I am standing in Singapore airport waiting to board the plane and thought I would add some comments to draw a line on this wonderful journey we have had. Singapore is a very interesting, amazingly modern, in some ways futuristic place.
Last night we saw the modern face of the wealth of the island, the vastness of it's metropolis (from the 71st floor bar), the contrasts of all the asian cultures and then returning to our hotel, prostitution and the controlled scruffyness of Geylang Road. The budget hotel still had aircon and internet access of course.
Indonesia was paradise, in the dream holiday sense, coconut palms, wooden chalets, clear sea... the resort was like a tropical center parcs, and it was a shame we didn't have time to visit proper Indonesia, the evening in the spookiest village centred around shopping for visiting tourists was strange but the place smelt of jasmine, we were entertained by an indonesian band playing requests and ate the most amazing food.
It was all worth my early morning swim, alone on the beach at 7.30 am, watching the sun rise (i got the time wrong as Indonesia is an hour behind Singapore!) and then the most amazing breakfast of pancakes, egg, hash browns, papaya and those small bananas you also get in India.