03.06.2009 - 06.06.2009
Travelled on BA – from Athens to Heathrow and then on to Singapore, mainly because we could afford to go their equivalent of Qantas’s Premium Economy on the last long leg. After our taste of such (free) treatment on Qantas to and from the USA earlier this year, we thought this would be a more pleasant way to finish off the holiday and relieve the jet lag a bit. The less said the better – Jan is still suffering from extremely bad neck pains, and not sure we’re over the (literally) BA food yet.
Stayed in a n ice 4 star hotel in the middle of Singapore city where we seemed to have been given an extremely good deal which we had booked online from Athens (or was it Naxos?). Our sufferings from the trip made it much less enjoyable than we’d hoped – both had bad heads, neck and backs, with Jan’s being unbearable. Found a local formal and medical looking massage place where she negotiated for some treatment for her neck/back – it was pretty obvious she was in pain and she couldn’t turn her head from the straight ahead position at all. She received a range of massages and pummelings and some poultices for covering the top area of her back. She still had marks on her backs three days later from the treatment, and although she was not too good that day, the next day she seemed more flexible with less pain.
We still managed to do a lot of wandering around Singapore (in the heat and humidity of course), and went through the streets of Little India, the Arab section and Chinatown. Had some nice food, esp. the seafood (very expensive) by the river on the last two evenings. Found Singapore “pretty” but a bit bland and sanitized, esp. compared to Bangkok and even to KL where we had stayed for a similar time on one of our other return trips from Europe. Still don’t understand how these big Asian cities can sustain so many shopping malls/centres in the city centre??