Day 23 24 Singapore

            Singapore has a rich, multi-cultural history that pops up to surprise you around every corner.  What is also looming wherever you look is Modern Singapore.  The city is a financial hub for Asia.  The tall buildings loom over you and…what?…someone put a big boat on top of those three skyscrapers. 

            We’ll get back to that later.  The first clue that this may be Moneytown was in the lobby of the Raffles Hotel.  They have a gold bar ATM.  Can’t get your Kit-Kat at this machine, but you can get a few ounces of gold.

                        The big names in shopping al have their stores here.  Outside the Prada store, I thought I’d catch up on the news by snooping at this guy’s paper.

                                                                         Holmes is everywhere.

                                          The paper may be a little old.  Mount Rushmore is complete? 

                                              I think there might be room for more heads.

                    That’s another trip Bubba.  We’ll get to that in due time.  Back to Singapore.

Singapore has fast forwarded its economy.  Buildings are ultra-modern and reaching for the stars.  This hotel complex was designed with a connecting top that is supposed to look like a ship.

                                                                 Yeah, sure, why not. 

                Across from there are the Gardens by the Bay, a huge park consisting of three massive gardens.  A bit of green inside your city.

                                                  The lagoon is filled with colorful parade boats. 

                                 These guys could probably row faster if they weren’t tied to the dock.

                Just across the highway is a gigantic three floor shopping arcade.  You want it, they got it.  Racing Venetian gondolas?  No problem.

                                                               An ice rink?  Sure we have that.

What’s that store in the corner?  It is all about me!  A super hero store and café!!

                              When traveling, we like to eat at local places…and the Super hero Café. 

                                           The Art and Science Museum is housed in a giant lotus flower.

                                                                  And some sea creature lion hybrid stands proud at the edge of the water. 

                                                                                   This is the Merlion symbol of Singapore.

                                                             It looks like maybe the smoke from the fires in Indonesia is getting to his tummy.

                                      It must be time to head to the airport to wave goodbye to the big yellow bear thing and head east (and south) again.

                                                                I think I may start flying with my old pal Sid.  It looks like he is leaving soon.

As the sign says, Sydney is departing.

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