A one day tour of Singapore
09.05.2014 - 11.05.2014
I arrived in Singapore late Friday night and headed to Brittney's. After running into her on Gili Air, she had offered me her couch to crash on and to give me a tour of the city on Saturday. To start the tour, we took the bus to VivoCity, one of many major malls, and then walked the boardwalk to Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island is about as touristy as you can get, with a Universal Studios, Resorts World, zipline, etc. etc. We got brunch on one of the beaches, yes it was great to have an American breakfast, and then took the monorail back.
From VivoCity, we hopped on the subway to China Town. I wasn't much in the mood for browsing the hundreds of stands and thousands of trinkets, so t was a pretty quick trip. I then walked through the Buddhist temple, adding it to the list of religious buildings I've been to.
Our next stop was Marina Bay, home to the Marina Bay Sands. From the Merlion plaza, dozens of skyscrapers were visible, including the two tallest towers in town.
After Marina Bay, it was time for a nap, which proved essential to helping beat the coming jet lag. For dinner, we headed to Clarke Quay, another area full of shopping and restaurants, popular with tourists, locals, and expats alike. When we got there we went to investigate some live music and found a German bier garten celebrating Maifest. It definitely looked like German brews were being poured, but the beer maids didn't quite fit the stereotype.
To close out my day in Singapore, we walked further down the river to Boat Quay and Singapore's only locally owned microbrewery. The city looks amazing at night, lit up with a barrage of different lights. The brewery, Red Dot, serves green beer all year long. No its not died with food coloring. It includes spirulina, which is supposed to provide health benefits to the immune system. I wonder how many beers a week it takes to have an affect? I didn't try it. Instead going with their seasonal sauvignon ale, which was unique and pretty good.
It was then time to pack up and head to the airport, where I took another nap, since they don't allow you to check-in until 2 hours before the flight. According to the time when I landed in Seattle, only 4 hours had passed. Yet I had watched a movie, ate four meals, tasted 3 Japanese whiskeys, Blue Label, and Hennessy, made significant progress on a book, and slept. Magic.
Overall, it was an amazing holiday in Indonesia and I am glad I was able to see the sights in Singapore for a day. Especially with the amount of develop and construction they have, and my slight nerdiness for buildings. The trip included plenty of adventure, old friends, new friends, last minute plan changes, delicious food, and almost all was done in sandals. Hopefully I'll have some quick adventures while I am back in the northwest, before leaving for Malawi. Once that move happens, you can be sure there will be plenty of posts to come.