pieces, some of them, but I have enough stuff and tea towels.
Once we had been ‘arted’ out we found the exit again and headed home, only this time we did it above ground. The trees were magnificent and the afternoon was not too humid. We were home in about 15 minutes having walked about 4 kms for the day.
Today we discovered the Merlion on the Esplanade, but before that, let me tell you, we walked! Initially we walked out the front of the hotel and asked one of the doormen which was the way to the Merlion. We had a fair idea we just needed some arm waving in the direction we thought we should go. Well he did some waving but he directed us the CityLink” which is a labyrinth of tunnels which lead to several destinations like railway stations and shopping malls under the city. We followed the one we needed to and found The Esplanade exit, passing a sleeping homeless man and about five other people travelling in different directions. It was a weird experience, had there been people who wanted to do us harm they could have, in spite of the two security dudes cruising the halls, but we felt no danger. In time we popped out below the ‘Jurian” Music halls and amongst some beautiful greenery, and quietness away from the cars and square buildings.
A magnificent day, and so we continued past empty man-made river beds, where shiny small stainless steel squares were positioned to direct the flow of water. It would have looked terrific, had the water actually been there. C’est la vie!
Next stop the bridge which leads down to the Merlion. Stainless steel again, shiny and well made, but covered in scaffolding type fencing, looks like it may be there to stop people leaping off the bridge on New Year’s Eve, but who knows. Looks ugly.
After the photos of the harbour we made our way into the mêlée of people crowding around the Merlion for silly selfies and shots pretending the water is coming out of their mouths. We waded through the crowd and took our own photos and then headed towards town under the roadway towards Ferguson Bridge.
The old and the new.
Singapore is covered in history and modern conveniences. The beautiful wrought iron lamp and Ferguson Bridge’s steel is a soft and gentle shaped contrast to the glass and steel which predominates the landscape.
By this time it was getting pretty hot and as we wandered we saw some beautiful colonial architecture and happened upon the Art Gallery.
We have just eight days to swan around Singapore and have a look at Kuala Lumpur. I have a desire to see all the ‘old’ in the cities and places I visit. The time here in Singapore this time has been easy and fun. We have walked further than we needed to on several occasions, however I am sure our bodies appreciated it. Not for the first few days though. They now seem to have become accustomed to it all.
We settled into our usual hotel, Swiss Otel, Stamford Road. It feels like a friend we have met on the road again. The ownership has changed and there have been a few changes in the hotel as well. It is not as well appointed as it used to be, but it is in a fantastic location and we really enjoy the convenience of having food and shopping so close by.
We began our time here in the regular way, heading to the 3rd Floor for a freshly made hawker’s meal. Then down three floors to the supermarket.
The following day we took a cab to Mustafa’s, a 24 hour department store which is packed to the gunnels with stock. You name it, its there. Bought some sandals, because I needed some decent walking shoes for our journeying around.
Mustafa’s 24 Hour Department Store
We settled into our usual hotel, Swiss Otel, Stamford Road. It feels like a friend we have met on the road again. The ownership has changed and there have been a few changes in the hotel as well. It is not as well appointed as it used to be, but it is in a fantastic location and we really enjoy the convenience of having food and shopping so close by. We began our time here in the regular way, heading to the 3rd Floor for a freshly made hawker’s meal. Then down three floors to the supermarket. We began our time here in the regular way, heading to the 3rd Floor for a freshly made hawker’s meal. Then down three floor
Another few days in Singapore. It is a wonderful place to stay in, and shop. The food is cheap and so delicious. We have stayed here before and found the Food Hall at the top of the arcade to have amazing food. Its all made to order and as fresh as! Cheap and extremely tasty.
However, after our initial sojourn to eatery, the next visit was confusing. We had only been in “Singas” for a day when we went back for another meal. Now, I don’t know about you, but I get reoriented to my new surroundings reasonably quickly, sometimes, but had been a little lost in the large arcade this time. So, when we arrived at the food hall, or where we thought we had last seen it, it was very unnerving to walk around for quite some time looking for it, only to discover that is was closed for renos. All we saw were lovely white board. Yes, those white boards were covering the entrance. No warning signs – no yes, you are right, but its not here now signs. Very sad. So our food hall had been up and running one day and closed the next. Sigh
Hadn’t been to Singapore since 1985 on my way overseas for two years. I stayed with my friend Nancy on that trip and saw her on our long weekend there in February 2014. Four of us went to Singapore. Didi, Anne, Dad and me. It seemed like a great way of giving my father a trip after the death of Mum last year. He says he is never going away again, but he did enjoy his trip to ‘Singas’.Continue reading Singapore, 2014→