Singapore Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 1 November 2006 – Singapore

Chan Pavilion, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chan Pavilion, Singapore Botanic Gardens

I walked up Napier Road to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, and spent about four hours wandering around. Started with breakfast – an excellent marsala dhosa at – of course – the Garden’s own food court. The Gardens had an excellent ‘Evolution Garden’ a display demonstrating the development of plants through the Earth’s history.

The National Orchid Garden was, as ever, spectacular.

I wandered back to Orchard Road, stopping for lunch (a tom yum steamboat) at Tanglin Mall. Found by way to a reflexology place on Orchard Road operated by blind masseurs. The really work the pressure points and on feels spots of tension breaking down as they work – occasionally a little painful, but relaxing after such a long walk.

Should have gone back to the hotel for a rest, but instead I continued to wander around Orchard & Scotts Road and was caught in a downpour. I sheltered in various malls until it eventually eased, then went back to the York and rested for a couple of hours.

Boat Quay, Singapore
Boat Quay, Singapore

Headed to Raffles Square with the intention of having dinner at La Pau Sat, but as I walked up Boat Quay bearing the onslaught of the restaurant spruikers, it started to rain again, so I caught the MRT to Bugis Junction and dined there instead (a very ordinary claypot rice and pork ribs, mostly just bones). By 9pm Singapore’s attempt at a lively Asian night market was packing up, so I walked all the way back to the hotel.

The next day I woke up feeling the effects of a virus or head cold, so spent most of the next couple of days in my room, before my return flight.

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