My daughter Bea and I spent a few days in Singapore during her short break from school this month. It was actually a last-minute decision but I figured it might be nice to revisit the Lion City ten years after our first trip. Back then, Bea was just a little baby and a lot has changed ever since. It’s also an opportune time because Singapore, also affectionately nicknamed “The Little Red Dot” pertaining to how it appears on world maps, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence this year.
Unfortunately, the small city-state was enveloped in haze coming from the forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia so it was practically gloomy all throughout our five-day trip. Note the background of our photos. Still, the haze didn’t stop us from going out and exploring different parts of the city.
Our first day was spent mostly in the Marina Bay area: we captured lots of photos at the Merlion Park, from the Helix Bridge, in the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and at Gardens by the Bay.
On our second day, we went to Sentosa Island in the morning for Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. After that, we proceeded to Orchard Road, the major shopping district and entertainment hub of Singapore. If Paris has the Avenue des Champs–Elysées, London has Oxford Street, Berlin has Kurfürstendamm and New York has Fifth Avenue, Singapore’s answer is its 2.2-kilometer Orchard Road. My Bea did a little shopping from a store called Smiggle in ION Orchard Mall. After that, we hung out in Clarke Quay, which I found very relaxing despite the huge crowd and the noise.
The next day (our 3rd) was spent almost entirely in Universal Studios Singapore located in Resorts World Sentosa. My batchmate from high school gave us a 50% discount on our admission tickets to the theme park and extended a 15% discount on our purchases at the gift shop. How amazing is that? That’s a lot of savings for me! And we surely had a great time!
Our 4th and 5th days were spent at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sentosa, which I will feature in my next post. Even though Singapore is not among my favorite cities in the world, I was so happy to have been reunited with some of my friends and a relative who are all based there. I’m also glad that I have created more fun memories with my little daughter and that we didn’t have any horrible experience during our trip. For this, I am thankful. Grateful. Blessed.