Strangely Wonderful Singapore: Part One.

This little lover was recently invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to explore, seek & discover a city full of strangely wonderful hidden quirks.

Yep. It was a pinch-me-hard moment. Lucky, grateful and insanely blessed for this golden opportunity, I accepted the invitation and packed my bags. Little did I know that my bestie, JJ had jumped inside my luggage and tagged along with me.

Did someone say girls weekend? 

Hello Singapore! The moment you leave the airport, the heat hits you. SMACK in the face! It grabs you and begins to intoxicate you. The next thing you notice when leaving the airport for the city are the flowers. There are blooms everywhere and it makes for such a pretty drive into the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

I don’t know about you but I’ve always associated Singapore as a stopover city. Fly in and fly out to Europe the next day type of gig. Famous for chilli crab, Singapore Slings and the Night Safari, right? Yes, you would be right but there is so much that I – given my career in tourism – didn’t know about.  This island city-state offers vibrant precincts, great food and a diverse mix of architecture. I don’t think I’ve uttered the word architecture before but holy moly the buildings are something else. Singapore may be a very young country but her unique balance of East meets West is what makes this 4 day trip so exciting. It’s by far the most Western-ised (is that a word?) country in Asia that I’ve been too.

I couldn’t wait to dig a little deeper, get lost and discover a side of Singapore I’d never seen before. 

There is something for everyone. Lazy days on Sentosa Island or sensory overload of Kampong Glam, our 4 day trip was the perfect blend of doing & being.

 


 

STAY

Our crib: Sofitel So Singapore

I understand this trip was about discovering hidden quirks but seriously, Sofitel So is the Queen of Quirks. The new hotel features Parisian chic interiors that infuses brilliantly with the modernity of Singapore. Lots of over the top embellishments, couture dressed staff, gold tiled rooftop pool and iPad/iPhones in every room. The hotel has it’s own signature scent and the rooms are reminiscent of a Parisian apartment. OK OK OK, I’ve never been to Paris before but I imagine 3m high ceilings, luxe bathrobes & light box installation above the comfy bed.

Our room had a cocktail-making station!!!! Yes, you read that correctly. A giant blackboard that listed 4-5 cocktail recipes and the ingredients could be found in the mini bar. For-realsy? The room also featured a fancy coffee machine, windows that open and, according to the hotel, “the only completely Apple-based hotel guest technology solution in the world.” You could control everything in the room, from curtains, to lights to ordering food by using the iPad mini. Every cool indeed.

Location wise it was spot on! We had a hawker centre next door if we wanted a quick bite to eat and Raffles Place was 5 minutes away.

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{The Lover List experienced this hotel as a guest of Singapore Tourism Board however this is my very own opinion of our stay.}

 

 

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