Our Singapore stop turned out to be an impetuous fling. Searches for a flight from Cambodia to New Zealand resulted in flights that stopped in Singapore anyway. So we thought why not stop for a long weekend there? Singapore sounded mysterious and alluring.
We booked the air tickets long ago and only later sticker-shock set in when we realized the costs of staying in Singapore. We searched – and searched again for affordable accommodations. Finally, gulp, we took the plunge. We booked on AirBnB a room in a shared high-rise condo.
The story ends well: the location and the amenities truly offered us the weekend fling we sought. Every day we settled into lounges by the enormous, wonderful swimming pools. Yes, that’s plural, p-o-o-l-s. We read books, newspapers, magazines – all digital — and then took breaks for dipping into the water.
We discovered also that a 5-minute walk down Telok Balngah Road led to a park path. The path shortly turned into staircase-after-staircase ascending Mount Faber. At the top, we took a breather to view skyscrapers and harbor to the north and to the south, Sentosa Island resort, cruise ships, and further distant islands. We walked through the lush park before descending the hill back home.
At some point while planning our travel, we’d read about the Singapore Botanical Gardens. The Gardens open every day of the year from early in the morning until late at night. Entrance is free (except for their Orchid Garden, the largest in the world). After an easy ride on the MRT (subway), we spent most of the day there and left only when darkness ended our long photo shoot.
On our last full day in Singapore, we pulled up a Google map of our location and discovered a walkway along the seaside that started behind our building at the marina and continued to Labrador Park and Nature Preserve. Part of the walk was a 1.2 km boardwalk with a large grassy field to one side and thick trees and vegetation in a canal on the other side. We saw plantain squirrels with reddish bellies, a snake whipping from branch to branch, and many birds, including a dollarbird (love the name!).
Alas, a weekend was all we could afford in Singapore, but, brief as it was, our Singapore fling turned out to have been a great outing.