Slinging in SingaporeOn our way from Borneo to Cambodia, we spent a few days in Singapore, an important place for me personally as I needed dental work after breaking off 1/3 of a front tooth crown. This was to repair the 1st attempt in a backwater dental clinic in the town of Lahad Datu in NE Borneo. The Toof Doctor in Singapore did a great job!
Following that success, we took Singapore’s efficient and user-friendly MRT underground subway to ride the Singapore Flyer, a 165 meter (540 feet) high Ferris wheel, which provided an amazing view of the architecturally pleasing modern structures, the city layout and this island’s water-based activities, e.g., cargo ships anchored in the harbor, the pleasure boats and sightseeing vessels plying their way through the inner waterways.
Using the MRT again, we spent time at the infamous original Raffles Hotel, home to famous celebs during the 20’s & 30’s, where the original Singapore Sling was concocted. Naturally we had to spend some time in the upstairs Long Bar, with peanut shells strewn on the floor and pigeons flying in, roosting on window shutters with nervous patrons sitting below. We toured the on-site museum, replete with photos that showed the debauchery, decadence and splendor of those times, represented by the pictures of costume parties, wild animal hunts at the hotel, Chaplin, Somerset Maugham…ahhh, the good old days… the 1%-ers of their times??