Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Singapore on a Sunday





It would be easy to believe that this trip to Singapore is a bit of a jolly holiday, the hard work and professional job it has been. But here are some pictures and a short description of what we got up to on our day that we were not required to be in the theatre.
The day started quite early for me, I decided to head off to the Botanical Gardens and the Orchid Gardens. My intension s of a pre 8am departure was enough to put the rest of the team off. So I got to wander round the gardens and take it all in on my own aside from the couple of hundred people practicing there tai chi. It does look very peaceful and the group practicing with the umbrellas look like they could cause some real damage if they were not concentrating. The gardens are really pretty there is a really diverse range of plants there is such a vast range of aromas and colours.
Following my guidebook I decided to take in the Orchid Garden, now I don’t know anything really about plants but these ones were really nice too, and it was interesting to read how about the different growing characteristics.
So that was enough sight seeing for one day and the time was fast approaching 11:30 witch was the more respectable time I was supposed to be meeting the team before we headed off to Sentosa. We’d decided we’d catch the cable car across to the island. However in my best brummy accent I think I didn’t articulate which end of the cable car our taxi driver took us. So after arriving at the mid way point and having to explain we wanted to be at the top of the hill not the bottom, the day didn’t appear to be off to the best start. Any way after getting to the top of the hill and boarding our cable car it was a really good vantage point to see the container port and harbour as we swung our way from the Mount Faber to Sentosa, the cable car runs for over a mile don’t you know. On arrival at the island we were faced with a number of transport options in order to reach the beaches on the far side. We rejected the bus or walking options and took the Luge. I’m only disappointed it was so quick I couldn’t take any pictures. We were now on the hunt for the advertised water slides, having walked from the middle to one edge and not discovered any we decided it was time for some lunch and liquid refreshment. It turns out that the water slides were removed years ago it’s just the bits of marketing advertising them still exist. So all we could do is lie on the beach or swim in the sea. Now you certainly can’t do that and live in Sunderland can you?
Having watched the thunderstorm from the beach we headed back to our hotel for showers before heading out to Little India for tea. Now if you come to Singapore the one thing I recommend you do is go and walk around this amazing part of the city. We found a little restaurant serving Indian food, now this stuff is just great so tasty. It being Sunday there was also a lot of people in this area making the most of their day off. Check out the picture of the square we happened across and discovered full of people.
So we’re back at work now, putting the finishing touches to things before the fun and frolics that will ensue when the cast arrive on stage.

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