A Taste of Singapore: Merlion, Orchard Road and Chinatown

The glitz, the glamor and some historical landmarks that this city is known for.

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I don’t want to go home. Not yet. Three days weren’t enough. Reality bites, in a matter of hours, we’ll be boarding the plane and we’ll be sleeping in our own beds. So, we dragged our feet and move as quick as we can, to cherish the remaining time that we have.

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City tour was the last part of our itinerary. And of course, our trip wouldn’t be complete until we met face to face Singapore’s renowned icon, the merlion. The Merlion is a marketing icon with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore (note: Merlion’s definition from wikipedia). The place was jam-packed with tourists and students who are having their educational tour. We were lucky enough we found a nice spot for photo opportunity with this famed monument.

merlion

merlion

We were only able to view Marina Bay Sands from afar since we don’t have much time left. Even so, it is a magnificent, brilliant architecture.

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Though a bit far, we were able to get a good sight of the major performance arts venue, the Esplanade- Theaters on the Bay too.

esplanade

marina bay

We did a little visit to the Orchard Road, a famous shopping area which showcases high-end brands like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. We wander around and found out that most of the stores are still closed. We continue to roam anyway.

orchard road

orchard road

Christmas is really in the air and beautiful Christmas-inspired ornaments can be found in every corner of the street. There are giant snow globes and lovely Christmas trees perched on the sophisticated street of Orchard Road.

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christmas tree

snow globe

christmas tree

We boarded the train and made a quick stopover to Little India, a community for Indians who chose to reside and started making a living in this fast-paced city. There are lot of vendors selling hand-made crafts, marvelous paintings and loads of unique goods from India.

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On our way back to the hotel, we managed to do a little more shopping in Chinatown and grabbed some eats before getting our luggage and hit the road to the airport. The area is crowded with hostels, Chinese stalls and the smell of steamed Dim sum fills the air.

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Singapore was a good choice for my first out of the country trip. I might say, it has opened my eyes and ignite my passion in traveling. I have seen a small chunk of the world and I desire to see more.

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And birthday or not, I’ll definitely go back here again.

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Needless to say, I fell in love with the Lion City❤️

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