Before visiting the island city-state, of Singapore, I was told that everything here was exceedingly expensive. This destination certainly reminded me of Mumbai on all levels and it’s just as expensive as that or just a little more. Although, luck had it and this trip turned out to be my first sponsored invite (International) as a tourist and blogger. A perfect chance to visit Asia’s famed multicultural, financial centre with Joshi Daniel, one-of-the-most renowned Travel photographer and Influencer of India.
Then again, travelling in Christmas month has its own wicked charm. Needless to say, Changi Airport was decorated with numerous glittering trees and diversions.
The onward journey from the Airport to the Marina Bay Cruise Center introduced me to some of Singapore’s most marvellous attributes. The first impression was an integrated vision of the 18th-century colonial core centres, grand buildings, and other futuristic attractions. (Like that in Mumbai, only, Singapore is far cleaner)
Singapore is a Futuristic city with Green Skyscrapers and Organic Ecosystems
Other than the skyscrapers veiling the wide skylines of Singapore, it’s, in fact, a green city. There are plenty of jungle bridges, wildlife sightings, nature trails, and Unesco World Heritage-listed sites in Singapore.
In fact, Botanic Gardens is one such nature-inspired site worth exploring. Likewise, for an up and close experience with sea life, head to the Underwater Museum in Sentosa.
Dishing up Singapore’s Scrumptious Meals
Okay so when it comes to the food, I have to admit that Singapore is an Island of feasting. Those bowled over by Asian cuisine will line up everywhere, from the hawker style stalls, coffee shops, to the fancy Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants. Notably, travel influencers love to Insta, and tweet the hell out of these dishes! My first meal in Singapore was at 328 Katong Laksa, a Michelin-restaurant serving authentic Singaporean food. They are famous because they defeated Gordan Ramsay, in hawker styled food competition in 2013.
I tasted the Large Laksa, which is a noodle soup served with fresh seafood (mussels and fish) in coconut based curry. They tasted so delicious that I bought several packs of premium packed laksa before departing Singapore. Joshi ordered for a Nesi Lamak, which is a Malay speciality. This one is an aromatic rice and fish dish, cooked in pandan leaf and coconut milk. It must have tasted really good because he finished it in no time. All in all, a feast of a lunch for $17 on the first day in Singapore.
I paired my meal with a fresh and creamy Thai Coconut, while, Joshi got himself a fresh lime beverage. 328 Katong Laksa was also the place where I connected with 2 other travel influencers from Australia and Malaysia. An interesting journey was awaiting our presence and there couldn’t be a better way to start it than this wonderful lunch meet.
Seeking Retail Therapy in Singapore? No Problem!
Singapore is a paradise for shoppers! Duck inside a mall and spoil yourself to high-street brands, fashion houses, and discount outlets. Head out to local neighbourhoods for less expensive boutiques, and markets. In free time, explore the unique art galleries or stores that sell Persian carpets and authentic Chinese medicine.
Singapore evolves you as a person
Singapore, is Asia’s top tourist destination, near Malaysia, benefitting from the melting pot of both Malaysian and Chinese cultures. A city-state, where people experience a radical change, evolving with each opportunity presented to them. Therefore, leave no stone unturned to discover new places, cuisines, or an incredible culture trip through ancient heritage. Sparking in its own light, Singapore, is also the safest city-state, for solo travellers.
Getting around, is certainly, easy in Singapore
Use the wide network of cabs available, or take the world’s most efficient public transport system. Either way, the journey will be comfortable and fast. The only drawback could be the language barrier for directions in the cabs.
To avoid such an issue, keep an offline map ready on your GPRS pointer. Begin your sightseeing by exploring temples in Chinatown before lunch! Thereafter, visit the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer (largest Ferris Wheel in the world) and the Gardens by the Bay at night for a unique sighting.
For those interested in visiting Universal Studios, must keep one entire day aside for the widespread attraction. On any other day, you can pair up a trip to Madame Tussauds, Pandan and Botanic Gardens, Underwater World, and Tree Top walk. Been here already? Share your pro tips and hacks with us!