Suprising Singapore

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Suprising Singapore

Back in 2005, I married the man of my dreams and we decided to take a fantastic trip to Australia for our Honeymoon. My husband was keen to break up the journey with a stop off at Singapore. I wasn't that bothered about going and just wanted to get to Sydney so I could cuddle a koala and stroke a wombat. Just for your information, wombats are a bit of a grumpy creature and aren't keen on tourists stroking them. However, as it had been a life long ambition of mine since I had watched "A Country Practice" whilst revising for my GCSE's, I had a quick stroke. As my husband's role in the wedding planning was to book the honeymoon, we stopped off in Singapore en route to Australia.

I don't often say this, but my husband was right. It is the most fabulous place. Westernised and warm, with fantastic food and the cleanist place I have ever been. We were only there for a couple of days but we crammed as much in as we could.

Top of my list was to go to Raffle's for a Singapore Sling. Well when in Singapore....

singapore sling in raffles

If I remember correctly, it was on the pricey side, but you got free monkey nuts and seemed to be encouraged to throw the husks on the floor!

We had also heard great things about Singapore Zoo. I am not a zoo person really, but we gave it a go. We used their underground system, which was nothing like London. It was so clean and not that busy. On the train there was a sign that stumped us for a while.

no durain sign

It turns out that the durain is a rather smelly fruit that you must not have on the underground system.

The zoo was nice with a fantastic working elephant show. We also stayed for the night zoo, meaning that we could go round in a train and see the animals in a different light. In hindsight we should have decided to do the day or night part. Not because it wasn't good but because we were jet lagged! The animals may have come alive in the night, but my husband and I found it hard to stay awake.

elephant show


On our last day we did a tour of Singapore, taking in some of these amazing sights.

sightseeing in singapore

So our stopover in Singapore ended up being an amazing surprise. A beautiful place that I hope to revisit one day, as there are still plenty more places there for me to explore.


This article has been written to recognise the author's contribution to travel and tourism by Avis Car Hire on the A-List Awards 2013






11 comments:

Swallow Barn said...

we went to Singapore for our honeymoon too (Penang rather than Australia though).

I used to love A Country Practice. Am sure I'd have done better in my A Levels if I hadn't been watching that and The Young Doctors...

PinkOddy said...

I shall definitely look at putting that on my list of places to go - you look like you had a fantastic time and I love all the mentions of it being clean.

Wicked World of Lucas said...

Glad you had a great time. I remember watching A Country Practice too. It was a fab programme ;)

Shahnaz MummyBeBeautiful said...

What an amazing memory to look back on, it looks like an amazing place to visit x fab magicmoment

The Reading Residence said...

It looks amazing! My brother and in his wife took in Singapore as part of their honeymoon, too, and say how fabulous it is. Maybe I'll get there one day...!

Charly Dove said...

Love love love this post Louise. You had me at Australia (I lived there for 2 yrs in the nineties). It sounds like you had the most amazing time in Singapore, the photos are fantastic. What a wonderful time you must have had. Hope you had a great time in Oz too. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

afra willmore said...

Just me sniggering at stroking a wombat then? Thought so! Lovely interesting post with great pics. Thanks!

notmyyearoff said...

Ooh I am going to Malaysia next month and we are contemplating doing a day trip. My friend says you need more than a day so we not bother but it does look amazing!

3yearsandhome said...

Singapore's on my wish list to visit. It looks and sounds amazing. And yes, I will also be sampling the cocktail.

Jaime Oliver said...

wow what an amazing trip!! i think i would love to stroke a wombat however not after reading they are grumpy! lol

thanks for sharing you fantastic trip and linking up with #MagicMoments x

Sara said...

Beautiful pictures! Glad you enjoyed it so much!