This blog must be revived! For a start, I’ve compiled a list of 15 memorable experiences from my trips to Singapore last year. It’s my favourite destination for a quick weekend getaway because of how easy it is to get there! Plus it’s always so much fun.
1. Art Science Museum
Cool place to visit if you are into art/culture. I visited two exhibitions in the past year, Mummy The Secrets of the Tomb and National Geographic 50 Greatest Photographs. Both were very informative and inspiring! Check out their Facebook page for latest updates on exhibitions.
2. Leisurely walk from Clarke Quay to Ann Siang Hill
Knowing that the downtown hip hangouts Clarke Quay, China Town and Ann Siang Hill are in close vicinity, I’ve decided to beat the afternoon heat and walk from my dorm at Clarke Quay to Maxwell Food Centre for some local delights. The street view along the way was amazing, plus it was a nice surprise to discover so many quirky shops and cafes at Ann Siang Hill. Victorious Smile.
When old meets new. The modern architecture of Park Royal Hotel (left) and an Indian Temple at Pagoda Street (right).
A Buddhist Temple in China Town.
3. Marina Barrage
Park strolls amid the city. Nice walk from Marina Reservoir to Marina Bay Sands. Caught a glimpse of sunset too! I visited on a weekend, the wide green fields were filled with Singaporean families, having picnics on their mats.
Sceneries along the way, I had a really good and relaxed time here.
4. Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island
The hip and happening beach hangout, with loud music from the row of pubs at the beach. Imagine a hot afternoon with a mug of ice cold beer, people-watching your day away. Forget about swimming or water sports, this is more like a lazy Sunday chill out or sun tan spot.
5. Gardens by the Bay
The Flower Dome was really impressive. I was there in December, the huge indoor garden was decorated with Christmas trees and teddy bears, how thoughtful!
The view of city was quite amazing from the Supertree Grove.
6. Haji Lane
“This tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, is a fashionista’s paradise. With very little fanfare, the collection of narrow shop-houses have, in less than a year, been transformed into an aggressively hip retail stretch recalling Le Marais in Paris or New York’s Meatpacking District.” – TIME
Hipster place to be.
7. Raffles Hotel
Lavish! Nice colonial style building, and they pride themselves on being the icon of Singapore. The Mint Museum of Toys is located right behind the hotel, seeing the great collection of vintage toys and and childhood memorabilia in the museum is an eye-opening experience.
8. Level 33, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
I love sky bars! This bar at the Level 33 (literally!) of the financial tower at Marina Bay Sands area is famous for its freshly brewed craft beer, and the panoramic view of Marina Bay.
I was here on a Friday evening, the place was filled with investment bankers and expats. Me and my girlfriends looked a bit awkward in this setting, the rare ladies in the house!
9. New Asia Bar
What’s an alternative to the always crowded 1Altitude or overpriced Ku De Ta? New Asia Bar.
A friend brought me here, knowing that I’m crazy over night views of city. The bar is at Level 70 of Swissotel Hotel. No open air decks like 1Altitude or Ku De Ta though. Give and take.
Didn’t know about their Sunday afternoons free public shows until a friend brought me here. Beautiful music! We hung around till evening and enjoyed the outdoor shows as well. Oh the love for arts and music!
11. Singapore Night Festival
Singapore Night Festival 2013 was a blast! Museums in the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct participated in the carnival and opened past midnight with music performances, shows etc. It’s an annual festival happening in August. Watch out for the next one! Although it could be a little crowded but it’s really worth visiting.
12. Books Actually
An indie bookstore at the Tiong Bahru Estate.
13. Right across the street, there’s Forty Hands, serving quality coffee.
14. Getting there
My preferred mode of transportation to Singapore is always Jetstar. Well the fact is a bus ride would be more economical in terms of time and money. But I just love taking flights. This is why:
The sparkly view you got from the plane’s window. Priceless.
Back then KLIA 2 did not exist, I enjoy having my flight taking-off and landing at a less-crowded and luxurious terminal. And Jetstar seemed like the only reasonably-priced option during then. Fan of airports!
Amazing art pieces at Changi Airport – The Social Tree (left) and the Kinetic Rain (right).
15. Staying in backpackers inn
Since I frequently travel solo, or with a bunch of young and adventurous friends, I always book dorms in the Clarke Quay area. They are affordable, convenient and fun! But my policy is always to book capsule-styled dorms as I value privacy. One night would cost about RM80 – 120, it’s the cheapest form of accommodation in Singapore, perfect for single traveller.
Picture shows (left) Bunc Radius Clarke Quay and (right) Woke Home Capsule Hostel.
I’ve bunked in Bunc Radius Clarke Quay twice, the first time wasn’t a good experience as they gave me the top bunk which I didn’t quite like. But the second time was a pleasant experience, and the lady at the counter recognized me. Very good location, 7-11 across the street and walking distance to MRT and Clarke Quay’s nightlife. Complimentary breakfast provided in the common area.
A few shop lots away from Bunc Radius, there is Woke Home Capsule Hostel. They provide a mini TV in the capsule which I hardly watched as they only showed 2 channels. The mirror was pretty useful though. The toilets are more spacious in Woke Home, however, I tend to like Bunc Radius better.
The common area of Woke Home Capsule Hostel is very cosy and vibrant, with complimentary all-day breakfast.
This one time I decided to be extra-adventurous and tried another location – the Bunc Radius Little India, since I read reviews that rooms are bigger and nicer. However I didn’t quite like the area, not much going on around and it’s quite a long walk to the MRT station. Clarke Quay will still be the better area to bunk in, speaking from experience.
Finally coming to an end for this extra long post. Proud face. Will be doing another post on FOOD in Singapore. Stay tuned!