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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.