We escaped the cold New Zealand winter last week and headed north to the tropics for a few days in Singapore. My husband also celebrated a significant birthday there, so the trip served a double purpose. We flew there via Auckland, arriving early on Sunday morning, Singapore time. After checking in to our hotel, we went out into the humid heat and went for a walk.
I loved the coloured buildings and the bright shutters and windows of the Ministry of Communications and Information, that is quite a stunning building. There was so much to see as there always is when one visits a new city, so it was nice just to see where our strolling took us.
We of course stopped to look at the statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. The famous hotel, named after him, is closed for renovation at the moment, so we were unable to pop in and have a Singapore Sling in its home setting.
On the first evening, we headed into Chinatown, one of the oldest parts of Singapore and home to a mosque, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. There are countless restaurants and shops, and the buzz you would expect.
So much for our first impressions….coming up next…flowers.
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