Obsessed. It’s the only way I can describe how I feel about Singapore.
After a long journey from Tioman Island, we felt exhausted and couldn’t wait to just get to our hotel and crash. We arrived at our hotel, The Parkroyal on Pickering, and the whole building and design was just pure luxury. Waterfalls as you walked in, rooftop infinity pools and my personal favourite, automatic controlled blinds in your room. Yes, I am easily pleased…
The excitement to explore Singapore had well and truly kicked so, we got freshened up and got out. Our hotel was located a 2-minute walk from Clarke Quay, which is a popular hub of restaurants, bars and clubs all situated along a fairylight-lit canal. We chose to eat on one of the floating restaurants and got to cook our own food on a hot-stone. Obviously, I got far too into the cooking – I really need to tone down the Masterchef obsession.
As usual, we chose to use the metro to get from place to place. One of the biggest positives of Singapore is how clean it is, I have never been to such a clean place before. It makes such a difference because everywhere looks so fresh and new – other places need to take note!
Sentosa Island was our first stop of the day. We rode the cable-cart over the river to capture all of the aerial views – yet again, scaring Joel to his wits-end with something height-related, ha. Sentosa is brimming with things to do, from: Universal Studios to Casinos to Madame Tussauds, to a giant man-made beach full of sunbathers, picnickers and game-players! You can even take a walk to the Southern-most point of Central Asia (a cliché photo-op with the sign). We spent the morning at Universal Studios, indulging in the movie-magic and the rides, and then rounded the visit off with purchases from the enormous sweet shop – E-number heaven!
The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are definitely two places to visit! It’s so amazing to see their complex eco-systems and how they can recreate elements of rainforests for you to explore.
At night, Singapore’s electricity bill must rocket. The Sky Garden lights up like some futuristic utopia, it is mesmerising. It reminded me of something from Avatar and you can take a walk along the skywalk that overlooks the Marina Bay Sands – the tallest and most luxurious hotel and mall in Singapore. Even as I write about it, I still feel excited because you just don’t know where to look to take it all in.
We had booked a table at Sen of Japan in the Marina Bay Sands for our last meal. The restaurant bordered the Marina Bay where you can watch the “Spectra” light and water show. It’s slightly pricey here but the food was up there with the best I’ve ever had! We ended the night with drinks at the Marina Bay Sands Sky bar. The music is booming, and the altitude sends the drinks straight to your head. Or maybe it was just Joel and me?
We spent our final day shopping in Chinatown, having a dabble in the Marina Bay Casino and taking a spin on the Singapore flyer to capture the views of the F1 course and the entirety of Singapore. The casino was next-level with its tables filled with multi-millionaires betting figures higher than I could even count to, and robots serving you drinks. Yes, ROBOTS! As for the Formula 1 course, this was top of Joel’s list to visit and the amazing security guard let us (secretly) go onto the track – it’s safe to say Joel’s day was made!
My mind was completely blown by Singapore and it took top spot for a place I’d like to live once I’ve finished university. Got to dream big, right…?
“Singapore is the happiest place in Asia” – Dan Buettner
Parkroyal on Pickering
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com – 9.1
Marina Bay Sands
Gardens by the Bay
Sen of Japan