Sunday Exploring CBD with Giove

I can’t believe I’m still posting about Giove’s trip that ended literally two months ago!

But I’m trying a new thing and attempting to hold myself to a schedule of posting at least once a week, regularly, so it serves my best interest to draw out the posts I already do have to maximize the weeks covered!

So far we’ve covered Dumpling Darlings, Tiong Bahru Market, Jurong Bird Park, and Jumbo Seafood. Next up is Sunday! And what a whirlwind it was…

TT had softball for half the day (classic) so Giove and I geared up to check off everything on the list that wasn’t already checked off.

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Starting first with KAYA TOAST! Have you heard of kaya toast? It’s one of my favorite Singapore treats. Rich, coconut jam (kaya) is slathered on top of thin, crispy, slices of toast which are already covered with thick slabs of butter. Seems simple, right?

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It is! But man, is it yummy. A little strange at first since the kaya is often green… but it’s really good, trust me. Perfect with coffee. The Singaporean way to eat it is to dip it into soft-boiled (basically almost raw) eggs and munch it up. I am not a basically raw egg kinda girl so I prefer my kaya toast as is.

Sunday was all about hitting the downtown core. We started off with our kaya toast and walked to see the Merlion, recently unveiled after being temporarily covered for maintenance. A Singapore landmark, the Merlion is a statue of a mythical creature – part lion, part fish – that is often regarded as a Singapore icon/mascot.

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Merlion Park is always swarming with tourists but we were able to get in some good shots.

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We walked next across the water to Marina Bay Sands on our way to Gardens by the Bay. Realizing we hadn’t had a proper breakfast besides some small pieces of toast slathered in butter and green coconut jam, we joined the queue for Din Tai Fung, a Michelin starred Taiwanese dim-sum restaurant.

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Being only 2, we were seated pretty quickly amongst the throngs of families out for Sunday brunch. What did we order? You guessed it – everything!

Steamed Vegetable and Pork Dumplings

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Steamed Shrimp and Pork Siu Mai

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Steamed Pork Dumpling

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Oriental Wontons with Black Vinegar and Chili Oil

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and Steamed Custard Buns for a sweet ending.

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Stuffed and happy, we kept walking through MBS and upwards to Gardens by the Bay.

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Gardens by the Bay – my favorite place!!

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Gardens by the Bay is a 250 acre nature park situated right behind Marina Bay Sands. It opened in June 2012 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.

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Completely free and open to the public, Gardens by the Bay is made up of three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central – which transport you to a unique world of flora and fauna as you set off in each to explore.

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The park itself is part of Singapore’s initiative to transform its “Garden City” into a “City in a Garden” and encompasses environmental sustainability in all of its efforts. The giant supertrees harvest solar energy during the day and then light up at night.

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The cloud forest is the world’s largest indoor waterfall boasting a mountain 35 metres tall. We walked up and around the mountain learning all about the ecosystem of cloud forests and the bio diversity housed in the humid, slightly cooler temperature of the dome!

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Finally, the flower dome. The dome rotates its display or ever-changing flowers every few months, bombarding you with stunning flowers from all around the world.

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I’ve just realized how many beautiful pictures we took at GBTB so am going to cut this post off here so you can thoroughly enjoy this spectacular Singapore place. My absolute favorite place to bring guests. Can you blame me?

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