Friday 12th December
After depositing our luggage in the foyer we get a ticket on the ”Hop on / hop off” bus. There are two different routes so we complete both and have seen most of Singapore. There are a few of the old original one or two story buildings, lots of new skycrapers and shopping centres – the recorded voice on the bus tells us that Orchard Road has 22. We take the first route again and alight at the Merlion statue, then we continue onto The Gardens at the Bay, an area with many ”supertrees” of steel, which are now, slowly, being covered by vines and other climbing plants.
In the late afternoon we head to Raffles Hotel, where we sit and enjoy a Singapore Sling and eat raw peanuts, dropping the peanut shells on the floor – as is the tradition. The only place in Singapore where one doesn't get fined for littering. Dinner near our hotel before we collect our bags and get the metro to the airport. We find a quiet corner to repack and chance upon a set of scales, and grab the opportunity to weigh our bags. Some readjusting is needed so each bag is under the weight limit and then we check in. Our Jetstar flight takes off on time at 11.30pm and the plane is only half full – we can each stretch out over 3 seats and try to get some sleep as we leave Asia.