Singapore

16 10 2012

I spent the majority of today exploring Singapore. It’s huge, rich, easy to navigate and clean. Everyone speaks English, which is a welcome surprise, and the Western influence is strong. I’m sure that will disappear the second I step foot into Cambodia, but we’ll see.  For right now it was a nice comfort to have before embarking on an adventure that I’m sure will be packed full of confusion.

I started the day roaming around the botanical gardens and then made my way over to the Gardens by the Bay. Shortly after arriving, it began to rain. I snapped some quick pictures and made my way inside an expensive mall for shelter – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens

Pond in the Gardens

Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Flyer in the background

Downtown

Once the rain subsided, I strolled north into Kampong Glam, the cities Arab district. I explored the section for the better part of an hour, just walking up and down the neighboring streets until I stumbled into Bugis Junction, another notable shopping area.

Kampong Glam

Little India

I  got completely turned around inside of that maze of a shopping mall before discovering a side alley that dropped me off on the outskirts of Little India. Like Kampong Glam, I covered the area relatively quickly, got a few snacks and then started to make my way back to the hostel for a shower and to get ready for what could be a long night ahead spent in an airport; wish me luck!

Cambodia I’ll see you tomorrow!