Orchard Road Shopping Malls, Raffles and Clarke Quay
08.01.2017 - 11.01.2017
We took a free city shuttle bus this morning to the Orchard Road shopping area. I have no idea what either of us thought we might buy since both of us has luggage so stuffed you couldn't get a fag paper in. Nonetheless, it was worth a look around. There are numerous malls on the Orchard Road and some seem to specialise ie hairdressers, nail bars and Botox clinics in one mall; another was very high end jewellery where the store doors are locked and a besuited man looks at you suspiciously before deciding whether to let you in or not - you know the stores I mean - Tiffany, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, blah blah. Anyway, we didn't buy anything and headed for a bar for a drink and tapas. Next stop Raffles. We decided to give the metro a try and went to Queenstown MRT and travelled two stops to City Hall, I'm sure we could have walked it just as easily. Raffles was just a short walk from City Hall MRT and we soon found ourselves seated at a table in The Long Bar waiting in anticipation for our Singapore Slings, the must have drink when in Singapore. There's a little hessian sack of peanuts on the table provided "free" and a wooden box for you to put the shucks in, however it seems to be the norm to drop the shucks in the floor , must research this! Anyway, the Singapore Sling was delicious and the bar had no shortage of patrons, most who visit for one drink , take a few pictures and then leave. As you sit and watch the waiting and bar staff about their work, you can see what a slick, money making operation this is. I took a picture of the recipe and thought maybe I could try this at home but with maybe an extra slug of gin!
We walked from Raffles back to our hotel later in the afternoon and after a short rest to wash and change went out to find somewhere to eat. Clarke Quay is just a short walk from Havelock Road , we crossed a bridge over the Singapore River and walked for maybe 10 minutes after which we were in the thick of the activity. There are loads of bars and restaurants and many are riverside where you can sit and look at the river cruises coming and going and be mesmerised by the pretty lights. We sat by the river at Crazy Elephant bar and were able to see the laser light show from the Marina Bay Sands from where we were sitting. As it was happy hour we sat and had several drinks before moving on to find a place to eat - strangely a lot of the eating places seem to stop doing food around 10pm. We had gourmet burgers at The Butchers and then headed back to our hotel for an "early" night as we had an airport pick up scheduled for 4.20am!! Yes, didn't think that flight through very clearly when I booked it, did I!
Next stop Melbourne.