18 August 2017

Suitcase. A Singapore Stopover

I’d never been to Asia…. Until now. First stop on the adventure was a convenient stopover in Singapore. Having always done 24hr long hauls all in one go, I’m not sure why I’d never stopped-over before… it turned out to be a fantastic idea.

After a relatively easy 8hr flight I had arrived in Singapore. Flying with Singapore Air I had 32hrs in the city to explore – ideal for dipping my toe into a new country (bringing my grand total to 23!). Following a brisk 10degree departure in Melbourne, the wave of humid 30degree air was a bit of a shock to the system but I relished the opportunity to throw on a summer dress after Melbourne’s endless winter.

I quickly found myself mesmerised by Singapore; its bay, its architecture, its twinkling lights. In a word, it’s a pristine city. It’s spotlessly clean, very ordered and the locals seem highly efficient at everything they do.

The area around Fullerton Bay quickly became my favourite with its clear view across the water and the business buildings peering over from the background, almost seeming to exude an air of importance.

I was staying just across the bridge at the Fairmont Singapore with a clear view of the city. The rooms here are spacious and the beds are exceptionally comfortable – just what the doctor ordered when you’re flying round the globe!

After an exceptional slumber and a first class hotel breakfast, I felt utterly revived, taking myself off to Gardens By The Bay to explore its land of tree tops, waterfalls and marvellous blooms. It really is an oasis here and another thing, which they don’t tell you, is that inside the garden domes is the most wonderful respite from the heat – it’s like 18degrees inside and misty. Utterly heavenly.

Before I knew it, it was time to head back to the airport for leg number two. With a flight at midnight, it’s always a good idea if you can get yourself to a lounge to freshen up before boarding. I stopped by Plaza Premium Lounge at Singapore – a fantastic option if you’re not a member of any airline lounges.

I’d certainly say my first visit to Asia was a delight and I can’t wait to return. Now onto my second home, London town…

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 Photos by Krissie.