Our first and second day in Singapore were pretty interesting. Since the Hippo hop on, hop off tour bus was quite convenient, we figured out we could use another enjoyable ride around the city, stopping at sights that catches our fancy.
FF infront of the the Statue of Sir Tomas Stamford Bingley Raffles , the founder and often called the Father of Singapore.
You haven't really been to Singapore if you haven't seen the Merlion. It's a must! A mythical half fish half lion creature that serves as Singapore's mascot.The lion head represents SG original name: Singapura meaning the Lion City while the fish tail pays homage to the city's ,long lost fishing village origin. There are 5 Merlion statues all over Singapore, the most visited is this 8,6 meter high original statue at the Merlion Park. The biggest is a stunning 37 meter replica at the Sentosa Island. There's no water gushing at the mouth of the later, they probably need a lot of water for that. (^^)
The city is modern and contemporary without compromising its natural surroundings. There is evident greeneries around that harmoniously blends in with the sprouting sky scrapers. Even the rivers and the sea that surrounds the island are relatively clear and clean. No a piece of plastic or garbage could be seen floating around, uncommon for a growing metropolis. Clean clean Singapore! Do you know, chewing gums is prohibited in Singapore?
Just across the Merlion Park is the Fullerton, which used to be general post office buildling before it was transformed into a classy and luxurious ( naturally expensive too) 5 star hotel.
The we went to the famous Orchard Road next, it's like the Parklane shopper's boulevard of Hong Kong, the Fifth Avenue of New York and is as famous as the Harrods of London. This busy shopping street is filled with real shoppers and window shoppers alike. Household brands like H&M, Mango, Esprit and Zara are huddled around as well as expensive fashion labels from Chanel to Hermes. Unlike in Hong Kong, there are no replicas sold openly on the street, so no Vuitton for 20 bucks in Singapore! The city has also enough local fashion brands that produces top quality products.
So did the Babbling Spoon went shopping in Orchard Road? Just like this girl, I simply strike a pose ( copied hers!) and tottled away.
We spend the entire morning walking around, getting inside a few shopping malls and bough some souveniers we could give to family and friends back home. Singapore has a great number of malls, most separated only by streets!
During certain times of the day, the fountain is turned off allowing visitors to reach the inner and smaller circle located at the base of the structure. It is believed that by walking around this circle three times while touching its water, brings good luck and fortune. At night between 8 and 9 , the fountain holds a beautiful laser performances and colorful light symphonies. With it is an accompanying music to boot. Around this fountains are numerous restaurants that caters every taste and tongues.
Later that evening FF and I took a taxi to Mount Faber, an iconic summit point ( about 110 meter high above sea level) that provides an excellent view of the Harbour and a part of Sentosa Island. There is a trail leading to this tourist destination that bypasses a lush park garden. Another way of reaching this point is through a Cable Car. Pearch atop this mountain, amidst the lush greenery is The Jewel Box. An establishment consist of five restaurants named after different gems. The Black Opal, Emerald lodge, Empress Jade, Moonstone and Sapphire. With clear glass as wall, each restaurant provides an astonishing view of the city as well as unique dining experience and no I don't get paid to say that.
The Jewel Box is also known to have a stunning and artfully decorated restroom, believed to be one of the most beautiful in Singapore. I guess even Tarzan and Jane would never sa no to this loo!
Among the 5 restaurants, FF and I opted for the Western-Continental influenced Sapphire. Based on the second floor, the restraurant has magnificient Hibu wooden arcs that both enwrapped and adorned the whole structure. Setting was sleek and elegant, a good place to impress somebody on a first date. This could be our 512th date already but I was still impress. (^_^)
The service crew was kind enough to give us an excellent seat near the glass-wall/window facing the setting sun. With delicious food on the table and wonderful view infront of us, this is certainly a nice way to end our third day in Singapore. It almost made me forget how sick I was on the cable car ride back to the city....well almost.