We’ve all had girl’s weekends away (Lord knows, not enough). Generally speaking though, we tend to venture no further afield than a short car or plane ride. Not this time!! With three friend’s celebrating milestone birthdays, we decided to step it up a notch. With newly-introduced direct flights from Canberra Airport to Changi International (with Singapore Airlines), before we knew it, we’d booked flights to Singapore for five glorious days! Here’s the wrap-up.
Fashion: The Style Liberation team could not go on such a trip without completing a thorough exploration of the retail offerings. We considered it our duty. While the currency and prices are quite comparable to Australia, what Singapore offers over Australia is brand options from all over the world. We spotted UK, American and Australian names, as well as unknown (to us) Asian designers, and department stores, such as Tangs and the quite unique Mustafa (open 24 hours and packed to the rafters with every possible thing you have never imagined but think you need when you see it). Both of us picked up a few little wins, mainly from Warehouse and Marks and Spencer, both UK brands.
Food: Hands-down, the highlight of the trip. Singapore is such a ‘salad bowl’ of cultures so the culinary options were endless and amazing. Even the nosh from shopping centre food courts was restaurant-quality and so CHEAP! We discovered a few local delicacies, and ate our way through China Town and Little India, but topping the best meal list was the chilli crab and beer dinner at Jumbos Seafood, bibs and all. Bit of a schlep, located out near the airport, but well worth it.
Fun: For many years, Singapore was considered just a stop-over. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “I’ve only ever been to the airport”, I’d be rich. We’re here to tell you, it’s totally worth a dedicated trip, with or without kids. There is so much to do! Even child-free we didn’t manage to get around to all the sites. The highlight though (if you don’t count the food) was definitely Gardens by the Bay! Singapore is safe, friendly and so easy to get around. Transport is so organised with bus, train, monorail and taxi options. Taxis were surprisingly cheap too!
Fish: Worth a mention purely due to the hilarity that ensued when we tried the old fish-nibble foot treatment. Fiona loved it……not!
Friendships: There’s a comfort….. a ‘knowing’, that comes with spending quality time with close friends, especially ones that share your humour, beliefs, values and even politics. We had five uninterrupted days of this bliss! No time limits and many, many chats and laughs (lots of laughs) about life, work, kids and even global politics. And we walked SLOW!
Future: I’m sure you’ve picked up from this that we LOVED ‘The Singas’. So it got us thinking, “Why shouldn’t we share this amazing place with our awesome Style Liberation clients?” While we’re yet to work out the detail, we’re interested to hear from you: would YOU join us for a Style Liberation Ladies Trip abroad? If so, let us know here.