After an exhausting flight to Singapore with a layover in Hong Kong, I was extremely restless when the plane finally landed. Getting off the plane, I felt the Singaporean heat and instantly, sweat started gathering under my backpack. Thinking back now, the temperatures in Singapore were the hottest I have ever experienced in my life. Even my airbnb host was complaining that it was abnormally hot that year. So I was appalled to see some locals wearing jeans and sweaters while I was dying in shorts and tees.
After checking in to the guest house (Dream Lodge), I took a quick shower to cleanse myself of 19 hour flight grime. Little did I know that I would instantaneously start sweating again as soon as I stepped out of the washroom, making my attempts to be a clean and presentable traveler useless. I then headed out to Little India which was close enough to walk to. The streets were so clean and colourful! Sitting now at my desk, looking out on a cloudy, grey Toronto, I really miss the beautiful architecture in Singapore (and maybe the weather too….no).
My first destination was Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. I think if I understood the architecture more, I would have had a greater appreciation for the temple. In general though, I found all the buildings in Singapore quite fascinating, not just in Little India and Arab street. At my next stop, I wandered around Arab street to visit Masjid Sultan and did a little window shopping at Haji Lane.
Food and drinks of the day: I wasn’t that hungry after sitting on the plane for so long but the smell of Indian food was so alluring. I destroyed this butter chicken which was recommended to me by the waiter and discovered my love for garlic naan.
I also bought a mint drink at Haji Lane when I was at the brink of dehydration. It was ok. Just OK… But acceptable because I was thirsty and they had unlimited lemon water.
Finally, ended the night off with 혼술 ㅎㅎ after a nice second shower in a beautifully air conditioned room ~ But was not a huge fan of Tiger beer.
End of day 1.