I’m sat on level eight at our hotel, it’s pouring down outside, big tropical rain drops bouncing off the floor. Normally at home in the UK I would be sat cozily tucked away in an arm chair with a big mug of tea. How typical, a Brit writing about the weather… but sitting outside, enjoying the impressive storm is the perfect setting for writing my first international blog.
We have been in Singapore for nearly two weeks and it’s safe to say we are all having a cracking time of it. Firstly the audiences here in Singapore are so welcoming and responsive, which is just fantastic for us. The Grand Theatre at Marina Bay is huge, the auditorium reminds me a little of the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff and it’s a great space to perform in.
For the first week, due to our busy schedules we were mainly based at the theatre. Marina Bay has so much to offer, you can easily spend a day or three getting lost here and still not be able to see everything. The architecture of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, designed by Moshe Safdie, is impressive to say the least!
The Shopping Mall has a river running through it and you can actually get a punting boat to take you around. There is a big food court full of all sorts of cuisine, reasonably priced and the food is all freshly made right there in front of you. Pretty much the entire team at Wicked have become obsessed with the frozen yogurt stand Llaollao. For $5.90 you get a medium sized yogurt with three toppings and let me tell you, the dark chocolate topping actually freezes on top of the yogurt… it’s a beautiful thing. In other news, it is incredibly easy to eat healthily in Singapore. There are lots of healthy, veggie and vegan options all over the city but I will write a separate blog for that one. For now, here is a photo of a not so healthy but delicious naughty treat from a coffee house, La Marelle Coffee House & Boutique in Bugis, with free WiFi (yay!)
Nearly everyone I have spoken to who have visited Singapore have remarked about how clean a city it is. They weren’t wrong, it’s beautifully clean and the locals are so friendly here. I am really enjoying the relaxed pace that everyone goes about their day. I haven’t really noticed anyone rushing about. The MRT (underground) is also ran so efficiently and again, incredibly clean, affordable and easy to use.
On our first day off, one of our cast members Dean, kindly organised a trip for us all to one of Singapores top attractions, Singapore Night Safari A great trip, good value for money, perfect for families and definitely worth a visit. My top tip would be to take the tram ride first before going on the walking trails. Expect to see all the usual suspects… Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! (Well, I had to!)
Elisha, one of our incredible dancers in Wicked, organised a little outing to Haji Lane. This is by far my favourite place I have been to in Singapore yet. It reminds me of the North Lanes in Brighton. Such a fantastic vibe, full of pretty boutique shops, one off coffee houses and restaurants. I absolutely can’t get enough of this place and if the rain subsides I will be out again today, rummaging through the many vintage shops and drinking copious amounts of coffee. To get to Haji Lane you can get the MRT to Bugis and it’s just a short walk from there.
Two weeks down, six to go. I’m so grateful to be here in this incredible City and I look forward to sharing more of my adventures with you.
Love Emily xxx