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My oh my. Singapore has changed so much since I last visited the city exactly 10 years ago! I don’t remember the experience as a first time visitor, I joined a tour group with a bunch of old and young folks of all ages from Hong Kong for a 4 day trip to Singapore and Malaysia, like all other tour agencies from Asia, the tour was frantic, tiresome and half of the itinerary were just pointless visits. And it was the city that gave me my first freckles. Tah Singapore!
Like Hong Kong, Singapore is known for its modern infrastructure, this tiny city is packed with dramatic architecture, gardens and parks, skyscrapers, shopping malls, clean I mean too clean! Chewing gum is banned there. Everything is efficient, and it’s very easy to get around using a taxi and metro. Singapore is a foodie’s paradise which offers huge choices of multi-international cuisines from English, Malaysian, Singaporeans, Thai, Chinese, Indian et al. If you’re a savvy foodie, Singapore is perfect for binge eating.
Before Christmas last year, I embarked on a short visit to Singapore to attend my close friend’s wedding. My sister May also joined me on the trip at the very last minute, we wanted to do our own things separately as I’ve had things planned which involved meetings, catching up with friends, networking, the wedding and post-wedding craziness…meaning to get drunk. First we checked-in at The Westin Singapore for an overnight stay before we moved to another district for a couple more nights. The sleek high-rise building is located in the financial district in Marina View, I chose this hotel because the wedding venue was a stone throw away. Our lovely Premiere Sea View Room featured their award-winning King-size Heavenly® Beds, layered with soft white linens, a plush duvet, a down blanket, and plump pillows – trust us, we slept very, very well in our jet-lag state of minds. The marble bathroom was our favourite part of the room, a floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea harbour, if you’re an early bird I highly recommend a long relaxing bath in a freestanding bath tub, drink tea and watch the golden sun break from the clouds. We had a scrumptious breakfast at Cook & Brew on the 33rd floor, probably one of the tallest buildings to have breakfast I’ve ever experienced with the magnificent views of the Marina Bay, I went for the Chinese style breakfast with a bowl of congee, some dumplings and other healthy options, May went for the full English. Last but not least, the infinity pool! Nestled on the top floor (level 35) of the hotel, the infinity offers mind-blowing panoramic views of the Marina and the city itself, we were unable to use their pool because we had to pack and check-out of the hotel. Wish we stayed one more night!
Please take me back to Singapore!
Top 3 must see places in Singapore:
1. Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay – A futuristic, Avator-like garden with impressive high ariel walkways suspended above ground.
2. Marina Bay Sands – A three 55 storey high towers with a ship-like (or a Stonehenge) infinity pool located on top of the hotel offering panoramic views of the city. Marina Bay Sands also houses a casino, spa, hotel, gardens, restaurants, jogging path, and shopping mall in the lower ground.
3. Louis Vuitton Island Maison – Louis Vuitton’s first island concept store on the water at the Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore is surprisingly hot and humid all year round, it’s a shock to the system to some people like myself, never mind your frizzy hair! If you’re a photo-savvy traveller, protect your camera gear with Silica Gel packets (found in sealed snacks, bags and shoe boxes) and store them in your camera bag at all times, these will help to absorb moisture and water vapour on electronic gear. I made a big mistake when I left my Canon zoom lense in Hong Kong for a few weeks when I returned to London, came back, I opened the lens cap and there you go, the len filter became a petri-dish filled with fungus. Thankfully the lens was saved by a trusty camera repairman in HK, there’s a lesson to be learned for all photographers, always carry silica gel packets at all in your bags and storage at all times!
Kit and sister May were guests of The Westin Singapore, thank you for accommodating us!