Sweaty Singapore. We left New Zealand in woolen jumpers and arrived in Singapore to 30 C humid heat. So we did what any sensible people would do and have taken 4 days to acclimatise with the help of Singapore slings,swimming in a private pool and bucket loads of noodles, rice and one very dubious looking fishy stew.
Singapore is incredible; the streets smell of jasmine,there are trees and exotic flowers everywhere. Green grows out of rooftops,balconies,flyover,high rises indoors and outdoors.
We were going to go to the zoo but instead went on a 12km walk in a nature reserve with a tree top walk. We saw: fighting baby monkeys, a swimming giant lizard, velvety butterflies, angry terrapins. Around the city we have also seen bats, a dead baby snake, a frog and a cat chasing and eating a cockroach. ITS THE CIRCLE …THE CIRCLE OF LIFE. SHUMBA WA SHAMANNA NA NA.(hear Lion King music here)
Emily has been told off and pushed around by little old Chinese women a few times. The telling of was because she used a shoulder shawl as sarong in a temple. Then we both got tidied away (needled in the back with a bony finger) by a little old woman because we were blocking her path in a market as we stared open mouthed at all the amazing food deals.
We were really lucky to stay with Margret a warm showers host who was already hosting a Spanish couple who’d just cycled where we’re hoping to go: Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. We had a great time hanging out with all these inspiring fellow cyclists and were also gifted some maps and invaluable advice. Margret’s condo had a great view and an amazingly long pool that Emily practised her front stroke in early in the morning when jet lag woke her up at 6 am.
Malaysia tomorrow and our first border crossing to contend with over land. We’ll keep you posted.