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 went to the Natural History Museum and we saw heaps of stuff and if you have any questions ask. This blog is misbehaving and captions are just too hard today.
Phenomenal place. We walked around for hours and saw things like the live butterflies, dinosaur bones, the Hope diamond,
crystals, rock formations, gifts from overseas, a mammal display, egyptian mummies and artifacts. Wonderful stuff.
We then wandered across the “Mall” – a long strip of grass down the centre of Washington- to the air and space museum, another of the 19 Smithsonians around the country.
We had lunch there and there were 3 restaurants combined but I think Macdonalds (Mickey D’s as they call it here) was running the show. Hundreds of tables and chairs – truly amazing.
We caught the red Circulator bus to Union Station where Didi bought some cloth patches for her suitcase. I took some photos too. Beautiful building.
After that we caught the yellow Circulator bus back to our hotel.
The Circulator Bus is a service similar to our CAT buses in Perth only the service costs a dollar per ride but you can go a long way for a dollar. We lept off at 14th and K Streets and found our way for one block back to our hotel.
The dinner we had was at the hotel at their restaurant called Grist Mill.
Spent a very hot day at Pearl Harbor today visiting the memorial of the Japanese attack on 7th December 1941. So many young lives were lost and such a hugely devastating, crippling strike on the US Forces stationed there.
There were fish swimming over the wreck under a constant film of grease and oil on the water’s surface.
Later we caught the bus over to the USS Missouri was the site for the Japanese surrender on September 2nd, 1945, in the Bay of Japan. We had a tour on the deck and below with a Battleship Tour Guide and saw the way the ship had been laid out when it was in service.
We had a full day today but in a good way. We went to the buffet breakfast and got our money’s worth. After breakfast we walked a few blocks to catch the bus to the Al Moana Shopping Centre. It’s hot here – 27-32 degrees due to the hurricane in the north east and this is creating “Vog” – not sure what it is but it comes from the Big Island and sweeps west. It looks like thick cloud or fog. But I dont know why it is Vog yet. Have investigated but not answer yet.
Took a few pics today around the hotel and found a few patterns in the buildings.
We went to the Al Moana Shopping Centre – and found a huge range of shops and label shops. Beautiful stuff.
Then it was lunch in the food hall and a bus back to our hotel. Sleeps in the afternoon overrode the need for a swim. Its Monday – Labour Day and the hotel is not full but there are a large number of guests. About one third of them will leave tomorrow so I expect the pool will be less crowded. We are visiting the Pearl Harbour memorial park tomorrow.
Saw the site of where the boat left from in the Gilligan’s Island series.
Beginning to unwind more now. The jet lag is subsiding and I am getting used to the heat. Didn’t bring enough T-shirts – oh, dear, I may have to buy a couple of tops – such a shame. hahaha. Not a bad place to visit, Hawaii. Mohala for reading my blog. Feel free to comment.
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