On a vivid Tuesday morning in June, as our plane descended into this gorgeous city of Singapore, my heart yelped a jubilant scream inside. Singapore has always been in my to-travel list since my childhood. The glamorously tall urban landscapes have always fascinated me. This trip was more special to me as I was travelling with my Mum and Dad after a very long time. I was very much looking forward to it.
Where I stayed:
Our stay was booked with Hotel Ramada Zhongshan Park in Baleister road. The hotel was pretty inviting and well done with interiors. Albeit the rooms being a tad bit small, it never compromised on our comfort. If you are travelling on a budget along with the family and you don’t wanna stay in any backpacker hostels, then this place would be a pretty good choice. The hotel offered a wide breakfast spread including Indian cuisine which was more than fulfilling.
Places I visited:
Gardens By the Bay:
Tall man made tree like structures stand aloft in the midst of the city near Mariana Reservoir. These vertical gardens are famously called as the Super-tree Groves. When in the night these groves shine bright with the luminous lighting and music, which is such a bewitching spectacle called as Garden Rhapsody.
There are two conservatories for which the visitors must buy tickets to visit and it costs around $28 per person. Even though it is a bit over-priced it is absolutely worth it.One such beauty is the Flower Dome. This conservatory comprises of thousands of different plants from Mediterranean and other regions like Australia, South America and South Africa. My favourite part in this dome was the Succulent Garden where variegated Succulents were at display. This was indisputably a Succulent lover’s delight.
I indubitably have no words to correlate the ardor and exuberance that I experienced when I entered this conservatory. It is an intricate waterfall like structure camouflaged with Orchids,Ferns, club mosses and many other epiphytes. It consists of different levels each with their own unique themes such as The lost World, Crystal Mountain, Waterfall View, The Cloud forest Gallery, Cloud Forest Theatre and The Secret Garden.
Laser display at the Marina Bay Waterfront invites many tourists at night. But Garden Rhapsody was an absolute stunner for me.
Universal Studios at Sentosa Island:
This place is for all the adventure and thrill seekers. The only theme park were I managed to try most of rides except for two(Topsy-turvy ones) was here. Revenge of the Mummy was indeed the best ride I have ever been on. Other few rides were Enchanted Airways, Puss In Boot’s Giant Journey, Rapids, canopy Flyer etc.,
Mount Faber line took us to this beauteous island filled with activities and sight-seeing. Sentosa can be reached through other means of transport as well. Faber line is most popular, as it allows you to admire the beauty of Singapore from a bird’s eye view. Our ticket allowed us to visit 5 attractions on this island. We chose Madam Tussaud’s, S.E.A aquarium with Royal Albatross, Tiger Sky Tower. We were very keen to get onto Mega Adventure Park, GoGreen Segway and the Wings of Time Show. But time played the villain in our case. Also just a day at Sentosa is not really enough to cover all of it, as the time to get to each attraction is determined by how quickly one can decode the map of the island(Sigh).
When in Singapore, be an Indian(I just rephrased the famous saying, how clever!). That is exactly how I felt when I entered this tiny town called the Little India. Predominantly inhabited by Tamil speaking locals, here one can find arrays of Jewellery shops, restaurants with people waiting outside to invite you in, lined along either side of the road. As we walked through the street we were amazed at how strikingly similar it was to any other streets in India. Thronged only by Indians who have migrated to Singapore, here one can find all kinds of Indian food from Idlies(Rice cakes) at Murugan Idly kadai(shop) to Kailash Parbat, Anjappar and many more. As suggested by my Sister-in-Law’s friend we decided to have our dinner at Khansama Tandoori Restaurant. Delicious North Indian Curries and Rotis were served and we loved every bite of it. Definitely worth a visit.
One of the other important place to be never missed in Singapore is the renowned Chinatown. It comprises of multitude of historical elements which we could not visit due to time constraints. Albeit, we decided to visit the Food street here for dinner. This place comes to life mostly in nights, where thousands of tourists as well as the locals horde the many restaurants and the food stalls sprawled across the street. There are tables and chairs laid out in open air and food is cooked live in front of us. As few members in my family preferred vegetarian, we ended up going to a restaurant which served veg fried rice. I got to try the most famous Singapore Chilli Crab. Honestly I am not a big crab fan and hence I did not find it as delectable as it was hyped. This was altogether a very dandy experience.
My first ever clubbing experience I would say. My little brother, not so little anymore, wanted to go clubbing in SG(Singapore). Most of the clubs here have a strict age limit of 21+. We had to trawl through the Internet to find one with 18+ age limit. Zouk is one such club. The best thing was it being Ladies night that day and hence the men in our crowd enjoyed free drinks in our name. We danced for sometime, were I got to watch my Husband;s moves for the first time. Even though I had a good time, clubbing is not in my particular interests as the loud thudding of music deters me. For all the young club lovers out there this pub is a must visit as it comes to life only after 12 am.
It is absolutely wondrous and incredible on how such a small city can hold such luring attractions which are mostly man-made, and how well disciplined and strict they are about their country’s rules and cleanliness. It is stupefying on how they have evolved themselves from a country solely used for trading by British to such a huge technology and financial hub that they are now. Singapore, you marvellous wonder! I am coming back for more.