Singapore Day 2Posted: September 11, 2015
My second day in Singapore began with me rolling out of bed amid groaning and cursing because my feet have swollen from walking the previous night (I’m terribly out of shape, in case you can’t tell). But I sucked it up because I knew I had a full day of exploring ahead of me, starting with —
10 AM: the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I love nature, so I always look for the botanic gardens in every town I visit if possible. It’s a nice place to hang out, it’s usually free, and there are tons of pretty things to look at. And Singapore Botanic Gardens check all of those boxes.
Also, make sure to check out the Orchid Garden – it costs only S$5, and totally worth it.
1 PM: There were still a lot of places at the Gardens that I haven’t seen, but I wanted to visit Little India, so I headed off.
And I’m telling you, Little India is a whole different world. The vibrant sights and sounds and smells are like nothing I’ve experienced before.
I also dropped by Haji Lane, a little side street with charming boutiques nestled between eclectic coffee shops and bars. It actually reminds me a lot of the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
5 PM: Before the trip, I’ve heard about this bookstore called Books Actually that is not far from my hostel, so now I headed there. It’s a cool place, but they don’t carry any of the authors that I usually read (it’s mostly poetry, art/design, and local authors), so I just spent my time wandering between the shelves enjoying that bookstore vibe.
I wish I was able to go to Littered with Books as well, but the show started at 8 PM and I needed to pick up my ticket at 7, so I went back to the hostel for a much-needed shower and some dinner.
7 PM: Arrived at Nation University of Singapore’s Cultural Center Hall for the Dylan Moran show. So excited!!!
I could fill an entire post with my rambling about the show, but I’ll try to keep this short with a few bullet points:
– It was hilarious (of course). I love his rants about middle age and about getting pets for his kids, and his version of 50 Shades (yes, really!) had me in stitches.
– One of his jokes is how fat he’s gotten since he quit smoking, but even from my nosebleed seat, I could see that he looks trimmer, younger, and healthier than he did in photos.
– I’m only bummed that they didn’t sell his little picture books after the show. I’ve always loved his doodles.
P/S: I sat next to a family – parents and two kids, both under 10. I wish my parents were that cool. Those kids are going to be awesome when they grow up.