One night in Singapore, jam-packed with adventure

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IMG_0818As I was planning my flight home to Canada after months of traveling around Australia and Asia, I had the option of an overnight layover in Singapore. I’ve slept in airports before, while passing through Atlanta on the way to Honduras, and it was a rather long, boring night. This time, however, I had a Singaporean friend home for the holidays.  With New Year’s decorations sure to make for a colourful and exciting display, it was an exciting time to visit!

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Even the airport was decked out, celebrating the Year of the Horse with the help of Spongebob and friends.

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My friend Dio met me at the airport, and we cabbed to her family’s apartment to enjoy a meal, complete with her favourite dish: grilled stingray! I was fond of the sweet pineapple treats shown below.

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With such a fantastic collection of bookshelves, it was only reasonable that we visited the largest bookstore in Southeast Asia: Singapore’s Kinokuniya!

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Our evening led us all around the city as we checked out stores, festive decorations and sampled some street food: in this case, a literal ice cream sandwich. 
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We met up with two other Singaporean acquaintances and visited the city’s harbour- who doesn’t know of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel with its infinity pool? The ‘DNA bridge’ in the foreground also made for an impressive sight.

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Because of the New Year, a large temporary display had been set up, with inflatable creatures representing all the zodiac animals. It was clearly a family-friendly event, although we’d arrived a little late, as many of the pavilions were in the process of closing up shop.

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I enjoyed my fast-paced tour of Singapore, and would love to go back to discover its famous botanical gardens. Have you seen some incredible New Year celebrations in Asian destinations? I caught my flight to Hong Kong the next morning and spent the next five days immersing myself in all that the city had to offer. Check out that post here. 🙂

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