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Oh wow! Coming through a quick and simple customs (hadn't expected it to be that easy), a speedy baggage collection and an earlier than scheduled landing the airport was easy to work out. The shuttle bus dropped me off at the hotel door too....
But boy, is the heat and humidity a killer at times?! So glad I have straight hair - but maybe less of it would have been cooler, or maybe not!
Went for a little orientation walk once settled in my room and found the nearest Starbucks (just in case!) and what else is nearby. The Singapore Art Mueseum, at the end of the road, is a lovely building. Shame I didn't have time to visit it.... Too much else to see!
Thursday saw me walking down towards the bay, blindly walking straight past Raffles without realising it! In my defence all the shrouding and boards on it didn't help.... Long bar has boards all along side and a sign pointing up some stairs (didn't look like a posh hotel to me), brass door handles covered and fencing up all round what I believe is the front.. May have to get up early tomorrow and have a peek before my bus comes... 😆
Once down by the water the Singapore flyer, Singapore's equivalent of the London Eye, caught my eye so had a go on that. I must have got there early as it was dead when I went up. Mum and I have a bizarre effect in that when we go in somewhere that is empty the world then turns up... Seems I have this effect on my own. The queue had increased significantly when I stepped off half an hour later...
Got to see the layout of everything and the grand prix track (grandstand, pits etc) - oh, and took a few pictures!
After that it was a slow saunter round to Clifford pier (as mentioned by my dad) - no way could you walk with any speed, just too warm and muggy. Saw the Merlion on the way (scaffold around it so not as lovely as hoped) before sauntering back towards the main aim - Gardens by the Bay...
Over the helix Bridge to the marina Bay sands shoppes (their spelling) and access to the gardens via the dragonfly Bridge and a walkway through one of the hotel towers (surreal).
The gardens are just amazing. So much to see and visit. Went in the cloud forest, flower dome and up on the supergrove tree skywalk as well as walking around the outdoor areas. Still managed a saunter down to the marina barrage and found a rooftop garden area. Very popular place for picnics, birthday picnics and kite flying - got to see picachou flying high.. Perfect for some down time waiting for the sun to go down before heading back to the supertree Grove to watch the light and sound display... Seeing the helix Bridge lit up on the way home was pretty amazing too. Not sure how many understood the point of the lettering lit up on the ground though... Lots of green and red C, g, a, t's...

Friday saw me taking it a bit easier (!) as walked nearly 15 miles on Thursday.. Friday has seen me walk just over 8...
First thing was to go visit the old hill street police station. Dad has a picture of it that he'd taken whilst on national service over here - back in '59. I wanted to take a pic of it now to compare the changes in 60 years...
After that I went to Fort Canning Park (next to station thankfully). Hadn't truly understood the nature of the park but the word Fort should have warned me that there would be LOTS of steps! It was worth it though. Spent rest of day there wandering (again slowly) around looking at the plants and items in the park as well as doing the Battlebox tour. Learnt a lot about the Japanese invasion of Malaya (Malaysia) and Singapore, and the subsequent surrender of them after many horrible years for the people of Singapore. I also met the original Gordon Bennett (well, pictures and waxwork of him!) ☺️
Once back at the hotel my friend Eng picked me up and took me for dinner. Was nice and not a really touristy place. He then drove me up Mount faber to see Sentosa by night - yep plenty more pictures taken...
As a final stop we went to the marina Bay sands and up to the skypark observation deck - 56 storeys up. Only level above was the bar/restaurant and the hotel infinity pool - that must be one hell of a view from the pool... Oh, and yes, even more photos of all views of Singapore by night...
Tomorrow sees me back on the road back to the airport and on to the next stop - Hong-Kong...
Apologies for lack of photo annotation - not the easiest to do on the phone! ☺️

Posted by Labgirluk 05:39 Archived in Singapore Tagged gardens marina park singapore street fort the police hill by bay old station sands flyer canning

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