Singapore

 

The trip down from Sepang to Singapore was relatively easy and did not offer any surprises. I kept more or less to the same route that I walked last year, I was really more interested in finally getting to Singapore and being able to continue the-walk for real..

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But I stopped for a day in Melaka, I like Melaka and it is always fun to get out on the streets and take a few photos there.
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Just outside of Melaka I had my third, and thankfully last puncture. I have had a total of one on the trailer and 2 on the rear wheel of the bike. Easy to fix and no real problem but pumping up the tire in the heat made the sweat run in streams off my body. Hot work..

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Schreck making friends while I hide from a tropical downpour.
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I finally made it to Singapore and made my way to the Tree In Lodge, a place recommended to me by several different long distance cyclist and I have to say it was a good recommendation. Great place!

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That’s the crew outside the Lodge with Shreck. Schrek has found a new home here, I am donating it to the guest house and I am sure it is going to have it great here where everybody loves bikes!

🙂

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Singapore is full of a mix of the old and the new, with extreme architecture and old cultural buildings existing side by side. Most of it is pretty new though and there seems to be constant construction going on everywhere.

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One thing I managed to cross off “the travellers bucket list”, is to have a Singapore sling at Raffles. Singapore is expensive and Raffles is not the cheapest place in Singapore, but at least now it is done!

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I was lucky that there was a free concert at the Botanical Gardens on the weekend. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra performed and it was a nice outing. Lots of people picnicked on the grass and relaxed with a glass of their favourite refreshment.

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Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, I start my journey with the ferry towards Jakarta and then finally, finally, it will be time to get some real walking done again. Feels like it’s been ages since I did some proper walking and I am looking forward to it at the same time that I wonder how it is going to be in the extreme humidity.

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I changed some money today in preparation for Indonesia and have for the first time become a multi-millionaire! Three hundred Singapore dollars converted to 2,4 million Indonesian Rupiah. Hopefully, they should last a little while at least, can’t be as expensive as here in Singapore.

So that’s it, I’m going to have dinner with 2 English cyclists who just arrived. They have been cycling from Bejing and I want to pick their brains about what route they chose and how it was. All in preparation for next year, after the-walk…

After that, it will be time to hit the sack and prepare for what will hopefully be some serious walking in the coming months!