As I've mentioned my friend from the UK came out to stay with me last week, it was lovely to see her and also fun to be doing the tourist things again. Once the Grand Prix was over I organised a full itinerary of things to do and see and I think she saw the main parts of Singapore during her week.
The list is endless but we went on a boat trip on the Singapore river, saw Sir Stamford Raffles statue, the merlion statue, went to a couple of museums, the Central Business District with its amazing modern buildings (the picture to the left is of this area at night on the evening of the Grand Prix), Sentosa (a lovely island off Singapore which has beaches, bars and other attractions), Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam (or the Arab Quarter as it is known to tourists), Orchard Road and of course a multitude of bars and restaurants including the must do - a Singapore Sling at Raffles.
My friend made me laugh when she said she couldn't remember the last time she had been out every night of the week. I admitted to her that although you could easily do that here it wasn't the norm for us either but for her visit it seemed a much nicer thing to do then sitting in front of the TV each night. Especially with so much food choice to be had here.
Despite me doing a lot of things I've done previously I did succeed in a couple of firsts myself as well. I went with my friend to an attraction on Sentosa called Images of Singapore. I have to be honest in that this is one of several attractions across Singapore giving an account of the island's history or an aspect of it but this place is great for someone here on a brief visit who wants to get the main headlines of Singapore's history. The wax works and fun interactive displays also made it a lot of fun and worth the visit.
In my continuing quest to try different foods whilst here I braved chili crab as well for the first time last week. Well when I say I braved it we had a portion between four of us and I tried a bit but I still think that counts. Before you ask yes it wasn't bad at all just a bit too messy with the chili sauce everywhere for my liking. I doubt I'd ever order it again but at least I can now say I've tried it!