Travel & Hotel

Colourful Singapore

Colourful-shutters-Mica-building-Singapore-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-BellSingapore is one of my favourite cities in South East Asia. I decided to do some colour hunting whilst out there this Summer.

Look at those shutters on that colonial building. There’s no doubt I found colourful Singapore here.Colourful-Singapore-shutters-photo-by-Little-Big-BellThis is Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts building, also known as MICA.

It was opened in 1934 and used to house  the police station. It’s located at the junction of Hill Street, hence it’s also now known as the Old Hill Street Police Station.

Those shutters remind me of Pantone colour swatches.colourful-singapore-little-big-bellOpposite the MICA building is this wonderful vision of pastel.

Behind it, is Clarke Quay, the hip riverside area with its painted shophouses, filled with lively bars and restaurants.Colourful-Little-India-in-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellA short bus ride down the road from the MICA building, took us to the bright colours of Singapore’s Little India in Serangoon road.

This area became Little India around the 1930s, when thousands of Indian migrants, many of whom were recruited in the naval base, settled in the area.Colourful-house-colorful-1-Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellSee what I mean by bright?

Such bold use of vibrant colours that seem to fit well together.

Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNext time I should return in the night, to see the colourful bulbs, wired up all over the house, light up in the dark.

Must be quite a sight.Floral-wreaths-in-Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellColour in Little India is not just confined to buildings. Look at these sweet scented floral garlands.

They are I believe, commonly used in Hindu weddings, where the bride and groom exchange garlands in the ceremony.

The scent from the Jasmine flowers were amazing.Singapore-1-little-India-restaurant-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNow when you go to little India, you have to try the traditional curries served on banana leaves.

My cousin Sharon took me to the Apolo restaurant (photo above) and the food was both delicious and spicy to my liking.Little-India-in-Singapore-colorful-colourful-photo-by-Little-Big-BellWould I ever be brave enough to paint my shutters like this?

Probably not, but then again, this looks perfectly at home in the tropical climes of Singapore’s Little India.Rasa-Sentosa-photo-by-Little-Big-BellTalking about Tropical climate, check out this beautiful green foliage all over Singapore.

In fact, this is at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa resort and spa  where I stayed with the family for a few nights.

If you are travelling to Singapore with young children, I can highly recommend this hotel.

They have thought of everything to accommodate the needs of little ones, from kid sized bathing robes, kids’ slippers, to pull out beds, climbing stools,life guards at the pool, kids’ restaurants and special play areas. The list could go on and on.Colourful-kuih-Shangri-La-Rasa-Sentosa-resort-photo-by-Little-Big-BellAnyway, I managed to capture some of the colourful food at this wonderful hotel too.

These are called kuih, traditional desserts commonly eaten in Malaysia and Singapore. Often they are sweet, sometimes savoury and mostly made of a fine glutinous rice.8-noodles-at-Shangri-La's-Rasa-sentosa-resort-photo-by-Little-Big-BellThis bright yellow wall at Rasa Sentosa certainly did not escape my attention.8-noodles-restaurant-Rasa-Sentosa-photo-by-Little-Big-BellIt belonged to the hotel’s delicious noodle bar.Rasa-Sentosa-singapore-buffet-lunch-photo-by-Little-Big-BellIn fact, not only is the Rasa Sentosa incredibly family friendly, we got quite a gastronomic experience there too with 5 different eateries.

Check out the Indian lunch buffet above with its beautiful Copper serving pots and lamps.Rasa-Sentosa-resort-and-spa-garden-photo-by-Little-Big-BellThis outdoor space at the Rasa Sentosa was a delight to walk through. Vegetables, fruits and herbs thrived beautifully.

I simply had to capture the pops of red and yellow on those cacti.
Colourful-house-in-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellI love how Singapore is preserving the old colonial shop house architecture. Even better when they are painted in colourful hues don’t you think?Colourful-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-BellHope you have enjoyed seeing the colourful side of Singapore that I have found. wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.


  1. Such beautiful buildings and photos – just imagine if we started painting our city buildings in some delicious icecream shades or juicy hot tropical colours, it could make a big change to our very grey cities!

  2. Amazing post and such beautiful photos!! I’ve recently spent a month there on a design internship and I fell in love with the country. I recently wrote a post about it on my blog.

    You sum the place beautifully through these photos! its easy to visit and just see the towering skyscrapers but really its the wonderful places like this that make Singapore so special!

    • littlebigbell

      Thank you Sophie. Singapore is certainly an easy place to fall in love with. How lovely to have a month long internship in such a special place.

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