Singapore

 

I stayed in Hotel Boss for 3 nights at a cost of £82.00 per night without breakfast. The room was modern and clean, it was a little on the small side but we wasn’t in the room much anyway.

One morning we got the breakfast buffet at the hotel for S$12.00 each and it wasn’t nice; save your money and find somewhere else to grab breakfast.

The journey from Changi Airport to Hotel Boss took approximately 20 minutes and cost S$25.00.

The hotel is located in the city centre between Kampong Glam (Arab Street) and Little India. The closest MRT station to the hotel is Lavender Station – 5 minute walk, or Bugis Junction Station – 11 minute walk, which made getting around Singapore easy.

 

I started my morning off with pancakes for breakfast at Juice Clinic in Haji Lane.

After breakfast, we walked to Bugis MRT and purchased a 2 day MRT pass for S$26.00 (S$10.00 is paid as a deposit which you get back once you’ve returned the card). We were able to use the MRT, LRT and buses an unlimited amount of times for the two days. The passes are also available in 1 day, 2 days and 3 days. We found the MRT very easy to navigate and headed to the Downtown station for our first glimpse of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel. The area is also home to other popular attractions such as The Singapore Flyer, ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay.

We spent some time at the iconic Merlion statue which is situated at One Fullerton, near the waterfront at Marina Bay. The mythical Merlion has a head or a lion and a body of a fish and stands 8.6 metres tall.

We continued our walk along to the Jubilee Bridge, which was built to mark Singapore’s Golden Jubilee in 2015, crossing the Singapore River towards the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel (outside USA), standing 165 metres above ground – 30 metres taller than the London Eye! We paid $33.00 each for a 30 minute ride. The 360-degree journey offered us incredible views of the city.

We then walked across to Gardens by the Bay and through the Supertree Groves. The gardens cover an area of 101 hectares! You can pay to enter the Conservatories, but we stuck to the free gardens outside. I would’ve liked to have paid S$8.00 to walk the OCBC Skyway, but it was closed when we visited.

A late lunch was at Level 4 in Marina Square for chicken curry and rice from the food court, before heading back to our hotel to get ready for the evening.

We got the MRT to Raffles Hotel for possibly the most expensive cocktail I have ever bought – a Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling cocktail was founded at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, but the bar was undergoing restoration during our visit so we had our cocktails in the Bar and Billiard Room.

Served with a free bag of monkey nuts, our Singapore Slings cost S$33.00 each, not including GST and service charge!

Dinner was at the Hard Rock Café located near to Orchard MRT station and we got inside just before it torrentially rained.

After my twisted mac & cheese, we took the MRT to Bayfront to see Gardens by the Bay illuminated; it was stunning. My pictures really don’t do it justice!

Day two started with rain, and lots of it! I had pre-booked tickets to Universal Studios Singapore through the Resorts World Sentosa website. The tickets cost S$76.00 each, plus S$80.00 each for Universal Express Unlimited Fast-Track. I’m glad we got the fast-track tickets as it meant we skipped the queues and got to go on all the rides.

We embraced the rain and walked to Bugis MRT station in our rain macs and got the train to Little India, before changing to the purple line to Harbourfront Station. We followed the signs throughout the VivoCity shopping centre to the cable car and purchased our tickets to Sentosa Island for S$33.00 each.

Sentosa Island is a man-made island built purely for fun and recreation; it offers plenty of attractions such as Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium and the Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom. There’s also 7 man-made beaches to relax on.

Once at Sentosa Island, we got the free shuttle bus, bus 1, to Universal Studios Singapore.

We entered the theme park, redeemed our fast-track wristbands and worked our way around the park anti-clockwise. There’s seven zones within Universal Studios; Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar with each zone offering thrilling rides, shows and parades.

Lunch was at New York’s Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor™ where I got a massive slice of pizza, a drink and a dessert for S$16.00.

After spending the whole day here, we made our way back to our hotel to get ready for the evening.

Dinner was at a little local place not far from our hotel where I had a really good chicken biryani for S$6.50. We sat outside and shared our table with an Muslim man who offered us his dates; we were in Singapore during the Holy Month (Ramadan) and Muslims break their fast with dates.

We then headed to CÉ LA VI Bar on level 57 at Marina Bay Sands Tower 3. Entry was S$20.00 each, but you can redeem this cost back off of food and drink. Cocktails start at S$24.00. It was better value for money doing it this way, rather than checking out the Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark as S$23.00 each – at least we got a cocktail included for the same views. We sat overlooking Gardens by the Bay and the view was phenomenal; the skyscrapers completely lit up the sky.

After we finished our drinks, we walked back to Downtown MRT station to see the Singapore Flyer, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands and the skyscrapers all lit up for one last time.

Next up: The Kinabatangan River

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