Over the last few years, Singapore had been popping up into conversations more frequently. Its location served many times as a layover for those in transit to/from Australia and as a gateway into Asia.
When I left Australia en route to Thailand, I found myself there with less than 24 hours. Luckily, my time was quickly filled as my Couchsurfing host, Hang Seng, was a local and had some time to show me around. One of the things I really enjoy about traveling is getting to know the people who live there, especially if they've grown up there. You learn so much about the country, the culture, and their people. Here are a few snaps that were captured:
In the last picture, if you're curious as to what flavors I chose, I had to go with the local flavors that I would only find in this area. The light purple scoop is of pulut hitam, a sweet dessert made of black glutinous rice porridge with coconut milk and palm sugar. Sitting below that is a scoop of chendol, another sweet dessert consisting of coconut milk, rice flour jelly noodles that are dyed green, and palm sugar. If it sounds familiar, it's because I had it when I was also in Malaysia, but in its original, non-ice cream form.
After that, it was back on the road and catching quick glimpses of sites like the 165 meter-high Singapore Flyer before getting to Changi airport and flying out. To no surprise, it is a very, very clean country worth stopping over for to gawk at the high-rises, enjoy some street food, buy some electronics, and get you to where you need to go.