Monday 1 June 2015 – Singapore
The Asian Civilisations Museum is, like so many of Singapore’s major cultural institutions, new or very much changed since I lived here for several months in 2001. As museums go, this was more like it, with a fine collection of beautiful artefacts presented (despite the huge foyers and closed or empty sections) in a way that is both engaging and thought-provoking. It is currently being expanded and I look forward to my next visit.
I then headed to Bugis Street, via a false start which took me back to Little India – not a huge distance away, but distance feels vastly extended in the tropical heat. Eventually I found my way to Haji Lane, which seems to have become a quite touristy-hipster hangout – lots of barber shops and coffee in what was the Arab Quarter.
For lunch I took the MRT (a circuitous route via East-West and Circle lines) to Holland Village, a quite European enclave now popular with trendy young Singaporean professionals. Had a burger and beer at one of its many upmarket cafes. I continued on the Circle Line (a new route since my time in Singapore, with many more lines being added still) to the vast Harbourfront Mall on the waterfront opposite Sentosa. On this holiday Monday it was hugely crowded for a Spongebob Squarepants kiddies show.
Dinner was forgettable noodles at a place in the food court on the third floor of Funan Mall.