There is more to Singapore than its modern urban architecture. It’s full of colorful and art-inspired roads, too. Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood has become a trendy Instagram spot for its artsy stores and technicolor street walls. Located only 10-15 minutes walk from the MRT Bugis station, this tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, offers a great number of local boutiques, creative handmade stores, hip cafés, and friendly pubs – all strikingly attractive that will catch your eyes at first sight. It’s also a great place to hang out with your friends too, which is why I spent the afternoon there catching up with a friend who is working in Singapore. Aside from looking for creative larger-than-life street art (and most likely taking photo ops with it), we also checked out a unique coffee shop in the area, Selfie Coffee, where I took a selfie and had it printed on top of my iced latte! The selfie drink concept is said to have originated from Taiwan and then various coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore adopted the idea. Sipping an edible photo (your face) on top of the drink was a weirdly interesting experience. Just be careful not to spill the drink! :p
Located next to the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s 21st-century botanic garden is a fantasy land of glass domes, alien-like Supertrees, and elevated walkways. The first time I visited Singapore 4 years ago, I only saw the Supertrees from afar. This time, I made sure I’ll go up close the iconic trees and marvel inside the futuristic glass gardens! Gardens by the Bay is actually one of Singapore government’s initiatives to transition from being known as The Garden City to A City In A Garden. I must admit, I was impressed with how the Supertrees were built and how it came to be another attraction to see in Singapore. Both the two indoor gardens were impressive as well. The Flower Dome replicates the Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the even more astounding Cloud Forest (the highlight of my visit to the Gardens by the Bay) is a tropical montane affair complete with a mesmerizing man-made waterfall.
For the kids and the young at heart, a visit to Universal Studios is a must in Singapore. Like any other Universal Studios theme park, the park boasts world-class amusement rides, impressive architecture and countless hours of fun and excitement. Upon arriving at about 9:00am, we could already see a swarm of people buying tickets and taking their spots in the queues. It really is a wise decision to get the tickets beforehand or buy online.
When I heard that you can try the skydiving experience (sort of) in Sentosa, I immediately booked a slot online! iFly Singapore is one of the new attractions in Sentosa Island. It is the world’s largest indoor skydiving simulator . It’s also a great full body workout and a great experience to add on your bucket list when in Singapore!
Here’s a travel diary to revisit the highlights of my Singapore trip this year. I previously wrote blog entries for my Singapore trip last April 2013 but then again there was the problem with my site servers. Lesson learned: Be sure to do a monthly back-up! Singapore is indeed one of the hottest tourist destinations in Asia. Even their Changi Airport (which is my favorite airport by the way) is already a must-see destination if I may add. Indeed, I enjoyed my trip to Singapore with my mom and sister Kyla and will definitely go back there when given the chance! So here are the highlights of my trip to Singapore.
Best airport in the world? It is definitely a YES for me. You can do (and see) a lot of things in this beautifully-designed airport and most of them are all for free! It was a good decision that we allotted our last few hours (and our first few hours as well) in Singapore here in the airport and you should do too.