We had no expectations or plans for Singapore. I hadn't done any research and we had no idea of what to expect. After an afternoon and a morning there, we should have perhaps found out a bit more about the place before arriving, but we had a good time anyway.
The ship docked at the Harbour Front Cruise terminal, from where we could see Sentosa Island, which is basically a resort, full of rides, touristy shops, apartments and such, a bit like Disneyland I suppose. And on the other side of the ship was Singapore, full of modern design and high rise buildings. Not really our thing, although we do appreciate good architecture.
|Singapore is well planned, clean and maintained. Really nice, for a city.|
The clue is in the name I suppose. Mount Faber is a hill, it was hot. Very very hot, probably the hottest place we've visited on this cruise - I checked, the temperature was easily 35 degrees plus.
On such a hot day, walking uphill was hard work. But the views and the sights made up for it.
|Mount Faber Station, near the top, is actually a cable car terminal. These little cabs run across to the Sentosa Resort. Right over the top of our ships in the cruise terminal|
|The view from the top of Mount Faber. Well worth the trip up. Most people came up by car or bus, because there is a road up to this point.|
|My arty shot. It was Peter who sort of showed me how this could be extracted from the original photograph.|
|A jewel bug seen during our walk back down to the ship.|
Once it was dark it rained. Really, really, really heavily and sadly, we didn't manage to get any pictures of the cityscape by night. We stayed on board ship in the dry.
Next morning, because we didn't know of any better things to do, we took a wander over to the Sentosa resort. The "boardwalk" across is quite an experience, as it includes moving walkways, and the resort itself managed to keep us entertained for a short while. But it is what it is. Excellent fun when you're with a family no doubt.
|Peter showing off his new watch. And no. We didn't buy it from here.|
|The symbol of Singapore - the MerLion|
|The monorails were all funky colours, and just looked awesome running back and forth.|
A highlight for me was this bird
|Tanimbar Corella or Goffins' Cockatoo. It is "near threatened" in its home region of the Tanimbar Islands. They make good pets though. From what I've read, there are thriving populations of escaped Goffin's Cockatoos outside of it's home territory.|