Although we’d thought of several different things we’d do today we decided to just cruise. I wanted to get photos of sculptures I knew were beside the river and now that we know our way around more we knew that it would be an easy walk. The sculptures are just great, some we’d had glimpses of from the Bum Boat but others were lovely surprises, like the cat and two kittens. That reminds me. Since we’ve been here we’ve seen 2 dogs, one outside and Army Base & a Sniffer Dog today with Police. Not a single cat and not many birds. Not a single bug either apart from butterflies, many of them black.
After the river walk we headed to Raffles so Alex could have a genuine Singapore Sling. I dislike like the idea of colonial superiority it exudes but know this was just a bit of fun so I had a “Virgin Sling” ie non alcoholic & it was delicious, taste of pineapple & lime, with a wedge of pineapple and a Marachino Cherry, very refreshing. There was plenty of flash popping and camera swapping as everybody around wanted photos of themselves at Raffles. From the sublime to the ridiculous… or was it the other way around maybe….. we went back to have lunch at Sidewalk. I did get a photo of the place but at lunchtime it’s just not the same. Few people sitting outside at the wooden tables and plenty of room inside but it was our last chance to have a nice feed of “local” before we left for the Airport.
I did manage to pick up a spare battery for my camera after the necessary arguing and attempts to leave the shop but it was made much easier for me because I could quote eBay prices. The battery was marked $145 but he’d do me a “special deal” at $75 before eBay was mentioned. I paid $40 Singapore.
Now we’re enjoying the relaxing atmosphere in the Ambassadors Lounge prior to our flight. Alex thinks it was worth coming in here just to see the group of geriatric Australians being firmly ejected by the receptionist & protesting loudly about it. Singapore Airlines recognised what a problem Alex was and has put quite a distance between us, I have the priority seat with no one in front of me and he has steerage wherever that is!