Singapore: An Eastern mosaic of sensory flavours and cultural delightsA trip to the glittering island of Singapore never fails to excite me. As a cosmopolitan city state made up of a melting pot of cultures and nationalities, every visit offers something new and enticing, be this an unidentified culinary smell tantalising my nose in the bustling streets, an innovative art exhibition at one of the many galleries, or a novel designer boutique cropping up in one of the charming streets or narrow lanes.
It’s easy to get swept up in the glamour of the high rise hotels in this city – with most of them offering at least one truly world-class restaurant and an entire mall within the hotel parameters, you’d be forgiven for not setting a foot outside. You’d be foolish not to soak up some of the dynamic culture the city has to offer though, and I always like to head to the narrow and colourful lanes of Malay quarter, Kampong Glam to peruse the quirky boutiques and vibrant fabric stores on Haji Lane.
No other city lights up by night quite like Singapore does, and I’m still working my way through the various rooftop bars to decide which offers my favourite cityscape. Ce La Vi at Marina Bay Sands or Lantern at The Fullerton Bay are definitely strong contenders, but otherwise a stroll through The Gardens by the Bay in the evening glow never fails to provide an atmosphere of contemplative serenity in a city otherwise so fluid and diverse. All in all, Singapore is a city that I am certain will continue to amaze as it builds upon an already eclectic and rich cultural heritage. Well worth extending that stopover for, not to mention making the journey for the city’s sake alone.