A day out in Singapore (16th Sept 2017).

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I know that Singapore is no longer part of Malaysia, but we visited on Malaysia Day when the Federation of Malaysia was born. At that time, Singapore was part of Malaysia. Besides, anyone living in Johor Bahru will undoubtedly visit Singapore, so this blog is aimed at them. Lawrence and I went to Singapore to meet some friends from the UK who were stopping off on their way back from Australia. Although we have been to Singapore many times, we rarely go in tourist-mode. So, I will give some idea of our itinerary in case it is of use to other Johorians.

Firstly, we had a long, leisurely, and delicious lunch at Pollen in Gardens by the Bay. Lawrence and I have eaten here several times before as the food is wonderful. This is fine dining at its best, yet only SGD55 for a 3 course lunch menu with two amuse bouches and chocolates at the end of the meal. And, you can slip out of the back of the restaurant directly into the Flower Dome for free. The Flower Dome is one of the two huge glass domes making up the Gardens by the Bay. The Cloud Forest is the taller of the two glass domes and is a must to visit. The third area of interest here are the external artifical trees and the skywalk between them. I have still to find time to explore this part of the Gardens.

Next we left our things at our hotel near Chinatown and walked back up to the Singapore River at Clarke Quay. The walk along Boat Quay, passed the Fullerton Hotel and on to the Merlion takes some time but passes many interesting sights. As the Formula One races were on this weekend, our paths were often blocked so we could not cross over the river to see the older colonial buildings. So, we headed south via Raffles Place towards Chinatown, our goal being the Maxwell Food Centre as our guests wanted to try some street food. We passed many streets full of bars and cafes and it was hard to decide where to stop to rest a bit! After some cold drinks, we walked along Telok Ayer Street, but as it was early evening, all the interesting looking Chinese temples were closed. I did not note all the street names but we walked along Amoy St and Ann Siang Rd towards the Maxwell Food Centre. Later, we passed the Chinese Heritage Museum and walked down many interesting streets and finally found ourselves at the Chinatown MRT station. We will definitely come back around here during daytime, as so much remains to be explored.

After dinner, it was back up Eu Tong Sen St towards the Singapore River. Cutting through the Clarke Quay central shopping mall at the end of the street, you will find the Hokkaido Ice Cream Stall on your left near the river. If you have never tried this before, I thoroughly recommend a small tub of Yuzu sherbet (sorbet); absolutely delicious. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit and I have become a great fan of this since discovering it on a trip to Japan some years ago. It is very pleasant to sit on the steps by the river eating your ice-cream; besides you will have walked far more than 10,000 steps so far, so you deserve a treat!

And to complete our day, we downed a jug of frozen lime Margarita at the Cafe Iguana along Clarke Quay. The end of a perfect day catching up with old friends.

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