When in Singapore

It's been a couple of days already, and to me it feels like ages ago, but I spent some time in Singapore from the 10th until the 13th of December. I'd never been in this city other than a stop at the airport, so I was quite excited to go there. To be honest, it was quite an impulsive decision to visit Singapore, but in the end I'm really glad I did. 

I arrived really early in Singapore, and because I wasn't able to check into the hostel yet, I wandered around the city and ended up at Starbucks where I sat down for a couple of hours - because I was too tired to walk around. I did go to a museum, but wasn't that fond of it.

The next day I decided to go to the National Gallery, which I absolutely loved! It was massive, and at first I had no idea where to go or what to visit. I saw some amazing Asian art, including art from the colonial period of the Dutch East Indies. Moreover, there was an exhibition of impressionistic art - which I absolutely love. There were quite some paintings by Claude Monet, my favourite painter. I enjoyed wandering around in this amazing museum, and even though it was quite expensive ($25), it was definitely worth going. I spent about four hours in there, and I still didn't see everything.

That evening I went to the Gardens By The Bay, which I thought was very impressive as well. I visited both the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. I must say, the Flower Dome was fun - especially because of all the christmas decorations there - but not too interesting, except for some African trees. The Cloud Forest was absolutely amazing! There was a huge waterfall inside the glass dome, with many different tropical flowers. There was a walking bridge through the dome, so the view was stunning. The entrance for both domes was $16, which was fine. 

The last day I spent in Chinatown, together with a really nice Indonesian girl I met in my hostel. We walked around and bought some souvenirs, and we visited Bugis Street - with many many shops. Overall I really enjoyed Singapore - it is such a clean and organised country, so it was definitely a huge difference compared to Bali. I kind of liked being in a Western environment for some days again, because it was so easy to get around by using the tubes, which wasn't expensive at all. Definitely a nice city to visit!

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