Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Part II : Singapore
The second part of our trip involved us taking an overnight train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore where we spent three days exploring this unique city-island-state, a very different place to the one I had imagined. I was delighted to find that my previously held misconceptions of an eerily clean and regimented distopia were unfounded and that the city is richly colourful and vibrant, embracing several cultures along with its colonial history in a way that Malaysia doesn't appear to.
Jian Wei and I spent hours wandering around the cool colonial decadence of Raffles Hotel. With its chic bars, secluded palm gardens, rooftop swimming pool and delicate murals it is easy to visualise Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway sipping Singapore Slings at the height of the hotel's chic 1920s heyday. How I would love to be able to spend just one night in this magical place...