Marina Bay Sands, Clarke Quay and Haw Par Villa

Marina Bay Sands, Clarke Quay and Haw Par Villa

Life has been so busy lately that my blog has been on an unplanned hiatus. Now I’m back and will try to get back to regular posting.

We kicked off Monday with a tasty breakfast at the hotel and then set out to explore some tourist areas.

Eggs benedict and a mimosa to start the day right

Riverfront and Marina Bay Sands

We strolled down to the riverfront, and I snapped some photos of the area before we took the metro to Marina Bay. Public transport is handy in Singapore and you can use your credit card to pay for your trips. We explored the mall at Marina Bay and had lunch at Din Tai Fung. We had two types of steamed dumplings, which were delicious. Our next stop was the rooftop bar at Marina Bay Sands. We enjoyed a cocktail and the views. It was a nice place to stop for a drink but I would probably not choose to stay at the hotel. After relaxing on the rooftop, we slowly headed back to our hotel.

Along the riverfront where old meets modern
There is a lot of tourist traffic on the river
Marina Bay Sands
I loved the shutters at the Ministry of Digital Development and Information
Dumplings for lunch
The mall at Marina Bay feature a small indoor canal with a waterfall
Decorations for the Asian new year
View from the rooftop bar at Marina Bay Sands
More views from the rooftop bar
And one more shot from the rooftop
Views from Marina Bay
The Merlion

Quintessential Singapore crab and cocktails at Clarke Quay

A must while in Singapore is the chili and black pepper crab. We decided to return to an old, trusted favorite and have the crab at Jumbo Seafood. We ordered both chili and black pepper crab and enjoyed them both. I have a hard time choosing, which is my favorite but if pushed I would say black pepper. With our tummies full of crab, we decided to stroll around for a bit. Eventually, we ended up at a bar called Warehouse for post-dinner drinks. It seems COVID also hit Clarke Quay as many places around the area looked shut down for good. Granted it was also a Monday night, so the party wasn’t that hopping anyway. 

The riverfront and Clarke Quay at night
At the riverfront
Yummy chili crab
Signature spicy margarita at the Warehouse
At Clarke Quay
Central fire station

Haw Par Villa – an obscure experience

Googling for things to do I stumbled upon Haw Par Villa. On Tuesday after breakfast, we headed out to this strange park-like area. First, we walked around the general park area that is free to enter. The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese Literature, folklore, legends, history, and statuary of key Chinese religions. Then we entered hell. This is Hell’s Museum and you need to buy a ticket to enter the museum area. It is the world’s first museum that explores perspectives of death and the afterlife from some of the world’s major religions and philosophies. You can also register for a complimentary tour of the museum at the reception counter, but we decided to explore the museum on our own. Both the park and the museum are worth a visit in my opinion if you have some free time while in Singapore. 

Entrance to the Haw Par villa area
The statutes at Haw Par Villa park are quite odd
A diorama at the park
A temple roof at Haw Par Villa
At the Hell’s museum
The Hell’s museum depicts the different circles of Hell

Lunch at Old Airport Road hawker center

After leaving the Villa we took the metro to the Old Airport Road hawker center where we had lunch. I absolutely recommend visiting a few hawker centers and enjoying the food they offer when in Singapore. This is sadly also a dying part of the culture as the younger generations are not interested in taking over the hawker stalls so in a few decades or so there may be no hawker centers left.

Enjoying lunch at the Old Airport Road hawker centre

Stay tuned for my last Singapore post.

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