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In the past few months, I have spent quite some time in Indonesia, where trash, chaos and daily annoyances – because things just aren’t going the way the are supposed to – are the norm. Then I headed to Jordan, where I hung out with Bedouins and their camels in a serene desert and visited ancient monuments. After all that, arriving in Singapore felt like stumbling into some kind of surreal futuristic metropolis.

Singapore is an organized island in the chaotic sea that is Southeast Asia and is quite literally, the exception to the rule. I was prepared to wait in line behind the immigration counter for the usual half an hour it seems to take to get into most countries, but was waved through in under a minute and sent on my way with a smile and a mint candy. There are no tuktuk-congested roads, no endless flow of scooters, no traffic jams and no incessant honking. The streets are pristine – littering is punished with a fine of up to 1000$ and even drinking in the subway will cost you 300$ – and the people walking them are dressed and styled to the max, usually not a hair out of place. Everything looks new, shiny and a tad futuristic, sometimes even a bit too perfect. But despite, maybe even because of all that, Singapore manages to integrate a wide variety of Asian cultures into the city.

The amazing hawker stalls, offering an incredible array of dishes from all over Asia, contrast with expensive beers and business men in suits down by the waterfront. The colourful suburbs of Little India or Chinatown are nothing like the glass and metal skyscrapers which dominate the financial district in downtown. There are bustling markets like Bugis, with blinking neon lights, crazy-coloured drinks and Hello Kitty backpacks next to modern malls and high-end stores. Somehow, that wild mix of culture, religion and cuisine goes so well together, neighbourhoods coexist peacefully and all of it is is connected by an efficient public transportation system. skyline of singapore

Needless to say, I loved Singapore. After being exhausted from travelling hard and moving around a bit too much during the past weeks, all I wanted to do was hang out, wander a bit, but not rush from place to place in an attempt to see it all. And Singapore seemed to be a great place to do just that. I slowly drifted around some neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru and Little India, explored the backstreets, wandered through the Gardens by the Bay, ate way too much Hainanese Chicken Rice and of course, took a lot of photos. Enjoy some of my best shots from beautiful, futuristic Singapore:

Gardens by the Bay is a project from the government, trying to transform Singapore into a "City in a Garden".

Gardens by the Bay is a government project, trying to transform Singapore into a “City in a Garden”, as opposed to only a “Garden City”. In the green area covering over 100 hectares, there are huge glass domes, different themed horticultural gardens, the cloud forest and the Supertree Grove”.

A flower in the gardens.

A flower in the gardens.

The Supertree Grove - a walkway connects two of the trees - and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background.

The Supertree Grove and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background. A walkway connects two of the trees and the metal constructs themselves are overgrown by a variety of vines, ferns, orchids and bromeliaceae. The structures are also meant to mimic real trees and have functions such as collecting sunlight and rainwater as well as air filtration.

Spectators enjoying the light show below the Supergrove.

Spectators enjoying the nightly light and music show below the Supertrees.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is probably the most defining element in the Singapore skyline.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is probably the most well known element in the Singapore skyline.

Singapore seems to have an incredible variety of drinks. You can get any juice, tea or other conoction you can imagine, in any colour you can come up with.

Singapore seems to have an incredible variety of drinks. Just about every juice, tea or other concoction imaginable is offered, as well as probably every colour in the known spectrum.

An alley with a serious amount of AC's.

An alley we lovingly dubbed “AC-Alley” – there are hundreds of AC’s whirring away in the humid Southeast Asian heat.

Bugis market - lots of neon, hello kitty and cute stuff.

Bugis market – lots of neon, hello kitty and cute Asian fashion.

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About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

13 Responses

  1. Jo (The Blond)

    I love your photos. The city looks really futuristic and surreal. Not sure if it would be a place I would like, but I guess it is always better to find out yourself.

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    • Tiffany

      Thanks! Even if you’re not into big, modern cities, there’s a lot to like there. The food choices are unreal and there is so much to do there ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Tiffany

      Thanks a lot, it’s such a photogenic city. I didn’t see much of Jakarta sadly, I was only there for a day when I headed to the airport there.

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  2. Samuel Jeffery

    Great shots Tiffany! I really enjoyed revisiting Singapore (first time there was in 2008) as many of the futuristic buildings were being built when I first visited.

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    • Tiffany

      Thanks Sam ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope they keep adding to the futuristic skyline, it makes for great photography.

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  3. Mohd zuhaib

    Singapore! amazing place!
    talking about Asia , you should also visit India , India is a place where you can find desert , mountains, coasts, villages, cities. and the diversity tends to infinity! it is a must visit! especially travelling here during festivals will give your Dslr’s View finder , the best of shots! The only drawback is the local seller who try to loot foreigners , but I guess you are in no mood to buy when you travel!

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    • Tiffany

      I’m a bit on the fence about India – I hear it’s both the most frustrating and most beautiful place on Earth. But I’d probably first have to find my inner Zen somewhere in the Himalayas and become a master of patience before I could attempt braving the crowds in India. Southeast Asia already made me go a bit crazy haha. But I’d love to see the Holi festival for example and take portraits of the amazing people.

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