After finishing up at Orchard Rd, I really wasn’t sure what to do next. I was feeling pretty lethargic due to the heat and humidity, plus the weather was going downhill once again (completely overcast with unpredictable spurts of drizzle). I kept on trying to wait it out but the showers seemed to come and go without end. Eventually I decided to drag my feet over to the one remaining Lonely Planet walking tour, a nearby area called Joo Chiat.
But as soon as I got there the rain worsened. Man, traveling is just so much less nice when the weather sucks 😛 I took a seat in a pizza parlor and waited until it lightened up enough for an umbrella, then headed out into the unknown.
About 200m from the station the sky turned literally into an ocean. I bolted for the nearest covering I could find – it was coming down so hard that even with an umbrella, standing in the open felt like jumping into a pool. Even six feet back from the overhang I was still getting wet from the splash.
So much for the last two neighborhoods I wanted to see; my flight to Bangkok was the following day, but any sort of tourism would be pointless in this extreme weather.
You know, Singapore is pretty damn cool – but I definitely couldn’t live here. Partying is far too much of a ripoff and the weather far too crappy. For all of its many amazing qualities, knowing that you’ll always end up soaked after walking out your front door – if not from rain then from sweat – just isn’t worth it.
So anyway, screw it; after taking a train halfway across town and waiting an hour for the rain to clear up, I just turned around and went back to the hostel 😛
Note: These posts are behind realtime; the above took place on Wednesday, February 23rd.