Singapore Day 2

The Raffles Hotel

Today we had an excursion which was centered around a curry lunch at the famous Raffles Hotel.  The first part of the day was spent visiting a teahouse (the same one Harry & I visited two years ago), where we had a lesson on choosing, preparing and drinking tea; Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street (the fabrics district).  One of the most interesting things we saw while walking around Chinatown was a piece of Yap stone money in front of a coin shop.  Before we went to lunch we spent half an hour in the Long Bar, enjoying a Singapore Sling.  Lunch was in the Tiffin Room, where they had a wonderful buffet set up for us.  They also had a huge breakfront filled with tiffin boxes, the well-known lunch boxes from Mumbai.  The buffet had a wide variety of foods, something to suit every diet, and from multiple parts of India.  Everything was delicious.  After lunch we got back on the bus and went back to the ship where they collected our passports before we boarded.  In Singapore we have to carry our passports and go through immigration every time we leave or return to the ship.  It is a little annoying to have to do that, but the process always went pretty quickly and smoothly, and the agents were always friendly.

The Raffles Hotel is probably the one place in Singapore that everyone has heard about.  It has been open since 1887 and has been patronized by many well-known writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, and Alfred Hitchcock.  It is a luxurious oasis, and worth a visit when in Singapore.  Before you go, though, you should know that if you want a Singapore Sling, it is a very expensive drink.  Actually, probably any drink you get in the Long Bar will be expensive.

Photos of Singapore, including our lunch at the Raffles Hotel are in this photo album.

© Susan L. Stone 2015