20 hours in Singapore

Have you ever eaten cheese before bed, dreamt of a crazy wonderland and woken up thinking…woah!? Or built a city on The Sims of a perfect utopian paradise for your loved ones to live, businesses to flourish and people to walk around with smiles on their faces all day long?  Well, some crazy people in Singapore have been eating a lot of cheese and playing a lot of computer games.

Singapore is just a magical city where buildings stretch up into the clouds, where shopping centres have man-made rivers running through them, where a beautiful gardens sit beside the city skyline so elegantly, where the views in the day are as breathtaking as the night. People can walk freely without fear, can run around the bay harbour, shop luxury brands and so much more.

A day in Singapore wasn’t long enough but I also didn’t want to stay a minute longer and lose the admiration I felt. I loved Hong Kong and Shanghai but Singapore was something else, something crazier which just suits me. I felt like I’d entered a place I’ve only entered in dreams before (and I’ve had some nuts dreams).

The day didn’t begin so great. After arriving somewhere out of the city I wandered around for a bit to find a MRT train to take me to a hostel in Boon Keng – once again I hadn’t booked anything so I just rocked up to The Hive Backpackers. After dumping my bag I got out a map and asked the poor lady on reception every question possible about Singapore. As I headed out to catch a bus she offered me an umbrella for the rain for a $2 deposit – I arrogantly declined this, I’m from England, I’m used to the rain… But I couldn’t be more wrong. Anne you are a fool. When it rains it pours in Singapore!!! I ended up paying $6 for a 7/11 brolly… $6 out of my $70 budget for the day.

I got off the bus at ‘Bugis’ as it looked like a good place on the map to just start walking… but due to the rain it was a ghost town. No one was around! I ventured into a mall for some food and I found all the people Christmas shopping. Oh yea, it’s Christmas next week.

The rain kept coming but I kept going, at least there was no one around to see me dance around in the rain!

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Eventually it stopped raining and it made it easier to look around. I just kept walking and walking and walking… there’s just so much to explore. I just found myself walking around flabbergasted! This place has thought of everything and there’s views from every angle. The harbour bay itself is just amazing – I walked around it twice. I was back and forth to the Gardens by the Bay twice as well to see the Christmas light show as well as the blizzard show. I also saw the water and light show at Harbour Bay in the evening. Everything just fell into place and nothing was too crowded.

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The next day I had three places on my list before catching a 1pm bus… Little India, Arab Street and find my bus stop and I was also going to walk the whole journey, because my feet and calf muscles just didn’t hurt enough yet!

Little India was right around the corner from my hostel conveniently. Whilst exploring Little India I was stopped by a local man in my strides. What happens next still baffles me…”You.. you have a face of good karma.” (Well now that’s a line I haven’t heard before). “Don’t worry my dear, 2015 will be much better for you, I can see it on your face, you’ve had your heartbroken, lost love and hurt another but it’s all going to be okay… good karma and luck is coming your way, remember 27th January”. I stood there for a moment, confused, mouth opened and the only words that escaped was “Do I have to pay for this?” He laughed out loud and said: “Don’t cut your hair on Saturdays or cut your nails on Tuesdays. Goodbye.” And off he went… WHAT JUST HAPPENED??? 

I completed my challenge as intended – do Singapore in a day. The only thing I didn’t see that I was interested in was Chinatown, the zoo and botanical gardens – I’ll save that for another rainy day! I saw enough!!

Singapore is officially my favourite city in the world.

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