We landed in Singapore yesterday and were eager to get to seeing the city after our later than planned arrival, so we dumped our bags at the hotel and set off for Arab Street. When the British governed the area, Raffles set the neighborhood aside for the Muslim residents of the area and it retained that culture through today.
There is a lot of fun street art, street shipping, and street food to enjoy there now.
After some late lunch we set off for the Singapore flyer, a giant ferris wheel that overlooks the city, straight, and bay. It is so late and moves so slowly that we each had to do a double take to make sure it was actually open and moving before we got there.
The views were great despite the clouds and rain and we had a blast enjoying the 20+ minute ride.
We went from there to attempt to get a drink on top of the Marina Bay sands hotel (the one in the picture above that looks like a boat on three towers), but the bar was closed due to the rain so we audibled to some window shopping in a very fancy mall land being mesmerized but a giant multi touch screen on the floor running some incredible animations.
The first had some fish that swam around and gathered around people who weren’t moving (the parents) but scattered from the people chasing them (the children). There second was a gorgeous animation that has vines tracing after the feet of people on the screen with explosions of flowers at set times. There combination of the static parents with the manic motions of the children while the animation ran was very beautiful to watch. It was also some impressive computing running the thing as there was really only a small but if frame rate dropping at only a few times.
We closed out night one with some more hawker food and a visit to the merlion.
On day two we did a bit more window shopping on Orchard street… Sadly no luxury car stores set up this time.
On our way there, we saw an interesting church billboard that the mouse’s lawyers might be interested in…
A wander through Chinatown led to my enjoying some Chinese hamburgers with duck meat, before we set off for the Marina Bay gardens. The gardens are a large park on reclaimed land with some artwork, some fake trees, and a few indoor botanical parks. They made for a delightful walk in the oddly not rainy weather.
The baby sculpture was weird. He was just floating there. And when the real life son of the artist becomes a teenager, it might be awkward if he ever goes on a date in the park.
We closed out our day with a successful attempt at a cocktail on the roof of the hotel before a nice celebratory dinner of chili and pepper crab (which was just as good as I remembered it being). (White pepper crab not pictured because we were a already eating chili crab when it arrived and we were too messy to touch our phones)
It has been an amazing month of travel. We have both learned so much and will leave this trip changed for the better, but I guess it is time to go back to real life until the next one.
When the alarm went off this morning, it meant that 24 hours later, we’d be walking in our front door. This 14.5 hour flight from Singapore to SFO is gonna hurt, but it is worth it.
Now where to next…