What We Did
Day 1: Orchard Rd & Marina Bay Sands
Our flights got in around the same time so I rendezvoused with Melissa at the airport and we caught an Uber to the city. My brother was due to meet up with us later that day and since we could only drop our bags off before check-in time, we killed time by wandering around Orchard Rd. I was not used to the humidity, and after spending an all-nighter in KL the day before, was starting to get a bit bothered by it. The street leading up to our accommodation was lined with food options, but we settled for something light so as not to ruin our appetite for our food adventure later that day.
After meeting up my brother, we checked-in, had a quick shower, and headed back out again. Our initial plan was to have dinner at Lau Pa Sat and then head to the Night Safari but it started pouring really heavily midway. We didn’t have an umbrella so we just took shelter and our time amongst the many choices of food. We ended up devouring a whole table full of food for only 3 people and my shocked brother took a photo of our empty plates and sent it to my parents hahaha #Asianfoodmonster and proud.
Since it was still pouring by the time we were done, we had to skip the Night Safari and thought it’d be best to stay indoors. So we took a Grab to the mall inside Marina Bay Sands. Funny story, as we had no intention of coming here, we were dressed pretty casually – shorts and sneakers – and figured we wouldn’t be allowed to enter the casino. But i saw a few people wearing shorts and flip flops going in so we decided to give it a try, and shockingly enough, we made it in! We didn’t gamble though, just walked around watching people play.
Lau Pa Sat (Hawker Centre)
18 Raffles Quay
Open 7 days, 24 hours
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave
Open 7 days, 10.30am-11pm (Sun-Thurs & public holidays), 10.30am-11.30pm (Fri, Sat & eve of public holidays)
Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore & Gardens by the Bay
We spent our Christmas in the sweltering heat of Universal Studios Singapore, going on rides and getting sucked into buying their merchandise (i bought a Mort pillow that has been travelling with me since heh). We had standard tickets at first but after seeing the wait time for each ride, we decided to get an express pass after hearing a staff bellow out the offer. Me being a non-thrill seeker, passed up on the roller-coaster (i made Melissa talk my brother into going on it HAHA) but started freaking out when i went on The Mummy ride, not knowing that it was actually an indoor roller-coaster. And it DID NOT help that we were on the front row. My eyes were squeezed shut the entire time and i could hear Melissa just laughing in excitement next to me.
The humidity level that day was no joke, and i looked like a complete mess by the end of the day. Thankfully, we managed to cover the entire area before it started storming. We reached the city mid-noon and were initially planning on heading back to freshen up before dinner plans but decided against it since we only had a couple hours in between. We were meeting up our friends at Jumbo Seafood (Singapore chilli crab!) and it was definitely a treat for us to spend Christmas together. We ended up in Gardens by the Bay after but it was too late for us to catch the Christmas Wonderland event.
Day 3: Singapore Art Museum
We had breakfast in a hawker centre around Bugis and then visited the Singapore Art Museum. Unfortunately, i’m not one who has a strong taste in art but there were a few pieces that caught my attention. What i really liked though was the layout of the museum, which was previously a 19th century mission school. My brother was leaving that afternoon so we went back to freshen up and say our goodbyes, then chilled for a bit before having dinner at Lau Pa Sat again. Hawker stalls are the absolute best when in Asia!
How We Got Around
Singapore is a small country but their transport system is so efficient that it puts our Sydney trains to shame. We usually take the MRT & LRT but for areas inaccessible by trains, getting a cab, Uber or Grab is ideal as prices are reasonably low. Just beware of grouchy uncles who tell you off for not having a local number.
Photos taken by – Melissa Lee, my brother, and i