I love how these boats are all facing the same way.
|Landing in Singapore.|
|On Orchard Road, the main shopping street.|
Monica and I stayed at a hostel in Chinatown called Matchbox. It was a "concept hostel" and Monica has photos of us in our Japanese-style dorm sleeping cubes. How modern! The hostel supplied free breakfast all day long (cereal, juice, toast) and also had a washer and dryer for free use--very much appreciated.
Around the corner was a "hawker center," basically an open-air food court. Meals are cheap at around $4 USD for a portion of chicken, rice, vegetable and soup. We rounded off our meals with either a boba tea or a fruit shake, such as soursop/starfruit and fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice. Yummy.
Singapore is basically one giant shopping center. Monica and I have a theory that in the future, the whole city will be an indoors/underground interconnected shopping mall. It won't take much to get to that point.
|Just getting off the subway and walking for 15 minutes through a new underground mall to get to our exit.|
|Looks like a circuit board, right?|
|"To the left, to the left..."|
|Am I at Burning Man?|
|The Louis Vuitton store.|
|Tons of public spaces for chilling.|
|Monica at sunset.|
|A slice of the Marina Bay Sands building.|
|Crazy pedestrian bridge.|
|The Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel.|
We happened to be in town for the week-long Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts, beginning after the Chinese New Year. We saw many musical performances, a puppet show and a Chinese acrobat performance.
|The puppet show.|
|A little bit freaky.|
One day we walked around the Chinatown and Little India neighborhoods.
|Laundry hung up outside to dry.|
|Fernando Botero sculpture.|
|Top floor, #57. So cheesy with those blue glowing lights.|
|The vanishing-edge pool on the top floor.|
Overall, I'm glad we experienced Singapore, but not being real "shoppers," we didn't take advantage of the best thing this city has to offer. I wouldn't make this a destination if you are looking for culture, but if you want to do some serious spending or are interested in seeing a semi-cheesy futuristic city, I would tell you to check it out. I wonder what this city is going to look like in 10 or 20 years ... probably laughably outdated.