05.01.2010 - 10.01.2010 29 °C
I set out this morning with only one goal, to find the orchids in Singapore's botanical garden. Setting off at the MRT station I caused my usual morning havok by standing on the right on the escelator, what is it with singaporians and standing on the left, i can't get used to it.
After emerging at Orchard Station I decided to walk up to the garden. I don't know what it is about being in a new city that pocesses me with the idea that I can walk anywhere. When I first arrived I was determined not to use a cab to get to the hotel, which was fine except for the part where I had to walk from the MRT station, the scale on the map is quite small! By the time I made it I was drenched in sweat, humidity is so much its like living permenantly in Topical world or the Eden project! On my first full day I walked everywhere, on day two i'd had enough of walking and went on a duck tour, yep the same as the london ducks, only I did n't have to book weeks in advance and I didn't have to make duck noises (shame!).
After walking up Orchard road it stopped. I looked at my map, it was supposed to carry on but the road in front of me forked and changed its name, so I picked the left and kept walking. After losing my body weight in sweat i'd had enough, i flagged down a cab. The cab trip took about 5 minutes but it was worth it for the air conditioning. The gardens were fantastic and I met some other english people sheltering from a shower. We were standing between the doors to the cool house and the outside world unsure which was wetter ( I possibly should have kept the umbrella, it is the wet season here).
So after 3 great days in Singapore i've visited two forts, the singapore museum, a fire station, the night safari the orchid garden and more shopping centres than i ususally do in a year, all topped off with some swing dancing. I don't know what to expect in Perth but i know i'll miss the double bed, maid and breakfast anyway i'll keep you posted.
p.s sorry about the spelling i don't seem to have a spell checker on wordpad.