Posted by: Alicia Phillips | July 19, 2013

Singapore? Who Goes to SIngapore?

Who goes to Singapore?! Me! I go to Singapore! And you should too because this place is AMAZING!

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a little island city-state off the tip of Malaysia. It is a huge financial center and it’s port is one of the busiest in the world. Needless to say, there is A LOT of money running through this place, should be called Singa-rich! I’ve seem more Lamborghini’s and Beamers and Bentley’s in the last 48 hours than I have in my entire life; granted I’ve lived in Arkansas for most of my life, but still! There are skyscrapers towering overhead and little shops and crooks and nannies all through the streets. Lots’s of little neighboorhoods, Little India, Chinatown, Turkey, Vietnamense, etc. Singapore has a reputation for being very clean and very harsh in it’s punishments and fines, I didn’t really encounter anything unusual other than how impeccably clean the streets are.

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I stayed at a GREAT little hostel right in the center of Chinatown. It’s called Wink, http://www.winkhostel.com/, and it is so much fun. The beds in the dorms are little cubby holes with ambient lighting and there is free wifi and breakfast available.

My sleeping pod

My sleeping pod

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Bathroom

The Bathroom

I started off exploring the streets around my hostel and getting used to the stares. A giant white woman in a sea of Asians. (For my readers who don’t know me- I’m pretty tall). At first I was a little intimidated, this place is so huge and so busy and all the signs are in a different language and no one understands me when I talk! But, I found a tourist map and sat down for a glass of Teh Tarik (a delicious Malaysian tea) and made a plan.

Chinatown at night

Chinatown at night

I purchased a ticket for a hop on/ hop off bus and went for a ride in a double deck-er tourist bus. Saw all the sights and eventually hopped out at the Marina Bay Sands Casino and walked around. Holy moly, that’s a big building.

Seriously, this thing was so HUGE!

Seriously, this thing was so HUGE!

The Singapore flyer is the biggest observation wheel in the world, quite a bit bigger than the London eye! So, for $20 I HAD to go take a 30 minute ride in it. It was beautiful and the view from the top was amazing!

Inside the pod that I rode on to the top of the wheel

Inside the pod that I rode on to the top of the wheel

Gorgeous all the way up there!

Gorgeous all the way up there!

I decided I needed a little pampering after walking around all day. I’ve heard about fish spas before, never thought I would actually do it. Have little sucker fish clean my feet and legs? Sure, sounds legit. Why not?

Freaking out a little bit

Freaking out a little bit

GAHHHH!

GAHHHH!

It was SO weird. I couldn’t stop squirming. As soon as I walked over to the tank where the big fish were they all flocked to me and were waiting right under the surface to attack my feet! The sensation was almost more than I could stand!

Later that night I went on the famous Singapore Night Safari. This was so cool. You jump on a trolley car and it takes you through the rain forest in the dark. They have strategically set up ambient lights so that you can see the animals but it doesn’t disturb them. And all the animals were out and about. I saw everything from rhinos to giraffes to flamingos to lions. There were two times I was a little uneasy because there were no fences keeping the animals from coming up to you. For the predators (i.e. lions and tigers) there was just a deep ditch separating them from you. Once, when we were going past the hyena cage, two of them got up and stared and followed the trolley as it went by. Those things are so big. The other time I was worried was when the lions saw us. There was a huge pride of them and they were so close! What was stopping them from jumping over and getting us? I don’t know! Needless to say it was really cool.

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The next day I decided just to explore on my own. No buses. The first day I did what tourists should do when they come to Singapore. The second I did what I wanted to do. I made my way to the iconic Merlion statue, the national mascot of Singapore. I was standing there, taking selfies when this other girl comes up and asks me to take her picture in front of the statue and then she will take mine. So we got to talking and turns out she is good friends with my sister-in-law back in Iowa! How random!! It sure is a small world!

Me and my sister in law's friend!

Me and my sister in law’s friend!

Merlion, the mascot of Singapore

Merlion, the mascot of Singapore

Later that day I did a little shopping. I went to a huge shopping mall that had every single name-brand designer you can think of: Burberry, Dior, Harry Winston, Kate Spade, Dolce and Gabanna, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Vivenne Westwood and about 200 more! I made my merry way down to H&M though and got some much needed new tank tops. $9 Singaporean ain’t bad! Prada who?

I found myself thinking, on more than one occasion, how happy I was that I am travelling alone. It is so much fun to be anonymous in a new big city. To go and do or see whatever you want without having to compromise with someone else on what they want to see. I never felt alone, I made friends wherever I went, on the bus, train, and restaurant. I’m telling ya, solo travel is where it’s at!

Singapore was great fun, but alas, I need to move on. Malaysia here I come!!

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Responses

  1. So exciting 🙂 I’ve only been to the Singapore airport but was quite impressed. Super jealous you got to explore the city!!! Enjoy the rest of your trip cuz! Can’t wait to see you when you get back! Chels

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    • Singapore airport is Awesome! So big and busy. Free massages and a free movies theater for long layovers. Miss you too Chelsea! I’ll come to Colorado and see you when I get home!

  2. THIS IS A-MAZING!! What are the odds you met a family member’s friend??! That is nuts! It is on my bucket list now to stay in a hostel. You look happy and beautiful as always! Keep the stories comin’!

  3. Hiiiiiii Alisi,:)

    Everything sounds so awesome youre definitely living it gal…. :).Missing u out here… Keep on having a blast .. Im having a blast just reading your blog… lol.. feels like I been to Singapore now.

    XXXXXXXXXX


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