After my amazing trip to Hong Kong, I had the pleasure of stopping and spending a few wonderful days in Singapore!
If I had to choose one word to describe Singapore, it would be easy,
I can not even begin to describe how beautiful Singapore is, I have been to a lot of cities around the world and this is by far hands down the most beautiful city I have ever been to! This picture from the first cab I was in, does not do it just it:
Riding in the cab, the streets were just lined with these beautiful trees on either end and just slightly covering the street.
One of my first things I did in once I arrived was track down some local food. Singapore is known for their rice with coconut milk. Apparently is a Malaysian dish called Nasi Lemak. If you like rice and coconut, this is something you should not skip, it was amazing!
Also since I am kind of a Craft beer nut, I figure I would try some locally brewed Tiger Beer! For being the Bud Light of Asia (It can be found every where) it wasn’t half bad.
Being from America, Singapore has some interesting laws that I was not used to. For example, you cant have any open containers on the public transit, like the subway. By open containers, I am not talking about alcohol, you cant have any drinks, even water. Its laws like this that make it a beautiful place.
There is a another peculiar law called modesty of the women. In a nut shell a man basically cant touch a female or else he may get arrested. By touch a female I don’t mean in an odd way, you cant even tap a girl on a shoulder to try and get her attention. I wont lie, I was a little afraid to talk to girls in bars here, cause I didn’t want to offend anyone against modesty of women. Even if you were dancing with someone I would be nervous they could threaten you with modesty of the women charge to try and get money out of you, but that may have just been me being cautious. As you can see in the below picture outside a popular bar area, the modesty of the women law is pretty real:
Its not that I disagree with the law, I always try to be a gentlemen, I just don’t think being a gentlemen should be a law…
Marina Bay Sands
If there is one place you check out, it is the amazing architecture and shops at Marina Bay Sands. Marina Bay Sands is one of the most expensive hotels every built. Essentially its three sky scrapers with a “ship” built on top resting across the three sky scrapers. Its really hard to describe, pictures are the only thing that can do it a little bit of justice, but you really just have to go visit.
Walking inside the Marina Bay Sands, is just as awe struck as admiring the beautiful architecture on the outside. Unfortunately I did not get to stay overnight in the hotel, but I will next time! And I will point out the reason why I really want to stay in a little bit, but back to the interior. Inside there are restaurants, a casino and a high end mall! And by high end, I have never seen anything like.
So those pictures look fancy and all right? But nothing spectacular, just a nice looking fancy, shopping mall….until you make it to the bottom level.
I once had the pleasure of going to Venice Italy with my sister. It was an awesome trip (I will add a post on this blog eventually), and what makes Venice unique, is its roads are replaced by canals, and its cars are replaced by boats. So why am I bringing up Venice Italy in a blog post about Singapore? Well Marina Bay Sands decided to bring a little bit of Venice Italy to its shopping mall!
After exploring the depths of Marina Bay Sands, there was only one logical place to go next; to the top! By the top of Marina Bay Sands, I am talking about the ship on top!
At the top of Marina Bay sands, there are obviously some amazing views of Singapore, a restaurant, bar, and an amazing infinity pool! The infinity pool is the main reason why I want to go back and stay overnight in the hotel. Only guest can make it up to the pool, and its an infinity pool whose water goes straight up to glass at the edge of the building!
So I couldn’t go to the awesome pool, since I wasn’t staying at the hotel, but I could still go visit the top take in some amazing views and go eat at the restaurant and drink at the bar on the bow of the “ship” in the sky.
Late in the afternoon, there become a dress code to make it to the top of the hotel…. I wasn’t dressed fancy but I wasn’t in just a t-shirt either. My and my buddy waited in line, and hoped the bouncer would approve of our clothes and allow us to the top. I was going to be upset if I traveled half way around the world and couldn’t get on top of Marina Bay Sands, because of a damn shirt. Luckily my short sleeve Oakley button downed color shirt passed the test!
Going up the elevator I was super excited, and when we got to the top the anticipation did not disappoint, the views of the city were amazing!
Once we got to the top, I didn’t want to walk around, take picture and bounce. I really wanted to stay, experience Singapore from the top of the city and take it all in. So I convinced my buddy that we could in fact afford to eat dinner at the restaurant up there. We walked up to see if there were any available tables, since we didn’t make reservations we couldn’t get one on the edge with perfect views, but we were still able to get a great table and have an amazing experience.
When we talked to the hostess, she must have not thought we were as nicely dressed as the bouncer who let us up. She made sure to tell us there was a minimum we had to spend to eat up there…we decided what the hell, who knew when we would be back to experience this!
The glare in the picture hides my amazing sushi, so I of course took a picture of my awesome appetizer. Ordered the appetizer to make sure we met the minimum bill 😉
After dinner, it was time to go check out the bar at the bow of the “ship” and now that the sun went down the views were even more amazing!
Any time I am in any city for a few hours, I am instantly ready to go to the beach!
The beach is just a short hop from the city! The beach area in Singapore is called Sentosa Island, and there are a whole lot of activities on there! Bars, aquariums, hotels, beaches, clubs, and beautiful views! You can get there many different ways, but we opted to take the gondola!
The gondola ride was a great way to go to Sentosa Island, and our gondola had a super hero theme! I got a cool Batman mask to wear on the ride over! The gondola is great because you can some amazing views of the island and a great view of the Merlion.
The Merlion on Sentosa Island was our first stop. A Merlion is half Lion half Mermaid, and is a symbol of prosperity in Singapore. You can read more about the Merlion here on Wikipedia.
The Merlion on Sentosa is the biggest one in Singapore:
After checking out the Merlion, we decided to walk down to the beach. We took a beautiful green path all the way down with some cool art sculptures and water running down the center, thats one thing I will never forget about Singapore, how green it is.
The beaches are beautiful calm coves, with pretty much zero waves. They look like great areas for swimming but not for surfing. Its calm and peaceful and the perfect place to chill with a beer.
The beaches are beautiful but, Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the entire world. As a result the great big blue beautiful ocean, is covered with many many tanker ships.
If there was an endless view of view of tankers in the ocean, there is an endless view of bars on the beach! This is not necessarily a bad thing, the beaches still look pretty and the bars blend in well with the chill relaxing vibe. Tell me this bar doesn’t look beautiful all lit up at night:
The bar was great and relaxing, but I must have been there during the off season, because every bar on the island was pretty much dead. They all looked like they could be super fun hopping places during the summer, and I would love to come back when its a little more busy. It may not have been a hoping crowd that night, but I did find my favorite bathroom sign ever!
In my Hong Kong post, I mentioned they had a clean subway, and it was the cleanest subway I had ever been on…. that was until I made it to Singapore.
Not only is the subway in Singapore very clean, they have some awesome signs hung up that basically tell you to be a good person. They are signs promoting chivalry and I think its awesome! For example, I will introduce you to Stand up Sally!
The pictures a little blurry and you probably cant read it, but stand up sally in a jist is telling everyone to give up their seat if they see a pregnant lady or older person who is standing up. I think thats just great!
Overall I had a very short and limited trip in Singapore. I was able to cram a lot in, but my legs definitely paid for it, I speed walked pretty much everywhere. If you have been thinking of going to visit Singapore, just go! I can’t wait to plan another trip to go further explore this great big beautiful city!