In late January Sarah was headed to Singapore for work for a couple days and since I had spent so much time chatting with our office there but not meeting any of them in person, I tagged along and booked my own flight there as well. We stayed at the Sofitel in the main business district of Singapore right near the Marina, which is a great boutique hotel surrounded by skyscrapers and coincidentally right next to an outdoor food market at night. The Sofitel has a great vibe but it’s amazing that it’s only 6 stories high with a rooftop pool given its location. Since both Sarah and I had to work during the day we really didn’t do any exploring until the night time which suits most people just fine in the Singapore heat (85-90F and humid in January).
After meeting up with Sarah at the hotel pretty late in the evening (I flew in a day later) she showed me around the Marina a bit since I hadn’t been there yet; we settled for dinner along along the water at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. We each had a burger (very good) but the service was pretty terrible (not unusual for Singapore), and watched the lightshow across the water. Next wse grabbed a drink by the pool at the hotel rooftop bar. The next day we went our separate ways (me to the office, Sarah to her client) with the plan to meet up with some friends from our office for some Happy Hour, then dinner.
Luckily the weather cooperated and our office mates booked a great rooftop bar with a Marina view called ME@Oue. Great cocktails and a great view with some new friends came to a close as a smaller group of us headed to dinner for some delicious Thai food at Long Chim in the Marina Bay Sands. We stopped on the way out to gaze over the massive Marina Bay Casino Gaming Floor, then headed back to the Sofitel for a late night rooftop drink with one of our hosts before calling it a night.
The next day was our last together in Singapore so after work we decided to go for a run around the Marina. To date, this is probably one of our favorite running routes in Asia (but still doesn’t compare to the lake path in Chicago). The path is mostly flat with a good amount of people and site watching, but it’s not overly crowded that you feel like you’re dodging people instead of running. For dinner, we ventured on foot out of Raffles Quay (that’s where the Central Business District is located) to Clarke Quay. We dined at a Singapore brewery, Brewerkz, in a very cool riverfront area that was lined with restaurants and bars. Overall, Singapore is not the Asian location you want to visit if you’re looking for excitement. But, the city is magnificently clean and the people are extremely nice- it’s worth a quick weekend trip!