We left on Friday afternoon and were supposed to be reaching the country in time for dinner, but the airline gods finally caught up to me and handed us a 2-hour delay. We arrived at 9 PM, opting to head straight to the hotel instead of to one of Singapore many malls for dinner. Thank goodness there is a hawker centre close to our hotel. So my dad and I went in search for dinner as soon as we dropped off our luggage and came back with Prawn noodles, oyster omelette, a huge pile of Nasi Goreng, and 2 tall glasses of sugar cane juice, all of which were consumed within the confines our hotel room.
The sugar cane juice was what transported me to my last visit to the country. This was the visit where I hit all the must-sees, from Merlion to Jurong Bird Park and everything in between (think Sentosa Island, Night Safari, and all the malls and shopping centres). This time, my destinations were messily scrawled in my journal and food recommendations were given to me via WhatsApp. I did not have an organized itinerary and I was more than happy to figure things out as we go.
We started the next morning with breakfast in Little India: rose almond milk, coffee, a crispy dosa and two plates of roti with dal, eaten in an open air food court where the humidity is stiffling and it’s almost humorous that we were drinking steaming cups of liquid. After breakfast we walked through the neighbourhoods, taking in the hustle and bustle of the market, the colorful threads of flowers, and the variety of vegetables on display.
We walked by a colourful house with instagrammers and fashion bloggers posed and groups of travelers crouched down for a selfie, or a “wefie” as Asians say these days.
We made our way to the Marina Bay Sands complex, 3 apartments (hotels? I don’t really know) joined together at the roof with an infinity pool and a bar with no doubt the best view of the city. The building and the surrounding complex dramatically changed the look of Singapore skyline and was the biggest difference I noticed from my last visit.