How we spent 2 days in Singapore
We must have been to Singapore a dozen times in our lives, but sadly we had never ventured out of Changi airport. Changi is probably my favourite airport in the world, but after spending 48 hours in Singapore I wish I had sacrificed the times spent in the sports lounges and butterfly gardens, and ventured out of the airport earlier!
After 3 weeks in The Philippines we were super keen to get back to a first world country. The Philippines were great, don't get me wrong, but were looking forward to reliable electricity, warm showers, and Brit had a craving for avocado on toast!
From the minute we landed we were impressed by the efficiency and cleanliness of the city. A brisk 20 minute taxi ride (with a meter!) on a pristine highway had us smack bang in the middle of the city for $20, not bad. We stayed with our friends Elise and Marty in Robertson Quay. Despite a full day of transit we decided to make the most of our short time in Singapore and went straight to Haji Lane to find ourselves a pub. Haji Lane is a trendy little strip of pubs and cocktail bars where we enjoyed a few beers standing in the lane. There is a really cool vibe at Haji Lane, which could be due to the huge number of expats whom were celebrating the end of another working week. As tends to happen when you catch up with mates in a foreign country, a "few" beers turned into a few too many. Travelling alone for the past few weeks had us pretty keen to socialise. We ended up in a quirky little cocktail bar called Bar Stories until about 4am. Bar Stories is one of the original Singaporean cocktail bars and are famous for their 'bespoke bevys'. Rather than ordering drinks of a menu or cocktails you are familiar with, you simply order with the flavours you like. For example, Marty ordered something "Gingery and spicy". These were by far the best cocktails we've ever had! No night out is complete without a stop off at a fast food store, however in Singapore its a bit easier - Marty ordered us 40 chicken McNuggets and cheeseburgers as we jumped in a taxi - they arrived at our doorstep about 10 minutes later. Brit and I Couldn't believe it! Food delivery is massive business in this country.
Our hangovers were cured with coffee and a 'bunwich' (breakfast burger) at the cafe across the street from our condo, before heading off to Gardens by the Bay. Sitting on 250 acres of reclaimed land, this enormous nature park is part of a strategy of the Singaporean government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". We spent a fair bit of time in a conservatory called the Cloud Forest. This conservatory replicated the cool, moist conditions of a a tropical mountain 1-3km above sea level. We're not generally that interested in plants, but this was pretty cool! The pictures of the plant mountain and the surrounding walkway below do not do this place justice.
We spent the afternoon and evening doing what we do best - eating and drinking. Our first stop was Level 33, the worlds highest urban craft beer brewery in the world. Most people head to Marina Bay Sands to get views of Singapore, however the advice we got from our local friends was to skip the crowds and head to Level 33, where we had better beer, no entry fee, and better views! Craft beer, cocktails, great food, and spectacular views - need I say more?
In typical Singapore style, as we left Level 33 we ordered some food online at the same time as our uber. Turns out our cheese platter beat us home! After cooling our body temperature in the pool, while enjoying some cheese and drinks, we went looking for the local hawker market for dinner. The hawker markets are where most of the locals eat. It's very similar to the Hawkers markets in Malaysia, where people sit together and order from all the different street vendors on offer. We got through as much food as possible, all for about $4 a head.
Our next stop on the culinary tour was Elise's workplace - Facebook. I had asked Elise if it was possible to have a tour of her office as we had heard so many good things about working for Facebook. We were not disappointed! Facebook staff have it so good! We spent a few hours "working" at Facebook - i.e. playing table tennis, virtual reality computer games, and snacking on the copious amount of free snacks and drinks. After some chocolate, mango chips, a protein bar, a Yakult, a beer, and a sparkling Ribena, my stomach was telling me it's time to go home.
Sunday morning, before our afternoon flight, we jumped in an Uber over to Koon Seng Rd. This strip of colourful houses plays host to many Asian movies. We got our obligatory photos, before heading on a walk back along the river to Robertson Quay. Before we knew it, our time in Singapore was up, and we were packing our bags to our next destination - Sri Lanka!
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