Singapores most recognizable symbol, The Merlion.
We only planned one day in Singapore. It was mostly a stopover but with a full day there we were able to take in a big portion of the city. It turned out to be just enough. We stayed in the river front district and walked the scenic streets. It is a very nice clean city, in which you see cleaning crews hosing down the sidewalks with soap and water and it is against the law to chew gum. But that does nothing for the weather. The humidity and heat was almost unbearable. We asked the cab driver about the weather and he said that this was slightly cooler then normal. Needless to say we were glad the flight out was that evening. We stopped at the Asian Civilizations Museum along the way and just caught a tour that was starting.
This turned out to be perfect as we were able to get a nice overview of the history of Singapore and the other Asian nations.
Air force helicopters flying low over the city.
During our stroll though the down town area we were startled by a defining stretch from the air. This gave way to a series of low flying jets and eventually military helicopters. It was chilling at first, as if some type of attack was brewing. When we finally worked it out, it was the air force performing practice maneuvers right over the city, with dual rotor transport helicopters getting within inches of the water, stirring up spray in all directions. It was quite a sight and sound show. I guess they don’t have any restrictions on breaching the sound barrier over the city. We ended the day with a few photos of the famous fish/lion and some beers before heading to the airport.