The trip to Singapore took about 5-6 hours I think. When I got dropped off by the bus, I found my way to the closest Starbucks to grab a coffee and free wifi as I tried to find my hostel. I forgot to star my location in Google Maps on my phone, so the app was useless without data. I did eventually make it to The Hive after a bit of a long walk. Right away, the staff was really friendly and I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out what to see or do. I was feeling the effects of sticker shock at how much it would cost to do anything here. Everything was out of my budget. So, I tried to focus on the free things to do in town.
The first full day in Singapore involved a few stops and a lot of walking (18,000 steps according to my phone!!). After getting some lunch, I walked to Little India from the hostel. I was told I could buy a data SIM card in the area, and sure enough they were correct. I ended up buying a 1GB data card for $10 Singapore. I wasn’t really impressed with Little India. Though, I think it may be a more interesting place at night and with people to eat some Indian food. A few people I talked to said the food is really good.
From Little India, I proceeded to the ION Tower. I read that this place is a little gem in Singapore. This is because you can go to the 56th floor and get a view of the whole city for free. It was sort of a pain in the butt to find how to get up to the 56th floor when I got there, but once at the top, I chilled out from my long walk and enjoyed the view. After the ION Tower, I then stopped by the Hard Rock Cafe Singapore for my shot glass and guitar pin before heading back to the hostel. This pretty much ended my first day.
ION Tower Sky View (Picture 1)
On my second day in Singapore, I headed to Sentosa. Sentosa is an island at the southern part of Singapore. Here you can find Universal Studios, other theme-type parks, and beaches. I didn’t go into any of the theme places because they all just cost way to much. I did head to the Hard Rock Cafe to check that off my list and then to the beach. The beaches were nice and clean, but looking out into the sea were tons of dirty cargo ships and a huge plant of some sorts spewing pollution out of smokestacks on some kind of industrial island. Not exactly what I want to look at while chilled on the beach. Think I’d rather go to Thailand for their beaches. Overall though, the day was good and I was able to spend it hanging out with an Israeli guy that was also staying at the hostel. He seemed really nice, but our conversation was really strange because it seemed like he was trying to psychoanalyze me, my perspectives on life, and my experiences with different cultures based around his Jewish heritage. I did my best to have an open conversation, but often it felt like only his opinion and thinking was right. This pretty much concluded my day after I got back to the hostel.
The next day I headed to the Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands to get a look at this iconic Singapore building. I got a few pictures and then headed back to the hostel for a bit before heading to another part of the country to see old Daejeon friends and ex-coworkers. There really was a huge gathering of us. A lot of the people at the party I didn’t even know had left Korea. It was a pretty nice drunk gathering by the buildings outdoor pool until we got kicked back upstairs around midnight to drink more. I didn’t make it back to my hostel that night, but the next morning I finally did after eating lunch with the party hosts. One thing I did learn from talking to everyone is, don’t come to Singapore to teach. At least for the two companies they work for. Good to know because I was seriously looking at going there to teach if Korea goes south.
Marina Bay Sands Daytime (Picture 1)
When I finally made it back to my hostel from my friend’s place, I chilled out a bit until it got dark. I wanted to get some night photos, so when night fell I headed to the Marina Bay Sands area and then to Gardens by the Bay. I really like seeing a city at night. It always feels more alive than during the day.
Marina Bay Sands at Night
Merlion Park at Night (Picture 1)
This pretty much concludes my trip. The next morning I will catch a bus to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a night there before heading back to winter in South Korea. Overall, I’d say this was one of the more disappointing trips when it comes to stuff I like to see and it cost more than I would have liked to spend, mostly because I underestimated what I would need for money in Singapore. If you don’t have money, you can’t do anything. Even with a $50 a day budget, I found myself over every day I was in Singapore. And I really didn’t do much at all!! Now to begin planning a trip for the summer^^