23 Mar 2023 – Botanical Gardens, Chinatown, etc

After the equivalent of a full English breakfast at the YWCA we headed to the Singapore Botanical gardens with the intent in visiting the National Orchid Garden. It transpired that in order to get the concession rate for over 60’s we needed to show proof of age. I had neither my passport nor driving license, nor photos of them in my phone. Susan was able to prove her age; and I was let off.

The ticket seller had also suggested I could show my Covid vaccine certificate. Having already received our tickets, at the super discount rate of $3 rather than $15, I found the certificate and went back to the counter to confirm my old fogeyness. Later that day I photographed both my passport and driving licence for future occasions.

We left the botanical gardens by the south entrance and found an MRT station called Napier on the Thomson-East Coast line. This brown line wasn’t on the map I’d picked up in the airport. Lucky for us it took us directly to Maxwell, right next to the Maxwell Food Centre, where we intended to have lunch.

That evening we headed to the Observation Deck at the Marina Bay Sands, then after sunset headed to Satay by the Bay, where we had Satay and a beer.

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