What a great place Singapore is! Everything you’ve ever heard about it is absolutely true. It’s beautiful and so clean. Everything is organized in a very deliberate fashion and English is spoken everywhere. We arrived early this morning and had to meet our excursion group at 8:10am – a little earlier than usual but not a serious problem. We chose to do the Ins and Outs of Singapore excursion which included a multitude of public transportation with a relatively small group.
Our first stop was in Chinatown and we entered a Buddhist temple. We’ve seen our share of temples but this one was quite impressive. We entered into the front part of the temple and observed a monk performing some prayers but then stepped into a much larger area that included 50 or so devotees chanting and reading from Chinese scrolls. It was very impressive.
We then entered a famous Hawker Market that contained both dry and wet items for purchase. The first photos demonstrate the food that was for sale even though Wednesday was an off day for many of the vendors. The vegetables you’ll see were all packaged in plastic bags and looked very fresh. You’ll also see an eatery (unfortunately closed) that garnered a Michelin star.
And then we entered the downstairs area which was full of fresh fish and other items – a ton of poor little frogs. The single fish you see in the tank was the hit of the market – it sells for $100,000 not to be eaten but to be held in someone’s tank.
We then were taken to a Trishaw Park where we were driven around the city for approximately 30 minutes. It wasn’t too scary even though we were mixed in with all of the normal traffic…. Singapore, by the way, drives on the left side of the road.
We were also offered a one day pass on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) which was as clean and organized as you could ever imagine. It’s all automated with no driver at the wheel.
Next, we took a boat tour of the Singapore River which offered some amazing views and panoramas of the city.
Rich and I ended our tour by having some authentic Singapore lunch along the river and then back to the ship.
I had always looked forward to visiting Singapore on this cruise. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Singapore and its people are truly beautiful. Its people are a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian and make for an interesting melange of cultures. Everyone on the ship enjoyed their excursions as well and thought that Singapore so far was the highlight of the cruise.
We’re off tomorrow to Malaysia and our first visit is Kuala Lumpur. The temperatures and humidity continue to challenge us but it’s all good. Stay tuned for more adventures.