on January 17, 2002
Our starting point for the morning was the Raffles Hotel. It was exactly as I had imagined it: pomp and circumstance. Tiffin and scenes from Somerset Maugham's stories flashed through my mind. While seated under the frangipani trees of the Palm Court he wrote:"The Casuarina Tree". Raffles was a man of huge importance for the east India Company. In the 18th century, Singapore was a small fishing village. When Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, first saw Singapore he immediately grasped its potential as a trans-shipment port. He bought the island for the East India Company and invited Chinese and Indians to immigrate to the new town, thus inaugurating Singapore's present multi-cultural society.These days Raffles’ statue is placed on the river bank overlooking what used to be the main harbour in Raffles' time.Next we went to the Padang, the cricket field, no one was playing. It was hot and humid, we had not quite recovered from our jetlag so we decided to do no more sight seeing. We went back to Raffles Hotel and ordered 'afternoon tea' in style.
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