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My twenty four hours in Singapore were ticking away quickly. As night drew near, I set off for my blind-friend-date. My travel buddy Heather, who I was traipsing around The Philippines with, had a friend who had recently moved home to Singapore and readily agreed to meet me for dinner.

Singapore By Night

Once we found each other, she asked what I was in the mood for — Western style restaurant food, or Asian style street food? Ya’ll know that I was starving for a burger after three weeks in The Philippines, but I didn’t want o be the one to admit it! So I made some enthusiastic noises about street food, and we set off for Makansutra Gluttons Bay.

I’m so glad we did. In reality I have grown to love Asian cuisine, and Adi spoiled me with dish after dish of Singaporean specialties. Gluttons Bay is a nice spot — somewhere I would bring my parents for dinner, a kind of Street Food for Beginners area with ample seating, English signage, and an unusual air of sanitation.

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

To walk off the obscene portions we had just consumed, we walked along Marina Promenade, drinking in the glittering skyline views. Everything I had seen earlier, from The Artscience Museum to the rows of skyscrapers to The Helix bridge seemed to take on new life with the bright lights they gave off.

Singapore By Night

Twenty Four Hours in Singapore

Singapore By Night

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Singapore

When I told Adi about my earlier adventures at Gardens by the Bay, she insisted we go back to see it at night. Thank goodness she did — I was awed.

Twenty Four Hours in Singapore

Twenty Four Hours in Singapore

Most of the crowds had gone home by this point — it was just us and our Avatar fantasies. The trees pulsed with lights, changing color and rhythm as the moments ticked by. If I didn’t know any better — and wasn’t well informed of Singapore’s anti drug policies — I might have wondered if Adi had slipped something in my meal.

Gardens By the Bay at Night

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Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore

When I finally dragged myself away from Gardens By the Bay, it was only because I was at the point of complete and total exhaustion and near physical collapse. After a night of three hours of sleep, an epic journey to the Clark airport outside Manila, and a flight to boot, I had hit the ground running in Singapore and didn’t stop until I collapsed in my hostel bed after midnight — with my alarm set once again for just a few hours later. There’s no doubt about it — twenty four hours in Singapore just isn’t enough, except in one sense. It was just enough to assure me I want to go back.

Of course I couldn’t leave Singapore without one major blonde moment, right? I’ll just go right ahead and give you the dialogue from my early morning flight onto Bali —

“I’m looking for the international terminal.”

[Pause.]

“Ma’am, this is Singapore. ALL terminals are international.”

Keepin’ dumb blonde jokes alive since ’89.

Gardens By the Bay at Night

Singapore Chinatown at Night

Singapore Chinatown at Night

Have you ever spent just twenty four hours in a destination? Was it enough to tick it off your list?

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38 Comments...
  • memographer
    June 18 2013

    These night photos (including the first/top one) are amazing, Alex!! A fairyland!
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    • Alex
      June 18 2013

      I completely agree… as I said, I felt like I was in Wonderland 🙂

  • Edna
    June 18 2013

    Street food for beginners, never thought of it like that but the description’s spot on! Next time you’re in town you must hit up Maxwell Center or Lau Pa Sat for more local flavor — LPS is close to Marina Bay as well so perfect for wandering around the area at night.
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      You’re the third or fourth person who has mentioned Lau Pa Sat to me… I’m going to have to check it out!

  • Yasemin
    June 18 2013

    The Gardens by the Bay look so beautiful both at night and day, such a surreal spot. I’ve been researching South East Asia recently and had never previously considered Singapore but keep finding reasons to go. Just wanted to comment to say I love your blog! So well written with a really nice photo layout! Great to have that from someone closeish to my age. Looking forward to hitting up some of your spots in Thailand etc! Wish you the best.

    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Thank you Yasemin! I’m the same, never really thought Singapore would be worth the hassle to get to but now my mind is completely changed. And thank you for the compliments on my blog, I really appreciate it.

  • aftri
    June 18 2013

    I’ve been to singapore twice. My favorite asian country so far, so clean, fresh air, and easy to go anywhere. Last time I got there was last year, the Gardens by the Bay wasn’t done yet. Definitely have to go back one day!
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      I feel so lucky that I visited when it was finished! I think it made a huge impression on me, and my impression of Singapore 🙂

  • Divelicious Chris
    June 18 2013

    It looks amazing! I’ve never thought of visiting Singapore but now I might have to 🙂

    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Thanks Chris! I love your blog name by the way!

