On our first full day in Singapore we set out to find our way around. The first step was to master the public transport system which turned out to be surprisingly easy. We took a 10 minute walk from our accommodation to the nearest MRT (train) station and after a brief discussion puchased an EZ Link card for $12 each which includes $7 credit.
Our first stop was the Arab quarter which is dominated by the impressive Sultan Mosque. Unfortunately, it is closed for renovations so we were unable to go inside. We also wandered up and down several streets and saw may of the textile merchants in Arab Street. I was unable to resist and bought 2 pieces of fabric to make into blouses for myself.
We also saw this fabulous mural.
We then headed to Gardens by the Bay which is the epitome of the slick, shiny, modern Singapore which is the complete antithesis of the Arab quarter. Even the railway station looked new and shiny. This is part of a huge mural that has been created at Bayfront MRT Station.
As we walked from the station to the gardens we went through a pedestrian tunnel. It was amazing with both sides lined with mirrors and large garden murals. The effect was a feeling of space and light rather than a sensation of being in a tunnel.
Everything at the gardens was on a massive scale, and none more so than the supertrees.
We tucked into some spring rolls and satay sticks for lunch.
Even the sculptures are huge.
I also managed to find a supermarket late this afternoon and picked up a few groceries. I made a vegetable curry for dinner which was delicious.
Tomorrow we are planning to venture into the retail madness of Orchard Road.