I have one word to describe my thoughts when our plane landed in Singapore – awe. John and I are back from our long weekend away from the madness of Taipei. We both really needed this mini-vacation in order to get geared up for the summer.
So, our thoughts on Singapore, you ask?
Cleanliness is a virtue. The people there very obviously take pride in their city. This desire to be clean impacts almost everything you see. The streets are spotless and the city is beautifully laid out. There are meticulous parks and shady green areas everywhere. There are no scooters to pollute the air. Even the people are beautiful and take pride in their appearance. It is obvious that painstaking work has gone into producing the very best of what they have. All in all, a person not only gets a sense of attractiveness, but of serenity as well. Singapore is simply a beautiful city.
Foodie heaven. We ate….A LOT. We love eating out in Taipei, but there’s something about the ultra-clean and efficient briskness (along with the delightful aromas) that had us elbow deep in every kind of food imaginable. Deep fried carrot cake (not the kind of cake you’re thinking of), spicy laksa, Singaporean chilli crab, tofu delights, satay, glorious bowls of piping hot noodles and ice cold beer. Full bellies and empty wallets.
Singapore does swanky really well. We stayed at the Fullerton (see photo above and yes, you can expect a separate post about it sometime in the next month). The entire downtown area is ritz and class. John remarked several times that Singapore is like Chicago. It doesn’t feel like an Asian city, and while we didn’t find it as exotic as some of the other places we’ve been to in Asia, we definitely give it big points on being a terrific romantic city getaway. This was not a budget trip for us in the slightest bit. We did first class all the way, and I don’t think we could have had a better experience anywhere in Asia.