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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
7. Spectacular views of skyscrapers. The views of downtown are literally breathtaking. Mad props to the architects.
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.
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.
10. Drinking from a public water fountain. Unheard of in Vietnam.
So to summarize: I liked Singapore.