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Singapore's Chinatown

sunny 28 °C

Having given all the crab time to process, we are up late for a change. I get a bit of a gym session in so I can tell the rest of the training group I really did do something on my trip. By the time we are ready and heading out, it is a few hours since breakfast so the first stop is the Yum Cha restaurant in Chinatown. We stuff ourselves here with a number of courses but my favourite is the xiao long bao, a soup dumpling, so I go back for seconds of that. The bill is less than for similar at our Melbourne favourite Gold Leaf.Yum yum dim sum

Yum yum dim sum


We head into and around Chinatown, enjoying all there is on display. L looks for new and different perfumes, while G dreams of remote control helicopters, cars and tanks. I spend half an hour in the Tintin shop, selling loads of certified Tintin merchandise, and opened a few years back by the Belgian Ambassador. L drags us out, and we get G a souvenir “i Fine” t shirt.
We go into the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic temple on South bridge Rd where we make offerings to our zodiac gods and get booklets describing the sort of people we are. Disturbingly close in some cases, not sure who they were thinking of in others.With my thousand buddhas

With my thousand buddhas


Just across the road there is another mall. This is not like those on Orchard Rd, it is older and not as open and light. Despite this, there is a Rolex shop in here too. There is also a glasses shop, but apart from a few basic styles, there are no cheap frames. The designer items are all the same price as Orchard, but these guys are more likely to bargain. Moving on we cannot find ourselves anything, so it is back to the glasses shop in the basement of Wistria Atria, but they cannot do the lenses before I go, so we just take the frames. At $240 for 2 frames it is below going rates in Melbourne and Singapore.
We are heading back to base when we get a call from J, checking up on us. We arrive back a little damp and have a shower ready to go out. T & J have got a baby sitter in so we can go out minus the kids. G felt a bit left out, but oh well.
First we did the tourist bit and went to the long bar at Raffles where we drank and threw peanut shells on the floor. It is very quaint and traditional, but most of the people seemed to be tourists. Not sure about the damage. Raffles is very colonial and picturesque as a building in its own right, but I can’t show you as I forgot the camera.
We hop back in the car and head back to Dempsey Hill for dinner, this time at Samy’s for Indian food eaten off banana leaves. We have a good mix of meat and vegetarian curries to fill us up. The curries are nice but mild, and are washed down well with a Kiwi Riesling. The main attraction though is the good company and conversation.
Back at home, the ladies have an espresso and I have a gin and tonic to settle down. Same as last night, too much food as we try to get to sleep.

Posted by lostagain 14:23 Archived in Singapore

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