Tuesday 31 October 2006 – Singapore
They take their Western, and especially American, festivals seriously in Singapore and today Halloween costumes and references were visible wherever I looked. Shops had aisles of costumes and accessories and at one mobile phone shop I passed, all staff – male and female – were dressed as witches!
Had a breakfast of dumplings and chicken soup in the food court under Orchard Emerald then went shopping, but didn’t buy anything. Bought and MRT pass and made my way to City Hall and walked the length of the City Link tunnel and its extension to the Esplanade Theatres, where I had a good look around. Most impressive. Lots of visual art, a wide and culturally diverse program on offer, a library and of course plenty of restaurants and cafes.
There was a free lunchtime concert in the Hall so I took a seat. A young singer, RT Rozales, sang a tribute to Frank Sinatra. He rendered most of the songs unrecognisable, but was cheerfully energetic, and hey, it was free. Then I joined a guided tour of the Esplanade Theatres complex with guide Brenda and fellow guests Aussie expat Jane, whose husband had just been posted here for four years, and an elderly German lady in a frightening blue cardigan and white sandals who did not say anything.
When all that finished after 3pm I visited more malls – Suntec City, Marina Square then made my way across to Funan where I shopped for some speakers for my MP3 player. Then to Raffles City where I had some Char Kuay Teow noodles for dinner. Tired, I caught the MRT back to Somerset and back to my hotel.