During my time in Singapore I was at the Matchbox Concept Hostel which was a lovely place in a really good location, just around the corner from Chinatown. I don’t know if it is common practice, but the box like beds were new to me and created a particularly cosy atmosphere.
It may have been right around the corner from my hostel but Chinatown is worth the visit wherever you are staying. Crowded and bustling, full of closely packed stalls selling a vast array of nic nacs and souvenirs. It is everything you could want from a bustling market atmosphere.
Museums and Galleries
During my stay I visited SAM (Singapore Art Museum), which was showing the pieces short listed for the Signature Art Prize, so the best in Asian Contemporary Art, and The ArtScience museum which was showing an exhibition about Da Vinci. The contemporary art prize at SAM gave me a rare opportunity to see some Asian art and as the exhibition was showing the finalists pieces, the standard was incredibly high. Similarly the exhibition at the ArtScience museum entitled ‘Da Vinci: Shaping the Future’ was a fascinating look at the engineering and mathematical brilliance of the great artist and included replicas of his inventions and original pages from his Codex Atlanticus. I am so accustomed to there being a wide divide between the disciplines of art and science it was wonderful to see them brought together and shown to be complimentary through the work of this great man.
Of course a trip to Singapore, however short, would not be complete without a glimpse of the famous Merlion. Unfortunately everyone else seemed to feel the same way. Although I went at night time, the street beneath the statue was packed full of people and cameras. After manoeuvring the crowds I managed to get a good view of this iconic statue and see the torrent of water pouring from the lion’s mouth and adding to the rest of the harbour.
Although I didn’t make it to the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the view from the bottom made me feel giddy enough. I will freely admit that I am a complete dunce when it comes to architecture, but I was unprepared for the feeling I got standing and looking up at this incredible building. It really is worth viewing up close and is completely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.