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Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel


Lion City

An island city-state off the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore is a global financial center with a tropical climate (it lies one degree north of the equator) and multicultural population (majority 3/4 Chinese, the other 1/4 split between Malay and Indian).

It's the only English speaking country in Asia while most Singaporeans are bi-lingual. Their Changi airport has held the title of "Best Airport" for many consecutive years for a reason. The country itself is ultra clean, safe, and known for its extensive ethnic cuisine and diverse delicious food culture. We found it to be a spectacularly fun place to visit with an endless amount of activities, architecture, museums, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants to experience such different cultures with everything feeling spacious and yet so nearby being in a pretty compact area of land.

Singapore Sunrise

Singaporean sunrise

Singapore Helix Bridge Night

Night lights from Helix Bridge

Singapore Lion Sculpture

Lion for National Day Parade

Singapore Gardens By The Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth. The city-state consists of one main island and 62 islets and is home to almost 6 million people with four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil.

JAM had a blast finding it a perfect place to spend with family for a recent summer week. See snapshots of some of the places we visited (Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Newton Circus) and highlights featured in the following pages of...

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Singapore Chinatown Car Window

Colorful Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown

Chinatown food market

Sngapore Rain

Brief passing summer rain

Singapore Taxi

Taxi cab front dashboard

S Ingapore Park Royal Hotel

Park Royal Hotel

Singapore Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By the Bay trees



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.