Singapore Sling

After a longer than hoped for stay at home (although it was great) it was time to start the next leg of my trip! So it was to be Singapore via Malaysia.

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First stop was Kuala Lumpur. It was the cheapest way back to Asia and let me see the city a bit more than my 24 hour stopover last time. The KL tower is impressively lit at night
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There are great views of the city including the Petronas Twin Towers, even if they are at a bit of an angle
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There is a overhanging glass-bottomed platform on which you can bravely walk out and sit cross-legged with absolutely no fear whatsoever
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The Batu Caves are an important Hindu site and hosts a colossal statue of a Hindu deity called Murugan
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Hi mum
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Gigantic and golden. Seriously, it’s ginormous
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There are many steps up to the cave entrance. It’s a tough climb in the heat
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Even tougher climbing the steps on your knees. This lady was cheered on by her friends
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Like the statue out front the interior of the cave is huge
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She eventually made it to the top of the steps but I don’t know how much further into the cave she had to go. She looked justifiably exhausted
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The many towers of KL
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Singapore!
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The Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Futuristic looking to my eyes
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The Gardens by the Bay hosts a grove of ‘supertrees’. Also futuristic looking
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These are artificial trees that have plants on the outside as you can see and solar panels on top
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There is a (expensive) skywalk amongst the supertree ‘canopy’
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Also in the gardens are two huge domes. This was the flower dome, it was humongous
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There were many beautiful flowers from all over the world. A bonus was that it was nice and cool inside
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The cloud dome houses what is basically an artificial mountain, complete with waterfalls
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The scale of it is immense
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Singapore is, in my mind, the epitome of what a modern city should be like; clean, modern, smart, green, forward-thinking but mindful of the environment. However I worried a little bit that I was maybe somehow seeing the future of nature, cooped up in climate-controlled artificial enclosures
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The ‘cloud’ came on just as I was finished exploring. What an amazing structure
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Ominous clouds over the city
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They threatened rain and then promptly delivered
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The famous Raffles Hotel (a little beyond my current budget)
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The Raffles courtyard is a great contrast to the glass-fronted skyscrapers
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I loved the mix of the modern and the old architecture from the colonial period
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The hostel where I was staying offered a free kick scooter tour. It was fantastic! Although as we scooted through shopping malls and along streets I couldn’t help but think we looked like the lamest gang in existence
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The scooters were a great way to get around quickly and see the various light shows the city has to offer
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Lights come on at dusk
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The amazing light and sound show at the supertree grove with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background

Next up: Welcome to Myanmar

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