Well, my fellow yogis, it’s a new year and time for a new beginning. Time to make new plans, do new things, and go new places. But in order to do that properly we need to put the old to rest. 🙂
So here’s the last post from my travels of last year. This is what I got up to on my week in Singapore, as I waited to fly back to London. And since it was so long ago, and my memory ain’t what it used to be (I’m getting old y’know – I’ll be forty in February!), it’ll mostly be a post in pictures, with a few comments on the side.
I flew out from Bali. I love flying, even if I get a bit nervous over open water, and I wasn’t the only one fascinated by the take off.
I finally got to have a good look at Bali,
but as we left it’s beautiful countryside behind,
it was time to get down to business.
It’s unnerving to read that a country reserves the right to kill you! Only when I read that did I remember that Singapore is the country that imprisons you for spitting (though when I was there I saw at least on person do it and get away with it). Made me a little uncertain about what lay ahead.
I was staying at the YHA, which was in fact part of a Butlins type resort. Meant it was full of people and noisy a lot of the time. And there was no kitchen so you had to eat out. But at least there was a bit of space in the room to do yoga.
There wasn’t actually much I wanted to do in Singapore. It was just a stop-over on my way back to London. I planned on visiting the Raffles Hotel, and when I found out there was a Universal Studios there I wanted to go there too!, but apart from that the only other thing I was interested in seeing was the Singapore Flyer.
It was a bit rainy in Singapore when I was there, like thundery rainy, so I had to pick the least wet day to go. Even so it still ended up being a bit gray and miserable. Still, wotcha gonna do?
Here’s the whole thing in pictures. They’re fairly self explanatory so I won’t bore you with too many words. Not that I knew what I was looking at anyway, lol. It’s was just a load of stuff to me.
A city of constant construction,
and occasional Formula 1 races.
A shipping hub.
A centre for commerce.
Of course I did a headstand at the top, taken by one of these two gentlemen.
It was a tough shoot, with the flat gray light. The out-takes were good,
but this is the ‘official’ headstand shot. Number 68 in the series.
(I plan on reaching 100 this year! ;))
Coming in to land.
While I was there I went to have a look at some of the crazy buildings they have round there.
On the left is a hotel with a garden on the roof, and on the right is an art gallery. I was interested in visiting both, but they were too expensive, so i just hung around outside soaking up the atmosphere.
A couple of days later it was time for something I was really looking forward to; Universal Studios!
I was keen to see how it compared to the one in LA. Of course it wouldn’t be the same, but I wanted to see the differences.
I started off easy, with a stand and watch experience.
But it wasn’t long before I was strapping myself in for the ride! 😀
The Transformers ride was the same as in LA, which isn’t a bad thing. I loved the one in LA, and i loved the one here too.
The Battlestar Gallactica ride would have been awesome I reckon, but it was raining too much for the outdoor rides to be open unfortunately. 😦
I did the Revenge of the Mummy,
which I forgot how scary it was, lol. And I did a couple of Jurassic Park rides.
The Rapids Adventure,
at which I took distinct advantage of their Single Rider queue jumping policy! 😀
The ride ends with a big drop into water at the end,
at which I got absolutely soaked! ..lol..
After a very disappointing bit of food I hit the Madagascar ride.
It was more for kids but I was on a roll and wanted to do as many rides as I could.
The best laugh was when I came out to find these guys knocking about.
Of course I had to finish off with the Waterworld show.
I really enjoyed the one in LA, so would this one be any different?
First up, the guys did a great job of warming the audience up, even going as far as having a bit of audience participation.
Then the real show began.
Ending of course with the grand finale!
And a smoky finale it was too!
After all that excitement there was just time for a cup of tea and a slice of cake,
and a quick stroll along the fake walk of fame,
before it was time to head home.
My last day in Singapore I headed back to the Loving Hut in Suntec City for a final good meal (almost, the airport would hold a nice surprise for me later).
Yup, that’s another burger, lol.
Then it was time to check out the Raffles Hotel.
I was tempted to have a Singapore Sling, but the place was so rammed with tourists, and I don’t drink anyway, that I decided to give it a miss.
And that was it really. I headed out the next day. There were a few other things I did, like some nice food I had,
and some rather un-yogic amusement I got from the funny shop names, lol,
but mostly that’s what I got up to when it wasn’t raining.
I had one final amazing meal at the airport,
which I thought was a real bargain!
Really sorted me out for the long flight home. Thanks again Happy Cow.
And with that I boarded the plane,
boarded a train,
and hopped on Shank’s Pony,
to wend my way back home. 🙂
And that concludes the post for my epic trip around the world. There’ll be another post coming soon outlining what I’m up to now (back at work) and what my plans are (Iceland, Germany, France), but for now I’ll just say Happy New Year and have a great 2014! 🙂