It's certainly not as flashy as, say Dubai, but sometimes it feels like Singapore is trying to prove something. Does it show off a little? Definitely, but to give it credit, it does have a lot to be proud of. If you've got it, flaunt it, right? Singapore has spent big bucks to have the highest 'this' in Asia or the biggest 'that' in the world, along with many 'firsts' and 'bests' that it's quite natural to hear about them even in casual conversation. Singapore is grand, clean, and extremely organized; everything runs like clockwork. But it's also a little like Mumbai in some ways; it has its financial district, where you see row after row of buildings that seem to be reaching for the skies. It has affluent areas as well as its not-so-prosperous ones (though there isn't even a hint of poverty in the city) sitting pretty on reclaimed land. There's an obvious colonial influence as well as ethic and enclaves bursting with different traditions and cultures. I used to think Singapore would be too somber to be fun, but with its quirky boutiques, cool cafes, an interesting buffet of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine and buzzing nightlife, it turned out to be lively and entertaining.
You could probably do Singapore in three, maybe four, days and feel quite satisfied with your trip, but with the number of things we want and do, even eight days were not enough. You need to take your time to explore Singapore, especially places like the:
- Singapore Zoo
- S.E.A Aquarium
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- The National Museum of Singapore