After a night of exploring Clarke Quay with family, we got a bit of a late start to our second day in the city. First on our list was a visit to the Skypark at the Marina Bay Sands. We took the MRT to Bugis, changed onto the black line (downtown extension) and got off at Bayfront. From Bayfront you can visit the Casino and the Skypark observation deck as well as the Gardens by the Bay. Entry to the Casino is free excluding Singaporeans. A ticket for the observation deck is SD 23 per adult.
The Skypark observation deck offers an amazing view of the city and in my opinion it's worth the ticket, although the hubby disagreed :) We decided to visit the Gardens by the Bay the next day since a visit to the gardens would take up quite a bit of time and we were meeting friends for lunch at Bugis Junction Mall.
After a nice catching up session with our friends we did a little retail therapy at Bugis Street:) This street is covered and packed with shops that sell everything from clothes to food to souvenirs. It's a bit like Linking Road or Hill Road in Bandra, however there is no traffic and its under a roof. Unfortunately you can't bargain the way you can in India :(
The hubby ensured that shopping didn't go on for too long. He kept saying that we were losing the best light for taking pictures :) So once we were done, we made our way to on foot along Victoria Street towards Arab Street and Haji Lane. It's about a 20 minute walk, but we were OK with that.
A few of the things we saw on our way to Arab Street.
The Sultan Mosque is a must see and we were lucky to see a beautiful Malay bride outside the mosque. The were waiting for things to get started and I took the opportunity to take a few pictures.
We walked down Arab Street and Haji Lane. Haji Lane is a tiny lane that is buzzing with activity. It has been revitalized by designers and young entrepreneurs who have set up shop here. Their quaint boutiques, restaurants and bars give the area a bohemian vibe. There are some lovely vintage stores that sell garments, accessories as well has home decor items.
If you love fabrics then you must visit Arab Street. It's not has hip as Haji Lane, it has a different, old world sort of charm. I was amazed at the lace, silk, organza and cotton fabric I saw in the shops, and thought how much my momsy would have loved this place!
Considering the walking we did, we were exhausted by around 5 pm and we made our way home to recover before another evening out on the town :)My one regret was that we missed out seeing Bussorah Street and Muscat Street. Maybe if I ever make another visit :)
[All images- Shalini Pereira]
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