Side Trip to Singapore

My parents and I were in Southeast Asia visiting relatives and decided to take a side trip to Singapore. Pretty much everything you read about Singapore is accurate. To start, it’s very clean, safe, and orderly. Very small, so you can do a lot in just three or four days. AND IT’S HOT. VERY HOT. I never went anywhere without a handkerchief, lots of water, and a hand fan.

It rained a few times during our trip. When I saw the forecast for rain I was pretty bummed, but after walking around and sightseeing for 10+ hours I was so glad there were clouds and overcast. It was still super hot despite the wet weather, so I can’t imagine how cranky I would have been had the sun been blaring on our backs all day.

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We stayed at the Fragrance Ruby hotel in Geylang. Keepin’ in real, Geylang is the red light district, but don’t let that alarm you. During the day the area is quiet, and if you’re back at the hotel at a decent time (we were always in by 10PM), you’re most likely not going to be bothered. The hotel was a ten minute walk to the closest super-easy-to-use MRT station.

After we settled into our tiny hotel room, we to the MRT to the Marina Bay Sands area. The hotel is amazing, both inside and out.

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The next morning we had a half day tour that came with the package we purchased from a travel agent. The driver picked us up around 8AM and we, along with five other passengers, drove around to various sites such as the Singapore Flyer, Merlion Park, and Raffles Hotel. I was hesitant taking a tour, wanting to set our own schedule, but the tour guide took us to all the places we would have gone anyway – and then some. Plus he was able to give us insight and history on all the spots we visited.

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After our tour we went to Marina Bay Sands Observatory Deck (cost: $23 SGD). Honestly, I’m not very impressed with the views in Singapore, but it was nice place to hang out. I also got to take a picture of the infinity pool on the upper deck- open for hotel guests only. Sorry, lowly common folk.

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On our third day we went to Sentosa Island, via cable car! I know I said Singapore views didn’t impress me, but the view as we crept up on Sentosa Island was pretty cool. We weren’t interested in visiting Universal Studios or the casino, so we took the trams to the various beaches.

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After Sentosa we stopped by Gardens by the Bay. My mother took a million photos. I’ll spare you and post two. Leaf life doesn’t interest me too much, but walking around pretty plants and flowers from different regions all over the world in one huge, air conditioned(!) dome wasn’t half bad.

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Since I was with my parents, I can’t say much about the night life in Singapore but I have heard good things about Clarke Quay. Singapore is a place I’ve been recommending people to visit ever since I got back, and I can’t wait until I have another chance to visit!

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