May 24 After deplaning, we headed straight for the MRT station at the airport and purchased the reloadable MRT card.
We got the help of a nice lady who’s job was directing people to a taxi. As we drove to the apartment I was amazed by the beautiful trees lining the avenue. The trees looked like they have been there for 100 years. The driver was kind enough to phone the building manager - do we need to buy a phone? Our apartment was very nice but Gary was challenged with only one stir fry pan and hot plate to cook our meals.
We walked the main street - Geylang, and found dinner close by. We had a white pepper crab, garlic clams, fried noodles with scrambled eggs and an amazing ice plant salad. The total bill in USD was $112 but it was delicious even thought we sat on stools.
After dinner we found a small grocery store and picked up breakfast, snacks and drinks.
May 25 The building manager left us a map for getting to the MRT station. It worked out perfectly and zoomed along to the India precinct. The Hindu temples were amazing and I was so glad that the older architecture was still around nestled in between the tall skyscrapers. We were trying to find a bar to have Gin & Tonics to replenish our bodily fluids when we came upon the Albert Mall which had a fair like atmosphere with people selling food and crafts. Lunch was at 25 degrees - a more western restaurant. Hamburgers were the special but it wasn’t a USA burger! Alcohol is expensive - $16 for a beer or my mojito.
May 26 Relaxed except for the walk up Geylang to a food court. You see these everywhere and they provide cheap and delicious food. We ordered from a Vietnamese stall. I thought the egg rolls would be vegetarian but it was filled either with tofu or meat. Also ordered chicken wings and a noodle dish. Delicious!
May 27 We chose to visit the Marina Sands Hotel - owned by the Las Vegas Sands. It was $40S for the 2 of us to ride the elevator to the 56th floor to see the view and what a view it was. It was then decided to visit Gardens by the Bay. We have to come back to visit the conservatories and take the skywalk between the SuperTrees. It was more humid due to the storm that rolled in.
May 28 Our house sitting host gave me the name of a nearby grocery store that would have swiss cheese so we walked to the Kinex mall. Sure enough, Cold Storage had swiss cheese! Of course we bought other items and we PAID for those items too. Singapore is a great city for vegetarians which we aren’t! We also like BACON!
May 29 Several days ago we met an Austrian at the hardware store. We needed another adapter to fit British electrical outlets. We traded information and we had lunch with him. Alexander took us to a 2016 Michelin star street food hawker. I had a fried tofu dish with a spicy peanut sauce and it was the best tofu I've ever had. We then walked to his apartment for the view and cake on his balcony.
May 30 I decided that the Malay precinct was the tour area for sightseeing today. Unfortunately, we missed the English tour so will have to come back another time to The Malay Heritage Center. Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, continues until June 2nd so the food bazaar didn't get underway until sunset but we went back to our apartment as Gary found a Malay chicken recipe and the chicken needed to be cooked.
It was delicious.
June 1 Today we walked along the Singapore river. I love the trees that are planted in parks and along the avenues. The trees are so Jurassic park looking with all the bromeliads growing on them. The symbol of Singapore - the Merlion was a very busy place. People were trying to position themselves to appear that the water was shooting into their mouths. Luckily we left the crowds behind rather quickly. Many tourist boats were on the river while we enjoyed the solitude of the boardwalk. Lunch was at a place at Clark's Quay. Another western lunch which was expensive - location, location, location.