– To be a taxi driver in singapore you have to be a citizen.
– Income tax is very low, however luxury taxes and fees are very high (cars, liquor, real estate..etc)
-For a lot of locals english is their first language
– The capital and main city of the country of Singapore is Singapore.
-Currency is the Singapore Dollar (S$)
-No visa is required for US Passport holders
-Durians (stinky popular fruit) are not allowed at the subway, many public places and hotels amongst others.
How We got There
Flew from Bali to Singapore.
Where To Stay
Somewhere in Downtown or Chinatown.
A friend recommeded
Where We Stayed
Stayed at Hotel Re! Paid S$120p/n. Staff were great, rooms very small but clean and modern, location was average. I would look for a better option next time.
How We Got Around
-Subway: If you are staying for only few days we found that buying a standard ticket to each destination works great. Fares are pretty low. They also offer a Tourist Pass for unlimited rides at $10/day, however we didn’t spend that much in rides each day. It’s very easy to travel by subway, ensure your accomodation is close to a subway stop and you are set.
-Foot: It’s easy to walk through all the main areas. Take the subway to a major area and then walk around.
-Taxi: Took taxi a couple times. Very easy, no need to prenegotiate a price like in other parts of Asia as they are metered.
What We Did
WED, FEB 17: Travel day. China Town. Chinese New Year Celebrations (Year of the Goat).
THU, FEB 18: China Town. Little India. GoPro shopping. Orchard Road. Friends. Botanic Garden. Marina Bay Sands Resort (MBSR) and Super Tree Groove at night.
FRI, FEB 20:
Tiong Bahru Food Centre. Marina Bay Sands Resort (MBSR). Super Tree Groove Esplanade. Esplanade. Travel day.
What We Wish We Had Done
-Party at the rooftop club of the MBSR (missed it due to dress code)
-Have a Singapore Sling (cocktail) at the Raffles Hotel
After some questioning we were told by three different guards that there would be a parade at 10pm. It was just 8pm and we were pretty exhausted so we decided to go to the hotel to shower and change before coming out for the parade.
At 10 o’clock we left the hotel in a hurry, we got there by 10:15pm and nothing was happening. The same crowds were leaning against the barricade, and when we asked one of the guards, they said the parade would be at Ten plus plus (10++pm) whatever that meant. We opted to buy a couple beers and chill by the barricade like everyone else.
By 11pm I got a feeling that this “parade” was not going to happen. I finally grabbed the attention of a staff member inside the barricade who looked in charge, and sure enough, he gave me a weird look and said that a parade was never part of the plan, just a performance in the middle of the road where the stage was located. Everyone next to us just made a face of mixed dissapoinment and fury and walked away. All there was left for us to do was eat dumplings and soup and wait until the midnight fireworks. At midnight we got to relive our favorite holiday.
The next day we were on a mission to buy a camera after getting our goPro stolen in Gili T, Indonesia. We had to get a replacement quickly to keep documenting our travels.
It consisted of coffee, soft boiled eggs and Kaya (a traditional toast with butter and some kind of jelly). I absolutely loved this simple breakfast that somehow seemed to take me back to my childhood in Colombia.
After shopping around we finally bit the bullet and dropped the money to get a goPro hero 4. We checked out the rest of little India that morning, enjoyed the smells of Indian street food and made our way towards orchard street.
Orchard St is really just a street with a bunch of malls at either side, we liked the walk and were heading in that direction anyway but I’m not into shopping so I wouldn’t suggest it as a must do.
Later we met up with friends that currently live in Hong Kong but were in Singapore at the time. They are a crazy American travelling couple that have been everywhere in Asia and many other parts of the world. They have a 7 month baby who has already been to 9 countries!. We chilled at the pool for a bit and went for a walk at the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
For dinner we stopped at the food court in the ION Mall on Orchard St as we walked back from the Botanical Gardens. Our friends had recommended it and although some of the spots were closed because of Chinese new year, I still couldn’t decide amongst all the delicious looking options. Food in Singapore was significantly better than in Indonesia!.
Home, shower, change, buy plane tix for next destination and do a bit of planning… all before hitting the town for some night views of the Marina Bay Sands Resort (MBSR) and the Super Tree Groove.
Wow.. we came up the stairs from the subway (which by the way, what a great, clean, cheap, easy subway system they have) and the MBSR stood tall and elegant. It was impressive. The architecture and design were simply astonishing and the way the lights shined at night was gorgeous.
Since it was around 9pm, there were only a few people around and the silence and emptiness gave the whole thing a surreal feel. Seeing it at night for the first time was also ideal because the lights add an amazing touch to the trees.
The cover charge was S$18 (including one drink), expensive but well worth it. We chose not to go for dinner as we heard it’s was pricey and the food quite average. The views of the city and MBSR were breathtaking. It was as if we were having a drink on top of the world.
After a few drinks there we decided to have a drink at the rooftop bar of the MBSR. To our dismay, when we got there we were informed of the dress code and Blaise’s shorts and sandals didn’t fit the bill. Since there was no cover charge I decided to take a peak. It was a cool bar with a gorgeous view, however, you could still enjoy an even better view outside of the bar.
The next day we checked out and left our bags at reception ready for our afternoon flight.
We decided to go to the Tion Bahru Food Center after our friends recommended it. It was a building full of “hawker” stands and we heard it is where the locals go for traditional Singaporean food. Hawker roughly means vendor and most food stalls in Singapore were referred to as hawker stands.
We also tried some other popular Singaporean food that was pretty tasty. The Jian Bo Shui Kueh stall seemed to be the most famous of all.
What is most interesting about the sculpture is that although it looks like the baby is floating, all of his weight is actually resting perfectly only on his right hand. The beauty of engineering.
We also strolled around the MBSR again on the daytime in order to see the famous massive pool on the top floor.
And trip to the airport to catch a flight to Kuala Lumpur ended our Singapore adventure.