Singapore in a Flash

So the last time I left you, I was busy stuffing my face at hawker centres with all the exquisite delicacies Singapore has to offer. But I want to set the record straight: Singapore has so much more to give than just food.

A few years back, I got to spend an entire month in Singapore. This visit, I only had a short 24 hours in the country and made sure to not waste my valuable time.

We woke up bright and early and set off for a long day of sightseeing. I was so excited to discover new places while revisiting my favourite attractions.

Just down the street from our hostel was the famous Bugis Street Market. You know how much I love flea markets!




We moseyed from shop to shop and took in all the knick knacks and cheap clothing one could purchase. After a bit of window shopping (my backpack is too full to buy anymore stuff sadly), we made our way to the fruit vendors. Bursts of bright colours bombarded our eyes and I couldn't help admiring all the beautiful produce.


The scent of ripe bananas, oranges, dragon fruit, longans, rambutans, mangoes and pineapples filled the air with a sweet musk.

  

Have you ever seen mangoes this big in your life before? I haven't! They were the size of my foot!

Next, we hopped on the MRT and headed to the heart of Chinatown. Here, we explored the serene Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.




This four-storey Buddhist temple and museum was constructed to hold the tooth relic of Buddha, which was discovered in Myanmar over 30 years ago. 

Inside, the temple was coated in vibrant gold and red. Elaborate decor also covered the walls and ceilings. 




The smell of incense wafted through the complex as monks were deep in spiritual chanting. Food offerings of fruits and snacks were also left by Buddha's devotees. I tiptoed from room to room and quietly watched patrons say their prayers. 



We made our way to the end of the temple and stopped for a tasty lunch at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre just across the street. 



If you're looking for the best Hainanese chicken rice in town, you'll find it here at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. Prepare to line up though cause this stall is always crazy busy! 


With our bellies full, we continued our adventure to Little India.  Here, we wandered through the bustling streets and came across a beautiful Hindu temple decorated with colourful statues and ornaments.  



The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (try to say that in one breath!) was built in the 18th century and is dedicated to the Goddess Kaliamman.

We kicked off our shoes and walked barefoot on the smooth marble tiles inside. I admired the intricate detail of all the statues. The radiant colours also took my breath away. 




Before we knew it, the late afternoon crept up on us. We decided to take in the sunset at the waterfront promenade by Marina Bay. 



The skyline was impressive but I still think Hong Kong's skyline triumphs all


The renown Marina Bay Sands resort glimmered in the distance. I hope one day I'll have the cash to stay a night there and swim in their luxurious infinity pool

Finally, we reached the end of the promenade and hung out in Merlion Park.




We couldn't resist taking some cheesy tourist photos. :)

When the sun disappeared, the exhaustion set in. After a long day of sightseeing, we wanted to unwind at the local watering hole.  Clarke Quay is a gorgeous area by the water adorned with posh restaurants, hip bars and lively clubs. 







We sat by the water, sipped on wine and people watched. It was a relaxing end to a very busy day. 

Singapore never fails to impress me. For such a tiny country, I still always find new things to see and do. I can't wait to come back!  

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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