I'm currently reading through a series set in historical Singapore so I thought it was the perfect chance to hop on the blog and share some snapshots of our experiences at Raffles and our wanderings through the heritage areas.
While we were in travelling through Singapore we felt it very necessary to have high tea at the famous Raffles and it was well worth it. Not only was it the best of the whole South East Asia trip but, for me, it was one of the most beautiful experiences I've had to date. Afternoon tea at Raffles is like stepping back in time, to one of those 1920's books or TV shows in the colonies where architecture is a fusion of eastern and empire, with white washed walls and lush green ferns all immaculately presented. Women in their sundresses and men in their slacks enjoying slow pots of tea and scones surrounded by polite, white clad staff, orchid topped tables and gentle harp music. It was delicious, luxurious and understated, all wrapped into one and their earl grey tea paired perfectly with the rose infused jam topped scones.
High tea at Raffles wasn't our only slice of heritage and history while travelling. We woke up early on our second day in Singapore to explore the beautiful suburb of Kampong Glam, the Malay and Arab quarter. It's home to Masjid Sultan, a gold minareted white mosque bordered with lush greenery and Malay inspired townhouses painted vivid shades of gold, blue and rust. Kampong Glam also had beautiful local muslim cuisines and affordable stalls of silks scarves and batiks. So I did more than a spot of retail therapy.
Following our Kampong Glam explorations we headed to Chijmes, a converted convent near the city centre. Chijmes is stunningly photogenic, with intricate details, ornate spiral staircases and majestic arches. It's beautifully presented with a peaceful courtyard area housing chilled-out cafe's and lazy tree shaded areas.