Even though it was cloudy and rainy, we had the driver take us around and give us an overview of the city. It was a holiday (muslim/hindu??) so traffic was light and not a lot of people out. It was also only about 9:00am so there's that.
The first obvious notion about Singapore is the fabulous juxtaposition of the old and new. You're driving along looking at an old historic building and then BAM…70 story glass and steel sky scraper! It's weird, but it works.
Once the rain cleared out, the guide took us on a short boat tour on the Singapore River.
Colorful old buildings…….
then, all of the sudden, this!!
THAT is the famous Marina Bay Sands…..hotel, casino, shopping, restaurants, EVERYTHING!
We had made a reservation at the restaurant in the bow of the boat….Ku De Ta so seeing this made us a tad excited for dinner!
Next stop was China Town…..which seems like a huge tourist trap to me, but since 75% of the city is Chinese, I'm sure it's more than that!
|I bought everyone back home one of these….|
Oh, oh, oh….a moment of silence for these, please. The guide insisted she buy us this local treat. Everybody but me was skeptical, but I had heard her say "pork and maple syrup", so I was like, HELL YES!!
Holy fat pants, I could have eaten 10 of them. Bacon coated in maple syrup and slowly baked. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
I almost vomited it up when I saw these…..snakes in jars….pickled or some shit. PEOPLE WERE BUYING THEM.
Last stop of the day was our hotel….the iconic Raffles. Fabulous, stunning, perfect, and every other glowing adjective available. If I every go back to Singapore (doubtful), this is where I'd stay.
Raffles is home to the Long Bar and the Singapore Sling. And yes, I may have had a few.
After an afternoon nap (there may have been some Billicart-Salmon Rose at lunch and possibly a bottle of wine)….we headed to dinner.
As I said, Ku de ta sits at the bow of the boat and has amazing views of the city. If you don't have a reservation at the restaurant, you can pay to go to the top and take pics from the viewing platform, because you're not getting anywhere near this bar without a res. Lots of security.
Our last day (we only had about 36 hours in the city) we opted to tour the Botanic Gardens. This is not something I would ordinarily enjoy, but I have to say, it's beautiful. The orchid is Singapore's national flower and they are certainly on display. Enjoy….
|my personal favorite|
We had time for one last dinner before a 2:00am flight out and chose Jaan which was located on the 70th floor (another stunning view) in Swissotel the Stamford right next door to Raffles. Jaan is a small 40 seat restaurant which was described as "one of the best, if not the best" restaurants in Singapore. Yes, please. We went early to grab a drink (shocking) and were met with this…..
|this is actually Equinox, a much larger restaurant next to Jaan|
Yup….that's the Marina Bay Sands…..
Dinner was all that was promised and more, plus we were entertained with a beautiful sunset…..
Perfect ending to a fabulous trip……….