Think it is time to get out of the concrete jungle and experience the green jungle that is Fort Canning Park. Fort Canning Park is one of Singapore's most historic areas, with relics dating back to the 14th century when Malay Kings ruled over the area. Other historical events which occurred in Fort Canning Park include the construction of Government House, the home of Sir Stamford Raffles, which was later demolished to make way for a Fort. The park was also the location of the British surrender to the Japanese during World War II.
But before exploring the history of Fort Canning Park I need to get there from Marina Bay. On my way I pass through the colonial district and a number of impressive historical buildings. First on the list is the Singapore Cricket Club, which was established in 1852 and is supposedly one of the premier sports and social clubs in Asia. The current Singapore Cricket Clubhouse was built in 1887 with extensions constructed in the early twentieth century. I dare say you would have to be part of Singapore's elite to join this fancy club. I don't think the sort of cricket I play, which involves an old bat, a tennis ball, a garbage bin as stumps and a compulsory beer in one hand, would be welcome at this place.