I’ve been here two weeks and this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write! The days have been filled with working, sight-seeing and sunbathing and I’m ehxausted from all three ☺️
Before coming to Singapore I was told that it was the same as Hong Kong, just cleaner. In some ways I would agree; the transport system is extremely efficient and cheap, there are shopping malls everywhere, the food is very similar and so is the climate. But I also think there are many ways in which they’re very different. Singapore is extremely clean – I don’t think I’ve seen a single bit of litter; the law is so strict here that littering just doesn’t happen. Hong Kong has a buzz and vibe about it 24/7, whereas Singapore feels less hectic and a lot more classy (or, as someone here put it, Hong Kong is more ‘real’). Whilst they are both very hot, Singapore hasn’t felt as humid (my hair is a lot happier here!), although today is the exception due to the thunderstorm that was lurking around all morning, hence very swollen hands and feet!
The first week went by in a blur as I struggled with jet lag and the first few working days, but last weekend I was finally starting to adjust and managed to do some exploring. Saturday evening we enjoyed a Chinese meal at Boast Quay, sat right by the river, and then went for drinks at the Fullerton Bay Hotel where we watched the sound and light show that happens every evening around Marina Bay Sands. The following day I enjoyed a trip to the Botanic Gardens where they have the most amazing display of orchids – if you’re into flowers it’s definitely a place to visit!
Another week of work followed, but I was working in Paragon, one of the main shopping centres on Orchard Road – a place for the rich and famous with rows and rows of designer shops. Thankfully my lunch break wasn’t long enough for me to be tempted by all the amazing bags and shoes on display!
This weekend came with a bit of upheaval as we were told we had to move rooms due to scheduled maintenance, so I’ve moved from floor 10 to floor 22 and now have the most amazing view! Plus a coffee machine, which would be great if I liked coffee! Despite the move I still managed a visit to Little India, where I wandered around Mustafa, a 24 hour shopping centre that sells everything you could think of, from watches to baby food! It was very hectic, and at times very tacky, so I moved onto Arab Street which had a very turkish feel with shops selling pashminas and rugs. The evening was spent having another cocktail (or mocktail in my case) looking out over Marina Bay, and then a visit to the Singapore Night Festival. There were various light shows, live music and craft stalls, and at 10.30 we were still melting in the heat and eating ice lollies!
Today’s plans were thwarted by bad weather, but we did manage a quick trip to Gardens by the Bay this afternoon. It’s a very modern take on a garden/park area but really beautiful and so peaceful considering it’s so close to the city. I will definitely be going back to explore a bit further when the humidity isn’t so bad and I can breathe more easily!
Someone asked me yesterday which I prefer, Hong Kong or Singapore, but I don’t think I have a favourite. They are different, but I love them both. ❤️