Singapore & Sydney: Singapore part 2

Time for the final part of my 9 day SIN/SYD trip 🙂 I must admit that by the time we where flying back to Singapore I was starting to feel very tired, I think I underestimated how tired I was going to be!

We arrived at the hotel around 9PM, a few of the crew arranged to go for drinks and food but I was exhausted and pretty much fell asleep as soon as I got to my room. I slept until 1AMish, when I was woken by my rumbling stomach so I headed to the McDonald’s (up until this trip I have managed to avoid going to McDonald’s, on this trip I managed a total of 3 visits eek!) around the corner where I bumped into another crew member so we chatted for a while before I called it a night and went back to bed.

Day 1

I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed after a good nights sleep, I made sure to slap on plenty of factor 50 and then headed out in search of breakfast before a day of sightseeing. I was torn between going to the botanic gardens or Chinatown, I went with Chinatown as I wanted to visit the temples.

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sri mariamman temple singapore, hindu temple, singapore, travel blog, cabin crew blog, flight attendant blog

sri mariamman temple singapore, hindu temple, singapore

sri mariamman temple singapore, hindu temple, singapore, travel blog, cabin crew blog, flight attendant blog

Throughout the whole trip I had used Ubers and taxis to get around everywhere, it is cheaper when travelling as a group, however as I was heading out alone I decided to give public transport a try. It is so easy to use the transport in Singapore, it is cheap and everything is clear and easy to understand. I hopped on the bus to Chinatown where I got off at the Sri Mariamman Temple, I made this my first port of call. I popped my shoes off and covered my shoulders with one of the shawls at the entrance. Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and it plays a major role in the everyday lives of the Indian community.

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buddha, buddha tooth relic temple singapore,

buddha, buddha tooth relic temple singapore, buddhist temple

After marvelling at the amazingly bright and colourful architecture, I put my shoes back on and popped into the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which is literally only a 2 minute walk away. Once again I was blown away by the bright vibrant colours of the art work and statues. Like the Sri Mariamman temple, this is also a temple that is used by the local community and while I was there a ceremony was taking place.

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milk tea snow ice dessert, mei heong yuen snow ice dessert

Having had my culture fix for the day I headed out to see what Chinatown had to offer, it wasn’t as busy as I was expecting it to be although I was there on a Tuesday (or was it Monday?! I genuinely don’t know!) so that might be why. I pretty much spent the next few hours wandering around, popping into any stores that took my fancy and soaking in the atmosphere. I had read about a food centre, Maxwell Food Centre, which is meant to be the best place in Singapore to get street food. I was really excited about eating some yummy food, however my map reading skills suck so I was on the wrong side of the road and I only realised my error when I got back to the hotel and asked someone. Oh well at least I know for next time!

My poor feet where starting to feel sore with all the walking around so I made my way back to the hotel, where I jumped in a shower and then got ready to head out again. I had wanted to visit the Gardens By The Bay while on this trip and from Googling and asking fellow crew, I came to the conclusion that it was best to visit at night for the light show especially as I was too cheap to pay to go inside the greenhouses.

I didn’t fancy using the MRT to get to the gardens, so I booked a Uber and headed down to reception. When I got in the car I noticed that it had started to rain a little bit, but I thought nothing of it as it rains a lot in Singapore but it doesn’t seem to last long. This time was different, by the time I had arrived at the gardens the heavens had opened and there was a full-blown storm complete with thunder and lightning. I was obviously suitably dressed in my vest top and thin light trousers haha, determined not to let a bit of rain ruin my plans I went into the gift shop in search of a poncho and sure enough they had some 🙂

 

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gardens by the bay, marina bay sands, supertree grove, singapore, travel blog, cabin crew blog, flight attendant blog

Feeling like I was some sort of intrepid explorer who had conquered Everest, I made my way around the gardens. Now I’m going to be honest, it was really dark and I couldn’t see much when it came to the plants, but it was still cool nonetheless to be in the middle of a thunderstorm especially against the backdrop of the Marina Bay Sands. I had wanted to go on the Skyway which is a walk way above Supertree Grove, however due to the heavy rain this was out of the question and the guy at the info desk clearly thought I wad a lunatic for even asking how to find it! I was a bit worried that they were going to cancel the light show, but thankfully they didn’t. The show was nice and it did feel quite atmospheric thanks to the storm, but I wouldn’t say I was blown away by it, it was basically the trees lighting up in different colours while songs from musicals where playing. Disney Dreams it wasn’t. I went in search of some food before catching a taxi back to the hotel and calling it a night.

On pickup day I didn’t do anything other than go out for food, I did feel a bit ‘guilty’ about this as pickup wasn’t until 9PM so I did have plenty of time to do something, but I was tired and had already spent more money than I had planned to. I do try to make the most of every trip, especially one like this which I might never do again, but it is also important to listen to your body and rest if you need to!

Overall I had a fantastic time in Singapore and Sydney, I managed to do everything that I had planned to and I would love to go back again.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Singapore & Sydney: Singapore part 2

  1. Pingback: Singapore Pt 1: Rain and Flowers | the down route diaries

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