… 14 hours in Singapore?! Challenge accepted! And believe me, this was not an easy challenge, as this stop was unexpected. As you can imagine, we were not prepared. But hey, you gotta love unexpected situations life throws at you and let’s face it, there is worse than a forced layover in Singapore – I have just been to the dentist, so trust me on this.
Thanks to a lovely lady at the airport info point, we came up with a pretty exciting action plan and made the best of Singapore in 14 hours (if we can say so ourselves). It gave us plenty of time to discover Singapore, even though we don’t have the audacity to claim that it was nearly enough. However we enjoyed our impromptu time in Singapore and I am happy to take you there for a full-on layover.
- Located in South East Asia
- One of the only three city-states in the world
- It is made up of 63 islands
- It was originally known as Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Javanese
- Over 70% of the population is from China
Singapore’s random and funny facts:
- Highest rooftop bar in the world
- Singapore is the largest exporter of ornamental fish
- More Singaporeans are born in the month of October than any other month of the year
- The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel
- The national anthem was printed in microtext on the back of the 1000 SGD note
If you only have 14 hours in Singapore, have fun:
- Taking pictures of the beautiful Sultan Mosquee (Masjid Sultan). Just be careful with the opening hours. Some hours of the day are dedicated to prayers. It is an easy first stop from the airport: jump on the green line towards Joo koon, stop”Bugis”
- Having breakfast on North Bridge Street for 4 SGD at Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh. Delicious spicy noodle soups!
- Discovering the temple Thian Hock Keng. It is the oldest Fukien (or Hoklo) temple in Singapore – Blue line to Telok Ayer
- Getting lost in Chinatown – great place to go on a shopping spree, treat yourself with a fresh pressed juice and have a cheap but delicious dinner
- Being teletransported to India while wandering through Little India. From the smell of the food, to the guys yelling in Hindi on the streets, to the music playing on the streets, I was instantly thrown back to Delhi. We decided to shorten our experience when we realized that my sister attracted too much attention with her beautiful blond hair and (very very) short shorts. For our defense, I did say that we were unprepared
- Watching the free light show over the Super tree grove. Free and entertaining!
- Relaxing with a fish spa! What’s not to love about fish eating your dead skin?! Disgusting?! Maybe a little (alright a lot) but gosh it is a fantastic feeling. Give it a try!
My Tip: To discover Singapore, I would recommend to buy a tourist day pass for 20 SGD, 10 dollars being a deposit which is returned when you bring the pass back. Bargain!
Voila this is our way to spend a beautiful day in Singapore! Enjoy and Kung Hey Fat Choi to all our Chinese friends in the world!