After the 3 weeks we spent in Indonesia we flew on AirAsia to Singapore. Already at the airport you start to get the feel for how organized and clean everything is. We headed to the Holiday Inn Atrium for a (almost) free stay thanks to our hotel points. Kids were all excited to be in a nice and comfortable hotel and they had their own room down the hall from us. A bit of independence and separation after 4 months of travels is certainly positive. We unpacked and relaxed, while everyone got connected to the super fast wifi and then headed to dinner at a nearby food court with plenty of food stalls to choose from.
To my fellow Brazilians who love shopping malls, Singapore must be a dream destination. I have never seen so many malls in my life. It is one next to another with plenty of shopping and amazing food to please any taste. I also thought I had visited some foodie places already (i.e Melbourne) but Singapore is right up there with a diversity of restaurants to please anyone from anywhere.
We spent a day around Marina Bay, which has incredible views of the city. The Marina Bay Sands is quite remarkable and we all loved the Gardens by the Bay. Also had some delicious dim sum nearby and visited the very interesting Da Vinci: Shaping the Future exhibit at the ArtScience Museum.
The following day we had lunch at The Tanglin Club, which is the sister club to the Olympic Club in San Francisco. From there were walked to the Singapore Botanic Gardens (separate blog post to follow) and all the way to the famous Orchard Road (more malls!) and watched some street performers and the city lights. Did I mention how amazingly organized and clean Singapore is? Quite impressive to see. It is indeed a fine city – you get fined if you litter or smoke in public, or even if you do not flush public toilets after using it.
Our stay in Singapore felt short, we could have easily stayed for an entire week as we were quite impressed by the city, the food, the sites and the diversity of cultures. Unfortunately it is also an expensive city but we found that the food and transportation (mainly taxis) were very reasonable for us, budget travelers. Most definitely a place to visit again in the future.