I was recently in Singapore for a gig with the wonderful Yotel Singapore and I stayed on in the city for a bit longer with my friend Julie. I had no idea what to do as a tourist while I was there and Julie very kindly and enthusiastically took up the role of one of the most wonderful hosts I’ve ever had the privilege of staying with!
The star of my touristy stay in Singapore was this wonderful evening at Gardens By The Bay. It does not get any better as a photographer. I had a bird’s eye view of Singapore : the shipping port and waters, the SuperTree Grove, Marina Bay Sands, some of Singapore’s most famous contemporary architecture, and one of the most intense and colorful sunsets I have EVER seen. The view really stole the show. I could not get over ( still cannot ) at the intensity of the colors and how quickly they changed within a span of minutes and multiple times!
A rooftop bar : you’re on TOP of one of the trees at the SuperTree Grove – grab a drink while you enjoy the view! Don’t forget to make a reservation for this. It’s called SuperTree IndoChine and in retrospect the bar is way better than the restaurant.
We also got a quick drink at the bar by the pool at Marina Bay Sands. The bar was nice – you have to purchase a ticket at the ground floor – the ticket includes the price of a drink or two ( depending on what you’re having ) – it does not include access to the pool area ( you have to be a resident guest of the hotel for that – in any case the swimming pool looked rather full – I wouldn’t have wanted to step in because step-in is all I could’ve possibly managed – not a single spot at the edge of the infinity pool for the fabulous view ). You can get the same view when seated at the bar AND you don’t have to contend for elbow space or worry about the camera getting wet.
While walking from the Marina Bay Sands to the SuperTree Grove, we walked through a mall and I was literally drawn into Penhaligons. I wasn’t aware of the existence of the established in 1870 British fragrance brand and I could not stop swooning over everything they had. Naaz showed us around and she was super! I must’ve sniffed everything and left in a very heady mood. Needless to say, I wanted one of everything. I know what I’m going to be looking for for my next #FragranceOfTheMonth feature! As soon as I can lay hands on one of them fragrances in India or my next duty-free stop.
The SuperTree Grove was MAGICAL. Anyone can come into the area and watch the sound and light show in the evening. You can check the schedule on their website – there’s no entry fee to watch the show from the ground. There were hundreds of people lounging on the grassy patches, even on the concrete – some of them were even laying down flat. Craning your neck for the entire duration of the sound and light show is not recommended – I had a bit of a painful recovery from that and will lay flat on the ground next time I’m there. It was beautiful beautiful beautiful.
All photographs shot on the phone ( Pixel 1 XL ). Read about my smartphone photography and how I shoot / edit / share.
Thank you SO much for having me Julie and Andrew! Much love and see you soon in India!