3 nights in Singapore
We were excited about moving on from KL and exploring some more of the peninsula. We thought that we would start at the bottom and work our way back up, so hopped on a flight from KL to Singapore (taking about 45 minutes). Neither of us had particularly wanted to go to Singapore before but were both pleasantly surprised by the city.
We thought initially that it would be ultra modern and quite clinical, with an international feel. Although it did have elements of all of these things we were happy to find some local life and culture (and a lot of fun!) along the way.
We arrived in Singapore on the afternoon of halloween, and as it is one of our favourite times of year we decided we needed a treat to mark the occasion and make us not miss being at home too much! We say an advertisement for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island and were sold!
It was actually a lot more fascinating than we initially thought. It was very un-touristy and the majority of people there were local teenagers (we felt very old!) I had one girl of about 15 clinging onto my waist through an entire immersive experience with the ‘tunnel people’ – Im not sure who was most embarrassed at the end!
There were several immersive horror experiences, set up just for Halloween, as well as a select few of the theme parks rides (transformers, the mummy, and wait for it – Battlestar Galactica, where you decided which rollercoaster you went on by deciding if you were human or cylon! I was in heaven!)
The horror experiences were interesting because they were all set up to reflect a side of local culture. One brought to life a story written by a local writer about ghosts on the MRT (metro / tube). One was a Hell House, which had life creepy size models all made out of paper to burn (apparently a ritual that reflects Chinese funeral practices), another was a Singapore zombie experience, but each house you were led through reflected a different cultural group (one hindu, one chinese, one malay etc). Who thought it was going to be so educational!
Safe to say, we had a whale of a time and spent around 7 hours trying to see everything and stumbled back to our hotel at 3am.
Having woken late the next day (!!) we decided to take it easy and spend the afternoon at the Gardens by the Bay. This was absolutely stunning and by far exceeded both of our expectations.
A definite highlight though was the fantastic ‘super trees’ which I developed a mild obsession with (please enjoy this very small selection of my many many photographs…..)
We ended up spending several hours, just wandering through the many separate, themed gardens, all of which are free to the public. We decided against the conservatories, although they looked stunning we just couldn’t justify the extra cost.
That afternoon and evening we wandered the streets of Chinatown to explore a different side to Singapore.
As always there is always time for a street food snack (or two!) before heading home. Here we had a banana and chocolate roti canai and Chilli crab pau bun. Yummy!
After a very hot couple of days today we had to cool down a bit! We sent the day at Wild Wild Wet water park (good name!)
We had a night out nearer to our hotel in the Little India area, where things were gradually hotting up ready for the annual Deepavali festival.
The next day, we only had a little time before catching our coach back into Malaysia to Melaka. Just enough time to wander a few more streets and have the traditional local breakfast (Kaya Toast).