Although just a little indulgent, a long weekend in Singapore with a girlfriend could be just what you need. I spent a few days there recently with two girlfriends, leaving our husbands and children behind.
Singapore has a little something for everyone and is well worth exploring. Singapore's Chinatown is a destination seriously worth checking out as the food is incredible and the area is bustling with activity. Stalls sell everything from silk dressing gowns to hand printed calligraphy and satay huts line the streets offering mouth watering meals for next to nothing. We sampled Singapore's Tiger Beer in Chinatown which cost about S$5.80 for large bottle and went well with the food offerings there. If you like beer, you may want to keep this in mind as the hotels charge about S$18 for a cold one.
On Temple St. in Chinatown, nestled in among the eateries is a gem of a place that we stumbled upon. It was a soothing spa called Bath Culture Foot Therapy which specialized in oriental massage. They offered blissful foot, back or neck massages for about the same price as a hotel beer.
Another area of interest is Little India. Vibrant colours are the first thing you notice as vendors sell gorgeous garlands made of fresh flowers, pashminas and brightly coloured fabric bags among many other things. You can have henna professionally tattooed on your hands or feet in minutes. One of the locals said that the market closest to the MRT (underground railway) offers the best dosa masala but it was such a hot day when we were there that we opted for plates of fresh fruit. There are lovely cafes everywhere selling fresh fruit and drinks.
The best food experiences in Singapore we found in hawker centres which are food courts. We had an early morning breakfast upstairs at the Tiong Bahru Market where we chose the longest queue and simply waited. I asked the man ahead of me what he was having and he told me that this was the best noodle stall there. I don't really know what was in the bowl but it was great.
My girlfriend was teased by her memories of living in Taipai when she saw bowls of fresh hot soy milk and long fried doughsticks which she had to try. Neither of us were disappointed. Another food court which we found by telling the taxi driver that we were hungry and asking where he would go had the most amazing oyster omelet and satays. It was a 24 hour outdoor place on the way to Santosa Island called Food Republic - Beer Garden. The ambience was like something out of twilight zone with severely mediocre live music but the food was so good.
Another night, a friend who lives in Singapore, invited us to join her for a drink at a most unforgettable rooftop bar, Altitude. The bar is situated at One Raffles Place on the 63rd level and the views are simply breathtaking. I would highly recommend this experience unless you are seriously afraid of heights. There is a cover charge but included is a drink and the view alone is worth it, not to mention the atmosphere.
The Singaporean people are incredibly kind and lovely, the MRT is extremely efficient, taxis are cheap, the food out of this world, and the city is vibrant, safe and clean. What else would you want in a weekend getaway?