After meeting RC in Tokyo, we flew to Singapore getting in the early hours of the morning. When we arrived at Raffles Hotel, a very nice man met our car and whisked us to our rooms, leaving the bell staff to deal with our luggage. That set the tone for our 2 day stay – discreet pampering. The hotel was beautiful with wonderful wood paneling and had a very distinct colonial feel, not surprising since it was built in the 19th century when Singapore was a British colony. Raffles gave us a whole bunch of goodies including a tray of sweets and seeds in celebration of the lunar new year and.
One of the things I love about staying at an Asian hotel is the breakfast. Not only is the buffet spread overflowing but the variety is impressive. Their menu shows that they know how to cater to the ethnic diversity d their guests. There are your standard western items (eggs and I let’s cooked to order, countless types of pastries and breads, cold cuts, cereal, yogurt, etc.) but more interesting, dim sum, sushi, congee, bento boxes, and local favorites. For example, in Vietnam, the hotels always serve a noodle soup.
Raffles did not disappoint and their menu reflected the distinct flavors of Singapore.
RC and I started the day at the Botanic Gardens which is one of best I’ve ever been. We were there for 3 hours and covered only half of it. One section of the garden covered the evolution of plant life. RC got lots of inspiration for her writing – she likes to send people back in time to prehistoric age to see what they can do.
Singapore is obsessed with orchids and you get that as soon as you get off the plane. Changi Airport is adorn with numerous plant/floral displays featuring various orchids making it one of the most beautiful airports in the world. Naturally, the highlight of the botanic gardens is the National Orchid Garden. Not only was it orchid overload, we were able to see some rare orchids.
We decided to reward our 10,000 steps with high tea at the Regent Hotel. Former British colonies know how to put on a tea service and Singapore takes to new heights. High tea is not only tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. At the Regent, it was filets of Wagyu beef, pâté, variety of garden and seafood salads, dim sum, and many other dishes. Here some I turns though I admit I ate a few plates and forgot to take pictures of them. I did manage to restraint myself by not going back for seconds on any of them.