Day 2: Singapore
After the long journey from Seattle, we arrived in Singapore and headed straight for our hotel, the Ascott Orchard Singapore. This property was unlike a traditional hotel and more like a serviced apartment. Our room wasn’t ready yet when we arrived at 7 am, but they had a lounge for us to relax and freshen up.
Again this felt more like someone’s apartment – albeit a very nice one and without any other guests. I was even able to take a shower here. After getting ready, we headed out to Chinatown for some breakfast.
By now it was close to lunch time, so we headed back to the area around our hotel, Orchard Road. This is the main shopping district of Singapore and the most popular area to stay for tourists. The street is lined with malls – if you love shopping, you might never leave. At the bottom of each of these malls are food courts, which unlike those in the west, are not only cheap but have high quality food. We got some local classics like Chicken Rice and Oyster Omelette.
The Singaporean heat means it always a perfect temperature to go for a swim.
After a refreshing dip, we took a long awaited nap after the red-eye journey. As we awoke, we were greeted by the sounds of Singapore’s famous afternoon showers that seem to roll in and out like clockwork. Singapore, located right by the equator, has very consistent weather all year round – 32 degrees, hot, sunny, and a heavy shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. While this might not sound great, it dramatically cools down the city, making it much more pleasant to be out in the evening. Once the showers cleared, we headed out for dinner at Clarke Quay, a popular riverfront shopping and dining area.
We went to Keisuke Ramen, a popular local ramen chain.
The unique thing about this ramen shop was that they supplied unlimited seasoned bean sprouts and hard boiled eggs on each table. My girlfriend loves all those things so this was pretty much heaven for her. We literally came back to Singapore a couple years later just for this ramen. After dinner, Clarke Quay was even more beautiful with all its lights on.