As my stay in Singapore has now continued well past what I had initially planned, I’ve managed to break away from my quest to try every available dish in Singapore (an absurdly impossible notion, but again, more on that later) and have squeezed in a few additional sites around the city in an attempt to show a few more facets of this fascinating country.
My first stop was to check out the seedy nightlife scene on the infamous Geylang Road — a street known for a gritty mix of raucous bars, street walkers, food stalls, and neon lights. After experiencing it for myself, however, I will admit that the ”infamous” term may be a bit strong. Although there was quite scene to see, it is still located in Singapore after all – meaning that the element of danger and the risk of treading into an unsavory neighborhood was fairly low. Who thinks a city needs a criminal element to have character anyway?
Pulau Ubin Island:
Although the urban sprawl of the city’s growth has claimed the majority of the available real estate on the small island of Singapore, there are still a few pockets of undeveloped land that have remained untouched. One such place is the tiny island of Pulau Ubin, located just off the Northeast corner of the main island, near the airport. To get there, you’ll have to take the MRT (the city’s metro system) almost as far as it’ll take you, then catch a bus to a ferry terminal along the coast. For only a few dollars, you can then hire a bumboat from the terminal to ferry you over to the smaller island itself, where you can rent a bike or simply trek around the trails, seeing what Singapore used to look like before the construction crews showed up and modern development took over.
Getting back into the heart of the Singapore, there was one last thing on my itinerary that I absolutely had to do before leaving. There has been a growing trend over the last few years of various office buildings, apartment blocks, and skyscrapers opening swanky rooftop bars, complete with 360-degree, open-air views over the city (just taking a quick glance at the listings, I found close to 2 dozen to choose from). So I threw on my best clothes (which isn’t saying much) and headed for the tallest one I could find: the 1-Altitude bar on the roof of the 1 Raffles Place building. Behold:
That’s about all I’ve got for now. I still have another post in the works, as promised, showing the culinary side of the city — which I’ll have up in the next few days. And going forward, I’ll finally be leaving the city of Singapore soon and heading North into Malaysia (with Melaka likely my first destination). Until then, Cheers!
ADDED BONUS BELOW – YAY!
I recently purchased a new camera (still nothing fancy, though) and have been trying to test its limits with a few high-contrast night shots. These last two photos have nothing to do with this post, but I thought they were pretty cool, so I going to go ahead and post them anyway (as a side note, Singapore has some seriously photogenic bridges). Enjoy: