Serene Sultan Mosque from the bustling Haji Lane. Take a rest. Visit the museum. Try your hand at Batik Painting. Did I mention its free? You can even take a free workshop to make a wayang kulit shadow puppet. But we didn’t have time.
If culture is too much for you. Step outside, have a drink and shop along Arab Street. In 2009 we were in a perfumery in Egypt – the mandatory tourist stopovers. Someone entertains you with sweet Egyptian mint tea. And spins a story of how Chanel buys the essence of flowers from exotic Egypt. Well, my friend forgot to buy enough presents for his colleagues and decided to make up at Arab Street. Much cheaper and minus the hassle of haggling with an Egyptian who’ll give you a heart breaking story of how much flower had to be sacrificed. The people running the stalls in Arab street are probably also of Arab descent so I feel good about contributing to their economy as well.
Anyway I don’t wear perfume.