Got up early to try the free breakfast at the hotel - think I'll go back to sleeping in. The sun was peaking through, so I was excited to get out. The plan for the day was to explore Little India and China Town. Well... I started exploring Little India.
The first part I couldn't tell any difference from the rest of Singapore - all shopping centers and hotels. I went through a couple of the malls - they were packed. I don't know if the crowds were because it's Saturday or if this is just a busier district (I'd thought Orchard Road - where I was yesterday - was supposed to be the shopping center of Singapore). This is obviously the place to go for electronics. Pretty amazingly I didn't buy anything. I've got a few things on my list, but so far I haven't been able to find any for less than I could order it off the net. I'm seriously looking at a camera lens (Canon's new Image Stabilized US 28-105mm) but so far I haven't found it anywhere near as cheap as I could get it in NY - the best I've seen it for here is more than a third again as expensive!
As I left the shopping malls behind I can to a new kind of area. Some sections are totally restored and kind of boring - mostly small guest houses, restaurants, and grocers. The other part looked a little more depilated and was more interesting. There were workshops and it actually looked as if some people might live here. It was here that the clouds rolled in and with a clap of thunder it started to pour - really pour. In seconds I was soaked to the skin, a few seconds after that I watched a bunch of rats escape the sewers - this is definitely not the Singapore I've been seeing. I was planning on picking an Indian restaurant for lunch. Instead the weather picked one for me. I stopped at a diner / cafe that was the closest place to take shelter. I had an amazing chicken curry and sat there watching it rain. And rain... After an hour it showed no sign of letting up so I decided to end my walk and started looking for a taxi. Of course there were none in sight so after waiting another half an hour I started walking. By the time I got back to the hotel I felt half drowned and chilled. It's still in the upper 80's / lower 90's but with the wind chill I'm both cold and hot - probably a great way to get sick.
I was going to put on a jacket and go out again but I just couldn't bring myself to swelter inside a jacket - besides if it really started to rain again that jacket wouldn't make much difference. I considered taking a nap but when the weather eased so that it was merely raining hard I put on dry clothes and headed for the internet cafe. An hour there and it stopped raining. Spent another hour on an evening walk checking out the various Christmas displays. Yet more proof this is a consumer land - there are hardly even any Christians here!