We’re just over half way into our 52 challenge. Macca set off on his travels a few weeks ago and I thought that taking over for the remainder of the year and initiating our weekly photos may be a good little swap.
It was the second week of January in 2012 and after a blissful 3 months wandering around SE Asia we were heading back to the westernised life for a wee while and stopping over in Singapore for a few days before flying over the Equator to walk upside down for the remainder of our trip.
All I knew about The Little Red Dot was that the awesome nighttime F1 grand prix took place there in September and that it was a quite techy, funky kinda place. One of the first sights while we were in a taxi taking us from the Changi Airport to our super cool Wink Hostel was this
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel – 57 floors high with over 2500 rooms and a boat on the roof with an insane infinity pool overlooking the city’s CBD. We were both pretty taken back by it but that was only the beginning.
They really know what funky means out there and not only come up with some ridiculous buildings such as the Marina Bay Sands or the Science Museum or a one off Louis Vuitton shop on the water but also the DNA shaped bridge or Durian like theatre on the Bay – The Esplanade.
Durian is an Asian favourite (or the most hated) fruit by the way, something you just can’t compare to anything else in the world. The taste and smell are so specific and profound that you can either love it or hate it, there are no other ways about it!
After dark Singapore changes from a fast paced business city into a light festival of modern and quirky nightlife. If you’re on a backpackers budget, you need to make sure however that there are some serious extra savings planned if you’d like to taste the original Singapore Sling at the Raffles hotel or even have a beer or a glass of wine at the Clarke Quay as in 2012 when we were there a beverage alone would set you off at least SG$15 plus cover charge, which pretty much equals your daily budget for places like Cambodia or Thailand.
Anyway, it’s definitely worth stopping over, admiring the views and quirkiness. Oh and see if you can spot bent escalators going round corners in one of the shopping malls in Singapore’s shopping district – Paragon. Bizarre!