I have just spent a few days in Singapore on the way to New Zealand.
It was a twelve hour flight to Singapore. Unfortunately I arrived early in the morning, but would need to stay awake to combat the jetlag, so my parents and I went for a walk around the Gardens by the Bay.
The gardens are famous for their tree-like towers, which have many plants growing out of them. The walkways between them also provide great views of the rest of the gardens, and the two glasshouses.
The more interesting of the two glasshouses is the Cloud Forest, which houses plants from tropical mountain forests, where the temperature is cool, but consistent all year round. The glasshouse also provided welcome relief from the hot Singapore air.
The next day, we visited the Botanical Gardens. These are a little more conventional than the Gardens by the Bay, and are home to a vast collections of ginger and orchids.
We ventured to Little India for lunch, where we had a selection of curries that would be difficult to match back home.
In the evening we went to the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore sling, a gin based cocktail that mostly tastes of pineapple juice. We then went to Clarke Quay for a boat ride into Marina Bay.
Today, we went to the National Museum. The exhibits were mostly about the history of Singapore, and covered its time as a British trading post, its invasion by the Japanese during the second world war, as well as some more recent history.
This afternoon we fly to Auckland.