Jan 16th Evening
We’ve had a fabulous time in Singapore! It has been great to be in a completely different type of environment: very clean, developed and civilised. We have felt completely safe, and in fact people have all been very friendly, polite and helpful. We’ve consequently had some more daring eating experiences, alongside locals on plastic plates in a market as well as more civilised ones, in and out of the hotel. A special recommendation for “My Grandma’s Place” at 17, Mosque Street, Chinatown.
It’s been great timing with the Chinese New Year celebrations starting the day we arrived, although the weather has been rather erratic. We have spent a lot of time in Chinatown because of all the things going on there, from auctions of ‘antiques’ in Chinese, incredibly varied markets, fan dancing and, the stars for us, an Australian ‘acrobat’ group “Strange Fruit”, working in what looked like paper and bamboo lampshade spheres 2 metres diameter and at times 6 metres up in the air. They float around on fibreglass poles, seemingly at random and then, by design, they occasionally all meet up in the middle, incredible. You will get a taste in the photos which unfortunately have no sound or movement, but you will get the idea. It was so magical it brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.(Ann)