Singapore in 36 hours or less – Part 2

Our second day in Singapore started off by sleeping much later than we intended. Taking red-eye flights in on Friday night must have worn us out! As quickly as possible, we ate breakfast then made our way to Sentosa Island to see what that was all about.

Ok, let’s be realistic. It did not matter what was on Sentosa Island. Chris heard that they had a flow rider, which I would equate to being surfing’s answer to a treadmill, and he knew that he had to go!

In addition to the flow rider, Sentosa Island had a ton of other fun sounding activities in which, unfortunately, I was ineligible to participate. Pregnant Brittany on Sentosa Island was a major drag. In theory, I would have been totally game for indoor skydiving, Segway rides, ziplining, the luge, the trapeze, and even flow riding. Sorry Chris!

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Chris decided to “sponge” as he calls it [boogie boarding for the other hodads out there] because it had been a long time since he had sponged and he had always wanted to try it on a flow rider. It looked like a lot of fun! I was pretty jealous that he got to go, not that I would have been any good at it, but I certainly would have given it a try.

After his time was up on the flow rider, Chris got ready for lunch by putting on his favorite man skirt my ie lavalava. After all, we were in the tropics, so it was totally appropriate. [You may recall that he wears these things not in the tropics as well.]

Once again, I got to satisfy my desire to stuff my face with leafy greens! Oh how I miss salad! I talked Chris into ordering a Wasabi Seafood Pizza because I was intrigued. Bad move. It wasn’t all that I had hoped for.

After bailing from Sentosa Island, we were headed in the direction of Chinatown when we noticed throngs of Indian guys decked out in yellow walking down the street. Our cabbie told us that the Indians in Singapore celebrate Diwali early and that they would be at a temple in Little India walking on hot coals. Crazy!

We immediately changed our destination to Little India hoping to witness this event! Unfortunately, the cabbie left out one critical detail; the big celebration wasn’t to take place until 6 PM. We were hours too early and had an awful time finding a cab back to Chinatown.

For some reason, no cabs would stop for us. We are still not sure what was going on. We walked for what seemed like forever, attempting to hail cabs the whole way. Our walk too us out of Little India, through the Arab Street District, and to Marina Bay before we were finally able to snag a cab! In retrospect, this was not the most direct route to Chinatown, but we decided to stay on main roads to increase our chances of finding a cab.

Finally, with just two hours before we needed to head to the airport, we made it to Chinatown. Our first stop was a big market with anything and everything that you can imagine for sale! The next stop was McDonald’s. Don’t judge. Chris was having a BigMac Attack and I was happy to indulge in some ice cream.

All in all, I enjoyed my trip to Singapore and would definitely go back.

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10 comments
  1. Karin said:

    Hi…. I am a new reader of your blog and found you through the nest international board. I am currently living in Melbourne but was in Singapore last week also! It seems we could have run into each other as I visited both Chinatown and Little India on Sunday. Anyway I wanted to let you know what I learned about the taxi cab system there… They are able to book a taxi through apps on their phones. They just put in a request and the nearest taxi is routed to them.. They get a confirmation and taxi number. They can actually go to a map on their phone and track the cabs location so they know exactly where it is….quite modern! Anyway most cabs are booked electronically so I think that’s why it’s so hard to find one on the fly. Did you try the metro system ? It was very modern, easy to use and clean! Anyway just wanted to say hi and let you know that I really enjoy your blog… I know I should start one to journal my time abroad but I find it hard to start. Hope all is well! Karin

    • Brit said:

      Hi Karin! Interesting about the taxis! I bet that’s why we had so much trouble flagging one down. We used the metro a whole bunch while we were in Singapore, I’m not sure why we didn’t try to take it from Little India to Chinatown? I guess it just didn’t occur to us at the time.

  2. Dana said:

    Sentosa Island sounds like so much fun! My husband would be all over those activities 🙂
    So not judging about the Mickey D’s — it brought back a memory from when I studied abroad and my friend and I were schleping through Paris for the day and wanted nothing more than a McDonald’s cheeseburger while we waited for the train back to Belgium.

    • Brit said:

      Sometimes McDonald’s just tastes like home.

      Not sure what that says about my home… 😉

  3. Lisa said:

    Very cool stuff!! Sorry you couldn’t partake in some of the actuvites. Crazy about the electronic taxi booking… Who would have thought ?!

    • Brit said:

      I know, right? We are prepared for next time, if we ever get to go back that is.

  4. Bree said:

    Just wanted to say you look adorable in that dress 🙂 And I love reading about all these travels!

    • Brit said:

      Thanks Bree! It turns out that a lot of my regular clothes double as maternity wear. Not sure if I should be thankful or rethink my wardrobe. Hmmm…

  5. Jena said:

    That boogie boarding thing looks fun! I’ve only ever seen them at Water Parks, never in the middle of a city – that’s pretty cool! Major bummer you didn’t go to do any fun things on/at Sentosa Island.

    mmmm mcdonalds fries are the best. I may or may not have had some Friday night on our way to my cousins wedding – good thing I did since we didn’t eat dinner until almost 9pm.

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