In all honesty, Singapore has never been on my list of must-see destinations. I was offered a good deal though when I booked my trip to Vietnam to stopover for 24 hours so I thought, why not go and explore the city and enjoy a Singapore Sling.
I arrived with very little knowledge of it other than that 2015 is its 50th birthday, it is a city state with a large finance sector and a big ex-pat community…and something about the legality of chewing gum. The humidity as I stepped off the plane was intense, unlike anything I have experienced outside the jungles of Mexico. But the drive from the airport to my hotel near Chinatown made me wonder whether I had made a mistake. All I could see was concrete high rise towers everywhere and not very much else. To be fair, you could tell you were in a tropical climate by the amount of foliage in between the concrete towers but it was not particularly attractive to say the least. Given I live in Hackney, I am not short of concrete jungles punctuating my view on a daily basis.