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It’s only been two years since I last visited Singapore, but I have to say that I am confident that this was the best travel destination I have ever been to. I have even gone as far as thinking about relocating when I retire.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 8.34.47 PMThere are many reasons why I loved my stay in Singapore. If I were to sum it up, Singapore was simply the one place that had the “whole package” without any major downfalls. Many other travel destinations had their high points, some with even better attractions, but their low points balanced out my opinion.

Everything just seemed much smoother in Singapore.

From my arrival in Singapore…

Everyone was friendly and accommodating, even though I entered as an outsider who knew not a word of any language but my own. Of course, I found out just a few weeks before heading there that more people actually speak English than Malay. While visiting other places in Asia, there was always that feeling of displacement due to the language barrier. I felt it right at the airport, but I felt welcomed and not so lost when I entered the Changi Airport.

At my first restaurant in Singapore…

I looked online for reviews of restaurants near the airport. I had a driver scheduled to get me, but I knew they wouldn’t be there until a few hours after my arrival. I remember passing through options like “Heavenly Wang” and making snide remarks in my head. I ended up settling on Dian Xiao Er, which was located in one of the airport terminals.

The food tasted great. I ordered the Roast Duck with Ten Wonder Herbs. It came freshly prepared and didn’t have the fishy taste that some lower quality duck has. In hindsight, it was nothing compared to what I was about enjoy at some of the greats, like InterContinental, AquaMarine, Ristorante Amarone, and Shinji by Kaneseka. Still, a great place to eat for a pit stop at the airport.

At my first hotel in Singapore…

I got to enjoy food at AquaMarine as I stayed at the Marina Mandarin Hotel. They are one of the many five-star hotels in Singapore. Their food selection was incredible and it was one of the best restaurants for Asian cuisine that I have ever experienced. This restaurant has a beautiful dining room, a delightful buffet, and great customer service.

The hotel itself was a bigger seller for me though. It was highly talked about as being one of the best hotels in Singapore – and it was affordable too!

There were incredible views from the hotel room balcony. We got some great pictures from up there. We stayed in one of their more basic rooms for most of the trip, which was accommodating to our needs but nothing extravagant. However, for a few nights we upgraded to a marina suite (an opening came up) and the difference in the luxuriousness of the room was night and day. The views were also even better!

Returning home…

This was probably the worst part of going to Singapore, making the way back home. We pleaded with each other to find a reason to make the trip last longer. Of course, back in our normal lives we have employers that anticipate our return to grill us some more.

We probably wouldn’t have had as much luck if we didn’t take the time to plan ahead. We had to shop for Singapore hotels online to avoid the risk of being stuck in a rut. While there are many great hotels in Singapore, there are some that just don’t cut it from a tourist’s perspective. I haven’t stayed in any personally, but the few horror stories I hear from people that went to Singapore were merely because of not taking the time to the options of hotels in Singapore ahead of time.



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