One of my favourite things to do in a new city is just to mooch around and soak up the sights.
In Singapore’s Little India district you are besieged by sights, sounds, smells and colours.
From gorgeous floral garlands for use in temples, weddings and special occasions to piles of fresh, mouth watering produce.
My favourite exotic fruit – the rambutan – is to be found piled high with its prickly little exterior hiding a small, white fruit.
As well as fruit and flowers you can rifle through endless lovely handicrafts from embroidered umbrellas to wooden carvings – fancy a tiger dear . . .?
Even now my mouth waters at the endless selection of fruit juices on offer here.
From honey lemon to sugarcane juice, papaya to lychee, there’s a colourful option for everyone!
Finally before we head off I spot a bucket full of stunning lotus blossoms.
These sculptural blossoms can often be found gracing temples as offerings to deities.
The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth.
Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition – even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.