3) Fireworks – Chinese New YearAs much as I enjoyed the other festivities around this tiny country during my two week visit, it was witnessing the fireworks from various parts of the city, almost everyday, that left me spellbound!
Iconic Merlion statue of Singapore and bay area
The penultimate day was all about hustling to places we wanted to see. No visit to Singapore is complete without visiting Little India. One can almost get anything from Mustafa and I got lost in there as well. If you want to buy gifts for folks back home, this is the place but buy at your own risk. I have had both good and bad experiences.After indulging in some Pongal and filter coffee from Murugan Idli, we headed out to the Tan Teng Niah house said to have built in the 1900s. It is famous for its traditional elongated windows and vibrant colour palette. From there, we headed to the casino at the Marina Bay Sands. I know we went on a Thursday afternoon, but believe me it was still pretty full. The boys went off to gamble and we girls scouted the place for interesting games sipping in free milo and minute maid (much to my amusement). We found a sick "board and dice" game called "Sic Bo". The guys, who till then were losing money won back whatever we invested at this game. It is a pretty fun game so docheck it out!We headed out of the casino just in time to watch the water and light show. It happens every hour after 7pm for 15 minutes. It was just pure brilliance, lights being projected on to water fountains and the reflections was just wow. I mean who thinks of such beautiful things? There should be a Nobel price or Oscar for these kind of creations, right?We were pretty famished by then and decided to go engorge in some Singaporean chilly crabs. My husband's main motivation to visit Singapore and must do in his list was tasting this dish. He didn't use any of those cutlery in the picture to eat the crab and went full on Indian style on it. We went to Jumbo Seafood, Riverwalk, whilst it is definitely on the pricier side it was definitely worth it.We were about to call it a day, but it was our last night in Singapore and we didn't want to say goodbye to this city yet. We decided to have one last cheers from none other than Ce La Vi, the pub at the 57th floor of the Marina bay sands just above the Observatory deck. One amazing tip is to visit post 10pm, the entrance fee is absolutely free. You can definitely visit at other timings preferably during sunset to catch the brilliant horizons however there is an entrance fee of SGD 20, which is still not that expensive. Either way, the view from up there is pure magic.
While in Singapore, you CANNOT miss the city view at night especially near Marina Bay. That's where the place is most lively but with a lot of tourists. The place literally glitters with all the lights of the skyscrapers. There is a light and music show every night at 9 pm (available to all free of cost) which is truly a treat to the eyes. At times over the weekend they also have another show at 10pm. The 15 mins of this show is truly mesmerizing and one of the best things to see if you are in Singapore. At a walking distance, you can visit Helix bridge, gardens by the bay and enjoy the view at night as well as during the day. The place is a lot touristy but offers some great views of the city.