After visiting Singapore, I’ve decided that Singapore is the cleanest country in the world. Yes, I think it’s even cleaner than Vancouver! I guess it’s because of the strict law that prohibits people from smoking, chewing gum and littering in public. I also heard that if you forget to flush the toilet in a public bathroom, you can be fined $500. The list goes on and I’m sure if you google Singapore’s laws – you’ll find an endless list online just for maintaining the cleanliness of the country. I’m not trying to scare you folks away from visiting this amazing country, but my point is that when you plan to visit another country, it’s always a good idea to look into the local laws and customs. I always do and so, I knew beforehand.
I visited Singapore awhile back and you know a day is NEVER enough for exploring and sight-seeing. I flew in from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and I immediately did not want to waste any time. The first spot that I wanted to visit was The Merlion.
The Merlion is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit, with over one million visitors a year, so I had to check it out myself. This famous lion’s head and a body of a fish icon is the mascot of Singapore, which stands tall at 8.6 metres high and weighs over 70 tonnes.
There are five official Merlion statues in Singapore: Sentosa Island, Mount Faber, Tourism Board of Orchard Spring, One Fullerton and Merlion Park. This Merlion is located at One Fullerton, which was 10 minutes away from where I stayed.
I stayed at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel and it was less than a five minutes walk to many shopping centres. There were so many shopping centres around this hotel to choose from, so I asked a local to recommend a centre for me.
Paragon Mall was where I headed off to – it’s an upmarket shopping centre on Orchard Road, a 20-storey shopping centre designed by Kumpulan Berhad. I was there mainly for the delicious food and then I spotted Nike, so I had to take a photo with the logo.
I ordered a bowl of Singapore Fishball Soup and a plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice (not pictured). I’ve always wanted to try these two dishes in Singapore!
A meal is not complete without desserts. I ordered Taiyaki, which is a fish-shaped cake with red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. You can also choose other fillings such as custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. My all time favourite is red bean, so of course, I went with the classic.
I then saw a long line at Garret Popcorn Shops and thought to myself, “What so great about their popcorn?”. Then I tried their Caramel Crisp and OMG – it was one of the best popcorn I’ve ever had! It was probably also one of the most expensive popcorn I’ve ever purchased too!
Another place that you should visit in Singapore is Marina Bay. It’s a great place to see Singapore’s landscape and architectures, especially this famous five stars hotel that’s known for their “three ultra-modern high-rise buildings”.
Visiting a Starbucks is a must for me, especially when I’m travelling to a different country. I saw a mug for Singapore and I bought it to add it to my mug collection.
That was all the time I had for touring the city, then I ended my day meeting up with Cindy at Antoinette located inside of the Mandarin Gallery, which was right next to my hotel. This hidden and famous quintessential Parisian pâtisserie is known for their pretty pastries and delicious desserts. See how colourful and delicate the macarons and cakes are?
There were a lot of desserts to choose from, so we ended up ordering the Opera Matcha, Antoinette and Le Royale. It was the perfect amount to share between two people!
It was my first time meeting up with Cindy who I’ve been talking via Instagram for a year. She was super sweet and genuine in person, just as I imagined! It’s nice to meet up with people while traveling. That’s what so wonderful about social media, you can connect with anyone around the world.
One last view from my hotel’s room before I say goodbye to Singapore. It was a short and sweet trip, I would definitely come back again in the future and visit other sites such as Clarke Quay, Chinatown, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay. Until next time Singapore!