A Singapore summer weekend

by - Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Hello Singapore! It's good to be back in the garden city. Like what I promised myself several years ago, I'll go back to sunny Singapore when I get the chance as I miss this city so much! The COVID-19 pandemic stymied travel plans but now that restrictions have been lifted, I took time off from work last May to revisit and explore Singapore. May is the height of the dry season in Southeast Asia and despite the scorching heat and humidity, it is a lovely time to explore Singapore's signature indoor and outdoor attractions. 

I love the early morning rainshowers and the warm and breezy summer evenings. Balmy tropical evenings are best for strolling along Singapore's Esplanade and Merlion Park. Stop for a cool, fruity drink or ice cream on your way home!

Cavenagh Bridge

Before heading out to enjoy Singapore's night time skyline, drop by Lau Pa Sat or Tell Ayer Market at Raffles Quay for delectable Singaporean street style food housed in a charming Victorian style food market building. There are also al fresco dining spots amidst smoky kebab and satay barbecue stalls. Getting a table is quite tricky though as this area is fully occupied all the time. If you're lucky enough to get a table, the dining experience gets doubly fun as you have a great view of Singapore's ultra-modern skyscrapers and busy night scape.

The Bugis Subway Station area 

Getting around the city is easy with Singapore Tourist Pass. If you're in a hurry, taxi rides are convenient and affordable. Just remember the zip code of the area where you are staying. The taxi driver usually asks for the post code for faster navigation. 

A must have for tourists! Get this ticket card at the airport to avail of hassle free, unlimited bus and subway rides. 

We love Ya Kun Kaya Toast! Kaya Jam (sweet coconut spread) with butter is sandwiched together in toasted bread or  French toast and dipped in poached egg.  Washed down with retro style Yakun coffee, it's the perfect breakfast fare to start the day. 

The scenic Balestier area with its beautiful heritage buildings and traditional shops. There are hawker centers nearby and mini malls with upscale supermarkets and restaurants that cater to upwardly mobile condominium dwellers.

Singapore's version of the London Eye. 

This is what we came for- the Avatar Experience at the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay and Tulipmania at the Flower Dome. The misty, cool atmosphere inside the dome was a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat. 

Wandering around the Supertree  Grove 

One of the Michelin rated stalls at the Jurassic Food Nest Food Hall fronting the Supertree Grove area. Yes, the Biryanani was really good! It totally deserved its bib gourmand accolade.

At this point, I may have scratched out the Netherlands from my travel bucketlist. Who knew that tulips originated from Turkiye? Fascinating! It was the last day of Tulipmania and we were lucky to catch the last show. And oh, where will all these tulips go when the flower show is over?

The lotus shaped ArtScience Museum that is a few walks away from Gardens by the Bay. We headed here to see the Future World Exhibition, a Team Labs production. 

The Helix Bridge or (Double Helix Bridge) is a stunning piece of modern architecture. It is the world's first curved bridge.  It's more mesmerizing when lighted up at night!

After a pasta and pizza snack at The Shoppes, we headed to the Skypark Observation Deck, 56 storeys high to get an unencumbered view of the Singapore skyline. 

All the degustatory patisserie and confectionery dreams at the depachika section of Takashimaya SG at Orchard Road.

The journey is the destination! We are talking about the Jewel Changi Airport which is a destination in itself and the vortex of everything cool. 

Till next time, Singapore!

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