Arrived here 6.30am on Sunday. Yes- this is where I started in Singapore with Fabien and Sharon and this is where I finish this journey. In the 6 months since I have been travelling there seems to have been more new things built and more still to come- Singapore seems to be always looking ahead - there is a new Art Science building and buildings housing water gardens soon to be finished down at the Marina Bay. Interested in modern architecture ? - this is a good place to study it. And what I really like is although it is a modern bustling vibrant city the streets a very wide as are the pavements and at street level you dont feel like you are in a concrete jungle as there are huge canopied trees towering above you and gardens and water features wherever you walk...yes it certainly is The Garden City. Of course one of the nicethings about staying with Fabien and Sharon ( and bit of news - they got married while I was away- Congrats to them both and I am looking forward to a repeat celebration in France in August when they do it once again)
is that they know the city and so take me out to interesting places to eat - so I get to try Asian food that I havent had before - they order cos I havent got a clue - but it's always yummy good choices and fortunatley they havent ordered a chicken feet dish yet.!!! So with our SundayDim Sum lunch came the chrysanthemum tea I liked so much the last time - and we have been able to find some to buy now so I am bringing some home.
The range of food outlets is enormous as are the shopping malls - and you could spend a fortune eating and shopping but tucked away here and there are very inexpensive places. And where can you get Chinese toast ( Kaya which is a sort of toasted sandwich spread with sweet honey and coconut) and a coffee for $2.50 which is just over £1. And then I found a little chinese place doing pedicures for £5. Lunch was £4 - grilled chicken +2 side dishes and a coffee!!! It is interesting just to wander and see what is there.
Rain stopped play earlier today when I was out wandering (
and boy does it come down - yes it's a tropical rainstorm) so i came back to the apartment and will go out later to see the new Marina Bay Sands Complex - 3 Towers topped with a huge cantilevered complex + long swimming pool on top 57th floor + if there is time I might get to the ArtScience museum which has a Ghengis Khan exhibition.
And so I leave you with a walk through the Botanic Gardens National Orchid Collection - it will be difficult picking out the orchid fotos from over 100 that I took ( I did restrain myself) .
I will actually be looking forward to getting home - not moving on for a while, being in my own bed and not living out of a suitcase - AND I can wear some different clothes...6 months wearing the same things gets tiresome - although I have added to my wardrobe on the way and chucked some things out.
I am sure that this won't be my last blog - I seem to have enough of a following to keep you all up to date from time to time - so although I wont be doing
a LONG trip like this for some time I will be doing mini- trips ( one coming up to Sweden over Easter) and it's a good way for me to keep in touch with everyone and show you my fotos.
So MANY MANY thanks to all the lovely people who have helped to make this a most exciting and wonderful 6 months - thanks to all the generous, kind and hospitable friendly people I have met along the way who made this all possible and kept me going at times. And I really do hope that they will all turn up on my doorstep at some point inthe future.
And thanks to everyone who has been with me reading the logs and commenting every step of the way - I know that some of you have said that you felt like you were with me - well for me it felt like I had my old friends and new alongside me too- I was never lonely even thought I was alone.
Not goodbye but Au Revoir.
PS I got those possum socks that I wanted and everyone said I should buy - eventually at Auckland
airport as I left NZ.
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