The harsh Singaporean weather was merciful the last few days we spent within her grounds. There were nice cool breezes and clouds to shade us from the beatings of the equatorial sun.
On friday we squeezed in last minute sight seeing and shopping and visiting with friends.
Haw Par Villa was our first stop. I hadn't gone there since I was a wee child so I couldn't remember the exhibits there save some photos from ages ago.
On the internet, people labelled it as bizarre. and it was just that. Maybe bizarre for us non-Vietnamese/Burmese people (according to Christabel, such parks were common place in Vietnam, and Haw Par Villa, contrary to my belief, is actually Burmese)
They were blatant depictions of traditional Chinese stories told in statues all up in your grill
It was pretty cool but the 10 levels of Hell exhibit creeped me out a bit.
We then went to Daiso to get last minute, cheap gifts for people back in Melbourne lest the feel forgotten. Hah.
I also finally got a chance to meet up with Christabel and Bo Cheng. Nadiah came along to see us one last time. It was great catching up with my Secondary school friends. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet the beautiful Tess, who owes me a story of how she met her new boyfriend.
We went to take obligatory tourist shots of the Merlion.
On Saturday, my mom brought us to see the Chingay Parade. It was pretty epic. The ending fireworks were so large I was seriously afraid the force would topple the Singapore Flyer.
The last day in Singapore, it was pouring. But my dad brought us to the regular, but nice, Japanese restaurant, which I wanted to order everything from.
The flight back was extremely tiring because I chose to stay up and watch movies rather than sleep. Classic naughty child behaviour. It didn't help that we had to wait in line for AGES at the Melbourne airport just to get our BAK WAH taken from us because imported meats are practically illegal in Australia. :(
Clancy and Sam very nicely picked us up from the airport back to Coburg, where I fell asleep for a while.
I'm going to miss my family and Singapore very much.
Labels: Matt, Singapore, Woolgatherings