New Year's Day - My 1st Full Day in Singapore
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For some reason, I've always been an early riser. New Year's Day was no exception. I took a quick shower, in part because there was no hot water. Actually, there was hot water, I simply turned the temperature control the wrong way. When I tried the other direction, it seemed colder so I went back; apparently I really wanted to get out and explore. 2 quick points about Singapore early on New Year's Day: 1st, nothing is open; the coffee shop at Swissotel and Starbucks were all I could find until late in the AM. 2nd, the quays are still trashed; I think the entire city might have been down at the riverfront last night, celebrating. In a way, I'm glad I saw the after effects; it helps me to keep perspective about this City/State.
My first order of business was to find a quick bite to eat.
Chinatown was strangely soothing. It might have been the temples or simply leaving the multitudes but, after the Merlion, I was in a great mood and not yet exhausted from all the walking I was about to do over the next 3 days. Initially, I basically followed the walking tour from the Lonely Planet guide but rapidly found my own ways. It turns out though, that their walking tour is a fair beginning. As I cris-crossed the neighborhood, I noticed that I periodically found myself back on their suggested route. Indeed, many of the photos I posted map to the 'points of interest' they list.
After spending the majority of the day in Chinatown, I consulted my guidebook again & saw that I had, during my 'quest for breakfast', completed roughly half of the Colonial Distric walking tour so I decided to go ahead and trace the 1st half of the tour.