Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Singapore Fling..

Traveller and her hubbie decided to stopover in Singapore for three nights on the way to London. Singapore was an interesting city - full of contradictions, of different cultures and a city whose national past-time appeared to be shopping (which Traveller didn't mind :) ) Below is a list of do's and don't's according to 'The Gourmet Traveller'.

Do go to the zoo - so many animals (giraffe's, zebras, white tigers, elephants, white handed gibbons) and the animals are in quite natural surroundings for the most part - which makes for a much nicer experience (for you and the animals).

Don't expect a totally different culture - Singapore is very Americanised - full of starbucks, Taco Bell's, Carl's Jnr's, and Dairy Queen's.

Do spend some time on the 70th floor of the Swissotel The Stamford. Hubbie and I went to the City Scape bar and saw the nightlights and listened to some beautiful jazz. (Thanks for the tip - Jazi!)

Don't go without a plan - there is so much to do (mainly lots of food to eat!) Hubbie and I got a little overwhelmed, and didn't do as much as we could have. Although, it was lovely to relax.

Do visit Din Tai Fung - some of the best dim sum we have ever tasted! Excellent service - and scrumptious food! (note: this place was voted one of the top ten restuarants in the world by NY Times, and hosts many workers making the dim sum wrappers from scratch - 40 layers per dim sum!)
Do try the national cocktail - Singapore Sling - 'slovely!

And finally, DO go shopping on Orchard Road. There are so many lovely shops and if you can't afford the likes of Dior and Armani - which most of us can't - there are places for every wage earner. Note: hubby watched a movie whilst I shopped.
Final account - a fun city, but nothing dramatically unique about it. However, Hubbie and I had fun and didn't spend too much cash, so I guess that's definitely something!

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