Breakfast on the terrace again and I sampled fried carrot cake, this neither contains carrots nor is it acake – it’s actually a type of omelette with fried radish. It’s a popular dish in Singapore and it definitely tastes better than it sounds!
Next, it was time to resume sightseeing and first on our list this morning was Little India. It was easy to get there as there is an MRT station of that name. On leaving the metro, we were transformed into the sights and sounds of India itself with the pungent aroma of spices drifting past, and small shops selling their wares out on the pavements, with colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and red chillis.
People were carrying large sacks of rice on their shoulders whilst others were eating curries at small street stalls. We glanced in the huge Tekka Centre, where the locals shop for almost everything. It’s a wet market, general store, fruit and vegetable market and food court.
We visited the Sri Srunivos Perumal temple which was very ornate. It’s necessary to leave shoes outside, sometimes in racks, or just on the floor. Ladies are required to cover bare arms with shawls, and are provided with long dressing gown type wraps if their legs are uncovered. These are available free of charge to borrow.
From Little India, we walked the short distance to the Arab district Kampong Glam. Despite this district being relatively small, I liked it very much with its palm lined streets and tiled walkways. At one end of the square lies the Sultan Masjid Mosque which was unfortunately closed for refurbishment during our visit. We returned to our hotel at Clarke Quay from Bugis MRT.