Last day in Singapore before heading home
18.09.2016 35 °C
No trip can be called "complete" with learning about the local wildlife. Well, that's my rule anyway.
My last day in Singapore was a sad one, as I would be leaving, but also enjoyable as I was able to see the zoo, another area where Mummy Wright used to live and the Indian District.
First off was a visit to the zoo, which entailed a train into the city centre and then.....eeekk.....a local bus! I don't know why I panicked, everything else so far has been in English, but when the bus drives through the suburbs for a LONG TIME you do worry you're going to end up in the wrong neighbourhood and get completely lost.
Anyway, I didn't, and after about 90 minutes of travel I arrived at Singapore Zoo. I opted for the River Safari so I could get a little boat and see some of the animals a bit closer. The queue for the boat was pretty long, but there were lots of smaller animals in tanks around the queue, so it was nice to see all of them.
Once I reached the end of the queue the views out over the countryside were beautiful....so good in fact, I didn't realise I was leaning on a row of ants. The relatives of their fallen brethren took vengeance by biting me....a lasting reminder of my trip.
Eventually I joined the boat ride. I have to say, I was slightly disappointed it was just a small canoe-type boat around a man-made river. I had assumed we would join a big boat and float around the lake we had been overlooking for most of the queue. Instead it was a much shorter trip than I'd imagined, but it was still fun to see so many animals up close.
Afterwards there was time to look around some of the sealife in the aquarium part of the zoo. As I'd already been to an aquarium the day before, I didn't stick around too long, but took a few snaps and looked around the gift shop at the end.
A short bus ride later and I was back in the city centre. Once again it was throwing it down with rain, but it is so hot it is almost a relief. The only downside is you have to sit in wet clothes all day and look like you've just tried to drown yourself.
I walked along Orchard Road, which is now the main shopping area. Back when Mummy Wright was born here, it was a lot more residential and she has shown me many photos from living around this area. Gucci, Prada and Calvin Klein now dominate the area so it is hard to picture it ever having been small houses for expats, but it was nice to think that I was in the area where my mum spent the first few years of her life.
Eventually I got to Raffles. THE famous Raffles where the Singapore Sling was invented. The idea was I'd order one, sit in the lounge and have photographs taken in my posh jumpsuit (albeit a soaking wet one now) and have the claim that I'd "done" the top stuff in Singapore.
However, I had greatly underestimated....
a) how popular this idea is
b) how much rain drives people to do indoor activities
c) how popular Raffles is at 3pm in the afternoon on a Wednesday.
Ah well. I decided to forgo the massive long queue and instead take photos outside. So I didn't have a Singapore Sling in the place where it was invented, but I DID get a picture of the sign. Haha.
Back in the rain (again) I decided to carry on walking and went to the Indian district of Singapore, which also happened to be on the way back to the hostel.
There were lots of incredible smells and some amazing dresses, although sadly I didn't have time to be fitted for one. They looked amazing though and I could have happily walked around the cloth market all day.
Sadly, I couldn't stick around too long as I needed to get ready for my flight. After almost 18 months abroad, I'd be heading home for Christmas!