Singapore is much more than a one-night stopover on your way to Europe. It has so much to offer for every budget, interest and age group. So much so, J and I hardly slept in our amazing PARKROYAL King size during our 4 day break. Admittedly, we started our days a little later in the morning but Singapore really doesn’t get going until 10:30.
After our day spent exploring the traditional side of the city, it was time to pick up the pace.
We arrived in Little India mid morning and to say that the streets were packed would be an understatement. J and I were forced to scale the fence (road side) to move anywhere along the street.
This place really does transport you.
Vibrant colours surrounded us from flowers to food and the Deepavali decorations that enveloped the streets.
The scent of aromatic Indian spices was in the air but it was mixed with a freshness from the many fruit stands.
Humidity levels were rising so we made a B line for the closest fabric store. I had heard many great things about them and wasn’t disappointed!
The choice was phenomenal; texture, material, colour, pattern. If you can’t find it here in Little India, chances are they don’t even make it.
Now, we really wanted to hit the fast lane. We headed to the Singapore Flyer for an unbelievable view of the city and the F1 track.
The large, air conditioned bubble that was our ride above the city provided perfect viewing.
Although the smog from the forest burning in Indonesia did somewhat obstruct the scenes of the expansive city, it was easy to see the amazing innovation implemented in this highly populated country.
J and I are big Formula 1 fans so we couldn’t wait to get down onto the track.
What a perfect backdrop for one of the most spectacular sporting events in the world. No F1 cars in sight, but exhilirating none the less to be running along such an iconic track.
Although walking large distances through this city is challenging and exhausting, it is worth it, especially when you are lucky enough to come across scenes like these!
Needing to refuel, we made our way over to Marina Bay Sands Shoppes. But, we made a slight detour when we saw this amazing building!
This island is a Louis Vuitton Maison and a truly engaging concept store. You can enter the shop from outside, or through an underground/sea escelator from within the shopping centre.
Not only was there a unique nautical inspired range on offer for shoppers, there was also a beautiful vintage luggage display. Bags, architecture and views, what more can a girl ask for?
Tea and all kinds of tea-inspired delights, maybe?
Well I found heaven. I coaxed J onto the little TWG restaurant suspended over an indoor river and he was more than pleasantly surprised.
Crisp white tablecloths, plush armchairs, crystal lights and orchids. Such a beautiful setting was only made more perfect by the exceptionally attentive wait staff.
For all those fellow tea lovers out there, this is an absolute must. The double sided, four paged tea menu played on my indecisive nature. But, I couldn't have been more intrigued by the many unique teas every corner of the globe.
I settled on a Bellini tea, which was a refreshing black peach tea, a special blend by TWG (which has roots back to the colonization and trading periods). It was served in a beautiful white and gold tea pot with its own heating mechanism.
J was dying for a burger and milkshake so ordered the burger and Tea Shake made with macadamia and black tea ice cream.
But the true winner of TWG was the tea shake, a milkshake like no other. Its thick texture was still somehow light and fluffy and the hint of black tea broke through the characteristic overly sweet (and somewhat fake) flavour of a traditional milkshake.
Being seated next to the dessert case, there was really no way we could have left without trying one of the sweet creations. We settled on the crepe layer cake with a vanilla bean and tea sauce. Let's just say do not share dessert.
We still catch ourselves dreaming of a delicious tea shake and crepe layer cake back home. No sign of a TWG restaurant yet, but I am definitely keeping my eyes peeled.
xx The Strawberry Story