Day 87 Second day in Singapore

The weather forecast sounded quite dry, and I wanted to make the most of my last day in tropical temperatures, so I caught a cab to the Botanical Gardens after my sidewalk breakfast.
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The gardens are in a large park with no admission, so it is  well used by people strolling, jogging and picniking.  The highlight of the park is the Orchid garden, which does charge a fee,  so it is more populated by tourists.
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What a show.  A huge variety of orchids, each in profusion.  Lovely light filtering through the trees overhead, so relatively cool even at noon.  A feast of colours which makes any other garden look rather tame.

Went to the Museum of Asian Civilizations after the garden, whose collection covers much of Sout East Asia.  Nicely displayed.
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The museum is on the Singapore river, close to the fnancial centre.  It used to be a thriving harbour, but that was “cleaned up”, and now there is a rather sterile promenade on either side of the river.  Lots of people walk up and down the promenade, and I found one group of women that was having fun taking pictures around a set of sculptures.
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There is a row of restaurants with open terraces overlooking the river.  Lonely planet described these as overpriced but worth the splurge for the view, so  I decided to treat myself to a riverside sunset view dinner.  Lonely Planet was right; all the touts promoting their respective restaurants just about persuaded me to get out of that area, but I resisted the urge to bolt, and sat down for an ordinary but expensive meal with a great view, since it was my last night in town.
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Caught a taxi out to the airport and flew the red-eye flight to Tokyo, arriving at 9 in the morning.