Singapore is a party!
Ya’ll. Singapore was awesome. I only had about 2 days there, and I was all by myself for most of it, but WHAT A CITY…ROAR! I would recommend Singapore for a straight up vacation if you’re into seeing a cool Asian city, or for a fun stop-over.
I hope this won’t be too boring, but I’m just going to listicle lay out what I did while I was there.
Quick Shout Out to the Singapore Airport
If you have to have a layover somewhere, why not try Singapore? It’s clean, big, they have free massage chairs, and PAY PHONES. Yeah, I was pretty excited about seeing a pay phone since I haven’t seen one since my childhood.
The Hotels are Pretty
If you are into architecture, then you’ll totally dig on Singapore. The center of the city is laid out gorgeously, the architecture is interesting, and there is even a hotel (Marina Bay Sands) with a “boat” on the top of it. Check it.
Check out Little India in Singapore
If there is one thing neat about Singapore, it’s that it’s very culturally diverse. I have never been to India, and we don’t have too many “Little India” towns here, so the first thing I did was head over to that area of the city.
This is where I bought my daughter and nieces a cute Indian saree/sari (?) costume, and totally embarrassed myself. I really should not divulge this information, but my heart was in the right place, so I will. Like I said, I’ve never been to India. The only things I know about India are that I LOVE Indian food and that Mindy Kaling is Indian, and I love her. That’s when I asked the employees in the store if they liked her and they didn’t know who I was talking about. I just figured they would be proud of an American celebrity from India, but they literally had no clue what I was talking about. Yeah, when trying to find common ground goes kersplat.
I didn’t eat in Little India, but I did love walking through the markets watching the people making leis out of fresh flowers. So beautiful.
Before heading to Little India, I tried to go to Arab Town/Street. I was super excited but turns out I am bad at directions and didn’t make it there. Instead, I wound up at an outdoor/indoor market. That was cool too. BUMMER that I missed Arab Street though.
Later, I visited a part of town (I think it was Chinatown), but the cool thing was there was a Hindu temple, a Buddist temple, and a Mosque all within very close walking distance. I always feel guilty taking pictures where people go to worship, but they allowed it, and it was too beautiful not to.
Old Botanical Gardens in Singapore
Singapore is rockin’ rollin’ when it comes to botanical gardens. They have a new garden (which, unfortunately, I didn’t have time to see…gotta always leave something undone, right?), and they have an old botanical garden.
I was in the mood for some strolling through a gorgeous park, so I opted to see the old gardens. When I say “stroll,” I more mean miles and miles and miles of walking, and it made my feet hurt real bad but sooooooo worth it.
They have several different kinds of gardens. I was most interested in the orchid gardens, so I headed my pretty little self over there as fast as my feet could carry me, and did not regret it. It was beautiful. I also had a ginger drink made out of ginger grown in the ginger garden right next to the orchid garden. When in Rome…eh…Singapore, I mean.
And an obligatory shimmy…
Check out the center of the city
Later that night, Tiffany was off duty for a bit, so we had dinner together and walked around the gorgeous center city.
We had the traditional spicy crab meal and it was delicious.
Now, two more things are worth mentioning. I flew through Japan both there and back and I have never been to Japan, and all it did was make me want to stay. I did, at least, get to eat delicious ramen at the airport.
Thankfully, I didn’t, because 2 days after I got home, I got appendicitis and it was nice to be home for that. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF I GOT APPENDICITIS while in the Philippines? Oh dear me. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS and thank you doctors and family for taking good care of me.