History, orchids, reunions and night safari!
26.05.2013 - 26.05.2013 30 °C
Where have the last 9 months gone!!
We would need to make our last day in Singapore and South East Asia a good one.
First stop was The National Museum of Singapore which is by far one of the most impressive museums we have been to on this trip.
We headed straight for the Singapore History Gallery. Normally it would cost S$10 each but lucky for us we had turned up on an 'open house' day and it was free. We were each handed our own device with earphones, which allowed us each to select our own journey through the exhibition.
We went through a curtain and found ourselves on a bridge in a room with floor to ceiling screens showing impressive images of Singapore, its people, lifestyles, buildings and wildlife. What an introduction!
You could either select to go through the exhibition based on events or on personal stories. I decided to go the personal story route but soon changed my mind and joined the others on the event route as I didn't feel I knew enough about the history to get the significance of some of the stories being told.
We made our way through Singapores history from Raffles (known as the modern founder of Singapore), secret societies and opium dens to the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. There was so much information and even after 2 hours we hadn't got through all! It was time to move on though!
Next stop was the Botanical Gardens!
We had managed to miss the rain whilst in the museum, which was doubly good as meant it was still overcast so not too hot from the sun.
With a variety of different gardens, including one dedicated to all things ginger , there was plenty to explore.
The gardens are most famous for The Orchid Garden, it was only S$5 for this colourful treat.
Some of them looked really weird... (this one was named after Margaret Thatcher in the VIP Garden)
Or had smiley faces!
It is also a very popular place for wedding photos!
Dan was fascinated by the leaf that looked like it had a plant painted on it! And clearly was having a mad moment...
The clouds had got darker and we could hear the distant rumble of thunder, after spying one of these signs too we thought it might be best to call it a day.
After freshening up from our humid day in the gardens it was now time for another epic reunion! Fiona, an old friend from university now lived in Singapore with her husband Nav and I had not seen her for 7 years! We d arranged to meet them for dinner along with Manda as well who was here in her home city too. Perfect timing.
We met outside Masjid Sultan, a beautiful mosque which I believe is the largest in Singapore. It was very impressive as it came into view at the end of Bussorah street.
We had a great catch up over kebabs, hallumi cheese and humus at a Turkish restaurant and a few quick drinks.
It was lovely to see you all
Dan and I didn't have long as we had to rush off for the Night Safari!!
This is one of the first attractions people would mention to us when talking about Singapore and we had heard good things so needed to check it out for ourselves. It is definitely a unique zoo experience. We spent a couple of hours exploring the dimly lit trails not knowing what we might find around the next corner. From squeaking otters and munching porcupines to leaning giraffes and sleeping leopards.
And there were Tigers too!
It was really hard to take photos of the animals in the dark as its hard to get focus without the flash, so I am very pleased with this shot
It was midnight by the time we left. What a way to spend our last evening in Singapore.
A huge thanks to Hache for having us to stay, its been loadsa fun
Next stop Australia!!!