I’m so excited to be back on board again for Singapore Airlines #squadSQ for 2019. To kick things off I had a day and a half in Singapore before I continued on to Delhi. I wanted to explore a corner of Singapore not often seen by visitors and since we were staying at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport this was a perfect opportunity.
At Changi Village – just a 15-minute drive or taxi ride from the Crowne Plaza – I got on a bumboat bound for Pulau Ubin, an island just 10 minutes north of the main island. On the island I hired a bike for $8 and set off exploring. Many of the roads on the island are paved. Some are not, but it is on these paths that you really start feeling nature. The path narrows, the trees come closer and you actually start to wonder if you are still in Singapore, one of the world’s great metropolises. Yes, you are.
The morning before flying to Delhi I caught the MRT from what felt like the front door of the Crowne Plaza to the Kampong Glam neighbourhood. The centerpiece of Kampong Glam is Haji Lane so it was no surprise that foot traffic was thick on this particular road. However, it was the surrounding laneways that took my fancy. Every spare brick, almost, has been painted to brighten up what might otherwise be a somewhat dull block of streets. I walked down one, up another and across 3 or 4 more. Then, as I went to leave, I came across what might be the largest street artwork I’ve ever seen.
The flight to Delhi was most pleasant, and I’m always impressed by three things when I fly with Singapore Airlines: the reading material available, both on the flight and in the lounge, the range of drinks available on board and in the lounge, and the array of movies in the in-flight entertainment system, including some that are very recent. So in between my selection of magazines and newspapers, my Singapore Sling cocktail and Captain Marvel, I was in New Delhi in no time!
In brief, you could say that Delhi has been a change of pace; the streets really have to be seen to be believed. A guide took me on a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi and not only did I get to experience how many locals get around through busy, narrow laneways, we also explored some back alleys of Chandni Chowk that I would never have known to walk down. Chandni Chowk is home to many different types of markets selling spices, jewellery, dried fruits, wedding decorations, and is also famous for paratha, a spiced flatbread deep fried in butter.
After a big day experiencing some of Delhi’s best sights, sounds and smells, I retreated to the hotel, sank deep into my pillow and dreamt of butter chicken.
Check back soon to follow the squadSQ adventures from the beginning.