Singapore is right up there in my list of top ten destinations, so I was just a little bit excited when I saw it on my roster after at least 6 months of not having flown there. The flight left Dubai around 3am so most of our passengers slept, which made for a nice and easy flight (until they all woke up for breakfast before landing!)
Speaking of top ten destinations, would anyone be interested in a blog post with mine?
Once we arrived in Singapore, after a quick freshen up it was time to do some exploring. Some of us arranged to meet at 8 for drinks, but that was still hours away, so the mission was on to find some yummy street food!
We walked down towards the Merlion, which is the national symbol of Singapore. It has a fish body, which represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village, and a lion head, which represents Singapore’s original name (Singapura) meaning “lion city”.
I expected it to be a bit bigger to be honest!
Right across the water is the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.
With the sun setting and our stomachs rumbling, we headed to an area the concierge had recommended, called Glutton’s Bay!
We had to try the traditional Chilli Crab (although I’m not a big fan of spicy food so one bite was enough for me!).
By the time we finished dinner the sun had set and the city was beautifully lit up!
Next up was a quick stop at the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. Back on one of my first trips to Singapore (with my now flatmate Kirsty!) we tried the original cocktail and I knew we had to come back.
After getting absolutely drenched in a tropical thunderstorm we finally met up with the rest of the crew. Our hotel has an amazing bar on the 71st floor which has incredible views across the city.
We ended up having quite a few drinks and heading out clubbing into the city (it was a Saturday night after all!) so I’ll spare you any of those pictures! 😉
The next day (after a nice long sleep!) we still had plenty of time before the wake up call.
We strolled over to the Marina Bay Sands (although I’ve been up before, the view never fails to impress!) and took the lift up to the observation deck on the top.
Despite the rather grey sky it was a hot and humid day in Singapore!
You can see the infamous swimming pool from the observation deck, but can’t access it unless you’re a guest of the hotel. Shame!
Next on our agenda was some food! We saw signs for street food at Gardens by the Bay, so walked through the gardens in search of something to eat.
Although I’ve been to the gardens a few times, there always seems to be a new area that I haven’t seen before!
Before too long it was time to get back to the hotel, ready for the flight back home. What a lovely trip to one of my favourite cities!
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i’m visiting my best friend in Singapore this Christmas, so i can’t wait to see these places,plus as a lover of chilli food i can’t wait to try that chilli crab yum!
p.s. please do the top 10 destinations post, i’d love to read it.
Ah how exciting, hope you enjoy it! 🙂 It’s in the making, I’m finding it hard to pick my top ten as there are so many places I love haha!
Do you have a car in Dubai? Is your driving license from home valid or you had to get a new one?
I don’t, in fact I don’t actually even drive in Dubai! My license from home would be valid if I didn’t have a residence visa, so I converted mine and got a UAE license. I’ve only ever used it as an ID though, haha!
Can you choose if you want to be trained on main fleet or on a380 or they just assign you without asking?
No they just assign you as they need 🙂
Hi Rachel! On average, how long do you stay in the states (days/hours) when you fly in? Do you ever get to stay for a day or two? Just curious as my family is in FL and I would have the opportunity to visit when they expand their flights to Miami….
Thank you so much!
We generally get 2 days apart from in cities which are on the west coast (NY, Washington DC, Boston) where we only get around 24 hours 🙁 As far as I know we’re not starting flights to Miami any time soon though; there’ve been rumours since I joined 2 years ago but so far nothing! 🙁
Had another quick question when I flew to Oz I presumed it was the A380 it was from Manchester and we were on the top level and there was two levels to the plane is there other planes of this standard that fly to Oz from Manc? It was Emirates but I am wanting to know I def went on the A380 and don’t know how to check.. I ask as one of my friends flew on it and said they boarded from the lounge but I didn’t so was wondering if it was a different plane?! Random question but I wanted to know if I have definitely been on it! xxx
Great post as ever hun! Where did you stay? Is Raffles where they came up with the Singapore Sling? Singapore is right up there on my list I would love to go.. fingers crossed I can get over there soon! What are the bars and the club you went to like? Is it one of those places like Dubai where the bars are mostly in other hotels? Amanda xxx
I can’t actually remember the name of the hotel we stay in, but it’s right near Raffles! The bars/clubs were so good! They’re not in hotels though, just regular like other countries!
Also you’ll definitely have been on the A380, it’s the only plane we have that’s double decker 🙂
Ah thanks lots hun! Have a great week! x
My son is waiting for his GC, I hope once he arrives in Dubai he’ll have the same amazing experiences! X
I’ll keep my fingers crossed he gets the GC soon! 🙂
off topic question: What Pursers do onboard during the flight? A friend told me that they have their own offices and that they do not help that much with serving food to passengers, is this true?
That’s not strictly true – they have to help with the first & business class service (especially with the wine service, that kind of thing) and a lot of them do help in economy as well! Other than that they have a lot of paperwork and admin to do during the flight!
how does progressing up to 1st class work? do you have to apply or is it just based on how long you’ve been in the company 🙂
A bit of both really, you can apply after a certain time in the company but you also have to pass an assessment! 🙂
Wow what sort of assessment? Would you ever consider being purser one day
I guess it’s about corporate knowledge and service delivery, those types of things. I’ll definitely think about it if I’m still here, next step though is first class (fingers crossed!) 🙂
Love the pictures! Would love to see the top 10 as I’m doing something similar!
It’s in the making, I’ll check yours out as well! 🙂
is that amy in the pic? i know her!
Yep 🙂 Small world!
PLZZZ post a list of your top 10 destinations 😉
It’s in the making 🙂
Love reading your blog!! 🙂 I travel a little bit with you by reading it! 🙂
Glad you enjoy it 🙂