Destination: Singapore, SingaporeSaturday, June 08, 2013
M is stopping by Singapore on her way home, and asked me if I could recommend her where to go and what to see. Hmm.. It's been so long since I'd visited Singapore city!
I visited Singapore way back in 2008, on my solo Asian trip to Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Singapore is the perfect stop over city, due to its convenient location. Stop by on your way to Europe, to America, to Asia, ... to New Zealand!
My friend K was studying at the University of Singapore at the time, so I got to stay with her. She didn't have any air conditioning in her room though. I remember it being so stuffy, even with the fan on, haha. Otherwise, the three-day trip is kind of a blur:
- Marina Bay
- random outdoor concerts,
- shopping - it was nearing Christmas when I was here,
- food & drinks at Telok Ayer Market, aka Lau Pa Sat.
Don't go too early. I did, and they were just setting stalls up. Hmm, maybe a good idea if you want to avoid the crowds. It may also have been a Sunday. Another popular shopping area is the Bugis Village, the longest shopping street in Singapore with a shady past.
- Little India
I remember it still being really early and not that many people being around. There were a few street markets with the merchandise on the floor near the metro stations. For reasons I cannot remember, I wanted to visit this temple in the picture above, out of the many in the area. For me it was quite a shock to see the HUGE Buddha - 15 metres - filling most of the building. You can also go inside the Buddha round the back, and you get to see other Buddhas sitting and lying on his sides. Quite an experience for me. The temple is a national heritage site with historic backgrounds, serving as a refuge and secret message postal office during the wars. While its official name is Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, it is more affectionately known as the Temple of 1000 Lights - pretty! Perhaps it was the name that lured me to the place. I'm glad it did.