Singapore, Mambo Beach Club at Sentosa Island and the National Gallery

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Singapore: relaxing to the max and a of lot of polka dots!

Singapore is such a divers city. Maybe you want to chill and go to the plastic fantastic beach or if you want the real stuff...visit an amazing exhibition in one of the musea this tropical city has to offer.

Which city: Singapore, Asia

Where to go: Go to one of the hotspots at Sentosa island, for instance Mambo Beach Club to relax to the max and enjoy the lounge music during the day or the disco in the late afternoon.

What to drink and eat: Try a nice champagne in the bar of Mambo Beach Club.

What to do: Visit a nice exhibition in the National Gallery. DDTS went to the ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' exhibition by Yahoi Kusama at that moment.

What to love: The diversity of what the city has to offer. You can take a dip in the water at Sentosa Island, explore culture, history or science in galleries or musea or visit nature. And if you want glitter and glamour: go to a hip modern bar and pamper yourself with all luxury.

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Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, The White Rabbit, Altitude, Oxwell & Co and The Providore

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Every time we drive from the airport to our hotel in Singapore city, we see the amazingly beautiful skyline with cultivated trees and organicly formed buildings. We decided to make a trip to this wonder of nature: Gardens by the Bay. Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. It is a is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. It was a little bit like an amusement park for us but still it's worth a visit. We had lunch in de Flower Dome at the Pollen bistro. After walking around for a couple of hours in the gardens we had a small snack on tiny stools around a tiny table at Satah At The Bay. We felt like two Snowy Whites who visited the dwarfs ;-).

In the evening we wanted to have dinner at The White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is a restaurant housed in the beautifully restored 1930s Ebenezer chapel. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit’s verdant surroundings and rich history takes guests into a world of whimsy and wonder, away from life in the concrete jungle. Beside that they have The Rabbit Hole. This is the chic outdoor bar of The White Rabbit that lets you unwind amid the lush greenery of Dempsey, complete with animal-themed topiary. But when we arrived at The White Rabbit a private party was going on. It was all about the Food Hero 2016 Finales and organized by the AFC network. We were not invited but we had a briljant sollution: party crashing! We got all drinks and food for free and joined the invited visitors on the red carpet where pictures were taken. How cool! When we left the party we received a goody bag with a nice notebook and a set of stainless steel measuring cups. Party crashing: the act of attending an invitation-only event when not invited…we can deal with that from now on ;-)! We had some 'attitude drinks’ afterwards at the Altitude bar. The entree was too expensive, the drinks were too expensive and the bartenders were very rude. To much attitude at the Altitude! Only the view was amazing.

The next morning we had breakfast at The Providore at the Mandarin Gallery. The pleasure of discovering, creating and sharing good food is what the Providore is all about. Good food in all its forms; wholesome, traditional, innovative, nurturing and nourishing. A nice philosophy. Be aware when you order breakfast, the portions are small. The staff is very kind and willing to help you and patiently explain the menu.

At Ann Siang Hill we explored Oxwell & Co. Oxwell & Co was conceived by a group of Brits pining for their local pub while embracing all things Singaporean. Here in this heritage three-storey shophouse, sitting in the heart of Singapores Chinatown, you will find a slice of British comfort from good old fashioned hospitality to food and cocktails. The Oxwell experience is made up of the 4000 sq ft space presenting each floor as a destination in its own right: the bar for refreshing tipples on the first floor the rustic yet elegant dining room on the second floor; and a private function room on the third floor that is reminiscent of a drawing room complete with eccentric British touches. The rooftop houses Oxwells own organic rooftop herb garden, used by the restaurant and bar for food and cocktails. To be ‘Oxwelled”, try there specialty: the signature home-made Gin & Tonic. That’s the real Oxwell Experience!

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Singapore mood sling, wanderlust in little India, Arab street, Orchard road, high tea at Raffles, the Marina Bay Sands and visiting Dempsey Hill

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We visited hotel Wanderlust the day after we arrived in Singapore. Housed in a 1920's building in Little India, Wanderlust is an experimental boutique hotel showcasing a diverse range of fun themes. It includes restaurant Cocotte, but unfortunately it was closed from 2.30 pm till 6.30 pm. We couldn't even get a coffee or a glass of wine. But luckily we could have a glimpse at some hotel rooms, thanks to the cleaning staff. We had lunch at Roots later on, a little bit further down the street. But we were still disappointed that we couldn't have the 'Cocotte experience'.

We took an Uber taxi to Arab street where we wandered around while it was raining cats and dogs. While Little India is memorable for its fragrances, it’s the vibrant colours of the shops of the Arab Quarter that stick to the memory. Textile stores and outlets selling Persian carpets are the most prominent, but you’ll also see leather, perfumes, jewellery and baskets for sale. Haji Lane is a street full of tiny shops. Young people frequent the shophouses along this lane for the independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes.

Orchard Road, Asia’s most famous shopping street, is home to fashion favourites, specialist stores and loads of other lifestyle choices. Who'd have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lined with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. Today, Orchard Road is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and entertainment choices for every taste and budget. We had a small bite at Wolf Burgers, situated in a hip indoor food market in the Suntec City, later on.

Two days later we booked a high tea at Raffles. Serving high tea for more than one hundred years, Raffles’ high tea has an old world charm and a real sense of occasion to it. We ordered two glasses of champagne as well. Be aware that it will cost you a lot of money, but it is worth a visit! You have to book in advance while it is full (high tea) house every day!

We had a very nice view at the sunset on the rooftop bar of the Marina Bay Sands. It offers a breathtaking city-skyline view not found at any other Singapore hotel. The world's largest rooftop pool stretching 150 metres across Sands SkyPark. Unfortunately the pool is accessible only to hotel guests, but we did have a glimpse of it.

The last day of our visit in Singapore we had lunch at PS Café. PS Café is located on Dempsey Hill and specializes in homemade cakes such as chocolate fudge cakes, sticky date cake, pecan pie, florida key lime pie as well as coffee. The cafe offers indoor as well as outdoor seating, where you can star-gaze while sipping coffee. We had a delicious salad on the terras and got loads of mosquito bites for free. A nice Singapore souvenir to complete our Singapore mood sling ;-)!

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