Travelling by yourself can be a total blast. No one to answer to, you are free to wander around, eat, shop, swim, sunbathe and sightsee at your leisure. You can spend your days exactly how you choose. If that should be wandering around Hawker Centres sampling local delicacies whilst singing along to Dexy's Midnight Runners on your iPod (guilty), then that's fine - there are no witnesses to embarrass you with this information at a later date. Go wild.
Exploring your holiday playground by night, however, can be a far scarier prospect solo. Which is why I would encourage you to find yourself a local to play tour-guide. Try and find someone with good knowledge of your location, who is also funny and charming... And if you happen to think they're attractive, then that's four for you. You go, Glen Coco.
It's a pretty foolproof plan. If you have a good time, then there's a new pen pal/friend/holiday romance on the cards for you. If not, at least you saw some new places, and it is very, very unlikely that you'll have to see each other again.
This is Ben, my source of Singapore-nightlife wisdom. He took me to Bar Stories, a little cocktail bar with a twist on Haji Lane.
Bar Stories has no drinks menu - instead, you'll chat with mixologists about your favourite flavours and drinks preferences, and they'll shake you up some beautifully presented bespoke cocktails. Our mixologist, Roger, got all the information he needed out of me and proceeded to work his magic, under the instructions "I love tropical fruits, and basically all sweet things, and please no gin because it makes me cry."
Try your best to get a seat at the bar, the showmanship of the mixologists provides your entertainment for the evening, and they're all hilarious fun (if a little alarming with their blowtorches).
Our palettes were titillated all evening with various mind-boggling concoctions and complimentary shooters. My highlights were a passionfruit cocktail (which arrived bearing a flaming lime - for the aroma, obviously) and a red-grape and chocolate potion that, to my immense relief, was not on fire.
As Ben and I looked like we were preparing to make a move, we were stopped by Roger and pals.
"But you haven't had dessert yet! Let us make you something to share!"
Now, if you've been reading my blog for any time at all, you'll know that I'm not the kind of girl who's going to turn down dessert. Ever.
I got a little bit carried away when asked if I'd prefer chocolate, caramel, or banana, and answered "yes please! All of those things."
The mixologists rose magnificently to the challenge, and that's how this bad-boy was made.
Yes, that is a cocktail. And also, somehow, a dessert.
Unfortunately, I remembered that I'd agree to share with Ben. Bugger. It did prove to be the perfect dessert, and end to our evening.
If you ever find yourself in Singapore, I'd definitely recommend Bar Stories for a fun and one-of-a-kind evening. And ask for Roger, he's the business.