Though I have been to Singapore before, I have only ever seen the inside of its (very nice) airport whilst in transit. Given that two friends moved to the city last year, I used the Grand Prix in September as an excuse to stay with them as well as visiting somewhere much in need of being ticked off my hit list.
I found the city a complete delight, albeit one of the most humid places I have ever been. The people were polite and welcoming, the ludicrously cheap public transport worked and the sun was out ready to take a few snaps. (Please see below for this week's limited edition prints!) I loved having the chance to take pictures of a place that was both equally steeped in history, but ultimately modern and cosmopolitan. The city also afforded me the opportunity to eat well, drink even better and get caught in a biblical rain storm whilst watching Robbie Williams in concert. A true life experience!
Other highlights were the all you can eat buffet at the Fullerton Hotel on Sunday morning. This was a brunch that I will never forget: free flowing Perrier Jouet champagne, so much seafood that I felt like I could have been underwater and a cheese board that was akin to an altar. Oh, and Bloody Marys on tap to take the edge off a Singapore style hangover. (The humidity dehydrates you very quickly). Elsewhere, Haji Lane is a quaint street full of quirky shops and restaurants. Or visit Chinatown for a mad comparison with inexpensive food, like Satay Street and a smattering of other Hawker markets around the city.
A big thank you to my two tour guides, Mr R and Miss W who helped make this a trip of a lifetime.
PS. Please see below for my 'Singapore in Bullet Point Recommendations'.
- Grand Prix
- China Town
- Haji Lane
- Tanjong Beach Club on a Sunday
- Botanic Gardens
- Satay Street
- Raffles Bar and the quintessential Singapore Sling. Far too touristy for my liking.
- Singapore Flyer. Terrible location for any type of sight. Go up Marina Bay Sands for a drink instead.
- PS Cafe
- Fullerton Hotel, Sunday Brunch
- Chop Suey
- Din Tai Fung
Imperative Imbibation Establishments
- Fullerton Bay Hotel
- No1 Raffles Place
- Alley Bar, Emerald Hill