Tuesday and high on the list for sometime today was a visit to a money changer for our trip to Malaysia. Singapore has many of these establishments though so there was no real rush, and we were heading for the Heartlands today.
This is Toa Payoh, a place where real Singaporeans live, outside of the city
in fact Lisa’s family live in some of the lower-rise apartment buildings to be found here.
The shops sell these everywhere – I can’t remember the name but it is a fruit and it smells so awful it is banned from the buses and the MRT! Does anyone remember the name?
The shops were lovely, not crowded and the people that were there were not tourists – except us of course … I bought a few souvenirs.
We had lunch in a streetside cafe – Mark went for a very spicy noodle dish and we had curry puffs – I really like them, very like pasties to look at but filled with a mild potato curry mixture.
Liz didn’t like them too much…
And of course Mark found that amusing..
But we can’t all have your cast iron taste buds Mark – you’ve lived here for 20 years now!!!
The day was more than hot and just occasionally there was a gust of wind – Mark told us this was a definite sign that a storm was coming.
There was a park there that we wanted to see and we did manage a short visit.
It is set out beautifully with a winding stream and small bridges..
and these little guys..
They were so sweet and swam towards us as we sat trying to cool off!!!
But the sky was changing dramatically and as we were visiting China Town that evening we set off for the MRT station.
We got off the MRT at Somerset and visited the money changer for our Ringits – Malaysian currency for the next day, then headed for the hotel.
As we stood at the lights waiting to cross the road next to our hotel – I looked to the left and saw a ‘wall of rain’ moving at speed towards us – it was the most amazing sight and was causing mild panic amongst the people waiting for the lights to change, there was much feet shuffling and shouting at the lights to change.
They did change – just as it reached us…. torrential hot rain …. it was fantastic!!!