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Foreign Fourens
6th Oct 2017 - Fourens to UK, France and more
Singapore out and about

‚ÄčOur luggage well 75% of it turned up at our hotel about 8 pm, poor Lillian, her case was still missing. At least she could share some of Mandolins things. We had patches of deep and restless sleep and were in a deep phase when awoken by the phone about 0800. I didn't answer it in time but later found it was just a message to tell,us when the other case should arrive. Anyway we have to try and get into the current time zone so up we got and after showers and dressing we went down for a lavish buffet breakfast. After that we took a taxi ride out to Changi Museum and chapel. We opted for audio guides to assist our tour of the museum and they really added to the illustration and atmosphere. Hearing the recorded voices of survivors and their harrowing accounts of imprisonment, torture, deprivation and witnessed executions pierced the heart and elevated emotions. The story portrayed of the attack, surrender and capture of Singapore and its people by the Japanese in 1942 was vivid, as was the two years of painful endurance under their cruel rule. It also told the story of survival, ingenuity and initiative that arose out of necessity and desperation before the defeat of Japan and its surrender to America and the allies in 1945.  This was a very meaningful visit and thoroughly worthwhile.  After that back to our hotel via another 25 minute taxi ride during which the girls dozed off in the air conditioned comfort. We were welcomed by the return of Lillian's suitcase and feel more complete now. To the pool for a cool off and rest for some and a snappy workout in the gym for me. Pool bar snacks and refreshments later, we were back out and about along the river where it is abuzz with people and activity. We walked our way to the marina bay next to the Merlion statue with its constant water spout opposite the marina sands resort and awaited the laser light show. The lights of Singapore are bright and colourful and were added to by the spectacular laser light show which started at 8 pm and went for aboum15 minutes. Then we walked back along the riverside past all the restaurant promoters and were convinced to give one a try on the promise of good priced food with free welcome drinks. But that venture was a failure as the restauranteur backflipped on what had been offered and tried to sting us for dried snacks presented, hand towels and wanted to enforce us to order mains (which were exorbitantly priced) on top of satay sticks and rice which she considered to be entrees and therefore the so called free drinks presented were not free at all but we're going to be added to our bill. So enough of the deception we upped and left without further ado to the surprise and disgruntlement of the bossy Chinese woman making the demands. We continued our return stroll and settled on a meal at a restaurant closer to our hotel. It was nice enough but still ended up pricey, I think the popularity of the place has caused a boom in prices.  Home in our hotel after another eventful and interesting day far away from our home in Oz.



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Diary Photos

Lillian at Changi chapel

Family Fourens at Changi Museum

Pinning a tribute at Changi chapel

Susan at Changi chapel

In the pool at Novotel

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night lights

Singapore night shenanigans

Singapore night shenanigans

Mandolin meets the locals

Night birds


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