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Destinations

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Singapore is “City Nation”… but a delicate question arises…  is it a city in a nation or rather a nation in a city?

With a dynamic mix of cultures, ideas and histories this clean and safe city has everything to keep you surprised, impressed and excited.  We were extremely lucky to get the opportunity to discover this amazing city for a few days recently. Of course, in true explorer alt we scouted through every inch of the city to ensure we experienced all that Singapore has to offer.

Your first stop should be a visit to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site - the Botanical Gardens. Make sure you go nice and early to avoid the heat, a walk through the gardens followed by a brunch at Halia Café is a great start to any day. Deeper into the park is the Symphony Lake,filled with turtles and Catfish. They’ll love you for the treats which can be purchased with a simple gold coin donation. This is also where the Symphony stage is located, a venue for regular open air concerts.  From here you must go around the corner and visit the breath-taking Orchid gardens.
Before you know it you’ll have spent a few hours taking in fresh air and admiring all the different gardens, flora, and animals which call the park home.

As the day starts heating up there is no better place to be than inside an air-conditioned space. Having spent quite a few hours maxing out our credit cards at the local markets and shopping malls our two favourite places to shop were ION on Orchard which is known to be ‘the centre of gravity’ and the Singapore Retail Scene.  Filled with over 300 stores, everyone is guaranteed to find something they like. Should you want a less crowded shopping experience with independent boutique shops, then head to Haji lane. Located in the heart of Singapore’s Arab quarter, the street is lined with narrow colourful shop-houses and Middle Eastern Cafés.

After you’ve filled a second suitcase to bring all your new goodies home, and you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, catch a short cab ride to Gardens By The Bay. Although we aren’t fanatic gardeners ourselves, it is impossible not to be impressed by Gardens By The Bay.
Pop into the Flower Dome first and experience various parts of the world through different garden alts.  Then head into the Cloud Forest where you are sure to be wowed by a mysterious world veiled in mist.  The highlight of Gardens By The Bay was definitely lying flat on our backs (alongside everyone else doing the same) to make the most of the light show which performs at 7.45 and 8.45pm daily. This is when the spectacular Super Trees come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound. And the whole experience is supplemented by the most incredible backdrop of Singapore’s impressive skyline, Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Singapore Eye.   

The next day we got underway in a really fun way by having breakfast with the Orang-utans. Singapore Zoo is not your usual city zoo, set in 26 hectares of rainforest, the animals get to roam freely in an open and natural habitat. Walking from one exhibition to the next it is amazing having Orang-utans and other species of monkeys sway inquisitively above.

And lastly, no trip to Singapore would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. “One” simply must take high tea at the elegant and gentile Clifford Pier, whereas the DJ, lighting, outrageous cocktails and outstanding view across the harbour from Lantern Bar is a total must visit. Then there is the Tiffin Room at Raffles which guarantees an explosion of delight on the palate from its huge selection of curry dishes from all over Asia. It’s surprisingly affordable too.  Both Clarke and Boat Quay have innumerable bars and restaurants to meet any taste or budget and at the bottom end head for any of the hawker centres. The food will always be clean and fresh,  so don’t be shy to mix things up a bit when in Singapore, indulge in this nation of tastes… or should that be a city of tastes?  

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