As the plane cut through the cloudy skies of South China Sea, I was able to see the entire cosmopolitan of Singapore as I land unto one of the best and most beautiful airports in the world – the Changi Airport. Away from the busy seaports and harbors, Singapore is boasting Changi for its world-class terminals and best amenities. Inside Changi, I was able to enjoy a blend of nature reserve combined with creative visual art installations dispersed around the neat passenger terminals and airport lobbies. Changi is one of Asia’s major transport hubs for international flights and the airport made me more excited to travel and explore.
Singapore is one of Asia’s hottest destinations for enthusiastic travelers like me. Speaking of ‘hot’, expect a tropical yet unpredictable climate in Singapore. It was raining in the middle of a warm day when I arrived. I was lucky to have a jacket as I wander around the city.
After leaving my bags in the hotel, I went to the harbor point at Merlion Park to meet the most iconic mythical creature in Singapore – the Merlion! Surrounded by soaring skyscrapers and stunning silver lining of the city, I wasn’t surprised how packed the place was. However, I still enjoyed the sea breeze and the awesome view of the cityscape. I saw some of the city’s major features like the Esplanade, the Lotus-shaped Arts Science Museum and the most remarkable Marina Bay Sands. Marina Bay Sands is known for its rooftop Infinity Pool claimed to be largest of its kind in the world. Singapore is truly top-notch!
Consciously admitting the limited space for extra foliage, Singapore has efficiently bloomed into a modern affluent Garden City in Asia in harmony between Malay, Indian and Chinese influences. I was able to admire the city’s distinct housing styles, the neat streets of China Town and Little India and the artsy wall paintings in Arab Street. I also visited the grand Temple of Sri Mariamman – the oldest Hindu temple in the city. The ornate detail of the temple is exceptionally brilliant.
Up we go to the second highest point of Singapore – the hilltop of Mount Faber. I was so excited to ride a cable car for the first time. The sight-seeing at Mount Faber was short and sweet. Back on our ride, I was able to see and enjoy a breath-taking 360 panorama of the entire city-state as it transported me to its top-leading leisure destination – the Sentosa Island. If you are coming from the mainland, the Sentosa Express monorail can transfer you to and fro the terminal in VivoCity.
I went to stroll around Sentosa Island’s numerous hotels, casinos, golf courses, planetariums and serene beaches. I spent half the day relaxing and unwinding at the charming shores of Palawan beach. After all, I needed a break from the hustle and bustle of the city’s crowded districts.
The main reason I went to Sentosa Island was to visit Universal Studios Singapore – an amusement park with lots of thrilling rides and other fun attractions disseminated in seven themed zones. Of course, I made an obligatory pose at the iconic Universal Globe. I love how the photo turned out! The fun was just about to begin as I passed through the Hollywood Boulevard. Some areas are inspired by television shows like Sesame Street and blockbuster movies like Transformers and Madagascar. I saw Shrek’s swamp house and the Far Far Away Castle. I met Shrek, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots. I am such a huge Shrek fan! I also saw the Minions dancing at the New York themed zone. They were so cute!
Outside Universal Studios Singapore, I found food stalls, souvenir shops and a tree made of candies! I also went to the SEA Aquarium. It is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. Feeling like a mermaid, I walked under water through a glass tunnel where I tried to find Nemo among various species of fishes, sharks, jellyfishes and stingrays.
While settlements and rentals are expensive, I was able to have a tasty meal for a surprisingly low price. From the hawker centers, charming cafes and fine restaurants, it took me a while to choose from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines.
Despite being a densely populated country, Singapore remained a green city with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. As I was heading back to the hotel, I passed by some of the open grounds in the city where you can rest on its greenish grass field, jog or bike along the trail.
The Lion City of Singapore continuously captivates many visitors all-year round – definitely a good example to its neighbouring capital cities in Asia. With its fullest determination to become one of the top cities in the world, we are surely going to hear it roar!