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Published: October 14th 2015
We managed to have a small lay in today. Something we have not managed to do since Saturday when we were in Dubai.
We have tickets for the Singapore Flyer for today, so heading off on the metro in that direction. As the F1 races only finished here on Sunday, they still have a lot of the path closures in place, so our proposed route is not quite the route we ended up taking, but at least we were always going in the right direction and not around in circles.
The flyer journey was excellent, but the views were not too good due to the Haze from the current fire issues in Indonesia. We could see most things, but when we tried to take photos of them, the haze got in the way, but this did not detract from our experience.
The Singapore Flyer takes about half an hour to complete a full rotation. The movement is so smooth that you don’t even know you are at the highest point of the wheel. Be sure to have a camera with you fully charged. It is currently the highest wheel in the world. However, Dubai like it normally does,
is currently building a bigger and better one. It will be called the Dubai eye.
Our next stop was the Raffles Statue. Again, because of the F1 fences we could not go the exact route we had planned along the river, but we found the next main road and walked along that instead.
Unfortunately, when we got to the Raffles statue it was in the middle of a renovation area, so had been covered up. We were able to see through the cover that it was the statue, but not quite what we were expecting.
Next on our agenda was the Cavenagh Bridge. This is the only suspension bridge in Singapore. It was originally built in Glasgow, Scotland and then shipped to Singapore in pieces to be reconstructed here.
Next stop is the Raffles Hotel, just to say we have seen it. It would have been nice to go inside, but they have a strict dress code, and in 35 degrees, we would have been roasted, so a photo from outside will suffice.
There is a metro just around the corner from here. Once off the other end, we have an ice-cream each to help
with the short walk back to the hotel.
As the locals are celebrating Hari Raya Haji today, we thought it would be nice to stay locally for dinner tonight. We were surprised that there were not more people out on the streets when we went out for dinner.
We decided we would try a hawker centre (extensive local eateries) about half a mile from our hotel. When we first got there, it looked like a lot of the stalls were closed, but later realised that the stalls behind them were open, although we had already ordered something by then. We are trying a local Chinese for tonight.
The tables in the centre seemed to be filled mainly with men all drinking beer. We could not work out why there were so many of them.
We found a stall selling hot food and ordered some tasty items and then also some drinks from the stall next door. Total cost S$12.80 about £6.00 for the two meals including drinks.
The food we had was freshly cooked and really tasty. We will try this area again tomorrow to see if there are more people eating.
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