Happy Thursday loves!! Being back in LA for my sophomore year of college, it’s really hit me how much I miss Asia and Singapore. I knew I was going to miss it, but I had no idea how much. So for today’s post, I thought it would be fun to put together a small collection of my absolute favorite photos of my beautiful home. If you’re looking for some SG travel inspo, I have it right here for you!
The 33rd floor of the Marina Bay Financial Tower is home to the world’s highest micro-brewery, Level 33. In the midst of business and financial chaos lies the funky yet tranquil high end restaurant. After traveling 33 stories in the private elevator, you step into a world of awe and amazing food. Walk past the hostess towards the dining area and you find 6 huge rose gold tubs brewing different types of their signature beers. Most notably, they are working on their brand new Champagne Beer, launching on June 7th. Run by their master brewer, the quality of their beer is incredible. The dining area lines a large floor to ceiling window overlooking the famous and breathtaking Marina Bay scene.
While the view is incredible, equally impressive was their food and drinks. Their weekday lunch special (the Executive Lunch Set) is priced at $42++ which includes a buffet of charcuterie, cheeses, salads, seafood and fruit and a main of choice. And for only $5 you can add on a dessert plate. Even after filling myself up on everything from port cheddar to nduja balls and shrimp cocktail, the seared tuna I ordered as my main was everything I was hoping for. In the middle of a large white plate laid two steaks of perfectly seared tuna over a drizzling of sherry caramel and roasted carrots and topped with chervil and almonds; an extremely generous serving for the reasonable price. But of course I couldn’t eat at a craft brewery without trying one of their signature drinks. Wanting to keep it light (after all it was 11:30am…) I decided to try the Wheat Beer and Lemonade Shandy, as recommended by our waitress. Half of a liter was only $10, and was the perfect accompaniment to the meal.
This meal at Level 33 definitely did not disappoint and I cannot wait to go back again. The quality of the food and service only added to the naturally vibrant atmosphere, creating an inviting and exciting environment. Good food, an amazing view and friendly service… Singapore in a nutshell.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard 33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 018981
If you read my last post on ‘Top 10 Places to Eat in Singapore’ (linked down below, make sure to check it out!), you know that one of my newest restaurant finds is Dallas Restaurant and Bar, located at the Marina Bay Sands along the waterfront. I stumbled upon this place one day while walking around MBS with my family, and ended up going that evening for a night out with my girlfriends. The bar right on the edge of MBS, so it’s half indoors and half outdoors. We sat at a high table outside, and it was beautiful to see the Central Business District all lit up and reflecting on the water. We also had front row seats to the nightly light/laser show. Their drink menu had a huge variety with 21 cocktails and lots of wines, beers and other spirits.
As far as drinks go, they were super reasonable ($14 per drink) and big sizes. On Tuesday’s from 6pm-9pm (MBS happy hour), their Yuzu Mojito, Mimosa and Dark ‘n’ Stormy are all 50% off ($7). I had the Singapore Sling and the Salted Caramel White Russian, and they were both super yummy. One of my friends ordered a standard Margarita and said it was one of the best she’d ever had. We didn’t have any food, but it looked really good (I will go back and try it and update this). They do have a brunch/lunch and dinner menu (looked so good!), but they also had a bar food section with fries, calamari and fish tacos, which seemed perfect for a light dinner.
If you’re looking for a place to go for drinks on a night out in Singapore, highly suggest checking out this place for inexpensive drinks with a priceless view!
Address: 2 Bayfront Ave, #01-85, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
‘Mega Guide to Singapore’ post: https://swimeatlove.com/2017/11/16/top-10-things-to-do-in-singapore/
‘Top 10 Places to Eat in Singapore’ post: https://swimeatlove.com/2018/04/08/top-10-places-to-eat-in-singapore/
May 29th, 1999-Singapore: I was born. It wasn’t until 2015, 16 years later, before I realized how fortunate I was to have been raised in such an amazing country. For so long, I would sit at the lunch table with my friends and complain about Singapore; complain about how boring it was and small the island-nation is. One night in early June 2015, I was having dinner with some friends at the Chocolate and Cheese Bar located at the top of the Marina Bay Sands. Once we were seated at our table, I looked around to see a stunning 360-degree view Singapore. The sky was dark, yet a perfect shade of blue. The Central Business District was densely packed with tall, funky buildings. The large laser lights filled the whole island with red, green and gold strobes. Right at that moment, I realized how much love I had for Singapore, and how Singapore defines who I am as a person.
Visit Singapore and you’ll find an island with possibly the most diverse population. Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian, Americans, Europeans, and the list goes on and on. Never before have I visited a country with so much diversity. I’ve always taken for granted that I am surrounded everyday by people from all over the world. I’ve taken for granted that I have been able to travel to exotic places. I’ve taken for granted that I know can say that I know somebody from each continent. It took me 16 years to realize that not every teenager has this experience, and not every teenager is able to understand what true culture is. Although I am American and Greek by blood, I feel like I am so much more than that. I have a little bit of Singapore in me, a little bit of Japan, and a whole lot of culture and respect for everybody’s backgrounds and beliefs.
Singapore is a place that houses expats, especially from the US. Going to Singapore American School, I understand the expat way of life far too well. Each year, anywhere from 120-150 new families move to Singapore, mainly from the US. The good thing about this is the sheer number of people I meet and become close with. However, no matter how many times friends come and go, saying goodbye is something that nobody ever gets used to. These families come and are used to their neighborhood gatherings, long car rides to visit their families, and the feeling of belonging wherever they are in the US. Coming to Singapore is usually a culture shock for them. They are so intrigued that you can be in Chinatown one minute, and drive 10 minutes to get to Little India, and another 5 minutes to get to Arab Street. The amazement I see in these expat families is fascinating to me, as I just assume that all countries are as diverse as Singapore. My appreciation for the exposure to all of this has grown immensely in the last few months, especially after my annual 2-month trip back to California.
As Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday this year, I am so grateful that I have a place in the world that I can always call home. Even though when I come back to visit Singapore in 10 years, it will probably be so different, I’m sure that the culture will be just as colorful, if not more, and that’s what makes Singapore so amazing. No matter who you are, where you come from or what you believe in, you’ll feel so warm and welcomed in our little tiny island. I have so much love for this little red dot, 1-degree north of the equator. Singapore, you will forever be a part of me, and I can’t wait to see what the next 2 years have in store for us.