  • Ashley
    June 18 2013

    Your posts are making me reconsider Singapore as a destination! I’ve put it off a couple of times in favor of places like Malaysia, but now I just might have to work in a couple days there.
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Yeah, Singapore is a really convenient stopover for so many destinations, it really is easy to fit into your travels! Good luck, Ashley!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    June 19 2013

    Singapore looks so interesting! And you know you’re at the right place to eat when the place is called Gluttons bay! I wonder if it was a coincidence? 😉

    xx
    Melanie
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Ha, and if you saw the portions we were eating, you would know that we took that name VERY seriously.

  • Frank
    June 19 2013

    Wow, you’re right, the Gardens By The Bay look even more amazing at night. Great pictures!
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Thanks Frank! I just thought these really deserved a post of their own 🙂

  • Amanda
    June 19 2013

    These photos are BEAUTIFUL!! I am regretting not going to the Gardens by the Bay at night now 🙂 And I can’t say I would blame you for choosing the burger, I ate Western food there while I was there after traveling through Malaysia… Sometimes you just need a bit of home!
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    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      So agree with you. Whenever I’m in Bangkok I tend to indulge in lots of Western food, as it’s often a stopping point in the midst of my more far flung travels. Sometimes you just need cheese soup in a bread bowl!

  • Sija
    June 19 2013

    Garden by the bay looks amazing! Now I really want to go to Singapore! Did you use a tripod for those night pictures ?

    • Alex
      June 19 2013

      Nope…. and that made it pretty tricky! I definitely recommend bringing one. I just balanced my camera on railings, which wasn’t perfect.

  • Victoria Ellen Lee
    June 20 2013

    I’m spending 4 days in Singapore in September so hopefully that will be long enough! And your photos look incredible-I can’t wait to see the Gardens by the Bay for myself now!

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    • Alex
      June 21 2013

      I think four days would be a really nice amount of time for Singapore. I think you’ll really enjoy it! Happy travels.

  • Adi
    December 15 2013

    Hey Alex, the next time you are back, I’ll defo bring you to LPS for more asian food! We have to ask Heather to come along too!! Hopefully you can stay longer this time as well!

    • Alex
      December 16 2013

      Yes, now that I’ve been I know that Singapore is well deserving of a longer stay! Thanks for playing tour guide for me, Adi!

  • SH
    June 8 2014

    I’m Singaporean – couldn’t help but chuckle at the international terminal bit. Anyway, glad you liked Singapore, and just wanted to put on record that I really enjoyed your site!

    • Alex
      June 8 2014

      Ha, thanks SH! Always happy to embarrass myself for the amusement of my readers 🙂

  • Jack Maggard
    October 16 2014

    At Gluttons Bay, hmmm… I wanna try their foods their, food photos are really great I think it also taste really great.
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    • Alex
      October 17 2014

      It’s an awesome place to eat! Enjoy Jack 🙂

  • Pilar
    December 3 2014

    Thanks for that Alex! im off to Singapore for 3 days and I’m defo following your steps. We will stay at the Bay area though as its a business trip.
    Xxxxxx

    • Alex
      December 4 2014

      Ah, three days will be a great amount of time! Twenty-hour hours was just a bit tight 🙂

  • Mellissa
    August 4 2015

    Hello! New reader of your site from Singapore! Glad you enjoyed! If you’re ever in Singapore again hit me up! Will be glad to host if time permits 🙂 Many places to go!! 😉

    • Alex
      August 5 2015

      That is such a kind offer, Mellissa, thank you! I look forward to returning to Singapore someday!

  • Alexandra
    September 13 2015

    Yay! i’m going to Singapore next week and I had to check out what you wrote on your blog about it. The gardens look amazing 😀

    • Alex
      September 13 2015

      Aw, thanks Alexandra 🙂 The gardens are unreal — definitely the highlight of my very short time in Singapore.

  • Nomadic Foot
    June 18 2016

    You have shown Garden by The Bay in such a beautiful manner. It looks awesome thanks.

    • Alex
      June 18 2016

      I loved Singapore! Hope to return again someday for longer!

  • Marx
    January 11 2018

    I’m going to Singapore next weekend. Definitely, we’ll check these places out. Thanks for the blog!

    • Alex
      January 14 2018

      I love Singapore — have a blast!

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