Singapore: The land of culture, food and fun
Glitzy shopping malls, tall towering buildings, fun filled amusement parks and some great international cuisine to choose from, Singapore has fast emerged into a popular holiday hotspot. This tiny city with its European, Malay, Indian and Chinese influences has enough in store to keep a visitor occupied. Everyone has their favourite spots in Singapore, some more popular than others, but after a recent visit there, these are my main things to do and places to visit that give you a juicy slice of Singapore.
Clarke Quay - Singapore does many things well, but the one thing it does really well is spoil you with the number of bars, clubs and restaurants they have. Not only does every mall dedicates itself to food with an entire section for restaurants and stalls, as if the food court in every street corner isn't enough, one of the most lively places you MUST visit is the popular Clark Quay area by the river side which is thumping with music, light and a universal need to drink up and have a good time. It's extremely hard to pick the most 'happening' spots at the Quay because everyone looks like they're having the time of their lives with each restaurant, bar or pub brightly lit with colourful lights and full of party people enjoying themselves. The atmosphere is infectious and it's a great place to be any time of the week.
Chinatown and The Chicken Rice - Singapore as a city is heavily influenced by the Chinese and one of the best spots in the city for great food, culture and some amazing bargain shopping is Chinatown. Of course there are no malls with designer labels here but shopping for knick knacks and fun quirky items is ideal in this part of town. Specially souvenirs which usually cost an arm and a leg in most gift shops are found at dirt cheap prices here. There are local coffee shops and food courts all around but one of the best is the Hawker Centre at Maxwell Road, which is a great place to experience Singaporean favourites like the Chicken Rice. This local delicacy of plain almost boiled chicken cooked in a flavourful broth served with a bed of rice and spicy sauces doesn't look or sound very appetizing but believe when it's said, it is one of the delicious things you will sample in Singapore. A definite try for any first timer.
Marina Bay Sands - This hotel has a casino, shopping centre and entertainment hub all rolled into one. Apart from a skating ring and a museum where you can spend the whole day, the fun really begins after dark. It's home to a swanky new club called Avalon , spread across two levels, where you can dance and drink the night away to some incredibly good music. The infinity pool at the top of the hotel is magnificent and open only to hotel guests, but a visit to see the view is worth it. However spectacular, you also get a great view from the rooftop bar Ku De Ta, which is an incredibly stylish place, famous for its cocktails and enthusiastic crowd. It's advisable to book a table before hand as it gets very crowded and you'll be left hanging by the bar.
Universal Studios - You don't have to wait for a trip to the United States to visit one of the world's happiest places. Singapore has their very own Universal Studios and it's a great place to spend the day. One would imagine it's just a spot for children but the eager excited faces of all the adults standing in line for the roller coaster rides or plundering the gift shops says otherwise. From meeting the cast of Madagascar and Shrek, a to amazing 4d animation shows, crazy roller coasters from Jurassic Park , The Mummy, Transformers and a whole lot more, this amusement park is a must visit.
Sentosa Island - This island of fun has been attracting visitors and party goers for a fair part of the last decade or even more. Sentosa is divided into 3 or 4 parts which are full of fun activities, thrill rides, entertaining shows, relaxed as well as fine dine restaurants, gift shops and a whole lot of fun! You can spend an entire day and still not visit everything and would want to come right back. Some of the best parties happen at the Sentosa beach, and a lot of locals come over the weekend. The most entertaining ride on the island is the Luge and Skyride which is a must, and one of the best parts on the island is their underwater world section which is a massive aquarium where you can visit all the creatures beneath the sea. After your visit there, walk down to sea world and watch interactive fun shows with the dolphins and sea lions. If you're really friendly and want to meet them, you can jump into the pool once the show's done and get your picture with them as well.
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Article By Roxanne Bamboat: Roxanne Bamboat is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate at a time !