On our way to India we scheduled ourselves a layover in Singapore. We had 27 hours to get out and see the city. We decided we would go out to see the city and come back to the airport to sleep. We arrived at 5:30am, got back to the airport at 11:30pm slept until 6am when we had to get on the plane and head to Mumbai.
We really enjoyed Singapore. We experienced Singapore as "Asia Lite." It's clean, everyone speaks English, the trains/buses are punctual, and it's a cosmopolitan city. It has a true feeling Chinatown and Little India so you can acclimate to those experiences without actually dealing with the stress, crowds, and confusion of China or India. And, it really is a garden city. There are big trees everywhere. That was pretty neat.
I took a bit of a lazier approach by just explaining the photos. Enjoy!
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We started our day in Singapore with a trip to their Botanic Gardens. A Unesco World Heritage site. They were stunning. The gardens were used to create and experiment with rubber trees. Singapore provided most of the worlds rubber until the mid 1900s.
Look at us at the Gardens!
It's us again!
On a treetop walk!
The city was decorated for Christmas! We decided to take the bus from place to place so we could get a sense of the city. Glad we did. the buildings are gorgeous and, as you can see, festive.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Yes, there is a buddha tooth here. It's houses in a solid gold reliquary that is the size of a small car.
There was a lovely garden at the Buddha Tooth with a prayer wheel. That big structure inside spins and as you spin it you are sending out prayers. It's pretty incredible.
And we ate again!
After we left Chinatown we went over to Little India.
Isn't he adorable in all the color?
Diwali is coming up and Little India was also decorated. In India, Diwali is as big as Christmas in the states.
Again, we enjoyed the Architecture. We wandered down this street until we found a little corner cafe to eat. We were the only foreigners and I was the only woman so we got a lot of stares.
Took a break from walking around by watching the light show across the bay. Pretty amazing and such a lovely rest.
The other side of the bay. Beautiful!
Long day. Jamie looking like a local sleeping on the train back to the Airport. We got back to the airport at 11:30, found a quiet corner to sleep until 6am and then hopped on the plane to head to Mumbai.