Hey, everyone! How are you all doing? I hope y’all are doing well. As for me, I’m pretty stressed out with college applications. Yes, I’m going back to school! Yay! But enough of that, here’s the second part of my travel diary for Singapore!
I was *lucky* enough to be in Singapore during the Lunar New Year festivities. My dad’s family is Chinese so we usually celebrate this holiday at home with lots and lots of Chinese food, karaoke, lots of liquor and mah jong.
Celebrating this holiday by myself in a foreign country is a bit fun, I’ll admit. Meeting new friends and running around Singapore in my qipao is such a surreal feeling that I’d definitely do again.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, I went to Chinatown with my Canadian friend, JR. He’s a cool guy from Toronto, and he also works in the film industry!
We basically waited for the fireworks. It wasn’t that impressive, if I’m going to be honest.
There’s something about the Lunar Festival aesthetic that makes it look so beautiful.
Here’s a photo of the streets post-fireworks.
After the fireworks, we waited in line to get to the MRT thinking that it’s going to be super packed and crowded…boy, were we wrong. What I loved about Singapore is it doesn’t matter how chaotic it seems, they always follow their rules and it always end up being such an organised and beautiful thing!
Grabbing some mandatory chicken rice dinner after braving the crowd to see the fireworks.
We also went to explore Chinatown’s night market.
It was, indeed, a very crowded night market. There was so much thing to buy! Sadly, there wasn’t any space left in my backpack.
One thing I loved and miss during my family visits to Hong Kong was their egg waffle with lots of different toppings. I was so stoked to see that they sell it at the night market so I didn’t miss out on the opportunity to buy one! Best $10 SGD of my life!
Here’s a (blurry) portrait of me by JR. I’m wearing my qipao and I put my hair in two buns. I remembered that’s how my mom and grandma always do it when I was a kid. It brought back so much happy memories.
Some weeks ago, I got hosted by Wild Wild Wet by Downtown East to stay and experience their water park.
Of course, I said yes! Here’s a selfie.
Here’s what their food court looked like. I wish they had more food options. The friend that I brought with me was vegan so he didn’t get to eat anything because there wasn’t any vegetarian/vegan option. So I hope they put it into consideration next time.
My friend from Germany, Johannes, trying to enjoy this wonderful day at the water park. He looked very glum but I swear he was happy!
Wild Wild Wet by Downtown East is one of the best water parks in Singapore. You can spend a full day there or you can rent a room in the nearby hotel.
If you’re interested in booking a trip, you may click HERE to find more about them.
The ‘branches’ of the super trees in the grove at Gardens by the Bay.
A perfect view of the Marina Bay Sands.
By paying $8 SGD, you can actually go up the super trees. We did it and it was such a cool experience!
Another beautiful friend from Canada, Ginette. She’s my hostel buddy, and she accompanied me out to explore the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay. She’s awesome!
They give you this ticket if you agree to go up the super trees. I promise that it’s such a worth it experience.
A photo of the super trees from the balcony of the bridge in the Marina Bay Sands.
Here’s a photo of some super trees, the Singapore Flyer, and the Botanical Garden.
Here’s an even closer photo of the super trees. Did you know that you can actually eat on top of the biggest super tree? Yes, there’s a restaurant on top of that. We wanted to try it but it was so expensive so we opted not to. Ha! The yellow bridge that you can see is where you can walk. It was so breezy there.
This is a flower bed and a clock from inside the Gardens by the Bay.
Here’s an even closer photo of the flower bed and clock.
Ah, the ever famous Marina Bay Sands.
If you’re curious to see what’s inside the Marina Bay Sands, well today is your lucky day. This is what it looks like.
This architecture is so amazing and is just so futuristic, isn’t it?
I’m simply amazed by this building’s architectural design. You can actually go to the very top but you have to pay $32 SGD if you’re not a guest. I didn’t want to pay that much money so maybe when I go to Singapore the next time, I’ll just check in here and then I’ll go on top. Hahaha!
Here’s a photo of the Singapore Flyer.
I very much enjoyed my month-long trip to the Lion City of Singapore. Yes, you read that right. I stayed in Singapore for almost a month!
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again; if I wasn’t living in New York, I can definitely see myself living in this very wonderful, fast-forward, and amazing yet expensive country. I loved every bit of my time in Singapore, and I am looking forward to the time that I can finally return!
“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Proverbs 17:28 NIV