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Singapore in a Jiffy

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Singapore for leisure and I had lots of time in hand. I wanted to take my time to explore places and was in no hurry to get from one point to the other. However, not everyone has that liberty. So if you are one of those, then I think this post would help you cover some of the interesting places that I came across – some touristy and some not so much.

So before I help you chalk out a schedule for a couple of days, get these in order:

  1. Get a pre paid pass for the metro (Its totally worth it for the sheer amount of time you save)
  2. Take a local sim card – always helps to stay connected (some service providers have good data packs)
  3. A couple of granola bars or snickers (the bite that keeps you going between meals.)
  4. Have a local map handy.

DAY 1:

Start the day early and head to the Jurong Bird Park. After spending a couple of hours there you can make your way to vivo city mall to head to Sentosa island

Visit the S.E.A Aquarium and do not miss the light and sound show late evening. There is also a casino at the Sentosa where you can try your luck.

Take a cab and go to a place called Mount Faber which is the natural highest place in Singapore. There are some good restaurants up there and the one I liked was a chilled out place called Faber Bistro which gives a beautiful view of the city while enjoying a drink in an open roof food joint.

If you still have some energy left, head for Clarke Quay and visit any of the pubs for some heady spirits and thumping music.

DAY 2:

Start the day with Cloud dome at Gardens by the bay, followed by lunch at DC Comics Superhero café for an interesting range of overpriced food but it makes u feel like a kid again. Visit the Bugis street and china town in the afternoon for some cheap shopping and reach back to Marina Sands Bay and make your way over to Ce la Vié (earlier known as Ku De Ta) on the 57th floor for a fabulous view of the setting sun and the striking skyline of Singapore. Before you exit, make sure you visit the back of the restaurant near the restrooms for that’s where you can check out the entire gardens by the bay well lit up with a few hundred ships in the sea as well.

Make you way down to catch the light and sounds show at marina sands bay and do not miss the swirling and swishing water sinkhole.

Cross the Marina bay using the Double Helix bridge and walk along the bay to reach Merlion on the other side facing the Marina sands bay building. This is the area called Raffles Place – one of the famous postcard pic locations in Singapore. Once you are done exploring, visit Lau Pat Sat close by which can be explored for any Asian cuisine.

Of course this country has many more options to explore like the Zoo and Night safari, the Hungry heroes café, Orchard street (the visitor center here helps you chalk out an itinerary too), Universal Studio (it’s a great place for movie buffs if u haven’t been to the one in LA), Singapore Botanic Gardens (a place to relax) but with limited time on hand, you gotta leave some behind for the next visit 😉

 

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