24 Hours in Singapore
by Tiffany Kennedy
Okay, maybe a little bit more than 24 hours.
Could’ve been a How To: Singapore post but, I’ve never been before, and a how to didn’t seem to cut it. Especially considering how I got lost on Orchard Road, but I think that getting lost is part of the experience (and I’m totally not saying that to not seem like an idiot right now).
6:30pm: I find myself in the middle of the Paragon, where there is a massive macaroon tower from Laudree. Still wondering whether or not those macaroons were real, but they looked delicious all the same. Getting lost is kind of fun. Well, in Singapore it’s kind of fun, every corner has a Tiffany & Co I swear. (Every corner also has a Starbucks store, which doesn’t exist in Perth, really.)
7pm: Once we’ve spent a little while exploring areas within the Paragon such as ‘Club 21’ which is home to DKNY and other brands, it’s time to try and find a way across to ION Orchard again. I have no idea why it’s blocked off by gates, that’s something I’ll have to google later. But at least every store has such great air-conditioning which keeps me going for a bit longer
8pm: Search the stores at ION Orchard (after finally finding a crossing path to get across to it), noting the big Sephora store that lurks inside, along with all of the designer fashion. Also since it’s Christmas, take a photo in front (and inside of) the Swarovski Christmas Tree.
8:30pm: I realise how tired I am already from walking around, and try to find my way back to the hotel. Finally finding a crossing way that would take me around and back to the other side of Orchard road, faster.
9pm: Matcha green tea frappes at Starbucks before having a nice cool shower, and relaxing at the Orchard Hotel while watching movies.
4pm: The exploration of the flower dome was first, with various types of plants from Australia, Singapore and other places around the world. This dome was rather beautiful, obviously, with little Christmas decorations which were still up while I was there. So many people took so many selfies, but apparently (according to the Louis Vuitton travel guides) the use of technology at any time isn’t considered rude here, answering at the table, or sending off an email while at dinner, is just part of the fast pace living of Singapore. Something that I’d get yelled at, while at home.
5:30pm: The dark leaves of purple and green were of much interest to all those who entered the cloud dome. The first site that we all laid our eyes upon was the waterfall coming from a large mountain of green. A mountain where we would soon be standing at the top.
6pm: As we headed to the entrance of the mountain and it’s pathway across the top of the mountain, I noticed the old trunks which had been planted onto walls. Perhaps recycled, into that art of faces, dragons, and koi which was very intriguing to all who noticed. But it was easy to just walk by and not notice, as these pieces were so harmonious with the plants around them.
7pm: At the top of the mountain, it’s ridiculously scary to walk down, but we went down each level of the mountain, finding new things, being able to almost touch the waterfall from the other side and noting the crystals that were placed within the mountain.
Images taken at Gardens by the Bay, Shoppes at Marina Bay, Orchard Hotel, The Botanic Gardens and ION Orchard.
Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 18-55mm lens. Edited by Tiffany Kennedy.