Singa(poor)?

City of lights,
City of expats,
City of luxury.

When I first arrived in Singapore, I honestly had a little mixed feelings. It was not only because I was very tired due to the 25 hours of travelling.
Arriving in a somewhat lackluster neighbourhood, whereas I thought I would end up in a fancy skyscraper. Not really, but still.

Eastern Singapore is where we were located. Our apartment was in a brand new complex with a gym and a pool in the lobby. AirBnB is such a bliss!
This area is an up and coming one, 5-star hotels and luxeous lofts rising as mushrooms out of the ground. An area which I came to love after a few nights. Pop-up shops, locals who live and work at night, neon lights, karaoke-heaven.

The city centre is an urban dream, skyscrapers galore. The zero tolerancy policy when it comes down to littering in the centre, is surprisingly effective. A very busy financial hub with many overseas companies (due to tax benefits?), many expats, Europeans and Asians alike. While strolling through the streets you will easily notice that English is pretty much the to-go-to language.

Marina Bay Sands by Moshe Safdie
Marina Bay Sands by Moshe Safdie

Shopping malls, everywhere. Luxurous brands, the ones we can’t afford nor care about. Nonetheless a man-made river within one of these malls, including gondola’s carrying people from one shop to another definitely brings up a ‘WTF’-reaction. The whole Marina Bay area consists out of billion dollar projects. Gardens by the Bay, one of these projects deserves it’s own dedicated post.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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Flower Dome by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Cloud Forest by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Cloud Forest by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

The lack of crossings is a pain however, Singapore is not a pedestrian-friendly city. That is for sure.
Hot but humid environment, does make it harder to breath sometimes. But this is nitpicking, isn’t it?

Matte

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