Singapore is a beautiful city. Although there are some strict rules, the results are amazingly clean streets and public transportation, no noise pollution, and the ability to walk around in a safe environment. The U.S. could take a few chapters from their book, but I’m not here to discuss politics.
The first couple days in Singapore were action packed, trying to cram and see as much as possible. After having only a few hours of sleep from our 1:30 a.m. arrival at Changi Airport, we were out hitting the streets. First stop was Orchard Street were we found a money exchange counter. The hotel where we stayed, Darby Park Executive Suites, said that most of the exchange counters were comparable and easy to exchange.
The next stop was Orchard Station to purchase a 3-day Singapore Tourist Pass for $30. The MRT system is pretty straightforward and the tourist pass map outlines where the main attractions are located. Best part is after the 3-day use, a $10 refund is given when the card is returned within 5 days after day of purchase. How cool is that?! 1 and 2-day passes are also available. One thing I loved about the MRT was how people would wait on the sides, as shown by the red arrows. Once the doors open, passengers exit by the green arrows.
Furthermore, if you’re a shopper, then Singapore is the place you want to be. Singapore is the land of shopping centers. All the MRT stations lead into a shopping area. Now I know where to go for my next shopping spree!So now with the metro card in hand, where to next? The choice was Chinatown. If there is a city with a Chinatown, then I’m bound to go. Coming off the MRT, we were submerged into a long row colorful buildings, tons of vendors, and a zigzag of hanging Chinese lanterns.
Noel and my daughter decided to try a fish spa so we stopped at Alleviate Fish Spa. As intriguing as it sounded to have callouses removed, I couldn’t get comfortable with having it done by fish. Opting out, I let them indulge in this unique technique.
At the end of the row is the Sri Mariamman Temple. Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest hindu temple and absolutely breathtaking. Upon entering shoes must be taken off and shoulders and legs covered for women. If wearing a tank top and shorts, don’t fret, a shaw and wrap around skirt is available for use. There is $3 charge for photo and a $6 charge for video.
A little ways down is The Buddha Tooth and Relic Museum. Timed luck to have the opportunity to witness monks and nuns in a prayer and chant. Another highlight was a walk around the Buddhist prayer wheel and meditate in the mediation hall. What an incredible experience!
The evening was topped off with a visit to Clarke Quay, located on the Singapore River, surrounded by restaurants, night clubs, and retail stores.
Jump on over and check out Part Two on Singapore!