SO! It’s been a bit since updating this blog. Whoops!
I was always a few days behind real life with updating the blog post since it took a lot of time, and as we went through the final few days of the honeymoon I got caught up in the constant travel. Then when we made it back to America, we immediately went straight into finding an apartment in Los Angeles. And then we actually moved to Los Angeles. Needless to say, we were slightly busy!
So this blog fell by the wayside, and the entire WORLD never knew what Landon and I did those last few days of our trip. Everyone’s been at the edge of their seats, and I’ve started feeling really guilty about it. I mean, we’ve kept our FANS waiting!
Well nine months later, here are the answers. To remind you, we had just flown from Bali to Singapore and discovered that it was ridiculously hot outside. Even hotter than Bali! And our room didn’t have air conditioning… so that was fun. But besides that, Singapore is a beautiful place as you’ll see below.
We went into the day without a specific plan – just wandering around has given us some of our favorite moments of the trip. We decided to head to the Gardens by the Bay first as we’d get a good view of the city on the way. We walked about a mile (even though it felt a lot longer in the heat!) and saw the Singapore flyer on the way.
Even though we could see it from our AirBnB’s porch, seeing the Gardens by the Bay up close was incredible! It looks like something that’d be in the next Jurassic World movie.
Beautiful, right? But remember, it was HOT outside! This will be a recurring theme throughout the day. I really did enjoy Singapore, but I will always remember it for its intense heat. Especially with Landon being allergic to his own sweat… not the best combination! But finally we made it to the gardens.
We weren’t sure if we wanted to spend the money to actually go inside the gardens, but then we found out that the structures are air conditioned to keep the temperatures down for the flora inside. The minute we heard that, we were sold! INSIDE FELT AMAZING!!! It was cool and breezy, with waterfalls everywhere. We were speechless and so glad we went inside.
There are two main garden structures that are air conditioned, but the first we went to was called the Cloud Forest. It simulates the vegetation you would find up in the tropical highlands up to 2,000 meters above sea level. It even has the highest indoor waterfall in the WORLD!
Nine months later, I’m not sure exactly what Landon was pointing at. Probably something hilarious.
While most of the vegetation was real, they had a small exhibit of venus fly traps… made out of LEGOS! It was so wonderfully weird and random. It inspired us to get our own venus fly trap one we got to Los Angeles. We also promptly killed it, so maybe we should stick with the Lego version.
The garden had an elevator in the middle that would take you to the top, and then you could walk down the pathway at your leisure. The view from the top was incredible, especially since the walls are all clear glass.
At the top we took some cute pictures because when are we not cute, right?
Luckily neither of us are scared of heights!
I’m somewhere in this next photo. WHERE’S WALDO?!
And this is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. The spray from the waterfall felt soooooo good after escaping the heat outside. Kind of cool to see how the water comes out of the pipes at the top.
And here’s Landon with the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. There’s some better photos of it later.
The really cool thing about the Gardens by the Bay is how it is built in a completely eco-friendly way. Even the air conditioning is powered via energy from horticultural waste (I didn’t even know this was a thing?!?!) And the Supertrees (photos below) collect solar energy from the sun to power the entire place.
Landon got eaten but he’s okay now, don’t worry.
After leaving the Cloud Forest (which tbh was a very difficult decision because I cannot convey enough how amazing that air conditioning felt) we headed to the Marina Barrage next to the gardens. This is basically a big dam that’s used to provide water supply and flood control to the city. Also, even more importantly, it was a pit stop on The Amazing Race 16! The show has been to Singapore a few times, so naturally I went to all the pit stops I could find.
Also we randomly came across a patch of a BAJILLION four leaf clovers. That’s got to be good luck for the last bit of the trip, right?
So leaving Marina Barrage, we headed back to the Gardens by the Bay because we still had tickets for the other main garden and we wanted to see the Supertrees! Not only do these look insanely cool (and you can see them from across the city they’re so large) but they also conduct solar energy and help power the entire gardens. Really incredible!
At this point we were dying of heat again, so we were psyched to get back into the air conditioned gardens. This garden was called the Flower Dome, and it basically held more flowers than you could imagine! There are different areas for different biomes and vegetation zones (our favorite of course being the Californian garden). It was a bit strange being halfway across the world and having your future home state being showcased.
