Having had a fantastic trip to Israel, it was time to get ‘back to reality’ in Singapore. We decided it was time to enjoy some local delights, and to visit some of the more touristy places in Singapore. Our first stop was the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, easily reached by MRT (this is the subway or metro or underground – depending on your country!). We took along a picnic lunch, and had a nice day in the sunshine enjoying the gardens.
Inside the Chinese Garden is the world’s largest turtle museum, and it was great to see so many of these lovely creatures. Teddy certainly made a friend, and I have memories of one kind of turtle in particular who seemed to ‘salute’ permanently!
Another weekend we went on the 'Duck Tour'. The 'Duck' is a remodelled WWII amphibious Vietnamese war craft that doubles as a tour bus and a tour boat. Starting on land, the tour takes you past some famous Singapore landmarks, towards the river, where the craft literally drives down an embankment into the water where it continues as a boat. Having sailed past a few more waterside landmarks, it climbs back up for the return journey on land.
The tourist bug continued as we also went on the Singapore Flyer (like the London Eye, only taller) and went to the top of the new Marina Bay Sands resort where they have built a 'Skypark'.
The Singapore Flyer, standing at 165m is the height of a 42 storey building and is the tallest observation wheel in the world. As the wheel turns you have a 360 degree view over the island of Singapore, and well as across the bay to the Indonesian and Malaysian islands. There are 28 capsules in total (the number represents 'double prosperity' in Cantonese) including a diamond encrusted capsule that offers in-flight dining. That particular capsule was of course well outside our budget, but the views are certainly impressive.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark
The Marina Bay Sands Skypark is an awe-inspiring engineering wonder. This unique structural masterpiece, designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie, floats atop the three soaring hotel towers 200m in the sky (taller than the Singapore flyer!). Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down, or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, the Sands skypark has 12,400 square metres of space and can host up to 3900 people. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world and hosts restaurants, swimming pools, gardens and observation decks.
That's all for today but there are more touristy bits of Singapore to come in the next report. Take Care!
Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy xx