We had nearly a whole day left in Singapore. How would we spend it? Taxi ride to sky park? Sitting drinking on the quay across the road? Relaxing by the hotel pool? Nope. Let's walk round and round, up and down, in flip flops (I only ever wear archless shoes on holiday), the length and breadth of Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Collection! My favourite bits were the mist house, we got sprayed with cold mist, and the cool house, it was cool and not in a hip or trendy way. We've got enough photographs of flowers and leaves to produce our own illustrated encyclopedia. I had to admit it was quite an impressive place. I did have a bit of an incident in the loos. I had to go. All cubicles except one were taken, I didn't want that one. I wasn't going to be able to wait! The other two had literally just been occupied. Bad timing. I had to go. In I stepped. It was a squatter! How the hell am I gonna manage this with my knee and back? Perhaps I can do it without squatting? Not practical really. Ok squat it is then. Feet in the marked footprints, as if you don't know where to put your feet. Steady Michael, watch your knee. Never mind my knee what about my dangling belt? Just caught it in time. Blast! Forgot about my camera on my left shoulder, just bashed the lens hood on the floor, it's ok though. This is awkward, knee's killing me. I don't do kneeling or crouching anymore. Let's just be as quick as we can and get out of here. Ok can I stand up without the usual hand on the floor to get me started in an upward motion? Breath in, hold it, and exhale on the upward thrust as I try to straighten my legs in one smooth motion to return to the relative safety of the standing position. A good plan but flawed by the fact that one knee is dodgy and the other is therefore much stronger and that side seemed to arrive in the upright position a little quicker causing a slight over balance which I was now trying to correct whilst also trying to grip a loose and unfamiliar flip flop with toes that still haven't got the hang of walking in these blasted things. Standing on one leg now trying to stay in the same place, trying to keep the flip flop on, it's slipping, can't hold it, oh no, it,s gone! Luckily the flip flop landed on just to the right side of the footprint. Unfortunately I discovered the squatter also doubles as a pretty decent foot bath!! Hands and foot washed, I continued on my way.
Back to the hotel. A shower, a civilised snooze, a change of clothing. Late check out and leave luggage at hotel because we've apparently got time for one last visit to a shopping mall, still got some Singapore dollars left. Taxi there, taxi back, pick up cases and off to airport. Next stop Manchester via Munich.