So after a wonderful stay in Yakushima we took the Jetfoil (ferry boat) to Kagoshima and briefly stayed there for 2 days and spent our time just eating and relaxing. After our short stay we flew back to Tokyo for a couple of days, making trips to the Tsukiji fish market in the morning and some last minute shopping before hopping on a plane to jet to Singapore for 10 days to see friends and family.
Singapore was great besides the hot and humid weather, we visited all the relatives we hadn’t seen in years and had a good time catching up with the entire family. Alot of the time was also spent shopping, eating and checking out all the new attractions Singapore had to offer, such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands shopping centre. I didn’t enjoy the Marina Bay Sands shopping much as it wasn’t really wasn’t up my alley but the interior was very nice with an open glass design with several storeys of shops, an indoor ice rink and mini gondola rides around an indoor fountain. It was nice to look at but I don’t think I’ll be going back there again anytime soon.
Gardens by the Bay on the other hand was a whole different story. We started at the Cloud Forest, a gigantic green house that was filled with all different types of flora which included an indoor waterfall and several other water features along with an educational theatre and media centre explaining a little about the park and giving information about environmental awareness. We also stopped by the Flower dome (another greenhouse) which was equally impressive with flowers from all over the world all categorised by their environment and also enjoyed the easter themed decorations through out parts of the garden.
Besides the domes there are other attractions around the park and also be sure to hang around when nightfall hits as the park lights up like a forest out of AVATAR.
I also managed to catch up with a friend who took me out to see Dempsey Hill, a popular area occupied by small boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and more. Known for it’s lux dining it had a hip culture feel to it with a majority of the visitors being young men and women in their early 20’s to late 30’s. Definitely take some time to stop over by this place especially if you are partial to cool cafes, some ritzy dining and arty bits an bobs.
Besides Dempsey Hill my friend took me to all sorts of other places like art exhibitions, cool cafes, popular night spots and what not and just generally showing me all the sights Singapore had to offer.
Singapore is definitely a place where no matter how many times I go I can always go back for more and I’m glad that the trip ended with this being our last stop. Well that wraps it up, hope you enjoyed my little adventure posts and I hope they have helped you with any future plans to visit Japan or just enjoying the posts themselves. Next week it’ll be something different so until then ;).