After 4 exhausting days scuba diving in Sipadan, we flew to Singapore where we would be reunited with our friend Alex who has been living there for the past 9 months for work. We got to his apartment around 8 in the evening and he surprised us with wine and cheese appetizers – something we haven’t had in so long!
King of Prussia in Singapore!
It was so great to be in his apartment which was huge and it had great views over the city. After a shower, we headed out in the city for a drink. Kathleen and I were shocked to see the prices of everything in Singapore. The specials are 5 beers for $55 Singapore ($44 US). It was insane!!
Marina Bay Sands Hotel at night
We headed back fairly early was we were exhausted from a day of traveling. The next day Alex took us out to explore the city. Our first stop was lunch in a Hawker Market. In typical Singapore fashion, they have removed the ubiquitous street food and placed them into hawker markets, which are essentially food courts. Unlike other cheap street food in Asia, these are immaculate with each vendor having a letter grade displayed for cleanliness – a safe way to eat cheap! Inside this specific hawker market, you could choose from any food such as Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Western, Thai, etc. For Singapore being such an expensive city, we each got a meal for $5 US dollars each!
Approaching the Hawker Market right in the downtown district
Clean street food!
Two Chinese dishes and my Indian curry
Next up was exploring the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. While it’s a 5 star hotel with a $500+ night price tag, it is still awesome to take pictures. Along the way, we stopped at the Singapore Merlion fountain.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Singapore Merlion fountain
Stop for a quick ice cream break!
Singapore Museum of Science
We wanted to visit the “Gardens by the Bay” and en-route you go through a skywalk through the Marina Bay Sands Hotel – very impressive. We walked around the Gardens by the Bay for a bit. They have turned several water towers into an artifical tree with walkways between them. Since it was the first day after Ramadan, it was big holiday and all of the Indonesian and Malaysians that live in Singapore were out with their families having picnics.
The open lobby
Gardens by the Bay
On the train ride back, hunger over came us all! With Singapore being the best food city in the world, we all agreed to go Din Tai Fung, the same restaurant Kathleen and I went to in Hong Kong. It is a Taiwan based chain restaurant around Asia, but they make the BEST dim sum in the world. 30 pork dim sums later…
Still hungry, Alex took us to a sushi boat restaurant where all plates of sushi are a $1.50. We ended up crushing 27 plates among the 3 of us!
Exhausted from a day in the heat and all of the food, we called it a night and settled into Alex’s apartment for quiet evening.
The next day, the food adventures began again! First stop was Chinatown. Actually, Chinese make up 74% of the population of Singapore. Next come Malays at 13%, Indians at 9% and others at 3%. But we got to China town and set off in search of the most famous Singapore dish…the Chili Crab! While nearly all restaurants in Singapore sell the Chili Crab, the best (and cheapest spot) is the Hawker Market. Kathleen and I felt as we were transported back to China again! The chili crab was amazing!
Our chili crab!
Settling down for lunch
We did some shopping for cheap souvenirs in Chinatown and it started to rain very heavily. Since Singapore is only a few degrees above the equator, they are no stranger to tropical downpours.
Heavy, heavy, rain
For dinner that night, we decided to make some steak, potatoes and salad back at Alex’s apartment as Kathleen and I were both craving some food from home! We also bought a frozen cheesecake and sang happy birthday to her!
The birthday girl
Baller with the champange
That night to celebrate Kathleen’s birthday, Alex took us to the bar called “1-Altitude”. The bar sits on the 63rd floor of 1 Raffles Place and it’s 925 feet high. The price tag was high, but the views surrounding Singapore were awesome! There are tall buildings in ever direction! We couldn’t leave Singapore without a famous Singapore Sling either!
Rooftop Singapore Sling!
My birthday babe!
It was an awesome night to spend Kathleen’s birthday and our last night in Singapore. Alex was a great host letting us use his apartment and bought us treats that we missed from home, like milk and cereal! Singapore is an awesome and modern city and we are really glad we visited. Again, Asian food is amazing and Singapore is great as you can eat food from what feels like any corner of the world. We’ll miss you Alex and thanks for your hospitality!