It has been almost 9 years since I last visited Singapore. Like many big cities in the world, Singapore is constantly changing. Its skyline is much more interesting and attractive, especially at night. Unlike Hong Kong where visitors can go up the Peak to enjoy an amazing night view of the city, Singapore is as flat as a pancake. Fortunately, the SkyPark at the top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino offers a good vantage point for a panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline. SkyPark connects the roof top of three buildings. There is an infinity pool open to hotel guests only but you can go to the bar, restaurant or observation deck to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of Singapore. And if you go on certain days of the week, admission is free.

First thing I noticed when I walked around the observation desk was the blue lights decorating tree-like structures and seashell-like structures by the water that looked like a scene from the film Avatar. This is Gardens by the Bay, a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land adjacent to Marina Reservoir. It has won many awards, including World Building of the Year in 2012 and boasts the largest glass greenhouse in the world.

You can read about my food adventures in Singapore can be found in this blog.

Singapore’s Orchard Road is the city state’s main retail and entertainment hub. With the help of huge digital displays and LED light decorations, and a mix of traditional and futuristic architecture, Orchard Road has been transformed into a set from the film Bladerunner. My local friends told me shopping malls along Orchard Road are required by law to install festival displays for Christmas / New Year and Lunar New Year. A few cost conscious mall owners come up with a great idea – reuse the displays and just change the greetings.

A versatile festive display that was used for Christmas and Lunar New Year
A futuristic structure at the corner of Orchard Road and Scotts Road is the entrance of a subway
Huge rooster on display in Chinatown to welcome in Year of The Rooster

A popular attraction in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (佛牙寺) which opened in 2007. The temple is modelled on Tang Dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha. The relic can be viewed by the public on the 4th floor and simple vegetarian meal is served in the basement of the temple.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum opened in 2007
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva - Guardian Deity for persons born in the year of the dragon and snake