Singapore Slowdown


Singapore was a quick stop in between adventures. I slowed down the pace in Singapore and spent a lot of time resting and relaxing. Nepal was a busy six weeks and I wanted to be rested heading into my next adventure – teaching english to girls for six weeks in Luang Prabang. I was able to take in a few sites and really enjoyed exploring this city. It was very easy to navigate and the people were extremely friendly and helpful. I wish I had given myself a few more days to explore this interesting and diverse city.

My flight from Kathmandu was at 10:30pm so I arrived early Monday morning into Singapore. I was pretty tired so spent much of the day working on my blog at the hotel but I managed to muster up the energy to walk around Orchard Street and the area around my hotel. I could not get over the shopping! And the number of stores – above ground, below ground…shops, shops and more shops!

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall – a great example of shopping in Singapore 


It was fun walking around because the city was getting ready for the Christmas holiday season so lots of decorations, music, and lights. I enjoyed seeing “Christmas” because I won’t be seeing any in Laos. The next time I see any signs of Christmas will be on Christmas Day when I land in Sydney!

Decorations hanging in the entry way of a shopping center.
Decorations hanging from trees along Orchard Street.

While still warm and very humid, the weather was overcast on Tuesday. When I left the hotel it had started to rain so I picked an indoor activity. I spent the afternoon at the National Museum of Singapore. I joined the free tour and had a wonderful experience walking around the exhibits while learning more about the history of Singapore. It was really very good and I recommend it to others. It made my time in Singapore more enjoyable knowing more about the history of the people and country.

National Museum of Singapore
It was pouring rain when I finished walking around the museum so I decided to wait out the rain in the museum cafe.

Luckily the rain stopped about an hour later. I took the metro to the Gardens by the Bay and spent the rest of the day exploring the garden and watching the evening light show.

View of the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay by day…


…and Gardens by the Bay by night!
Every night there is a light show set to music. The show I watched was set to Christmas music. Again it was a lot of fun getting in a dose of the holiday spirit.
Night view of Singapore from the Dragonfly Bridge

Wednesday was all about walking around the different neighborhoods of Singapore. I took the metro to Little India. I walked around the streets and temples of Little India before walking to the Malay Heritage Center, Masjid Sultan and Arab Street. From there I took the metro to Chinatown. I loved that within a span of a few hours I was able to be in Little India walking around a Hindu temple, Arab Street visiting a Muslim mosque, and Chinatown taking in a Buddhist temple.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Masjid Sultan Mosque
Inside the mosque
Bussorah Street with Masjid Sultan
Shops on Arab Street
More shops on Arab Street. So many fabric stores. I love walking around neighborhood shops.
View of Chinatown exiting the metro station.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown
Inside the Buddha Tooth Temple and Museum
After visiting the Buddha Tooth Temple I spent some time just wondering around nearby streets. I love architecture so really enjoyed walking around Singapore streets. Such a mix of old and new.

Singapore was a great layover city to explore. I left a lot unexplored but I figure it’s just another reason to visit again! Up next – Laos!