We left the Philippines just after New Years Day, we were unable to get a seat on my parents earlier flight so ended up waiting a little longer in the hotel.We landed in Singapore at 20:30 and made a dash for the closest restaurant as we were starving, then made our way to the city centre by taxi. My parents booked us into a nice hotel right in the centre, Holiday Inn Express at Clarke Quay.
We arrived late and checked into our room then found out my parent’s room was literally opposite ours which made things easier. This hotel was very nice, top quality interior and it even had a rooftop pool with a lovely view, we could just about see the Marina Bay Sands hotel. We wandered around on the roof then went to sleep in our hotel room as we planned a busy day to make the most of our time in the city (2 nights).
Breakfast was amazing! a large variety of choice, we just wanted to eat everything.
What did we do in Singapore?
Hop on off Bus
We bought tickets for the hop on and off the bus as it seemed like an easy way to get around for us without having to take the metro every time. We first took the city route and stayed on for the whole route which took us through the city where we were able to see many different sights such as:
- Botanic Gardens
- Marina Bay
- Singapore Flyer
Side note it was my second time in the city and my parents had other plans as they have also been here.
Gardens by the Bay
We went to the viewing platform to take in the amazing views over the garden, where we could see the Supertrees and the surrounding gardens.
Marina Bay Sands
We wandered around the area of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, looking at the magnificent building, and just happened to stumble across a flash mob which was a large group of American teenagers playing in a music band. It was well performed and was great to see, it also meant that everyone was watching them and gave us an empty area to take a photo of us and the city behind us. I do love this city and this area was my favourite last time I visited, it just has a great skyline that I love to stare at. With such a creative architecture, with the hotel, Helix bridge and the science museum.On our way to get a taxi, we just happened to bump into my parents, after a long day of roaming around the city we found ourselves at the same place at the same time looking for a taxi, I know it is a small city but still…
Makansutra at Gluttons Bay
We had dinner here, I looked it up on Google, for a place to eat with a view of the city, this came up so we decided to go there. It was an outside place with many food stalls to choose from, we got a table with a great view of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Singapore noodles, one of my favourites, we had lots of tasty food together with my parents.
Gardens by the bay at night
So last time in Singapore we watched the light show by the Marina Bay hotel, this time we went to see Gardens Rhapsody which was a great light show performed around the Super tree in the garden. It lasted around 15 minutes and the area was full of people, the downside was the neck ache from looking up, but it was well worth it.
Our short time in Singapore went quickly, and due to flight prices, we had to land late and fly to our next destination very very early so we tried to make the most of the one full day without tiring ourselves out too much. It was nice being able to spend a little extra time with just my parents as the last couple of weeks in the Philippines were filled with lots of family and celebration. We ended up saying our goodbyes before going to bed as we had to leave at 4am, although my mum got up early to say goodbye again at 4am. It was an awesome time and we are so thankful for the invitation from my parents to stay in this lovely hotel. Another goodbye, it was a few days of saying goodbyes to everyone and going off on our own again. My parent’s flight back to London was a few hours after us so they got some extra time to rest. We were lucky enough to grab some pastries before leaving and making our way to the airport.