Singapore – Asia Trip Part 1

One of our bucket list trips was going on a surfing boat trip around the Mentawai Islands off the coast of Indonesia. The boat trip was 12 days, so we decided to make it a long vacation and stop in Singapore on the way there.

Unfortunately this trip required us to leave Gidget in Southern California. I’m sure she was lonely sitting in the LAX airport parking lot for 3 weeks. It made us sad to leave her there, but sometimes you just got to get away.

We started our trip off by getting on an A380 double decker Singapore Airlines flight.

Singapore Flight

Singapore Airlines Flight

Look how big that plane is, insane. We decided to upgrade slightly to premium economy since the flight was like a million hours long with a stopover in Tokyo. It turned out to be a pretty good decision.

Getting ready to takeoff for Tokyo

Getting ready for takeoff

We left Saturday and arrived in Singapore Monday early morning. A quick nap was in order, then it was time to explore and get some food.

Walking around Singapore

Walking to our first meal in Singapore

We started off our eating at the Old Airport Road Hawker Center for breakfast. Breakfast in Singapore doesn’t seem to differ that much from lunch or dinner, which was fine with me. We got a iced coffee, wonton soup, and a spicy crispy wonton bowl served with broth. Everything at this meal was great. The total was around $5.


First meal in Singapore, wonton soup and spicy crispy wontons.

After our bellies were full, we headed over to the Gardens by the Bay. The gardens are huge and include 2 air-conditioned dome gardens. Even though it was still early the heat was already strong, so the fact that they had air-conditioning, allowed us to linger longer in the gardens.

Gardens Dome

Gardens by the Bay Dome

It was Orchid Celebration, so there were so many gorgeous orchids. I will spare everyone the massive amounts of pictures I took and just show one.

reddish orchid

Orchids at the Gardens by the Bay

Okay I lied, I am going to show two.

Pink Orchid

Bright Pink Orchid at the Gardens by the Bay

Tricia at Gardens by the Bay

This is Tricia’s, I’m in Singapore face! Photo by Claudia

The gardens had some awesome wood carvings on display.

Man wood carving

Wood Carving at Gardens by the Bay

Outside of the domes, the rest of the gardens were just as pretty.

Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay

The next day we decided to explore Chinatown. Our first stop was some food at the Chinatown hawker center.

Chinatown Food Center

Chinatown Hawker Center, chicken and duck meal

We then went over to the Amitabha Buddhist Center. The buddha center was beautiful and ornate. Most of the center forbid cameras, but there was a few places you could take pictures.

Buddha Temple

Buddhist Center

Buddha Center Activity

Inside Buddhist Center

Statue at Buddhist Center

Statue inside the Buddhist Center


Offerings outside of the Buddhist Center

After Chinatown we walked through Little India.

Building in Little India

Colorful building in Little India

By this point of the day it was hot and jet lag was starting to take over. We decided to go back to our AirBNB and relax a little. After some time out of the heat, we headed to the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to get some food and walk around.

Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Outside of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Group picture on the bridge

A rare group shot at the Marina Sands Bay area.

I had also convinced everyone that we should go on the Singapore Flyer. The Flyer is the largest observation wheel in the world and gave us some pretty good views of the city.

Singapore Flyer

Waiting in line to get on the Singapore Flyer

We got real lucky and was on the Flyer during sunset.

Gardens from the Flyer

Gardens by the Bay from the Singapore Flyer

City View from Flyer

City view at sunset from the Singapore Flyer

City at Night

City lights from the Flyer

The next morning we got up early to head to the airport.

Walking through the airport

Singapore Airport en route to Indonesia

Bye Singapore, time to head to Indonesia.

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