Originally Posted by Ex-Calif
Depends how long ago. Singapore's shore line has changed remarkably in the last 15-20 years.
Gosh... now you are taxing my memory. It must have been 20 years ago, or perhaps a bit more.
What I remember is that it was a sort of ramshackle club, on a muddy river. This was not the modern part of Singapore
. I remember thinking it was like the underside of the clean, modern city. More like Thailand
As we were heading out, we passed by commercial
boats on the banks of the river, like small rusty freighters. I was told that the crews were strictly forbidden to step ashore. The crew watched us as we motored by.
Once out of the river, we sailed in a fairly small bay, up to a certain invisible line, which was patrolled by gunboats. This was an international border that it was forbidden to pass.
On the way back, the prop got fouled by something, and the owner had to dive overboard
and untangle whatever it was. That is why I remember the muddy part of the muddy river. I was glad I didn't have to swim in that river!
And we ended the day in the club bar, which, if memory doesn't fail me, had a grass roof, like a big Tiki bar. Nothing modern or flashy about that place!
I loved it, because it felt like 'real' Asia
. I used to work in the airline biz, so I used to travel to all sorts of places -- the more exotic and different, the better, I always thought.
Of course, we were staying in this enormously tall hotel
, which was a block or so from Raffles. I spent a long night watching my boss get bombed in this bar:
Although it was a lot darker when I was there!
My wife, Helena, lived in Singapore for a year.