10 Things I Liked About My Trip To Singapore

I was going to write an in depth entry about the history, culture, and rapid growth of Singapore, but then I got lazy. Besides, Mike has already done this and I am pretty sure what he wrote is better than anything I’d come up with. So check out his blog, http://mike-alongthemekong.blogspot.com/,  if you are interested. Singapore has such an interesting story and Mike does a great job telling it! So instead I’m going to provide you a list, complete with photos, of “10 Things I Liked About My Trip To Singapore.” Here we go!

1. SHOPPING!!! Wow. I haven’t been to a place that has nearly as many shopping centers as Singapore does. They also have some of my favorite stores: Uniqlo, Topshop, Gap, Steve Madden, etc. I literally could not contain my excitement when exploring all the shopping malls.

The ION Shopping Center, a new and massive underground mall

Inside Orchard Central, welcome to shopping in the future

2. Public Transportation. I have a weird obsession with taking the subway so I had a field day while in Singapore. The subway system was organized, clean, cheap and efficient.

Kallang subway stop near our hotel

The subway is so fun!

3. Clean and wide streets. The streets are so narrow, crowded and dirty in Vietnam. What a breath of fresh air to see the streets in Singapore. Their civil engineers deserve a raise!

One side of the street has four lanes...FOUR LANES! Good luck finding that in Vietnam.

4. Use of the English language. People speak English well. Signs and menus are in English. There are also English bookstores. Needless to say we spent a rainy afternoon browsing through a Borders on Orchard Rd.

Borders on Orchard Rd.

5. Seeing The Bad Plus at the Esplanade. They played a great show and it made me feel like I was back home seeing them in NYC. The Esplanade is also a beautiful venue that overlooks the downtown skyline and the Marina Bay Sands.

Front of the Esplanade

The Bad Plus playing the Mosaic Music Festival at the Esplanade

6. Drinking a fresh Singapore Sling while overlooking the downtown skyline. So what if it cost me twenty Singapore dollars. Sometimes you gotta go big or go home.

Sipping on a delicious Singapore Sling

7. Spectacular views of skyscrapers. The views of downtown are literally breathtaking. Mad props to the architects.

Buildings downtown...and do you see how a couple posing for wedding photos snuck into the photo?

Same buildings, different view, no bride and groom

So cool it looks fake

8. The Marina Bay Sands. Architecturally, the Marina is one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. In addition to the hotel the Marina offers a casino, celebrity restaurants and a gigantic shopping mall complete with an indoor ice skating rink.

Marina Bay Sands at night

Inside the Marina Bay Sands hotel

9. Being a nerd at the Singapore National Museum. I really enjoyed some of their temporary exhibits, especially one called “Eating on the Street” that examined the lives of Singaporeans from the 1950’s – 1970’s through street food sold by hawkers. Their permanent exhibit on Singaporean history came along with a fantastic audio guide and I learned a lot about how a busy trading port turned into one of the most advanced cities/countries in the world.

Singapore National Museum

10. Drinking from a public water fountain. Unheard of in Vietnam.

Public Water Fountain in seven different langauges!

So to summarize: I liked Singapore.

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2 responses to “10 Things I Liked About My Trip To Singapore

  1. I hear that civil servants in Singapore are paid pretty well – and it’s considered cooler there to go be a teacher or road planner or whatever (compared to the bad rap that public workers get in the US).
    Looks cool – I’m jealous that that you got to see the Marina Bay Sands. It’s supposed to be fancy on an epic scale!

  2. Lindsay

    Hi Amy, my name is Lindsay and I’ll be heading to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh for the LanguageCorps program in October! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog so I can get an idea of what to expect once I’m there. Your photos of Singapore are wonderful! Even the night time shots! Can you please let me know what kind of camera you have? I’m shopping around and am finding it hard to find a camera that takes decent night time photos. Feel free to e-mail my personal e-mail if you have time. lcliden@gmail.com.

    Thanks! 🙂

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