Winter Travels – Singapore (Day 2)

After breakfast in the hotel, I had decided to do the ‘Battle Box’ this morning. This was an underground bunker, and the British last line of defence, before Singapore fell to the Japanese. It was in the middle of a park. I arrived at just after 09:30, just as the first tour was starting, which I joined. It was about an hour and a half. The guide was quite knowledgeable. You could not take photographs inside the bunker so I have no photographs of that. Although the war in the Pacific is not something I’m that familiar with, it was a pretty interesting tour, learning about British and Japanese tactics and the eventual loss of the island to the Japanese.

After the tour. I took the subway to the Botanical Gardens, and bought some sandwiches and fruit for my lunch. I had a small picnic in the gardens, before exploring the area further. The gardens had an orchid collection. Now, I’m not a flower expert or even a keen horticulturalist necessarily, but I went in to look at the collection, nonetheless. It was moderately interesting. The gardens also had a rainforest section.

Following this, I returned to the city centre, and decided to visit SAM – Singapore Art Museum – which I quickly learnt was closed for redevelopment. Across the road was the National Museum of Singapore, which I also visited, and which was quite interesting. It was a good place to kill a couple of hours.

By now, it was time for food again, so I headed to a food court nearby my hotel and had my tea, before heading back to the hotel.

Interestingly, I was reading a free newspaper, and in it there was an article about food courts and tray returning, or lack of it. It was discussing ways in which people could be encouraged to return their trays after they have finished eating, rather than leaving them on their tables. I should say I did not get a tray when I ate at the food court, but I do return my trays when I get them. One suggestion was to encourage people to return their trays by giving them points, or alternatively if people don’t return them then they could have points docked. I guess the points could give a discount from food. Another suggestion was that they could pay a small deposit and get it back when they return the tray. What interested me was not the suggestions of how to deal with the problem, but rather the fact it was being discussed at all. I’m not sure how far it would get discussed or even a mention in the UK. It’s always interesting what you read about in local newspapers.

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