Today I got out and about early because I wanted to go on a walking tour of Little India which started at 10:30. Also, we are invited to a company dinner tonight so I wanted to be back early so I wouldn’t be hobbling around all night. Usually my feet are worn out by evening and Doug has to wait on me wherever we go because I have to walk so slowly.
I left the room about nine and dropped off our laundry on the way to the MRT. I was there in plenty of time and even found my way to where I thought the tour was to begin but didn’t see any signs of a guided tour except for a tour group who had their own bus and everything. Just as in the U.S. you see large groups of Japanese tourists in organized trips. Well, I have been doing pretty well on my own and I had the map of the route to take so I just took off . Again, lots and lots of shops. The Indians love their bling and it seems like every other store is a jewelry store. They were packed with people shopping today. It made me feel like I was missing out on something. People were standing in line to buy gold.
I saw this statue and I thought it looked like an American Indian.
This is Sri Veeramakaliamman, a Hindu temple. I must have been there at prayer time because lots of people were coming by and taking off their shoes to go inside. I felt like I was intruding so I didn’t go in. I think it was built in 1855 and just look at the artistry. I read something that said during World War II people would take shelter in the temple and it withstood all the bombing.
I wasn’t hungry yet but decided to get some food “to take away” for lunch at the hotel. There are lots of vegetarian restaurants in the area. I went to the food court and got some tofu sweet and sour with green beans and noodles for $2.50. One of the best meals I have had yet. The tofu was just like chicken. If you were eating there you would get a tray and a paper liner and then just load it up with food. You could feed the whole family for three or four dollars. I got a glass of my beloved chendal to go and then saw a sign for some tea so I ordered a cup for there. They carried my cup to the nearest table for me and set it down with these two gentlemen having a lively conversation. They stopped long enough to tell me hello and then went on with their talk and had their coffee while I had my tea. The best chai latte ever. It was about to rain but I wasn’t far from the MRT so when we all finished I left and made my way down to the train. It was just a short ride back but when I came up to street level it was starting to rain so I tried to find my way back on the crosswalks going building to building. I was so proud of myself but when I came outside I had gotten off track a little and gone away from the river. I would have done better to stay on the train until the next stop but at least I got to see inside a lot of the office buildings that I have been walking by every day. I came out in the court house district so I saw some law offices. I see lots of dental clinics and acupuncture places. They also have a lot of gyms. I see travel offices whereever I go. I think it is very popular to just buy the travel package. They must take a lot of trips. And I found more restaurants to try. And look at this. There was a big Mona Vie office in Singapore.
I just had a couple of blocks to walk but by now it was pouring! I had my umbrella of course but when I got back to the hotel my pants, shoes and socks were soaked! I could have made it back before the rain if I hadn’t stopped for tea but it was totally worth it.