Exploring different countries in Asia has always been on my bucket list but Singaporean culture was something completely (with a lack of a better word) foreign to me. Being naturally adventurous and exploring another country blindly may be seen as naive (okay, it is a little bit) but I'm really glad I did. It could even be the best way to travel and open your mind to what's outside our daily lives.
First off, I'm really proud to say that the group of girls and I survived living the hostel life for the first two nights which always makes me think about that scary movie Hostel (2005). Completely unlike that scarring movie, the hostel was actually quite pleasant and quirky where a lot of foreigners stayed at including our two friendly roommates from Germany. Definitely something I'm able to cross of my list, I guess!
Singapore | Photo Diary 1
Sightseeing around Singapore takes lots of walking effort in the humid heat, a 24-hr bus tour, and cab rides throughout the city but I guarantee you, you will always come across something beautiful. Probably one of the most obvious things you'll notice if you love taking pictures is Singapore's perfect lighting! No kidding, the lighting is what makes the rest of the beautifully modern architecture and culture shine. Even with the harsh rain we faced one morning, it made for clear bright skies to open up when we visited the Singapore Bontanical Gardens aka a Spring baby's dream garden!
When we were hungry, we often headed to Chinatown's open market where you'll find delicious street foods in various ethnicities like Indian cuisine, hand tossed Chinese noodles, and my favorite meal which was a super fresh Singaporean soup called Laksa chicken curry. This and other whole in the wall foods were super cheap and relatively affordable (around 4.50 Singaporean dollars!).
On our downtime we grabbed a couple drinks at a highly rated club called Zouk (both pretty lavish and on the pricey side) with crowds that love their EDM music. Instead of hitting the night out until 4AM, we met a group of strangers that were so sweet, so funny, and were down to chat with us and recommend places to go. We enjoyed sugar plum shots with our new friends and expressed our mutual passions for traveling across the world.
Singapore | Photo Diary 2
If I were to sum up the trip in my experience: There is literally always something that attracts the eye and it's a country that ensures a great experience wherever you go. Singapore has a refreshing diverse population, super delicious foods, and extravagant malls with high end designer retail therapy all encompassed by the incredible views and skyline.
What Singapore brought out of me in those couple days is to always maintain a fresh mindset about people, my surroundings, and this new fascination for traveling all across Asia.
Singapore was so refreshing and fun and I loved sharing my perspective but traveling is truly something you'll need to experience for yourself.
Where will you go?