The Flower Dome also had some fascinating decorations including some horses I know my grandma would love and some monkeys that I personally loved. They’re made out of wood and sticks, giving them a wild look.
After we got some rest sitting in the Flower Dome enjoying the cool air, we decided to venture back out into the heat to explore the city some more. We came across the Helix Bridge, a now-famous double helix bridge that crosses the bay. It was built in 2010 and is already one of the most popular tourist attractions to see in the city.
And then we came across the Marina Bay Sands hotel that we saw earlier from the top of the Cloud Forest. Also built in 2010, this is now the most famous building in the city. It’s MASSIVE, and the top of it looks like a boat is laying on top of the three towers. Who thinks of this stuff?! But I’m glad they do. There’s been multiple TV shows and films shot here. There was even a challenge on Amazing Race here where the contestants had to cross a tight rope hanging between two of those towers. WAY up there! Insane.
Underneath the hotel is a huge mall. And as we all know by now, malls = air conditioning.
It was also about time for lunch, so we walked across the whole place looking for a restaurant. That’s when we found Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant! Landon was so excited…
…until we saw the price. Ummmmmmmmm, maybe if Singapore had Bali prices we could have afforded it, but nope! So we went to the food court instead, which actually really hit the spot. Landon was craving some Indian food (obviously Singapore has the best Indian food?!) and I had some Korean chicken (obviously Singapore has the best Korean food?!)
On the side of my food were these FISH HEAD THINGS WITH EYEBALLS. I politely said “not today, Satan” and passed. The rest of the food was delicious though.
When they talk about Singapore being ahead of the game on the technology game, I believe it! Even their malls had an incredibly intricate technological navigation system.
We stayed in the mall for a few hours for the AC, and then ventured back into the city to check out a few more spots. I love cities built on the water (whether it’s natural or manmade) and that was one of my favorite things about Singapore. Come on, you can’t tell me that this isn’t beautiful!
Thank goodness Landon puts up with my obsessions, because we went out of our way a bit to check out another Amazing Race pit stop location. This is the Fullerton Pavilion, a random floating pavilion in the middle of the city on the water. This was a pit stop in Amazing Race 25.
And in that same Amazing Race episode there was a task to find a clue at one of the merlion statues in the city! We came across Merlion Park and had to take a few photos!
This was me trying to take a selfie with the giant merlion statue behind me. I underestimated how giant my head is though.
We then went in Suntec City mall (again to escape the heat, sensing a pattern?) and found a 7-11. THAT MEANS SLURPEES! It was exactly what we needed to cool down. As you can see, Landon was having an allergic reaction to sweat! Poor guy! But being inside certainly helped.
Inside SunTec Mall is the Fountain of Wealth. I remember seeing this structure on TV way back on Amazing Race 3 (filmed in 2002!). For some reason this place always stuck with me, and it was beautiful in person!
There are certain steps you have to take to get “good things from the fountain.” While I already had the best thing in my life (<3), we figured it couldn’t hurt to participate in the ritual. You have to make a silent wish and then walk around three times while touching the water.
And this is the view of the Fountain from the street level:
As I’m writing this I can’t help but realize that soon after returning from our honeymoon, we found out we won a sweepstakes grand prize. WAS THIS WHY WE WON?!?!?! THE FOUNTAIN OF WEALTH WORKS!!!!!
We went to another movie to end the night. Singapore has some fancy entryways into each theater (I guess to prevent people from sneaking in?!) I lost my ticket and almost couldn’t get back in from a bathroom break, but then I found it in my shoe. (Still have no idea how it got in my shoe or why I thought to check there? Singapore is a mystery)
By the time the movie was over, we were STARVING. So naturally we walked an entire extra mile just to make it to POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was a glorious meal. Louisianaaaaaaa faaaaaaast. It was just as good in Singapore as it is in America.
And that was our day in Singapore! Overall, it’s a beautiful city (and country!) but the heat did make it hard to enjoy some parts. Still, the views of the city were worth it.
Tomorrow we head to Malaysia via bus. Hope it goes smoothly! (Spoiler alert: it does not).
Until next time (and hopefully it doesn’t take nine months),