|View across the waters of Sentosa, Singapore|
Because Singapore is one of the most convenient holiday destinations in South Asia. A short five and a half hour—flight from Mumbai gets you there in relative comfort and ease. So when you’re travelling with slightly older parents, like I was, this becomes a vital factor in planning your holiday.
|Gardens by the Bay. Image © Erwin Soo|
|Lions mane jellyfish at S.E.A. Aquarium, Marine Life Park|
On this holiday, I strayed away from my usual circuit of visiting Singapore Zoo, Dolphin Lagoon, and Underwater Bay at Sentosa. Instead, my parents and I saw many new attractions like Marine Life Park and Universal Studios, and took up new activities like catching a magic+acrobatics+dance show (Incanto) at Resort World and doing the flying fox at MegaZip Adventure Park at Sentosa (a bit of an anti-climax, this one. It’s not scary at all once they send you down the zip line, and the ride ends in less than a minute, but the views are spectacular!).
|Partial outside view of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple|
After exploring this beautiful temple complex (and not seeing the tooth since I didn’t get there at the right time), I walked down the many alleyways filled with shops selling cheap clothes and knick-knacks, and stumbled across a store devoted entirely to Tin Tin! From collector’s edition books to figurines, bookmarks, and posters, this store has everything a Tin Tin fan could possibly want.
|Image © The Tintin Shop, Singapore|
As night approached, iconic red lanterns started glowing around Chinatown and all around there were hawkers, tourists, and ladies of the night, all drenched in movie scene lighting of red and yellow. I was with a friend who recommended we drink and dine at Club Street nearby. This is quite a contrast from stereotypical Chinatown; it is stereotypical modern Singapore—you can find some of the city’s finest European restobars here housed in quaint and colourful shophouses. Of the many options here, we settled on a nice–looking Italian restaurant whose walls were painted Greek blue and white. The food was alright, nothing spectacular, but the cozy ambiance and friendly service made up for it. Now, since the food wasn’t spectacular, I refuse to tell you the name of this restaurant, or maybe I’m just not telling you because I’ve forgotten the name and hours of looking it up online hasn’t helped (but let’s go with the former).
|Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort|
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The incomparably attentive staff, the relaxing private beach, the view from the room, and the small touches that make your stay special and could be found everywhere in the hotel—it was perfect! You can read further praises of this excellent hotel on my “travel guide”—style blog post here.
So, that was an abridged version of my fourth stay in Singapore. Would I go back again? Hopefully not, but probably, yes!