Singapore was everything and so much more than I imagined it would be. The seemingly treacherous 8 hr flight was effortless…thanks to the accommodatingÂ Singapore Airlines, which has quickly become among my favorite airlines thanks to their spacious seating, tasty food and attentive attendants. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a tropical climate and hospital driver who quickly sorted our luggage, sleepy selves and bodies to our hotel in Sentosa.Â The first thing that came to mind as we made our way through the city was how incredibly clean the streets were, which is something that I had read about but was just as pleasantly surprised as we ventured thru the city.
The first three days of the trip consisted of running around the hotel, speaking with clients, taking pictures of the event and attending to emails in between. If it wouldn’t have been for the breakfasts of dim sum…I may have forgotten that I was even in Singapore. It was only until after the event that I realizedÂ the beautyÂ of this city and its culture that I have truly come to respect and admire.
On the evening after the event, we explored the night life, making our way up to Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Casino and the infamous Orchard Towers, or “Four Floors”. I have to say…the view of Singapore at evening, from Marina Bay Sands rooftopÂ was among my many highlights of the trip and bar hopping among the many exclusive and very cool, (for lack of a better term)Â clubs and cocktail bars.
On this evening in particular, I was on such a high of the buzz of this beautiful city that it took me a bit of a wake up call to shake me andÂ my very large, naive eyes,Â into the realization of my surroundings at Orchard Towers, often referred to as “Four Floors” or “Four Floors of Whores”. Orchard towers essentially serves as aÂ a legal red light establishment where many go to meet and pick upÂ prostitutes.Â I quickly grew very upset, to the surprise of my co-workers and fled the building as quickly as my feet would carry me after coming to this realization that the women around me were looking for customers to make a living, while I had been drunkenly amazed by the excitement of it all.
The truth is- I’m very naive. I’m overly excited and often forget that myÂ sheltered and often foggy lens of the world is not a realistic one. But its moments like this that make me so incredibly grateful for the opportunity of travel.Â I had beenÂ complaining about the expensive cocktails thatÂ I couldn’t afford to pay for, after my company had flew me over to and put me up in a hotel in a place in the world that I’d never been to. It puts things into perspective and as dumb as I felt having a somewhat emotional shaking of the world of prostitution and what is theÂ real world, I felt very grateful to be and to have been where I was.
Lessons? If you travel to Singapore…don’t drink to the point of losing your common sense because you can quickly find yourself being thrown in jail. Don’t become too busy staring at the pretty lights to see whats happening in the darker areasÂ and while I’ll share photos of myÂ recommendations below, including Marina Bay Sands, Raffles Hotel and China town…take the time to understand aspects of this city and every place that you visit that you can’t see from the clean white sheets and spotless windows of a five star hotel room.