So, a few random observations before the photo show. Alcohol is EXPENSIVE in Singapore. A lot of restaurants do not even offer wine by the bottle. The wine by the glass prices would be bottle prices here in the US. And the US dollar to Singapore dollar ratio is not too far off the mark. So, we imbibed less, which was probably a good thing since the air is so humid one gets wringing wet after about a couple of hours. Our hotel did have a cool bar called Manhattan, however. They specialized in barrel-aged cocktails and had a glassed-in barrel room of concoctions waiting their turn. We indulged once, but at ~$21 a pop, we only went the one time.
Yes, it's that humid, even at night. Our friends who live in Singapore said it took them about 6 months to get acclimatized. Thus, the dilemma: do we eat outside at some lovely places along the river or the outdoor food stalls in Chinatown or do we head inside for air conditioning? We chose air conditioning. It was a way for us to recover before going back outside. Our hotel was kind enough to provide us two bottles of water each day and changed our towels twice a day since we usually took two showers every day. Since I am not a fan of heat and humidity and make a point of never going to the beach in the summer, I impressed myself at being able to survive. Shopping centers, the subway (MRT), and taxis all have excellent air conditioning, thank goodness.
The MRT is super easy to use and cheap. One-way fares are less that one Singaporean dollar. Taxis are fairly inexpensive, too. This is a good thing since owning a car is outrageously expensive. A Subaru costs upwards of $150,000 (yes, this is not a typo). We were also told that if one owned a car, the government required one to pay for the right to drive it for 10 years.
Singapore offers a huge variety of restaurants, from traditional Asian fare to familiar American fast food places to chain eateries that were new to us. It allows us as Americans to be adventurous one day and then return to our version of comfort food the next day. Reputable hotels and restaurants have good water and ice, so no real worries from that perspective. There is one fast food place in Singapore called Toast Box. They do toast with salted butter and jam (traditionally coconut jam), but what I became addicted to was the milk tea - extremely strong tea with sweetened condensed milk. OMG. They also have egg tarts. We need a Toast Box here.
Enough comments. Please enjoy some of my snaps.
|Bumboats along the Singapore River|
|Christmas decorations were being put in in mid-Oct. These along Orchard Road are brought to you by Hitachi|
|Barrel-Aged Manhattan at Manhattan|
|We met some friends for lunch one day. They took us to a local food court and ordered all manner of items. This is chicken and rice. The rice is cooked in a concentrated chicken broth.|
|Rojak contains fruit and cucumber and mixed with shrimp paste|
|Noodles with Shrimp|
|To drink we had sugar cane juice flavored with lemon juice|
|Malaysian Shaved Ice - Shaved ice with coconut milk, syrup, sweet beans, and "green twizzlers"|
|Yummy milk tea at Toast Box|
|While we were in Singapore, they celebrated the Deepavali holiday, a Hindu holiday (we know it as Diwali). This is a "bank holiday." Singapore has 10 holidays and honor Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, and Western cultures.|
|Foodstuffs for sale during Deepavali|
|This is what happens to a camera lens when you step outside from an air conditioned hotel|
|We ate at La Forketta one evening and enjoyed a lovely burrata.|
|Singapore Botanic Gardens|
|Most of the graffiti that we saw in Singapore was on plants|
|One of the many species of orchids in the National Orchid Gardens|
|Also part of the National Orchid Gardens|
|Prawn Satay with Mango Salad at Halia|
|Beijing Duck at Fatty Weng's|
|Buddha Tooth Temple|
|Ku De Ta sits atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel and offers a lovely view of Singapore. We enjoyed some sangria.|
|Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay|
|Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay|
|Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay|
|Calamari at Pollen Restaurant|
|Supertree Grove - A Spectacular Light Show|
|Marina Bay Sands Hotel|
|Singapore at Night|
|Letter on in the week we met up with friends again and had Dim Sum at Asia Grand. I tried Chicken Feet|
|Bamboo or Razor Clams|
|Herbed dessert jelly. Definitely herbal, slightly sweet with a bit of anise. This reminded me of Italian amaro, just non-alcoholic.|
|An original Singapore Sling from the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel|
|Merlion Fountain - The merlion is a mythical Singaporean creature|
|The Clifford Pier Restaurant|
|Pork Belly Buns at Clifford Pier|
|Night Time in Singapore|
|Last look at Singapore from our hotel room|
Singapore was well worth the trip. And I recommend Singapore Air for any long-haul travel.