Wednesday, 9 April 2014
09.04.2014 - 09.04.2014
A more relaxed day today as we followed an advertisement in the guide book and visited Bugis St. We arrived there at about 09:00 and realised that only the food stalls were in operation. Re-reading the advertisement we notice that the 'official' opening hours were 11:00 to 23:00. Anyway, the absence of crowds provided us with an opportunity to see the place. It was difficult to summarise the place, from the low end food courts and fresh produce markets, the gaudy Buddhist gold and red knickknacks to seriously up-market clothing stores and eateries. We wandered about without any real goal until just after noon when we made our way back to the hotel.
The next significant task was to find and acquire a set of studs for the dress shirt we'd ordered. I'd given up hope but Jenny insisted and she was right, again. We found them in the men's accessories part of a proper department store, a rare establishment in this part of Singapore. I've always been frightened away by the exclusive brand names and the frightfully formal sales staff.
At 14:00 we had an appointment with the tailor for a fitting. It was a bit of a struggle with all the stiff new button holes but eventually I was all dressed. The shirts fit perfectly as did the jacket but I felt that the trousers were too snug in the waist with no adjustment to a larger girth. There was an allowance for me to drop my waist size but that likelihood has little chance of eventuating. As soon as I dropped the trousers and mentioned that they felt tight, the tailor started unpicking the seams to let it out. We could have stayed there but we took up his offer to have the adjusted outfit delivered to the hotel.
Spent what was left of the afternoon resting in the comfort of the hotel. Today was probably the hottest day we'd encountered and while the stores and malls were cool, we did have to walk in the open occasionally. It is quite remarkable how much vegetation lines the streets taking the edge off the direct sun.
When the sun had gone down we got up and visited the shops along Tanglin Road where we picked up some provisions for tomorrow's breakfast. When we returned to the hotel we found our tailor made suit in our room. Spent the next hour or so trying on the whole outfit, pretty swish if I say so myself. Now all I need is a beard trim and some fancy dress shoes to make the image complete. There's a lot of truth in the expression "Clothes maketh the man !!"
Last job to tonight is to visit the lobby and post this blog and today's image at my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-04-09.
Tomorrow we leave the hotel and spend the afternoon at the airport, flying out at 19:00. We'll be in the air or airports until the early hours of Friday. Will post a retrospective update when we get home. Singapore is no longer an inexpensive destination but it is a most pleasant place to visit.
Cheers .. Tony