#12Countries12Months: Part 5 – Singapore

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DAY 1-3...

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

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DAY 4-5...

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!

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Beautiful street murals at Haji Lane!

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The bright & beautiful Little India! 

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Orchards at The Botanical Gardens!

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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...

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Colour and vibrancy everywhere you look!

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Myself with the lovely Daniel Boey and his lovely colleague Audrey from The 15th District!

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Trying out the gourmet dishes at Savour 2016 food festival!

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Have you been to Singapore before? Did you love it as much as I did? Stay tuned for my culinary guide to Singapore!

 


*A hugeeeeeeeee THANK YOU to Your SingaporeSTB and my incredible guide Josephine for helping me to plan this amazing trip and experience so many wonderful things!

 

20 Comments

  1. Lizzie 24th May 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Oh my days Singapore sounds incredible, I kinda fancied it before now I cannot wait to book a trip there!

    Amazing post and photos, can’t wait to hear more!

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    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:35 am

      Ah thank you lovely! It honestly, was! If you get the chance to visit, I would highly recommend it! x

  2. Caroline 25th May 2016 / 10:33 am

    Ahh i’m SO jealous! We went to Singapore as part of our honeymoon last year, we only really went because it was a good place to break up the flight to Bali so didn’t really have any expectations, and absolutely LOVED it! We were there for 3 days, but I’m dying to go back again. I would genuinely say it’s one of the best places I’ve been in my life, and it was so unexpected like you said. I don’t even think we did half the things you did, so definitely an excuse to go back now. I can’t believe you didn’t visit Sentosa Island, so unexpected, if you go back you have to visit!! xx

    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:36 am

      Ahhh I know love I was so gutted we didn’t get a chance to visit Sentosa, it looks so beautiful! We are already planning our trip back next year so will 100% visit then! 🙂 I felt exactly the same love, it offered so much more than I ever expected and I loved it SO much! xx

  3. Sophie 25th May 2016 / 11:24 am

    Ahhhh it looks like you had such a fun time, I’d love to visit one day!
    Sophie Cliff

    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:36 am

      It was amazing thank you love, definitely do if you get the chance! x

  4. michenn 26th May 2016 / 3:56 am

    Your photos are gorgeous and I love how you wrote up your trip! That light show sounds amazing and something I wish I experienced the last time I was in Singapore. Really lovely post to read!

    michenn

    michenn OOTD Black and White

    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:37 am

      Ah thank you for your lovely comment! If you go back, definitely head to the light show – it was SO magical! x

  5. Ela 26th May 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip! All those macaroons looked so yummy and so colourful. I wonder where’s the next destination now 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:38 am

      It was incredible, thank you love! Eeeeep cannot wait to share it with you all! x

  6. Erin 28th May 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I love all the colours, and I love how we are in may and your set to complete your goal, this is incredible! I still love the white dress, its just beautiful 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Hayley 29th May 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thank you beautiful! Oh my god I know, how are we half way through the year already?! Thanks love – I’m obsessed with it! x

    • Hayley 31st May 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you love! Haha I know right?! <3 x

  7. Julie 29th May 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Let’s go back please! xx

    • Hayley 31st May 2016 / 2:33 pm

      UMMMM YES PLEASE JULES! <3 xx

    • Hayley 31st May 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Me too! Such a beautiful place! x

  8. Emma 2nd June 2016 / 9:32 am

    Amazing photos babe!!! Looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time! I’d really like to visit Singapore one day! Xx

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    • Hayley 7th June 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you lady! If you get the chance, definitely do = it’s bloody amazing! x

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