Monday, April 29, 2013

Singapore Sights and Such

Like I said earlier, Tim and I like to do some walking when we're in Singapore since it's generally more pleasant than walking in Jakarta (not in temperature or humidity, but in sidewalk coverage, for sure).

We did some Chinatown walking:

We wandered around near our hotel, across from the beautiful Raffles Hotel, which has been kicking it in Singapore since 1887:

Also across from our hotel: the Capitol Building, another cool historic building currently under renovation:

We strolled over to Boat Quay, formerly the busiest trading area on the Singapore River... we stopped off to visit Sir Raffles, founder of Singapore, at his 1819 landing site, where, according to the plaque(s) (in 4 languages: English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin Chinese), ""On this historic site, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore on 28th January 1819, and with genius and perception changed the destiny of Singapore from an obscure fishing village to a great seaport and modern metropolis.":

The shophouses at Boat Quay, backed by some of the financial towers:

We then hoofed it to the Cavenagh Bridge, one of Singapore's oldest bridges:

I liked this sculpture (located just next to the bridge) of a bunch of kids jumping into the river:

After checking out those historic sites, Tim and I treated ourselves to a mini pub crawl along the pubs that are run out of Boat Quay's historic shophouses.  We tried the beer at the RedDot Brewhouse, including this funky green brew, the Monster Green Lager, brewed with spirulina.  Also not pictured, but quite fun to eat: the fagra chicken wings, coated with a metric ton of Szechaun pepper, making your lips and tongue tingle like crazy.

Then we headed down to another brewhouse in Clarke Quay, Brewerkz, for more beers and dinner (I had a Singapore style BLT made with bak kwa in lieu of bacon... mmmm.)

I liked this art in one of the tunnels running between Clarke Quay and Boat Quay:

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