Singapore Speed Visit
The first proper stop on the Stiphout World Tour is Bali but on our way east we got to enjoy an 18-hour layover in Singapore. Singapore wasn’t a place I had chosen to stop but the complicated flight bookings sent us there and I am glad we did. After a late arrival we visited my old band mate Ant and his wife Sally and little boy Oli who graciously gave us a bed for the night and fed us some dinner. The next morning we loaded up our daypacks and head off into town for half a day of exploration before we had to be back at Changi airport to catch the last plane ride to Bali. We headed straight for one of the architectural gems of Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay and braved the sweltering humid heat and the relentless sun that beat down on us pale Whiteys from Germany. But the Gardens were beautiful and definitely worth the visit, within minutes Luca discovered bananas on a palm tree, pineapples, frangipani flowers and all sorts of other exotic trees and fruits. We stayed for as long as we could take the heat and then headed indoors to the cool air-conditioned underground system and caught a train to China Town. We were hungry and found a bunch of small food stands and savored some fried rice and Oyster Beef noodles and then quickly headed back to the airport to catch our flight.