Singapore is a place of eclectic mixes. Doctor fish who left my feet silky smooth; the gate of Hope where many an unwanted child was abandoned. Spectacular orchid gardens; carrot cakes which distinctly lack carrot. Tropical deluges and the Death Houses of Sago Street.
I wasn’t, however, expecting a bathtub in a bar.
The Hendrick’s Gin Bath-tub stands proudly in Raffles’ Long Bar. Quite fitting, really, considering this is where the Singapore Sling was invented in 1915. Immediately popular (for the gin-laced drink looks like an innocent fruit punch, allowing women to drink in public) the drink rose to fame after featuring in Somerset Maugham’s short story, The Letter.
I sat and sipped as wooden fans moved back and forth across the ceiling in an attempt to distill the tropical heat. Peanut shells lay scattered over the floor — this is not a place for stilettos. After a few Singapore Slings, the sight of the bathtub taking on the ceramic tiles didn’t seem at all out of place.