Last Sunday we arrived home from Singapore and oh, what a trip it was! We were fortunate enough to spend a glorious 8 days there and I can safely say it was my favourite destination of the 5 that I have travelled this year (yep, surprised me to). I saw a quote the other day and it said "The first-time visitor should expect to be surprised, confused, and charmed" - I couldn't have put it better myself! I don't know why, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, last summer I visited Kuala Lumpur and I expected it to be similar, very business oriented and smoggy, but, alas, I was so wrong. Welcome to Singapore...
We arrived at 5.30am on a Saturday morning and I can't lie… the jet lag was hell! We landed feeling like we didn't know what day/time/year it was, after jumping in a taxi to our hotel; Wanderlust in Little India, we dumped our bags and headed out for some super early breakfast! Once our bellies were full (of the best Roti Prata - you have to try it if you're visiting Little India!), we opted for a 5 hour nap.. smooth move guys! Day 1 was kind of a write off as we dazed in and out of sleep and snacking on food, trying to work out what life was.
Let's fast track to day 2, as we arrived on the weekend and I wasn't officially set to explore Singapore until the Monday with my lovely guides from Your Singapore we decided to cure our jet lag by having some down time, sunbathing, sipping on fruit cocktails, eating our body weight in amazing Singaporean food and browsing the shops on Orchard Road. It was so nice to spend some quality time with Ben as we're both so busy back home, dreamy few days!
On the Tuesday morning I met my amazing guide Josephine in our hotel lobby for a packed day of sight seeing. First stop? Haji Lane! Voted the 'best boutique shopping' in Singapore by Conde Naste and well worth the visit! It kind of reminded me of the Wynwood Walls in Miami as it was packed with bright, colourful murals and art pieces on the walls (a very Instagrammable place according to my guide - so make sure you head their for blog snaps if you're visiting! We also wandered around Little India where I stopped for some Henna and Chinatown where we wandered the beautiful pastel coloured streets of Blair Road and Joo Chiat (another must for beautiful pictures… house #GOALS or what?!).
That afternoon we took a trip to the National Design Centre for a wander around and to take a closer look at Carrie K a jewellery designer, Carrie's uber cool studio was actually based at the National Design Centre! We went to take a browse around the showroom, absolutely loving the Morse Bling Collection! After a quick freshen up we headed to Gardens by the Bay for the evening, we started off wandering around the flower dome and cloud forrest before settling down to watch the Garden Rhapsody light show which you absolutely HAVE TO SEE! It's on daily from 7.45 & 8.45 and is free to watch! Everyone was laying on the floor beneath the super tree grove so me and Ben grabbed a spot, cuddled up and watched the light show (naturally my camera had been having far too much fun that day and the battery died!), but I'll cherish the memory forever! We rounded off our evening with dinner at Satay by the Bay followed by drinks at 1 Altitude which is the worlds highest al fresco bar - but I'm working on a food guide so I won't spoil that!
Day 5 was pretty chilled, we had checked into the lovely New Majestic Hotel the day before so I kicked off my day with a tour of the property (every room is completely different and has been designed by a different artist or designer… I'm in love!), I was also lucky enough to view the Hotel 1929 which is also a part of the Unlisted Collection (Aka INCREDIBLE boutique hotels in Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai and London!). After our tour we headed to the Wisma Atria shopping centre to catch up with the lovely Daniel Boey, fashion legend and guru, and brain child behind The 15th District which is well worth a read! That evening we dined at Candlenut and enjoyed some pretty darn amazing cocktails at Bincho but more on that tres soon!
Beautiful street murals at Haji Lane!
The bright & beautiful Little India!
Orchards at The Botanical Gardens!
DAY 6 & 7...
Thursday was a lovely chilled day for us, we caught up with Ben's friends and family and squeezed in an incredible lunch at our hotels Majestic Restaurant. We refrained from filling up too much on lunch as we spent the evening at Savour; a gourmet food festival hosted annually at Bayfront (they also host a wine festival which is on the 8th-11th of September this year!). If Savour co insides with your trip to Singapore then I would highly recommend a visit as the food is incredible (priced at around £3-£6 per dish, and it's free entrance!). We spent the evening tasting dishes and sipping on cider in the sunshine, and all of a sudden I found myself so excited for festival season back in the UK!
Friday had to be my favourite day of the trip, we kicked off the morning wandering around the stunning Botanical Gardens (the orchid garden is beautiful!!), I’d highly recommend a trip! Myself and my guide dined at the Corner House restaurant which was an exquisite restaurant based in the gardens grounds! I’ll be covering it in my food guide so keep those eyes peeled! After lunch we opted for a leisurely stroll around TANGS, exploring some incredible work from the fashion students (and a tad more shopping!).
After a quick change and makeover we headed to the beautiful Labrynth restaurant for some dinner, the food was absolutely to die for! That’s all I’m going to give away for now, more to follow in my guide! We ended our night with a trip to the night safari where we were fortunate enough to spot some giraffes, elephants and lions roaming about – it’s definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been to Singapore before!
On our last day we checked into Marina Bay Sands – the most incredible yet overwhelming hotel I’ve ever stayed in, with 2,651 rooms (yup, you read that right!), it’s a destination in itself, with a shopping mall, ice skating rink, rooftop bar and swimming pool and food court – it’s definitely worth a stay! The view from the pool alone is worth the trip, we went for a late night swim at 10pm and the views across the city at night were simply breathtaking!
We headed home at midday Sunday to catch our 13 and a half hour flight (ouch!). I left Singapore with a head full of wonderful memories and a heart full of love for this beautiful city - I already can't wait to return! Until next time Singapore...
Colour and vibrancy everywhere you look!
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