Shirley's Trip to Singapore - April 2015 travel blog

I've no idea what this sign said at the Monorail station. All...

The National Monument. The statue was designed by Felix de Weldon who...

The monument is dedicated to those who died during the Communist insurgency...

The Petronas Towers up close

Inside the Sky-bridge

From the 86th floor of Petronas Tower

Looking at the top of the other tower

Putting the hammered finish on a tankard. Each dimple has to be...

Making a pewter "Money Tree"

Some of the beautiful special orders

I thought I was set today. I knew how to get to the Monorail station, I’d even figured out how to cross the roads & I had my tokens I’d bought yesterday. Wrong! The tokens wouldn’t work & I found out they’re only good for one day. What a stupid system.

I got the Hop-on Hop-off bus again but got off at the 3rd stop which they said was for the National Monument. It took a bit of finding & was a long way from the bus stop but it was quite impressive & I’m glad I persevered.

Back on the bus & my next stop was the Petronas Towers. First they take you to the Sky-bridge which is on the 41st floor then you go up to the 86th floor for a wonderful view over the city. It was quite clear today so you could see a long way.

Then I took a taxi to the Royal Selangor pewter factory & showroom. What a classy company it is. I was greeted at the door & introduced to a personal guide who gave me a free tour around the museum & the workshops where I could watch a lady pour the pewter into the mould & was amazed that it hardened within a few seconds.

There were also demonstrations of polishing the pewter & also hammering the designs. You can have a go at making your own pewter bowl but I passed on that. My guide left me at the gift shop where I bought a couple of beautiful little dragons, then as I was leaving an older lady approached me & we got talking.

It turned out that she was the grand-daughter of Yong Koon, the founder of Royal Selangor who came from China & started the company here in 1885. The company is still owned by the family & is now being run by the 4th generation.

She was lovely & told me lots of stories about different pieces then organised a driver to take me to the closest monorail station. She said they’ve opened an office in Melbourne & her sister is working there.

It was another very long but very satisfying day. It was quite warm & rained some time when I was at Royal Selangor but it had stopped by the time I had to walk home & is another beautiful evening.

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