When I planned my round the world trip (the New Zealand one – don’t worry, I’ll get to my recent US/Canada trip sometime soon, maybe) I plotted my journey around a few of the brilliant people I’ve met over the years.
Arriving into Changi Airport at 7am, I freshened up in the spa and then shot to my home for the first night – the horizon dominating Marina Bay Sands. With only two nights to spend in Singapore I made sure to make every moment count, and dropping my bags off with the concierge, I took the 57 floor lift and enjoyed a breakfast with an incredible view.
I shan’t blather on too long about this hotel (well, this time, I’ll save that for a separate tome) because more excitingly…
Showing me around her new/old home of Singapore, she guided me around all of the classic tourist moments;
Admiring the Supertree grove, planted with 25-50 metre tall metals ‘trees’, structures threaded with real plants waving in the breeze.
From both near & afar!
We stopped in for a coffee, and wondered at one of the more magnificent mall decorations I’ve ever seen and the surprising addition of a Venetian canal.
We wandered around the bay, stopped by the MerLion (a “well-known marketing icon of Singapore depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish”) and enjoyed a sundowner cocktail at the Lantern bar in the Fullerton Bay Hotel overlooking the calm waters.
We stopped in for dinner at a local food hall and then ran back to Marina Bay Sands for a sunset swim.
The next morning (after an early night fighting off jet lag) I checked in the iconic Raffles hotel, a longtime dream of mine, and stopped in with Sarah for a Singapore Sling complete with peanut shells strewn on the restaurant floor.
She took me on a another mini-tour; nipping around the infinitely instagrammable Chimes Church and stopping for a shoefie.
I wandered into the original Singapore Cat Cafe (called Neko no Niwa) but it wasn’t my favourite that I’ve ever been into – it was lacking a little soul that we’ve been treated to in the past.
Searching for another coffee, we wandered into the magnificent Fullerton Hotel. It sounds like we spent a fair amount of time drinking and chatting, and quite honestly that was the absolute pleasure of our time together. We could have rampaged all over the island, but spending time with her Tennessee smile made my expat heart happy.
As the sun began setting on my last day, I met up with Dee – who took me to Platform 1094, a Harry Potter themed cafe. The food was excellent, the company delectable and my actual flaming Goblet Of Fire cocktail was brilliant.
I feel like our grins say it all…
But before my eyes became heavy lidded and I made my way back to Raffles…
…Dee and I took in a evening cruise covering Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. Seated on our bumboat, we taken back in time to when they were used as a means of transporting goods and cargo back in the early days of Singapore history.
Have you visited Singapore yet? It’s a fantastic stopover destination – especially with the Butterfly Gardens in Changi Airport.
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