Although this website officially started in 2018, it would be wrong for me to make a travel blog without documenting the trip that made me realize how much I love to travel. I’ve been on many small family trips to the States and all around Korea alone and with friends, but the summer of 2017 definitely gave rise to this unquenchable wanderlust.
I hope I can recap most of what happened in the 38 days I was in Singapore and Taiwan. Even before I begin, I have my doubts since my memory is equivalent to that of a goldfish. I’ll read a sentence and forget what I read within moments. Is that normal? … Hopefully, after I write everything out, I won’t have to worry so much about forgetting.
So I guess I will begin with a general overview of my short time in Singapore:
There were many things I wanted to do, eat, and see. Sadly, I only had 4 days to cram everything in. By the end of the trip, I was hoping that I had at least 1 or 2 more days. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for plants and flowers. Not surprisingly, I fell in love with the Supertree Groves and Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay and ended up going twice. In exchange, there were some foods I didn’t get to try and some attractions I had to sacrifice going to, in particular Pulau Ubin and Jurong Bird Park. I guess that just means I will have to go back to Singapore in the future.
TIP #1: Spend more than 4 days in Singapore.
I stayed at a guesthouse found on airbnb called Dream Lodge, located near Lavender Station. It is a little bit further from the harbourfront attractions but very close to Bugis and Little India. Honestly though, Singapore is such a small country with easy to use public transportation so I had no problems with commuting. The staff members were all very friendly and were happy to give me recommendations regarding tourist attractions and food. It was my first time staying in a co-ed room but it didn’t matter since the room was full of backpackers who were rarely there during the day.
There were single and double bed options and being a solo traveler, I chose single. My bunk was cozy and comfortable with a personal light and plugs. Breakfast was provided but I always left the guesthouse way to early to try it. The only downside was that they didn’t turn on a/c in the bedrooms during the afternoon. Instead I chilled around in the common space that had a/c 24 hours a day.
Overall, I loved Singapore with all my heart. The country is beautiful and the people are so friendly. The only thing I didn’t like was the heat. I’m usually cold 90% of the time and rarely complain about warm weather but the Singapore weather was something else. After 1 day of profusely sweating, I ended up switching my plans around so that I would leave early for one place, come back to my guesthouse during peak heat times, then go back out later in the afternoon when it was less hot.
TIP #2: Always carry water with you to avoid dehydration.
If I haven’t lost you with all my amateur rambling, continue to DAY 1