Singapore Day 3

Our day began at the beautiful and luscious Gardens by the Bay, a nature park covering over 250 acres. Comprised of two glass domes, the conservatories replicate a Mediterranean climate and a cool moist climate of the Tropical Montane region.

from the flower dome

Two of my favorite things, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet and the Traveling Family art piece

We were lucky enough to be there for the Christmas exhibit

Including this adorable tree snowman

Last stop before heading to the airport for a 1:20am flight was practically mandatory when in Singapore… the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar where it was invented in the 1920s.

Very last stop before we go was at The Jewel, across the street from the airport. It has the Rain Vortex, the worlds largest and tallest indoor waterfall at 130 feet high.

Singapore airport has been voted the nicest in the world 7 years in a row. I can see why. It’s incredibly organize an efficient. And has art exhibits like this one that are intoxicating and relaxing.

And just like that, my first trip to the Far East is in the books. Thank you for coming along on my journey. I very much hope you enjoyed the ride ❤️

Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Our next stop after lunch was Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha. The Reclining Buddha was built by Rama III in 1832. A reclining Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. The statue is almost 50 feet high and over 150 feet long. The figure has a brick core that is covered in plaster and then gilded in gold.

The soles of the Buddha’s feet are inlaid with mother of pearl displaying symbols such as elephants, flowers and tigers

There are also 108 bronze bowls visitors drop coins into for good luck. The 108 represents the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha.

Lots more really cool and fun statues

And ancient acupuncture paintings

Yoga statues

Street food

Singapore Day 2

Our first full day of touring Singapore required sustenance. Luckily, this incredible full spread buffet was included (good thing too as lunch was literally a sandwich each and a bottled water and it was $108! Singapore is expensive) Ice cream at a breakfast buffet? Don’t mind if I do!

Fueled, rested and ready to go, we first took the elevator up 57 floors to the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Opened only in 2010, it’s hard to imagine the Singapore skyline without it as it seems no matter where you are, this three towers with the boat on top is your background.

The ground floor is shops and restaurants and these giant potted trees are actually an art exhibit called, “Rising Forest”

The elevator goes one floor a second so in less than a minute, you are at the top. I was disappointed nothing happens in the elevator. I was surprised there wasn’t video like you find in the elevators for 30 Rock or the new World Trade Center in NYC that tell the time lapse story of each building.

Views from the top are lovely and on clear days you can see Indonesia

The world’s only floating stadium and the seats are individually cooled

The Helix Bridge or DNA bridge because, wait for it… it looks like strands of DNA

The Singapore Flyer wasn’t working while we were there. Our tour guide said it had been down for about two weeks. Fun fact: the wheel originally turned counter clockwise but Feng Shui masters convinced the owners that the wheel was bringing fortune out of the land, instead of towards it, because it faces the financial district and then turns around towards the east and open sea.

The company reversed the wheel and made it rise up on the eastern side and then turn towards the financial district – supposedly a sign of bringing fortune inwards and flowing to the city.

The SkyPark of Marina Bay Sands (the boat part) has an infinity pool that is over 600 above ground. The SkyPark is accessible only to hotel guests for security reasons.

Tomorrow we will be visiting Gardens By The Bay. Here is an aerial view

Overlooking all of Singapore

Our tour guide, Jeremy. He was with us all three days and was one of the best tour guide I’ve ever had. Very personable and fun and really knew his city.

Up next was a trishaw ride through Little India

Followed by a scenic cruise on the Singapore River where we went from a bird’s eye view to a water view and our guide had some fun taking pictures with me.


One of my favorite things to see was the Merlion. A Merlion is half lion and half fish and is the official mascot of Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village and the lion head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, meaning “lion city”.

A cub was later added that you cannot see from the water but you can see on land in Merlion Park

We were on our own for the aforementioned expensive lunch and we checked out the mall adjacent to our hotel. Singapore seems to be endless malls and shopping is a sport here and could definitely be called the national pastime. I’m not a big shopper myself but I do always enjoy seeing how locals spend their time. I don’t know how anyone affords to live in Singapore and I’m used to NYC prices! This mall had a whole section of high end stores including Ferrari Junior, Gucci and Dior that were just children’s clothes. The adult versions were at the other end.

I loved this adorable Tiffany’s little mouse Christmas display

And I could have lived in this tea shop

Starbucks is everywhere but my local Starbucks doesn’t carry prawn mayo chia seeds sandwiches

You can see from the crowds in the food court, the malls are a popular spots

We went back to the hotel to clean up for our dinner at the members only China Club. Located at the top of the Capital Tower, the China Club serves traditional Chinese food in a tea house setting

The menu