Marina Bay Sands

Another of Singapore’s iconic sights is the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Its imposing presence dominates the city’s skyline. It forms part of the Marina Bay Resort which, when it opened in 2010, was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property valued at S$8 billion. The resort includes the 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre convention-exhibitionContinue reading “Marina Bay Sands”

Singapore snippets

Before we scale the heady heights of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, we take another turn around the Gardens by the Bay. We also mooch around the harbour area and enjoy some majestic architecture! The lotus shaped building below is the ArtScience Museum.The ten ‘fingers’ contain gallery spaces with skylights. The husband serves as aContinue reading “Singapore snippets”

Awesome Orchids

As well as a wealth of stunning architecture Singapore also has a fantastic green heart full of exotic, beautiful orchids. The National Orchid Garden showcases over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids of orchids in a wide range of colours and patterns. The gardens started an orchid breeding programme in 1928 and the results of theseContinue reading “Awesome Orchids”

Buddha tooth relics

We’re still pootling around Chinatown, heading for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. But naturally get distracted on-route by plenty of colourful sights. From incredible street art like the traditional theatre scene above to the many stalls selling the very pungent durian fruit – an acquired taste that has been compared from anything from vomit toContinue reading “Buddha tooth relics”

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple dates back to 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Beneath the imposing gopura are huge wooden doors. Their massive size is quite deliberate, designed to remind the worshippers of their insignificance in comparison to the divine. Devotees believe that ringing the bells on the doors will bring good luck.Continue reading “Sri Mariamman Temple”

China town

Singapore’s Chinatown is known as Niu che shui which literally means ‘ox car water’ This is due to the fact that Chinatown’s water supply was principally transported by animal-driven carts in the 19th century. We’ve entered Chinatown via Pagoda street, a hectic, shop and restaurant lined thoroughfare. Pagoda street takes its name from the┬áSri MariammanContinue reading “China town”

Colourful chaos

One of my favourite things to do in a new city is just to mooch around and soak up the sights. In Singapore’s Little India district you are besieged by sights, sounds, smells and colours. From gorgeous floral garlands for use in temples, weddings and special occasions to piles of fresh, mouth watering produce. MyContinue reading “Colourful chaos”