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Melissa at the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel (Singapore Slings in the foreground!)
Did something a bit different this morning, had a go at making our own pewter dishes at Royal Selangor Pewter on Clarke Quay.  It's called "The School of Hard Knocks" and you are given a tour of their little gallery/museum before donning an apron (which you get to keep) and then belting a flat piece of pewter into the semblance of a bowl.  You also get to imprint a pattern and some words if you like - suffice to say we enjoyed ourselves, making a huge racket in the showroom, but we're not likely to get a job there any time soon.
Next stop was the Civil Defence Museum, which gives the history of the fire brigade and rescue services in Singapore.  Very interesting to see that the general terms and methods of fire-fighting are no different in Singapore than they were in our local country fire brigade.
Noel & Melissa doing their thing at Royal Selangor Pewter, Clarke Quay.
  Also interesting to look through the window into the station control room and note that everything was in English.  The museum was excellent, and free, so definitely one for your list if time permits - kids would certainly enjoy the many interactive displays, such as putting on a mini-uniform, or trying to stop a gas leak while "wearing" a gas suit.  You can also sit in the cabin of a fire engine while a movie shows on the windscreen, as if you were tearing through the streets of Singapore to an emergency.  A lot of thought has been put into the museum, and it certainly shows.
After all that excitement, the only other option was to head straight over to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar.  At A$38 for two SS's (after the American Express discount!), they were the most expensive two drinks we've ever had, but it's one of those things we had to do.  Must say the drinks were very nice, although didn't taste that different to the free ones we got on Singapore Airlines when we went to China!  Made sure we ate our fill of peanuts, too, and enjoyed tossing the empty shells on the floor (although I couldn't help looking over my shoulder to see if Mum was watching!).
Spent the next couple of hours wandering around a big shopping centre on Orchard Road and got the Pacsafe satchel we'd been looking for, at a very good price.  There was a big exhibition on in the basement, run by Anlene, where you got free samples of there products and could have a bone density test.  We both did the test, showing that Melissa has very strong bones, but Noel needs to eat more cheese!
After all that exercise, we went back to the hostel and had our last feed of fried hokkien mee from the Ponggol Nasi Lemak Coffee Shop.
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