(By Jim. Warning, lots of pictures.)
We took breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, as it was included with the room. They did a good job with breakfast there, typical western style fare with eggs, potatoes, sausages (with German mustard), and bacon. Coffee was out of an instant grind and brew machine. However, we weren't there to eat at a hotel, so we headed out to check out the Asian Civilisations Museum. We spent two and a half hours going through it, and it is the quality of a Smithsonian.
Barbara having fun with the hats in the childrens area
We then had lunch on the terrace of the Museum, overlooking the river through the city, then took a walk.
As we were walking around outside, near the Parliament House, we saw the Singapore Airlines Hop on Hop off trolley come by. It stopped at a stop light, and after a short debate we decided to hop on and see the city. We had wanted to do one of these, and this was just too convenient. Not to mention, I think this is the better value of the two in Singapore.
We went by the Singapore Botanic Gardens, another thing we were wanting to do (to see the orchid garden) so we hopped off. We walked up from the entrance to the Ginger garden to start out.
Then we went into the National Orchid Garden, which had more orchids than I've ever seen before. Too many orchids! Orchid overload. They even have a garden of orchid hybrids developed at the Orchid Garden which they have named after visiting dignitaries, including the former Irish taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
On the way back, I cut through the rainforest walk. You know it's humid when the rope handrail has mushrooms growing on it.
After we had worn ourselves out walking around the gardens, we headed back to the pavilion at the front of the gardens to wait for our bus. We enjoyed the ride, but after all of the walking we were tired and didn't want to get off anywhere else. Unfortunately, the closest bus stop to our hotel was about a mile away. On the bright side, though, this stop was a Lau Pa Sat food center so we stopped for a beer and more snacks at a hawker center. Then a long walk to the room, and collapse in room.
But we couldn't leave well enough alone and wallow in de agony of de feet, so after a couple of hours of relaxing and stretching out, we took a taxi (S$35 to there, S$25 back because of lower tolls at night) to the Night Safari. At the restaurant there, food mediocre (Jim's lamb burger) to awful (Barbara's Mrs. Pauls superannuated fish and chips).
Night Safari had a cool show with Southeast Asian traditional blowgun displays, then a stage show with nocturnal animals.
After the stage show, we were then led to a tram that took us through the park. None of the pictures I took there turned out. It was just too dark out. Some of the animals, like flying foxes, were true nocturnal animals, but others like elephants and giraffes, were more daytime animals that they trained to be night feeders, or just had a sleep disorder. Our time there ended around 10:30, and we took a taxi back to the hotel. I went out to get us some snacks at the 7-11 nearby, and then we crashed.
Tomorrow we leave Singapore, head back to Johor Bahru and fly out to Kuching on the island of Borneo and perhaps our favorite part of the entire trip.