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I will soon be leaving for a trip that starts with 4.5 days in Singapore and I would welcome comments, suggestions, and tweaks. Many thanks to all who have responded to my earlier threads!
http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/first-draft-java-and-bali-plus.cfm
http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/preliminary-planning-java-and-bali-and-maybe-singapore-and-hakone.cfm
After I leave Singapore, I will visit Java and Bali – if those plans make a difference to your comments about my plans for Singapore, or if you care to comment on my plans for those locations, just click on my screen name to find the relevant threads.

As some of you know, I am a solo female traveler who is not looking for relaxation (although I'm sure I'll have some wonderfully relaxing moments) -- instead I am hoping to take full advantage of every moment I have in this enticing part of the world. In what follows, I've outlined my current priorities, but please feel free to offer your comments on ANYthing -- what I’m considering, what I’m skipping, what I might want to reconsider, etc.

One last preliminary note: I’ve never crossed so many time zones, nor have I ever been so close to the equator (but know that I am sensitive to heat :-( ), so I’m not at all sure how jet lag or heat will affect me on this trip. I’m trying to leave a bit of latitude for my time in Singapore to allow myself to make the adjustment.

Priorities for my 4.5 days in Singapore include:
• The Botanic Gardens (including, of course, its Orchid House);
• Various museums – the National Museum, National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranankan House, maybe the Baba House;
• Various ethnic neighborhoods and their key sites (Little Inda, Arab Street, Chinatown and their associated temples, mosques, markets, etc.);
• “Modern” Singapore, including the Gardens by the Bay;
• the Colonial district;
• the Zoo, and almost certainly its night safari (unless anyone wants to dissuade me); and
• having a drink while watching a glorious view of the sun setting over the city – it seems like there are several places from which I could do that, so help me decide! And maybe a second place for a late night drink with a stunning, but different, view over the city in its night-time glory?

While in Singapore, I hope to savor some of the local cuisine:
• I definitely want at least one, if not two, dinners based on baba nonya cuisine; I’m thinking of Blue Ginger and/or Candlenut, but am certainly open to suggestions and comments!
• I would welcome suggestions for dinner restaurants in Little India, Arab Street, or Chinatown. I’m seeking places that capture the Singaporian take on the “original” cuisines, feature fresh and (if possible) locally sourced ingredients, and are on the casual (and not too expensive) end of options. The settings do NOT have to be "western" -- sitting on the floor, dining under bright lights, etc. are all fine with me if the food justifies the experience. :-)
• I am well aware that Singapore is known for its cutting edge food scene, but don’t think my budget is up to snuff. Still, if there’s a place you think I should consider, even a place worthy of my ONE AND ONLY major dining splurge for this one-month-long trip, let me know!

Thank you in advance for any comments or suggestions!

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