6/25/15

Singapore




We have just returned from our trip to Singapore. We had an amazing time there! The flight from Pudong to Changi Airport with Singapore airlines was about 5 hours. Surprisingly, the flight was really good - nothing to complain about. :-)

Singapore is very different compared to other Asian cities I've been so far. It is very clean and very western. People there speak perfect English! There are many malls and high buildings (as almost everywhere in big Asian cities) but still a lot of green space. There is also a beach called Sentosa, but unfortunately we couldn't make it  there... we didn't have enough time :(. The only thing that bothered me during our stay was the heat and humidity. It was partly so hot and sultry that I felt soaking wet! The strong thermal shock when you enter a mall or restaurant is extreme! I was freezing inside the malls…it's really not  difficult to catch a cold.

We were a total of four days in Singapore and stayed at two different hotels. Once at Pan Pacific Singapore and at the famous Marina Bay Sands. I would recommend both hotels anyway. Very good location - metro station, malls and restaurants are all within walking distance.  On the third day we moved to Marina Bay Sands. I was shocked when entered the Foyer… I felt like being at a train station!! So many people with luggage were roaming around. Super busy - all seemed quite impersonal. But once we made the check in and went to our room - everything was fine!  The view we had from our room was amazing - looking straight on to the gardens by the bay. The Rooftop pool on 57th floor, of course, is the highlight of the hotel and in my opinion a must see when visiting Singapore :-) You will see on the pictures. However, the pool is only accessible for hotel guests, but right next to it is a restaurant that everyone can visit.

We made a hop on-hop off city bus tour on our first day. The route went along at the usual tourist spots like little China & India, Marina bay, ferris wheel etc. We got off the bus at the Botanical Garden. The orchids there are incredibly beautiful! I loved it!
We then drove on and did some shopping on Orchard Road. There you will find everything your heart desires - luxury brands and normal stores. But once again, I realized that most things are more expensive than in Europe, at least the luxury brands. H&M and co is about the same.

Since my birthday was last Friday, my husband surprised me with a special dinner at the restaurant Stellar. The food was delicious and the location is quite nice. We had a great seat by the window with a splendid view. After that, we went to the 1-Altitude bar on the 62nd level right above the restaurant.  Try the Altitude Affair cocktail!Really good! You should definitely go this bar, as you will have the best view of the entire city. The food at the restaurant is more on the pricy side - 3 course menu for about 95 Singapore dollars. You'll get drinks at the bar for about 25 Singapore dollars.

The Gardens by the Bay are truly exceptional. It totally reminds me to the movie Avatar. You should go there at night to admire the brilliant play of changing light colors. It is free to enter the Supertree Grove - but if you want to see the Flower Dome you have to pay entrance fee.

After a late night walk through the gardens, we went to the casino next to the Marina Bay Sands. Bring your passport, as you have to show it at the entrance. It doesn't cost to get in as a tourist, only Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents have to pay entrance fee.  It was fun to watch all the Asians while gambling. I tried roulette and the slot machines - and yes, I was lucky and won some money ;-)!










Another popular - but very touristy spot is Clark Quay. There are many bars and restaurants.  In the evening there is a lot going on. We went for a walk in the afternoon and ate "Reef and Beef" a la Hot Stone at a restaurant. 




Awesome breakfast on the 57th floor - Marina bay sands. 


The famous infinity pool on 57th floor - Marina Bay Sands. 



Some random shots I took while walking around in Singapore.