Singapore - The "Theme Park City"

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Clarke Quay at night. The beautiful trendy place to go and drink. Very expensive!

Leaving Delhi and arriving into Singapore made for quite a contrast. Singapore has more rules that anywhere I've ever heard of, the one for "no littering" meaning that the streets are spotless. It was 32 degrees when we got here so carrying our bags about was not going to be an option - we went to straight to the hotel which, thank god, was air contioned (rather too well, I awoke in the middle of the first night freezing cold). The following day we took the "15 minute walk" (actually and hour and a half) to Orchard Road, the main area for expensive shopping, and the Visitors' Centre, to get some info on what to do. This was a lot easier than Delhi, the guy didn't try and con us into an expensive trip but told us some of the main attractions of the island/giant theme park! We grabbed a bite to eat and wandered down to Clarke Quay where the trendy people hang out at night.

This is inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber in China Town. A big shrine - the tooth relic (which is not a bit of tooth but something that represents it) is upstairs in a solid gold shrine. No cameras allowed up there.
This place is beautiful, it's the Singapore River with bars and restaurants and shops on each side with wonderful lit-up sculptures to decorate the area. Unfortunately it's as expensive as hell.

Bugis Street market was the first spot for the next day - this place reminded me of Camden Market rather a lot. Mainly clothes, food, electronics, but also tropical fish in abundance! In fact Singapore seems to have a lot of "fish therapy" - you stick your feet in a fish bowl and little fish nibble at them until your alloted time is up, it's supposed to remove all the bacteria and dead skin from your feet. I'd try it but I'd probably crush all the fish to death when I put my feet in ;-).
Leaving the market we wandered into the "Temple of the Goddess of Mercy". This consisted of an alter and a large mat with people kneeling on it, shaking insense sticks at the alter in a big jar. It was a very public temple, these people probably felt very claustrophobic as there were more people wandering round and round the mat looking at them. I took a free sweet and left! Most of the rest of that day was spent waiting for the most almighty downpour to stop, a spectacular sight though!

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