Singapore – Part 1, The Switzerland of Asia

9 – 14 June 2018

Pic 2018-0610 10 Singapore Flyer Area (16) edit

We spent the second half of our trip to Asia in Singapore. It was incredible. The city far exceeded our expectations and we debated if it was our favorite. All of us had different opinions but agreed Singapore deserved to be in the conversation, certainly world-class.

Singapore, the city-state islands on the tip of the Malaysia Penninsula, is small but packs a powerful punch. The former Bristish colony acts as an interface between East and West for business and finance. One of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, it has developed into an intriguing mixture of world cultures. For the English speaking population, Singapore is an easy first step into Southeast Asia. Their official primary language is English so there is little difficulty with communicating or understanding street signs. With a history of steep foreign investment, low income taxes, and large percentages of foreign workers, the city has a little bit for everyone, especially for those with money.

The city center lies on the banks of Singapore River. The skyline is dominated by modern and unique structures interspersed with tradional European and Asian architecture. A beautiful and clean city by day, Singapore turns into an amazing display of color and lights at night. The shops cater to a largely affluent crowd with all the high end retailers you might expect in New York, London or Beverly Hills. The restaurants and food vary widely too. We enjoyed some of the American chains we haven’t seen since leaving the States. For us something as simple as having buttermilk biscuits for the first time in 12 months was a treat.

Here are a few pictures of the city with many more to follow.

Fullerton Shore Skyline (top left), Singapore River at Anderson Bridge (upper left), Keppel Island (lower left), Progressive Green Architecture (top right), Sri Mariamman Temple (lower right), and Tooth Relic Temple (bottom)

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