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A Love/Hate Relationship

I have a love/hate relationship with Singapore, for a few reasons. For starters, everything is extremely clean to the point where it almost seems sterile. Sing was the last stop on our trip to Asia so we really struggled with how different it was from Thailand, Bali and others. I like order and organization in my life, especially at work. But I’m not sure I like it in my travel destination, at least not to the extreme we experienced in Singapore. I enjoy the hustle and bustle of a colorful city, what some might call “dingy.” Being in Singapore felt more like being in an exotic version of Boston, Massachusetts.

It was a pretty significant culture shock for us. Just days before we were living with elephants in Mae Wong, commuting with locals, and watching lady boy shows in Phuket. Knowing what we know now, Singapore would have been a great way to start our trip as supposed to ending it. With that said, however, once we got past our initial shock, we were able to really appreciate the beauty of this city.

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Riding the metro from Chinatown

Singapore is beautiful. Pristinely manicured gardens, amazing architectural design,and well-defined cultural districts, make this a great place to explore. If you’re looking for a chic party spot in Asia, then you’ll want to spend a few nights here. The bars are really nice and the food is delicious.
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Food and Drinks

One of the best things about Singapore is the plethora of dinning options. We went to Ku de Ta, now called Ce La Vi, at the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. It came very highly recommended by friends and it didn’t disappoint. The drinks are great and the view is even better. We stayed here for a while enjoying our Singapore slings. It’s pricey, but worth it. We paid $23 per drink without gratuity. Also, there’s a dress code on certain days. It has recently undergone renovations and a name change to Ce La Vi, so its best to visit the hotel during the day and ask the agent at the front desk for more information.

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Singapore Slings at Ku de Ta

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Night view from Ku de Ta, now called “Ce La Vi”

Shopping

If you like shopping ( I hate it), then you’ll like Singapore. The island has some of the biggest malls we’ve ever seen. But be ready to spend some cash! Things are not cheap in Sing!