The return to Singapore!

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The premium hotel room in the Grand Central Hotel. Swanky.
Upon our return to Singapore we checked back into our original hotel and were pleased to find our rooms had been upgraded! Images of luxurious beds, whirlpool baths and concubines showering us with champagne filled my mind, only to dashed on the rocks of realisation when the room turned out to look exactly like the last one, and without the view of Orchard Road. Oh well, c'est la vie!

We headed out and in the company of our local guide we made straight for the Malay district. Here again our guides local knowledge, patience and willingness to let us get lost, confused and ask silly questions payed dividends. On our travels we ended up at Haji Lane, the narrowest street in Singapore, and the ONLY place that you can graffiti without being deported/maimed (or whatever else they do - a huge fine I imagine.
..) This was brilliant, the sort of place a guidebook doesn't mention, and the graffiti itself was superb, more art than vandalism. We wandered happily, our necks craned trying to take it all in.

We then jumped into a mercifully air conditioned car and drove up Mt. Faber, Singapore's only (and therefore by definition) highest mountain. As I didn't have to climb it, I was more than happy. The view was great, we could see the residential blocks, the sky scrapers and the busy thronging streets stretching away beneath us. The summit allowed us to see off into the bay, at the hundreds of ships laying at anchor waiting to go into the busy port. The air was cooler too, and in all it was most pleasant.

As the cost of owning a car is at best prohibitive, it was a nice and easy way to tear round more of the city, seeing more of the sights. The charms of Singapore washed over me again, and (not for the first time) I was very pleased I'd come, and was sad that this was the last I'd see of the place for some considerable time. But, hey ho and sod it, there was drinking to be done!
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The premium hotel room in the Gran…
The premium hotel room in the Gra…
Apparently this is the most expens…
Apparently this is the most expen…
The Malay district.
The Malay district.
Narrow shops/houses.
Narrow shops/houses.
Singapores oldest mosque.  The ca…
Singapore's oldest mosque. The c…
Haji Lane, the narrowest street in…
Haji Lane, the narrowest street i…
Haji Lane.
Haji Lane.
Some of the graffiti - I think thi…
Some of the graffiti - I think th…
Mount Faber - not quite as bad as …
Mount Faber - not quite as bad as…
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber - this shows w…
View from Mt. Faber - this shows …
View from Mt. Faber.
View from Mt. Faber.