One night in Singapore and the world’s your oyster!
Singapore…the Sin City (used fondly in this context of course). Oh, let me enthuse how many reasons I love you, and your rich blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture (okay, I just copy and pasted that but it doesn’t mean I don’t love our neighbors down under!)
I’ve been to Singapore a few times, and I have had one memorable experience as a kid where all the hotels were fully booked and my dad was trying to get a roof over our heads. Most of the Singaporean hotel receptionists were rude and downright fucking condescending to Malaysian tourists (we’re like 10th rate travelers to them or something) back then. My dad, being the head of the family slogged on to hotel after hotel with us trudging along behind him.
I am sad to report that being young (was 10 at the time) and not fully appreciative of my dad’s efforts, I snapped at him for not having the foresight to book a hotel beforehand. My dad took it in his usual stoic stride. He didn’t say anything. You know how many years back that was? 18 years, my friends.
I still remember it and feel guilty about it coz my dad is a really solid all around nice guy.
However, the thing I remember the most was the patronizing tone the Singaporean hotel receptionists took to my dad and to this day I feel like choking them and their holier than thou attitude. It’s like they feel they’re part of a higher purpose, riding on their high horses, and generally acting like the fucking smiting left hand of God.
However, with age, I’ve come to accept that not all Singaporeans are like that, so here’s your chance to prove me wrong okay? ;)
I’ll love to go to Singapore on a one day itinerary as listed below:
I shall be waking up (grudgingly dammit) and head out for some roti prata.
With some food in the tummy, it’s time to hit…erm, Geylang can? :p
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I know the math doesn’t work here, but hell, if I decide to spend 2 hours sightseeing in the famed street, who’s gonna stop me? :p
Next up: Chilli crab lunch!
I’m going to the famous Long Beach restaurant for chilli crabs! I’ve got something else planned for dinner so I’m going to eat this (and black pepper crabs) for lunch instead!
After a nice, leisurely lunch where I eat at least 6 crabs, it’s time to churn the undigested food at the reverse bungee at Clarke Quay! G-MAX is supposed to be the ultimate reverse bungee, and having tried the one in Sunway as well as the real thing, I feel it’s my duty to see how this measures up.
Okay, now we’ve come to a crossroad. Difficult decisions to be made and what not. Do I do the tourist thing and head to Sentosa? Or do I go to St John’s Island instead? Well, since I’m alone in this scenario, I’ll head to Sentosa. St John’s Island would be ideal with a loved one though.
Sentosa would take up most of the afternoon so after all the rides and attractions over there, it’ll be time for…DINNER!
I’ll be going for the world’s first full butler service sky dining experience on the Singapore Flyer! I’ve never been on the Singapore Flyer before so it’ll be fun…besides they have bottles of wine and champagne upon request.
This is the time to head to Orchard Road to do some shopping before painting the town red. I remember buying some great He-Man toys here as a kid. I think my tastes have evolved but Orchard Road has evolved with me so I’m sure I can get some fine looking threads for the next destination. ;)
Zouk! One People, One Tribe, One Dance, 1Malaysia(n). It’s practically an institution so not hitting this club would be akin to going to Egypt and not visit the pyramids, going to Paris and bypassing the Eiffel Tower, going to Rome and…well, you catch my drift.
Open till late so I’m going to drink, party, dance and see if I get lucky. ;)
Photos stolen from too many sources to list via Google Images.
Indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience!