Friday, November 13, 2015

Round the Island Day Tour

Our day started with an early morning pick up.
Passed the city Fire Station and noticed this little fire truck racing by.

 It even had the hook for hoses on the back, perhaps it is big enough to put out a camp fire!!
First stop was Bright Hill Buddhist Temple, the biggest in Singapore with the biggest Chinese Crematorium. The colours of red and orange are significant to the Asians as being for wealth, luck and happiness. We find red to be of anger and danger.

 Stop 2 was the Kranji War Memorial.
4,500 Commonwealth burials, all members of the Commonwealth forces who were killed during the occupation in February 1942.
 Along with the graves, the Singapore Memorial bears the names of the 24,000 casualties of the land and air forces who died during the 2nd WW but have no known grave.
The cemetery is immaculate, we watched a man sit in the sun hand weeding the lawn.
 Lunch was a Chinese meal at this beautiful British Colonial Home, now a restaurant. 
 The restaurant overlooked Malaysia and the bridge that connects Singapore to Jahore Bahru.
After lunch we visited the Changi Museum and Chapel.
(no photos inside the museum were allowed in respect to those who lost their lives.)
 The displays were graphic. On display was one of the Changi Quilts that the women made, the other 2 quilts are in Canberra and 1 in the British War Memorial.
I found looking at the quilt emotional, especially thinking of what those went through.
But sewing those simple blocks took their minds something horrific even if it was just for a while.
Our final stop was Gardens by the Bay.

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