Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Singapore

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Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Introduction
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: United First Class Tampa to Washington to Los Angeles, United Red Carpet Club Washington Dulles, Lufthansa Senator Lounge Washington Dulles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles Airport
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: reLAX Lounge LAX
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles, Singapore Airlines Business Class Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore, ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge Terminal 3, a Day at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lankan Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas First Class Lounge Singapore, Qantas A380 First Class Singapore to Sydney
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Sydney
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney, Qantas Business Class Sydney to Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas First Class Lounge Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas A380 First Class Melbourne to Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas A380 First Class Singapore to London
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: British Airways First Class Lounge London, British Airways Club Europe London to Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Le Meridien Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Austrian Business Class Lounge Vienna, British Midland Business Class Vienna to London, Great British Lounge London
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Star Alliance Lounge London, Air New Zealand Business Premier London to Los Angeles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Andaz West Hollywood
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Conclusion

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Singapore’s a funny city for me, since I’ve visited it a handful of times, though always only for 1-2 days, typically on layovers while enroute to other destinations. So I’ve slowly become fairly familiar with the city, and I think I’ve seen most of the sites. Singapore is a city that fascinates me. Entirely superficially, as a tourist, it seems like the perfect place — there’s virtually no crime, everything is beyond clean, and there is very little poverty. There’s no doubt the city has some issues “behind the scenes,” though on the surface it’s refreshing.

This time around I was meeting some friends that live in Singapore for the evening, and we decided to do something a little different than the usual sightseeing. I’ve seen most of the cultural “stuff” in Singapore, so this evening was more focused on the entertainment side of things.

After spending about an hour walking around the Marina Bay Sands we walked towards Lau Pa Sat for some beer and satay.

We made a few stops along the way, including at the United city ticketing office (just because it’s a reminder of the “good old days”), and the little miniature replica of Singapore.


Singapore skyline


Singapore skyline


Miniature Singapore replica


United city ticketing office (yes, the tulip is alive and well here)


Lau Pa Sat


Lau Pa Sat

We hung out at Lau Pa Sat for a while, which features every food type imaginable, though stuck to beer, and I sampled some satay towards the end.


Tiger beer


Like I said, every food imaginable

From there we headed to Sentosa, which has a lot of great attractions,Ā restaurants, and even amusement parks. There’s a Universal Studios there, and the entrance fee is only $5SGD after 7PM, so we walked around there for a bit.


Sentosa from a distance


Boardwalk to Sentosa

Universal Studios in Singapore is much smaller than the one in Orlando, though that was perfectly fine since we weren’t looking to try any of the rides, but rather to just walk around and talk.


Universal Studios entrance


Universal Studios


Roller coaster

After about an hour it was getting late and we hadn’t had dinner, so we needed to find a place quick. Our options were dim sum place or Chilis. The dim sum place had a massively long line, while Chilis didn’t, so we went with Chilis.

Now I’m sure some of you will call me names for that, and by all means bring it on, though I’m sticking to my story — there’s just as much local culture in a western chain restaurant as there is in a local chain restaurant. I remember being in Seoul and going to a highly recommended Korean BBQ place. What did I notice? Everyone was a tourist. The next night I went to a Chicago pizza chain in Seoul, and what did I notice? Everyone was a local. In my experience you’re actually in the company of more “locals” when eating at a western chain in Asia than you often are when eating elsewhere. Anyway, I was with locals, so hopefully that gives me a free pass either way. šŸ˜‰

Speaking of Chilis, check out the price of a steak at the one in Singapore.


No thank you!

After a most enjoyable evening with especially great company it was back to the Marina Bay Sands to claim my room, take some pictures, go to sleep, and go for a swim in the morning. Ā I was indescribably excited about my Airbus 380 journey the following day…

Read more from this trip

Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Introduction
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: United First Class Tampa to Washington to Los Angeles, United Red Carpet Club Washington Dulles, Lufthansa Senator Lounge Washington Dulles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles Airport
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: reLAX Lounge LAX
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles, Singapore Airlines Business Class Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore, ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge Terminal 3, a Day at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Kuala Lumpur
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lankan Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas First Class Lounge Singapore, Qantas A380 First Class Singapore to Sydney
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Sydney
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney, Qantas Business Class Sydney to Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas First Class Lounge Melbourne
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas A380 First Class Melbourne to Singapore
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Qantas A380 First Class Singapore to London
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: British Airways First Class Lounge London, British Airways Club Europe London to Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Le Meridien Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Exploring Vienna
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Austrian Business Class Lounge Vienna, British Midland Business Class Vienna to London, Great British Lounge London
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Star Alliance Lounge London, Air New Zealand Business Premier London to Los Angeles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Andaz West Hollywood
Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Conclusion

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Comments
  1. It is good to see Universal Studios has opened in SIN. when I visited Sentosa in May 2009, it was under construction. If you go to Osaka, Universal Studios is a must visit as the upside down roller coaster and Spiderman ride are worth entry for themselves alone.

  2. Your comment about Chili’s and locals is spot-on and reminds me of the McDonalds on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Every time I am there, it is full of locals.

  3. I really wanted to read your QF A380 F review before I flew, but it seems now that you will likely post that segment while I’m sitting in 2A on QF32, winging my way towards Sydney :D.

  4. You didnt mentioned about getting drenched, so
    I assume you didnt make a beeline to the Jurassic ride. The roller coasters were awesome. Hope you rode it before Chillis.

  5. Personally, I wouldn’t be in a Chilli’s in the US. I certainly won’t be in one abroad. To each his own, I certainly won’t tell you where you shouldn’t go just because I don’t like it. For me though, part of the draw of foreign cities is the chance for me to eat food I simply can’t get a most or all of the US.

    Also, I definitely like going where locals go – while in the tourist trap areas it’s the western eateries (read: American businesses primarily), outside the tourist zones you can find plenty of locals eating at restaurants that have no English menus – well, assuming it’s a non-English speaking region. šŸ™‚

  6. Lau Pa Sat – I’ll never forget all the food I had in front of me (beer included) for less than $10.

  7. Chilis is awesome! I definitely enjoy it whether I am in the US or abroad. It is interesting, however, to see them add their version of local dishes, though. In the Arabian Gulf, they usually have 2 or 3 local fish dishes, which you don’t find anywhere else. I wonder if the Singapore branch offers local dishes as well…

  8. If the meat is air-shipped from the States as the menu suggests – perhaps on the all J sq service? – those prices, which are SGD, aren’t crazy.

  9. Hey Lucky!

    I am from Singapore and I am an avid follower of your blog. Sorta.

    Anyway, I just wanted to ask you personally, how do you find Singapore? Having lived in Singapore all my life(I’ve only been to the U.S. once), It would be refreshing to hear from a foreigner’s perspective.

    (In Singapore we call foreigners ‘ang mohs’. It probably means ‘red hair’. Not really sure.)

  10. @ EurekaStrike — Hah, thanks for reading! I love Singapore. While I find it to be a bit sterile, I also love the food, sightseeing, etc. It’s a great stopover point when connecting to other places in Asia, in my opinion.

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