We slipped in to the National Museum after a brief stroll across Fort Canning Park. It is housed in part in a beautiful 1887 building which was lovely. The main exhibits are about the history of Singapore, of which we’d had our fill of at the Paranekan Museum. Then, the feature hall was titled “ In an Instant: Polaroid at the intersection of Art & Technology” which wasn’t of interest. We decided this museum was not worth the time for us, but we appreciated a few minutes in the air conditioning.
We continued to our next destination along a route that took us into the core of the SIngapore Management University, or SMU. It proved to be a very busy campus despite it being Sunday. After seeing long line-ups at the School of Law we clued in to the fact that that the area was teeming with young people not because the enrolled financiers- and lawyers-to-be were so studious but because the law school and other faculties were hosting open houses for high school students.
We carried on walking towards and through Little India, a 200-year-old community settled by migrant workers. The Lonely Planet recommendation was to go on a Sunday “for the full Mumbai effect”. I think, however, it was far from that, if only because it was not shoulder-to-shoulder with people. Though the narrow covered sidewalks of the main thoroughfare were crowded it was not near the intense mix of sights sounds and scents I anticipated. Guess I’ll just have to to Mumbai itself.
We stopped for a cold beverage - beer for Duncan and a mango lassi for me. As it was already we decided a snack was in order and ordered a couple of appetizers. We ended up so stuffed with delicious veggie pakoras, papadams, a smashed samosa and my perennial favourite channa.