Singapore

More of Singapore!

We’ve spent a few more days in Singapore, and the city is really amazing. Apart from being terribly hot everyday, it’s an incredible place. The subway system is pervasive (and air conditioned), the giant malls are fun to walk around (and they’re air conditioned), and I haven’t felt unsafe anywhere I’ve been.

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In an area with 50-60 bikes, the city was surprised enough by a single theft to put up this sign. And they solved the single theft.

Singapore doesn’t have many big landmarks or attractions to come and see, so there hasn’t been any pressure to hurry over to anything or go to any must-see attractions. Over the past few days I’ve been to Orchard Rd, a street lined with malls that range from four floors underground to six floors above ground, span entire city blocks, and are mostly interconnected underground (meaning you can walk through the city without ever going out into the heat). It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. There are certainly malls elsewhere, but nothing quite like the interconnected super-malls of Orchard Rd.

Other than giant malls, I’ve been to various parks and gardens around the city. Singapore is apparently known for its orchids, and the orchid exhibit at the botanical garden was quite beautiful. I’ve also come to see the climate of Singapore is pretty painful. The heat is brutal (being basically on the equator), and it seems to occasionally spontaneously erupt into fantastic downpours. This can make visiting things like outdoor gardens a bit frustrating, but still very worth it for all they have to offer.

Apart from gardens and giant malls, we’ve also visited a temple with Buddha relics (a giant tooth that apparently belonged to a buddha at some time), a concert hall (with a free clarinet and piano performance), and a war memorial.

Lexi and I also got around to visiting a climbing gym here. We went to the largest gym in Singapore, and it was a lot of fun! Other climbers were very nice, the bouldering wall was fun, and it was good to finally get back to exercising something other than my legs after about a week of just walking endlessly.

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Singapore

Goodbye Thailand, Hello Singapore!

Today was our second day in Singapore (though our first day was a travel day, so it hardly counts), and so far this city is amazing. It’s clean, beautiful, expansive public transportation, a great skyline and coast, and there’s English everywhere. What more could I ask for?

The first big thing we’ve done so far in this city was visit the Gardens by the Bay. It’s a large public park by the water that includes a handful of free gardens, a skybridge through some fake trees with various plants coating their sides (see below), and two indoor gardens. Everything was beautiful and the indoor gardens were air conditioned (which was amazing, air conditioning is so nice when you’re in a city that’s basically on the equator).

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After the gardens, we walked around by the water and over to the Marina Barrage, which was a wall separating the sea from a reservoir and had a park built on top of it. We walked around the area, got Indian food nearby, and waited around for sunset. There is a light show in the gardens at 7:45 every night, so we went over and sat around waiting for the event. It was actually a fun show, basically it’s just 15 minutes of Broadway music with lots of the fake trees lighting up in time. So it was strange, but fun.

Overall the city is looking incredible so far, and we have a few more days to get to know it better and explore!

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