Matt shocked at how tiny the room was
Because of the very diverse population in Singapore, as expected, the religions vary quite a bit as well. The first day, we ventured out of our hotel in the morning and took a walk through Chinatown while looking for some Dim Sum breakfast, a Chinese meal that we took a liking to while in Hong Kong back in April. The first temple we came across was Buddhist.
Outside the temple
Me with the burning incense
Inside the temple - there were a ton of people worshiping, but they didn't seem to mind us taking photos as long as we were quiet
I wasn't allowed inside with just my dress on, so to enter, I had to wear a borrowed shawl and long skirt
Singapore is an incredibly expensive city with a whole lot of fancy cars - here is one of the Mercedes taxis
Colorful chopsticks in Chinatown
Painted, wooden bracelets for sale
I think one of the most impressive things about Singapore (for me, at least) was their architecture. There were some incredible buildings, unlike any I've ever seen before. This one that looks like a ship on top of three tall buildings is actually a monster casino called the Marina Bay Sands, and we kept seeing it everywhere we went.
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay - an enormous theatre, concert hall and mall that is said to be an architectural marvel for its spiky double domes - with the Singapore Flyer in the background
Matt at Esplanade
A lizard we found
Singapore riverfront skyline on the bridge
The Merlion is the mascot of Singapore - the fish body represents Singapore back when it was a fishing village, and the lion head represents Singapore's original name "Singapura", meaning "Lion City"
Me drinking the water - everyone was doing it - it wasn't just me! :)
Matt looks like he's throwing up
Have you ever heard of a "Singapore Sling"? Okay, well I hadn't before planning this trip, but that may just be due to the fact I'm not much of a drinker. Anyway... there's this alcoholic beverage called the "Singapore Sling" that was invented by a bartender working at the Long Bar inside the Raffles Hotel in Singapore back in 1915. Today, you can visit the iconic Long Bar inside the hotel and actually have a Sling there. Yes, they may cost you the ridiculous price of 24 Singapore Dollars (about $18 USD) per drink, but that's the price of good tourism I guess:)
It was really tasty (not $18 tasty, but we only got one!) and the bar is pretty cool - the kind you get free peanuts and throw the shells on the ground
The Singapore Flyer is another icon of Singapore. While it is technically called an "observation wheel", it is very similar to a ferris wheel. In fact, it is currently the tallest ferris wheel in the world, reaching 42 stories high! There are 28 capsules that each hold 28 people - we must have gone during a slow time, because it was just us with one other couple in our capsule! An interesting fact about the Singapore Flyer: it was originally rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from across the marina, however, it was changed to rotate in the opposite direction after Feng Shui masters advised to do so.
Nearing the top of the Flyer
City from the top
We got to take a river boat cruise at night down the Singapore River, which gave us some gorgeous views of the city all lit up. It dropped us off at the nightlife area in Singapore - Clarke Quay & Riverside Point
Eating dinner along the river at Jumbo Seafood...
...where the waiters tie your bibs on for you;)
We got a few things that were delicious - one being the Chili Crab - one of Singapore's most popular meals. It was spicy, but really good!
Stay tuned for more fun from Singpore!