Our first international trip would not be complete without visiting Singapore’s famous landmarks. Ecstatically, we started our day with on a trail to the Marina Bay area at the Suntec City. We did not miss the majestic Fountain of Wealth along the Temasek Boulevard. There was a superstition that if you would be lucky enough to touch its water, your wishes would come true.
Afterward, we crossed the road and passed on the 42-storey Singapore flyer and massive pedestrian DNA Helix Bridge, another iconic structure. While staying there, we saw vendors selling sandwich ice cream. Knowing that ice cream was one of my addictions, we stopped for a while and enjoyed the refreshing feeling it gave.
Afterward, we continued our walk to the grand Marina Bay Sands. The casino was looking spectacular from a distance. This grand architecture was designed by Moshe Safdie, World-renowned architect and 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal Awardee, commissioned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation. What makes it stunning for me was the Sands Skypark which resembles the ship that makes it extraordinary. According to Safdie, he worked from the principle that the hotel building should not form a wall between the city and the ocean. It was the main reason why there was a space between each tower in order to still have a view in between. Since there is no space left on the ground for gardens and swimming pool, he created the skypark.
As we continued our exploration, we gazed in awe at the structure of the Esplanade. It looks similarly to a durian and surprisingly, durian is also popular in Singapore.
We also trailed to the topmost landmark which was the Merlion Park. The name “Merlion” is a combination of “mer” meaning “sea” and “lion.” The lion part of the name is from Singapore’s former name, ‘Singapura’, “the lion city”.
Based from what I have observed, all people I knew who visited Singapore have their photo with the unique creature. We also did our must-do photography of the mythical half lion and half-fish statue. It felt rewarding to have a selfie with the Merlion.
The number of people around the area was abundant. Undeniably, it tempts people to relax at its shores or posed creatively to produce stunning photos near the Merlion. Satisfied with our snapshots in the famous landmark, we continued our walk to the smaller version of the Merlion, the Merlion cub.
Up next was our visit to the Gardens by the Bay. I loved it, but I felt a bit tired already from too much walking. I hoped we could visit it again some other time in the future. Here are the snapshots that my boyfriend did while we were there.
We kept on walking and we couldn’t stop. We were so captivated by the lights and skyscrapers in the background.
We decided to dine in the Clark Quay, a place near the river. There we ate in the Haven Lobster and Seafood Restaurant and ordered the famous Singapore chilli crab. It cost $98SGD which was a bit pricey. Instead of thinking of the price, we just enjoyed the food and the ambiance.
Looking at the river, I felt so thankful to be in Singapore. Since I was a child and sees airplanes up in the wide blue sky, it brought a spark inside that someday I would like to ride airplanes and visit different countries. This dinner experience in Clark Quay with my boyfriend was one of the experiences that I dream to happen again in the future. Steven and I satisfactorily ended the memorable day by watching the Marina Bay Sands Light Show. It lit up the sky with colourful laser lights which danced to the music. We got tired exploring the famous landmarks but we felt happy.
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