Strangely Wonderful Singapore: Part Two

Let’s carry on, shall we!

Like I said previously, Singapore is so much more than chilli crab and Singapore Sling cocktails. Before I left Australia, I’d googled the ‘Top Ten Things to do & see in Singapore’ and I’m thrilled to say I didn’t do any of them. OK, that’s a lie. I just HAD to try the chilli crab! It was mighty fine.

Our guide was so great at getting me off the beaten tourist track and into the back alleys to experience the things locals do. I totes embraced the local vibe and adopted their swagger!

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ICE CREAM UNCLE

Locals love these ice cream street vendors. You choose an ice cream and it’s slapped between a piece of bread OR two wafers. Wanting to keep with tradition, I opted for choc chip ice cream between a giant slice of rainbow bread. Everyone loves mixing sweet with savoury. I’ve been known to dip a McNugget into ice-cream before. This ice-cream/bread combo is surprisingly really good, really cheap and hits the sweet spot.

Cost: SG$1.50


 

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GARDENS BY THE BAY

OK, this is actually a pretty touristy thing to do and see but I really enjoyed it. We arrived a bit late in the evening so we didn’t get to view the gardens very well. The Dome Gardens are poorly lit (or maybe it’s just my eye sight)  but the Supertree light show was TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL. It’s a stunning display of magical lights and music amid the 16 storey, solar energy harvesting Supertrees. The aim is to choose a spot – right in the middle of the trees if you can – lay down and enjoy the 10 minute sound and light show.

Cost: Free!


 

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TIONG BAHRU

Singapore’s first housing estate area. It reminded me of Newtown, just outside of Sydney. Art Deco style apartments oozing with charm with quirky little cafes and shops on the street level. Think minimal fashion boutiques, quaint cafes and trinket shops. We spent most of our time inside a shop called Books Actually that was over flowing with books that you wouldn’t normally find in a standard store. Lots of self-published books.

Cost: Free to explore the street!


 

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KAMPONG GLAM

Arab Street & Haji Lane

Another hub of trendy cafes, indie designer boutiques, cool drinking holes and Malay restaurants. There are lots of little laneways you can explore, my fav being Haji Lane; imagine walking into a restaurant with no menu. It exists in Haji Lane! You simply tell the chef what you feel like and he’ll create a dish for you.

Arab Street explodes with colourful architecture and exotic haunts. The Sultan Mosque was built by Malay locals. Back in the day, whether you were rich or poor, everyone had to donate recycled bottles to help build the facade of the Mosque. It’s fascinating to see.

Our guide took us to a little Halal perfumery off Arab Street called Jamal Kazura Aromatics. The owner Suhail offered to make me my very own oil signature oil blend. Say what!!! It’s called Moonlight and I smell like I’ve bathed in intimate exotic Arabic oils. The walls are lined with little glass Egyptian glass perfume vials – yours for the taking!

Cost: Free to explore the street and approx. SG$45 for a signature oil perfume


 

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HENDERSON WAVES

Part of the Southern Ridges Walk, the Henderson Waves is bang on to catch panoramic views of the harbour and city. It stands 36m high and is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. As you walk along the fantastical wave-like walkway, you get to experience the curves and twists as the bridge mimics the shape of a wave. Great place to observe the lush greeny below.

Cost: Free!


 

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PULAU UBIN

This tiny island is only 10km from the city centre and a 5 minute ferry ride. It houses only 40 residents – the last kampong villagers. It’s rustic, unspoiled and feels like you’ve travelled back in time. Best to hire a bike and explore the mangrove swamps, fruit plantations and beaches. Great for half a day adventures.

Cost: Ferry ride is SG$2.50 each way and the bike rental as SG$8

Stay tuned for the final installment next week on my Singapore adventures!  

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{The Lover List experienced the sights, food and delights as a guest of Singapore Tourism Board however this is my very own opinion of my trip.}

 

 

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