My third trip to Singapore was a lot of fun. I’ve been to the Lion City twice before in 2014, the first time was with my old boss and my work colleagues, and the second time was with my husband, Adam. Both of those trips were short trips, and that was probably why I’ve always felt like I didn’t get to appreciate much of Singapore. However, this time since Adam’s dad and his family are coming to Bangkok for a holiday, Adam and I thought that it would be fun if we both take them to Singapore with us so they could see what other SEA countries have to offer. We stayed in Singapore for six days, and we were on our full tourist mode! We walked A LOT during this trip, made good use of the (amazing) public transportation, and got to see almost all the main city attractions and landmarks. By the end of the trip, I didn’t want to leave!
The air is fresh, the foot paths are all even out, and the commute around the city is a breeze.
Being from Bangkok where the city is notorious for its horrible traffic, disorderly/chaotic public transportation system and bad pollution, however bustling and full of life the city may be, it was just incredibly REFRESHING to be able to spend some time in the CLEAN, SAFE, and ORDERLY environment of Singapore. What I love most about Singapore is that there’s greenery everywhere, as lush trees line every road and every neighborhood, making you feel like you’re not stuck in a concrete jungle. The air is fresh, the foot paths are all even, and the commute around the city is a breeze. The efficient public transport system here is a dream! It takes just a couple of minutes, probably one hour max to get from one point to another on public transport. There’s a time board at bus stops telling you how long you have to wait for the bus, the MRT trains come every few minutes, and with just one EZ-Link card, you can use it on both the MRT trains and buses to get around the city. So yeah, I totally fell in love with the convenience and the stress free commute in Singapore. I guess the only two things I miss about living in Bangkok during my six days in Singapore are the endless choices of delicious food and how the overall daily expenses are inexpensive compared to many other countries (Singapore included), haha.
Without further ado, let’s see what we’ve been up to in Singapore below 🙂
Singapore trip: Nov. 10-16, 2016
Day 1: Kampong Glam / Merlion / Marina Bay / Gardens by the Bay
At Haji Lane, Singapore’s original hip neighborhood that’s filled with really cool boutiques, cafes, and bars. However, we went there a bit early so most of the shops were still closed. Oops.
I have a thing for these charming shophouses
Next stop, Marina Bay! It felt great to be back 🙂
Inside the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay
The impressive Cloud Forest, a 35-metre waterfall covered in lush vegetation. It is said to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall!
Finishing our first day in Singapore with the brilliant lights and sounds show of the Garden Rhapsody at the Supertrees. If you’re visiting Singapore for the first time, you cannot miss this!
Day 2: Chinatown / Littered With Books / Red Dot Museum / Clarke Quay / Light Show around the Marina Bay
Before we head off to Chinatown, we had our breakfast at Brawns & Brains, a cool little cafe near our hotel located at 100 Guillemard Road
Open face toast with slow cooked egg + grilled bacon and avocado! They also do some really mean coffee here too. No regrets coming here 🙂
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
After exploring a bit of Chinatown, we walked towards Littered With Books, a bookshop located at Duxton Hill that I starred on Google Maps
A two-storey shophouse turned bookshop, Littered With Books is a quirky, yet charming bookshop all bookworms need to visit. If you’re not in a rush to go anywhere, I highly recommend you to spend time browsing books here. They have books ranging from bestsellers, children’s books, young adult fictions, chick lits, literary classics, to thrillers.
I really like the whole vibe of Duxton Hill – the unique shophouses, hip boutiques, and cool bars. It was pretty quiet when I was there, even though it was on a Saturday. Maybe it’s better in the evening?
How cool is this co-working space?
A few minutes walk later, and we’re at Red Dot Design Museum
For lunch, we head back to Chinatown to Chinatown Food Street – I had Hong Kong fried noodles…it was alright haha
Strolling around Keong Saik Road to find a nice cafe with good coffee and bakery
After we had a little rest back at the hotel, we head off to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay to have a nice dinner and drinks. I personally like Boat Quay more than Clarke Quay, as the view of the river is nicer and just the overall vibe of it is more laid back
However, we ended up having dinner and beers at a Vietnamese restaurant called Little Saigon in Clarke Quay
Ending our second night with the light show at Marina Bay
I love these city lights! I can never get bored of this view
Day 4: Universal Studios Singapore
Fast forward to day 4 (on day 3 we went to Singapore Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road…somehow I didn’t take that many pictures), the day we’ve all been anticipating for…Universal Studios!! The first time I came here was with my old boss and work colleagues back in 2014, and I remembered how I absolutely loved the Transformers 3D ride. I was super happy to be able to come back here again this time with Adam, fully expecting that when we arrived to the theme park, the weather would be nice and sunny. But no. Out of all the days we were in Singapore, it rained ALL DAY when we went to Universal Studios. It wasn’t just light rain like other days either, but pouring rain for hours and hours. Luckily, the weather got a bit better in the afternoon, so we were able to go on the outdoor rides. Phew!
Lunch at Loui’s Signature Pizza – a giant tray of Hawaiian Pizza for the five of us!
As the rain started to die down, we headed to Puss in Boots Giant Journey for our first outdoor ride
We ended our visit to the theme park with Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon dueling roller coasters. I swear it was the scariest roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on in my life!
Although the weather on that day wasn’t as great as I hoped, but we still managed to go on all the big rides we wanted. We got to be kids again on that day, and it felt amazing!
Day 5: Tiong Bahru / Artistry
It was our last day in Singapore, and we felt like going to somewhere that was more slow paced and super chilled out. I read that Tiong Bahru is an upcoming hip neighborhood in Singapore filled with cool cafes, chic restaurants, and unique lifestyle shops, so we thought it would be a nice, relaxing way to end our trip by visiting this happening neighborhood.
First stop: BooksActually – a little quirky, independent bookstore filled with stacks of contemporary literature and local classics. Also, towards the backroom are eclectic knick knacks and stationery items to buy as gifts.
Right next door to BooksActually is Strangelets, a pretty cute select shop filled with interesting gift ideas for friends and family such as unique stationery items, cards, tote bags, home decor, and even jewelries. Personally, I think most of the stuff there are a bit pricey, but it’s still a nice little place to just have a wonder round.
Then we had our coffee break at Plain Vanilla Bakery. The hot Americano and brownie we had were lovely, and the overall vibe was super comforting and chilled out. I read that this place offers one of the best cupcakes in Singapore too.
Yong Siak Street, the little strip where all the above shops are located. To be honest, I found it quite strange how dead quiet this whole neighborhood was. I know it’s a residential area, but as it is home to a number of cool eateries, cafes, and lifestyle shops, you’d think the neighborhood would be lively with people. This is probably one of the main differences between Singapore and Bangkok, because everywhere you go in Bangkok, even if you’re in residential areas like Ari, Saphan Kwai, or Thonglor, the streets are always full of life with people, especially if there are street food stalls, restaurants, and cafes. Maybe next time when I’m in Singapore, I should come to Tiong Bahru during the weekends or in the evening?
Last stop in Tiong Bahru: Lunch at Tiong Bahru Club. The old school kopitiam vibe and charming decor of this place is totally Instagram worthy!
Kampung fried rice with satay chicken
In the evening, we went back to Kampong Glam for a nice dinner and drinks to end our last night in Singapore
We headed to Artistry, a cool cafe and art gallery that showcases local and international artwork on a weekly rotation
Adam and I ordered ‘Big Breakfast’ to share – two eggs scrambled, served with fried bacon, pork sausage marinated with craft beer, roasted tomato, mushrooms toasted sourdough, and wild rocket salad
Until next time Singapore! You were wonderful xoxo