Of course, no visit to Singapore would be complete without ….
and so we dutifully forced ourselves to drink a couple, sitting in the courtyard. Our friend, with whom we were staying, had lived in the Raffles Hotel many years ago. Then it was on the seafront, now the sea is a long way away and other buildings have been constructed on the reclaimed land in between. She said that it has changed beyond recognition although it still has an air of olde worlde charm about it, with its graceful wrought ironwork, cool gardens and afternoon tea.
The roads everywhere are tree-lined which means that they are attractive to look at as well as providing a degree of shade.
Approaching the Arab street area, with its hand made perfume and dress fabric shops, you catch sight of the golden dome of the Sultan mosque with its Moorish-influenced architecture
and you would have to be told by someone-in-the-know or have read your guidebook to know that the dark green layer below the golden dome is actually made from hundreds and hundreds of bottles!!
Arab Street is home to some of the best dress fabric shops I have ever seen. No guessing where I would like to go shopping if ever I get the chance to go back again.
In the nearby cultural centre visitors can try their hand at the centuries old crafts of wood block printing or making batiks.
modern batik of dancing girls
The end to a perfect day would be a cold drink and dinner in one of the many small restaurants by the river with the sun setting behind the skyscrapers as you watch the world go by