Humidity, lost direction and brilliant transport
24.05.2010 - 26.05.2010 30 °C
After an alarm call at 4:00am and Kinky on my chest, Hannah and I set off with the car loaded to the wunwales (?). We stopped at South Mimms (16 pounds for breakfast - last meal in England) and, after the usual traffic jams on the M25, arrived at Heathrow. Loads of tears and hugs then she was off!
With nearly 3 hours to kill, I persuaded a lovely BA guy to change my later flights without charge which was great.
A380 double decker plane - how do they do that?? The seat next to me was empty - what a bonus on an otherwise full plane - BA on strike. Put on flight socks - the last time I did a long haul, DVT hadn't been invented. It was very cold on the plane so I spent the whole 12 hours wrapped up in blankets like an old lady.
Landed at Singapore at 8:00am and tried to find a bus to town. This reminded me of trying to get into NYC from Newark with the kids. Finally found MRT (subway system) with the assistance of very helpful airport staff - what a fantastically cheap and efficient public transport system. I lost my direction (unheard of) at the exit and walked about 2 miles in stifling humidity before finally arriving at the hotel with my suitcase and TWO bags - too much luggage!!!
Slept until 4:00pm then ventured out onto Geylang Road. This is the Red Light district - great fun with loads of girls, food stalls and filth. Saw a major car crash at a busy intersection which caused gridlock. Bought a jar of coffee and water then retreated for more sleep - not brave enough yet to try the food.
After staying up until 2:00am, reading brochures and planning my siteseeing, my alarm went off at 4:00am - I had forgotten to switch it off. Never mind, great sleep until 10:00am with air conditioning - I've decided that it's essential.