After a smooth uneventful flight with that very rare indulgence of spending 13 hours watching movies, documentaries and listing to music with of course the mandatory scoffing my way through all the on-flight food I finally arrived in Singapore on a humid morning at 6am. I had prearranged with the hotel to have a cab waiting for me as I knew that my big case (I usually travel much lighter but this Art Deco Travel had to go all out with what I have in store). And yes I do travel via airports now with wheeled luggage the far more attractive vintage cases are now for driving holidays only as these older bones cant carry them the way I used to!
Now getting back to the pick up at Singapore airport, its not often it happens but when it does I do like to get a photo of the ‘poor sod’ who is having to stand with my name displayed on his iPad (used to be on a piece of white card!). He was none to pleased but he soon warmed up once we got nattering during the 25 minute drive to the hotel. The downside of the time difference here is that arriving so early the room will not be available until later in the day. This can easily be overcome, I left my luggage with them and set off to get my square backside in action after the long haul flight so the exercise was needed. Also Singapore being a hot and humid country most year year many people start working and shops opening much earlier than in the UK.
I strolled along little India and stopped off at a couple of the outside locals cafes. I had sweet masala tea and a paratha which was a little spicy however it kick started the taste buds. After enjoying people watching for a couple of hours and getting introduced to the local wildlife with the chattering black and yellow beaked Javan Mynah birds, I made my way back to the hotel. They had kindly put me on the priority list so as soon as a room came available and was cleaned (as it was fully booked) then my number was up. I only waited an hour and then I could relax shower and have a little nap (I had technically been awake over 24 hours now).
My first impression of the hotel.......Wow. It is ticking all the boxes, such an eclectic mix with exotic Indian influences, decadent furnishings and opulent surroundings. All this with a modern art collection and the largest selection I have ever seen of malt whiskeys under one roof. In the afternoon I went out for another explore of the local area and came across some Art Deco architecture which was built later here in the 1940s. The ornate tiling and mixed styles in little Indian are from the 1920s.