Today was my last day in Singapore, but it was a good one! After saying goodbye to Belle, I jumped on a bus and headed to the Singapore Botanical Gardens. I really needed a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, so this was a perfect escape! I walked in and out of the trees, ponds, and flowers for awhile and got to play with all the settings on my new camera, which was lots of fun. I got hit on by a nice young Singaporean man at the concession stand who wanted to know where I was from, how long I was going to be in Singapore, and where my boyfriend was. Some things never change, haha.
After a relaxing few hours exploring the local flora, it was back on the bus to the National Museum of Singapore (with a little shopping and eating along the way, of course!) The museum was really quite good and I got to learn all about the history of the small little dot on the world map called Singapore. Basically, after being first explored by a man named Raffles in the early 1800′s, and then b3eing under both British and Japanese rule, Singapore became an independent nation in the 1960′s. It is now a rapidly growing melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian people with many other nationalities sprinkled throughout. They all live together on this fairly harmonious, densely-packed little island.
Having had more than a fair dose of knowledge for the day, I set off on a walk to City Hall to (guess what?) shop and meet Natalie for dinner. We met her friend, Candice and her boyfriend, Jonathan, for a yummy Haianese dinner (including the famous chicken rice)! Afterwards, we had Chinese dessert at another place. I had a delicious mango-ice cream thingy. (I forget what it was called). Then we hiked to Natalie’s old University where there was a huge Night Festival going on that was being co-sponsored by the Singapore Management University and the National Museum. It was a conglomeration of music, dance, art, and other exhibits. I got really excited when I saw a performance called “Tap and Clog” on the schedule. The performance was pretty much tap (lots of WestSide steps in there, haha) and the people had crazy sequin costumes and wigs on. I also got to see a traditional Indian dance-story which was neat as well.
My busy day has worn me out and it’s time for me to go to bed. I’ve gotta wake up early tomorrow and pack because Natalie is picking me up to go to the airport and then I’m off for Thailand!
Life Realization of the Day: All over the world, people like to take pictures of themselves, and their friends always laugh at them for doing it.