I needed a breather and my friend Joy recently moved to Singapore from Switzerland. Perfect. So I visited, spent time with friends, and enjoyed this amazing country. I did the usual tourist-y stuff and took lots of pictures.
I was impressed. Singapore is clean and efficient. Service almost everywhere is excellent. It is a melting pot of cultures. It is the place to try delectable asian cuisine.
How to get there: Visit Philippine Airlines for flight schedules to Singapore.
Accomodations in Singapore: I stayed at Joy’s three-bedroom condominium while in Singapore. But this country has a wonderful selection of hotels. There’s the Raffles Hotel which I found very charming. Visit this site for a comprehensive list of Hotels in Singapore.
Transportation: It’s quite easy to go around the city. Cabs abound. They’re clean and cab drivers are courteous and friendly. Always wear your seatbelts while in the cab.
There are also buses, an MRT, and shuttle service from the airport. You may want to get the Singapore Tourist Pass for a hassle-free trip.
Things to do: There are many things and lovely places to discover in Singapore. Visit the Raffles Hotel, the Esplanade, and the Singapore Art Museum (which I did and tremendously enjoyed). Do not miss Orchard Road and Bugis street, just so you could say you’ve been there (haha) and do some extreme shopping. Try their amazing selection of asian cuisine. Go for a river cruise. And if you are up to it, go for a night safari.
You may also want to Discover Singapore on Foot (this is a book that provides maps of places to go on foot around the city, and descriptions of lovely little corners and wonderful places. We got a copy of this books at Harris). Joy and I tried the Kampong Glam route that started in Victoria street, we passed by quaint little stores and beautiful windows lined with palm trees in Bussorah street. If you ever go this way, visit Sleepy Sam Cafe. Absolutely charming. And then you may want to try Singapore Zam Zam for their famous roti at the end of this journey. This place is always crowded, though.
One more thing: Send a postcard to your friends and loved ones. The lady at the post office was very helpful. =)
Here’s more information about Singapore.