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Doing all the Singapore tourist things with my visitors – plus a little celebrating

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This is a proper drink - a margarita  on my birthday

This is a proper drink – a margarita on my birthday

It’s been non-stop visitors since we got back, in case you were wondering what had become of me! First Cindy and Guy from Mumbai, then Louise’s best friend Lulu dropped in after doing some extraordinary free diving to create an underwater apsara installation to celebrate reef protection in Bali, and now Christine and Diego are here for a week before we set off for Burma next weekend.

Cindy  & Guy taking selfies on the Singapore River cruise

Cindy & Guy taking selfies on the Singapore River cruis

 

Lulu enjoying her cocktail at KuDeTa

Lulu enjoying her cocktail at KuDeTa

Aaah, how sweet, in the yellow orchid boower

Aaah, how sweet, in the yellow orchid boower

However many times one goes to see the botanical gardens and the Cloud Forest dome, they remain spectacular. I have stopped taking photos, that’s all, apart from the people!  On my birthday visit, the ticket girl, no older than 18, asked me if I wanted a Seniors ticket! I cant look THAT old surely???  We had a long excursion to the zoo with Cindy and Guy – 5 hours of walking, which really did my back in for some unexplained reason (delayed reaction to all that finning while diving perhaps); and a lovely sunset boat trip round the marina. Grey light reflecting moodily against the massive shiny glass buildings in the CBD. And visits to Chinatown to buy tea, look at Traditional Chinese Medicine shops and eat – of course!

Arty shot of the MArina Bay Sands hotel

Arty shot of the Marina Bay Sands hotel

Skyline at udsk

Skyline at dusk

MMM,  dim sum

MMM, dim sum – so excited it’s out of focus!

Dimsum trolley in Yumcha

Dim sum trolley in Yumcha

With Lulu, the sky park, this time we had a yummy lunch as well as a sneaky lunch-time cocktail. It’s always hard with Louise’s friends, as we talk about her of course and this unlocks the sharp pain of remembrance and grief that I manage to tuck away in a secret place most of the time. It’s also Halloween weekend, when Louise, like all her friends of FB it seems, loved to dress up and compete to be the most outrageous ghoul. We make do with spying on the condo kids partying below, dashing round the pool, shrieking in their fancy dress. A balloon wafts silently past us as its distraught owner looks up in amazement.

Not enjoying this mohito...all water and no rum or lime (again!)

Not enjoying this mohito…all water and no rum or lime (again!)

Louise at Halloween

Louise at Halloween

I take Diego and Christine off to Melaka for a couple of days. Be warned: Melaka with no night market – Fri-Sun only – is dead, but rather nice. You can eat in the good restaurants like Nancy’s (if they are open) without queuing, and you can enjoy the sights unimpeded. However, the buzz of the night market is missing – so I would recommend going on a Thursday and Friday in future!

Enjoying the cruise

Enjoying the cruise

THE MAlaka river cruise is a must, very pretty, UNESCO World Heritage city

The Melaka river cruise is a must, very pretty, UNESCO World Heritage city

The fabulous murals in Malaka

The fabulous murals in Melaka

Diego getting to grips with Nyonya food under the watchful eyes of The CHiarman

Diego getting to grips with Nyonya food under the watchful eyes of The Chairman

Good news from the physio, who says I don’t need to come regularly anymore, maybe just now and then for a little massage. The treatment to unstick my flesh (what’s left of it) from the tendon and bone has been successful, even if incredibly painful. It involves cupping along the back of what was my calf and deep, deep massage; plus lessons and exercises on how to walk correctly,  hard as I have to balance on my bad leg while doing strange things with the other, making sure that the bad leg remains upright and unmoving.

A feast for Cindy and Guy

A feast for Cindy and Guy

Ma po tofu and shnitake mushrooms, very hot, but delicious alhtough I say it myself!

Ma po tofu and shitake mushrooms, very hot, but delicious although I say it myself!

Yummy Burmese chicken & lime curry I cooked in preparation for our trip

Yummy Burmese chicken & lime curry I cooked in preparation for our trip

This week was also my birthday, with Ross’s to follow on Sunday, when we will be in Yangon. So we had a little party for our Singapore chums – sushi and satay of course! With some Peranakanpineapple tarts as well. I count my blessings – what a cliché – that I am now 57! This time last year I was in agony and was diagnosed with my tumour, so it has been quite a year…

My birthday lunchtime drink - green tea in a beer mug!

My birthday lunchtime drink – green tea in a beer mug!

The birthday couple!

The birthday couple! in my mother’s dress made in Nairobi circa 1970, suitably altered. Appropriate really, on my birthday to remember her today

My achievements this year (permit me to boast please): finishing my book and finding a publisher; creating http://www.healthylivingwithcancer.co website; walking – tick; cycling – tick; diving – tick; now for skiing…hopefully tick too!

A group of kids in the ruins of St Pauls' church

A group of kids in the ruins of St Pauls’ church

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 (www.louisecattell.com) and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every day...in November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site www.healthylivingwithcancer.co with my blueprint for health and well-being. My husband works in Switzerland so we flit from place to place anywhere else that takes our fancy

6 thoughts on “Doing all the Singapore tourist things with my visitors – plus a little celebrating

  1. Belated Happy Birthday dearest Vicky. What a year it has been. Celebrate those milestones and have a wonderful time in Burma!

  2. Happy Birthday Vicky. At least one of our birthday ladies group was able to celebrate with you. And Happy Birthday to Ross as well. Have a wonderful trip to Burma with Christine and Diego. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures. Love Diane and Nick

    • Thank you both! We had a little party last night, sore heads this morning. Now off to dinner with Trevor; the rest of the team arrives tomorrow and we leave Sunday. Love from us all. Vxxx
      !

  3. Happy belated birthday Vicky! You look like so much fun to hang out with!:-) I might be your next visitor haha.

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