26.06.2016 - 29.06.2016 36 °C
So our brief sojourn in Singapore is over and we have escaped a few pounds lighter (mostly sweated off through walking and walking and walking). We saw some of the sights, and experienced the beauty and cleanliness of the city. Extraordinary really that there is so much to offer in such a small area. No Durians allowed signs and the 'happy happy' announcement onto the platform on the MTR were noteworthy. The architecture is outstanding and my only wish is that the creativity shown here can come to Christchurch. We loved that the greening project that has been underway since the 60s provided shelter on our 35+ degree days. The Museum stories told us a great deal about the history of the island and this gave us a greater understanding of the city. That 5.5M live within the city boundaries is extraordinary. Outside our apartment balcony were trees over 6m tall, filled with wildlife and sound. The complex had a swimming pool which became our thrice daily saviour in the humidity and heat, a big thanks to Tony and Ursula for their let of the apartment during our stay. The new cars were everywhere, but then all cars over 10 years old are crushed (not sure whether this includes vintage), but the house (well it's a house to him) across from the apartment had parking out front for his 5 Ferrari, his two Rollers, the Lambo and the Porsche and others.
So many new and beautiful cars everywhere and some real stunners zooming past on the road outside,the opulence was easy to see with many nannies looking after the spawn of the colonial classes still.
The people must feel comforted by the constant flyover's of the air force jets, and also by the political messages on taxis from the wives, mothers and girlfriends who support their men in uniform.
We had a great experience of Gardens by the Bay evening show of music and lights, and a visit to The Cloud (which I described as a crashed spaceship because of its design), and the canopy of super trees provided the environmental resources required to drive the light show and parts of the cultivation programme.
On our last day Sharon introduced me to a fish spa, where fish eat away at your feet. A fascinating experience and hopefully no dead fish left there after our feet were nibbled.
So much to see that we think that another trip may be in order at some other time but we'll stay at the Hotel with the infinity pool on the 57th floor - on a building that looks as if a boat has docked on the roof.
Now to Dublin for a potato.