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Bustling, Colourful Singapore
Ever since my teenage years I was dreaming of visiting Singapore one day and my wish came true - I also had plenty of time to look around, explore and even take a second trip.
My first taste of "Lion City" was a deep immersion into the contrastful tropical bustling prosperous island-city-country...
Right after my first rest, I went out to explore the central parts.
I was struggling with jet-lag for days and it took a long time until I got used to the tropical heat.
This escape was actually a combination between a business trip and a fun escape to one of my dream destinations.
I seized the opportunity to explore thoroughly and soak up the atmosphere.
Besides this escape, I also took a second trip, soon after a short escape out to neighbouring Malaysia.
I had a smooth long flight from Istanbul Atatürk directly to Singapore Changi.
It was my first ever trip aboard a Singapore Airlines jet and the cost was worth every cent!
Super-kind staff, fantastic food, great comfort etc. etc. etc.!
I had to force myself to squeeze in the most important places to visit in Singapore and could barely manage - missed out on a few, unfortunately.
Just in case you are wondering which places you should visit, here's a list I put together!
Mosques, temples, churches, all worth seeing...
Here's my list of 21 holy places to visit in Singapore - take notes and pin your destinations on a map. Luckily, many of them are found in each others' proximity.
It was a lot more different from what I imagined...
Harsh hot climate, dense wet air, vast housing block-filled residential areas (some painted in wicked colours), strong architectural contrast, high prices, pharmacy-like cleanliness in the business districts...
My first ever walk out in the city has brought me to the City Hall station, from which Esplanade wasn't far.
A few hours after having landed I scooted the area to see what it's all about... then, I ended up wandering until late midnight to other areas as well!
The hawker centres attracted me magnetically, but I also bought a few simple foods here and there to bring to my hotel.
Review with a few photos with useful suggestions for travelers...
On my first day, I got dragged into the middle of Singapore's biggest business district. Yet, it started out as a humble evening "look around" walk, I just couldn't stop digging deeper and deeper.
Check this out, you'll understand why Raffles Place is a great spot to start out sightseeing in Singapore.
Unknowingly, I stumbled upon Chinatown when wandering out of the CBD. It was late and not many businesses were open, but the beautiful architecture has stunned me!
On a terribly hot June mid-day, I went out exploring the Little India area of Singapore.
Scenic views, food stalls... but the terrible tropical heat, which I wasn't used to almost made me faint in the middle of the street.
Bugis is a trendy shopping district with traditional markets and boasting modern shopping malls.
And for an architecture enthusiast (like myself), it was enjoyable to almost get lost in Bugis.
As for the Sim Lim Square - it is a rich electrical equipment shopping centre, which I also visited.
The conference was about to be held at the Convention Centre, found in Suntec City - one of many business districts of Singapore.
I went out to check the ad:tech venue, but I was strongly impressed by the area's looks, so I gravitated around to explore further.
Because I have to keep pace with what's new and also build new business relationships, I wanted to attend the ad:tech 2011 conference.
In the end, it was a wonderful event during which I learned new things and met new friendly people.
I wanted to see some temples, churches and hankered to get a taste of the architectural contrast. So, I picked Bras Basah.
I took a bunch of photos, tasted a few delicacies and went on further...
The views all around the bay are exalting.
Before visiting the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands triple skyscraper, I thoroughly examined the area down there...
Three 55-story skyscrapers support a platform from where you can admire Singapore's beautiful skyline. Of course, there are swimming pools, bars up there as well!
As for the hotel: it is the World's most expensive building with 2,561 (expensive) hotel rooms.
I first saw photos of the place about 6 month before my trip. Back then, little did I know about where I was going to be standing that summer!
Check out the photos in this article and you'll be amazed by the views!
The white lotus-shaped building is actually a museum. In fact, much of it is under the ground!
When visiting it, I was able to enjoy the sight of Chinese gold treasures recovered from an old shipwreck, a Dalí exhibition, as well as wall projections of Van Gogh's art.
Another ethnic neighbourhood in Singapore is Armenian Street. It's rather the name that makes reference to the once sizeable Armenian population in this area...
No crowds, but some interesting buildings and lots of green areas.
Don't leave the Parliament out if you have time for it.
Under no circumstance should you forget about the sensational Boat Quay area!
Here are my photos and further details about this experience...
Singapore is the place of striking contrast and skyscrapers, but well-preserved old buildings can also be found.
Come, let's take a dive and explore!
Huge centipedes whose bites are terribly painful can cause serious illness.
Yes, these monsters live in Singapore and I only found out by the time I was already there!
Nasty black birdies with yellow feet and yellow beaks kept appearing here and there...
Larger than the average western sparrow, but smaller than the common pigeon. "Made in Singapore" nasty little black birds!
I spotted a few interesting vehicles during this trip to Singapore.
View the photos, here...
The country with strict laws is filled with all sorts of sings - which indeed reflect how strict Singapore's rule of law is.
This is a collection of photos showing streets signs, street posts.
From Singapore I was bound for Malaysia, headed straight to Kuala Lumpur with JetStar Airways.
Here are a few photos and some info about how it was to embark on the Australian airline company's 737.
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