Despite the blisters (Germolene is a life saver I decided!), I am really enjoying my exploration of Singapore. Being in temporary accommodation close to Orchard Road is pretty fabulous. Only a ten minute walk brings me to the major shopping hub in Singapore where there are so many major Malls it is mind boggling! It is fascinating to walk round these Malls and check out not only the shops but the restaurants and food courts that are in each and every one. Shopping and food are the major pastimes here. I love finding my way round using the maze of underground walkways that connect a lot of the Malls, seeing the vast array of foods on display and just generally trying to figure out how it all works.
The MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation) system is very well organised and inexpensive to use making it easy to explore other parts of the Island. The Marina Bay area is a modern wonder mixed in with tradition. There is China Town and Little India and "The Quays", Boat, Clarke and Robertson which run alongside the Singapore River and are crammed with cafes, restaurants and bars of every description. Clarke Quay even has massive air cooling and rain deflecting canopies so you can sit "outside" in comfort.
Everyday living in our tiny temporary apartment has also been interesting. The kitchen does not have air conditioning, my real estate agent laughed when I asked "why not". My so called laundry room is open to the outside and my drier vents to the inside so needless to say my kitchen becomes a sauna when I am doing laundry. Nevertheless it is a very comfortable place and the complex has a small gym and great pool which I am trying to use in an effort to stave off all the food which is so hard to resist.
I started this web site and blog in an effort to share my pictures and some of my experiences with my family and friends back home. Please bear with me - I am a newbie when it comes to Blogs and Web Site creation, hopefully, like my blisters, it will get better!!