Singapore is an island city-state surrounded by the sea. It is hot and too humid to a fault sometimes. A small country yet full of dominance in Asia. Its colonial centers on the Padang, a cricket field back in the 18th century and now flanked by grandeur buildings such as their city hall, with Corinthian columns.
Traveling to Singapore is such an experience that you to take erratic turns to keep up with its many forms. Now, I wouldn’t be writing about its fronting theme parks and other general attractions that are linked with US franchises. Again, our main operative words are ‘Experience’. Savor the country in its authenticity and self-led ingenuity.
This may sound like you might be arriving in another jungle of buildings, affronted by flashing lights, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how sundry this country is. Relatively small, but very big in offerings. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should EXPERIENCE SINGAPORE.
1) He is South East Asia’s ‘IT KID’
Asia’s perpetual nerd has finally bloomed. More than just satay and malls, new Singapore is all about sci-fi architecture in billion-dollar gardens, contemporary art in rehabilitated colonial quarters, and single-origin coffee in birthright shop houses. This kid has a deepening self-confidence and he’s leading everything, from bold new hotels to its diverse menus and highly curated liquors. Beyond all these new introductions, he never forgets and neglects his history and depth as accounted in all museums.
2) Food and all the glory of FOOD. And yes, their FOOD.
Singaporeans are obsessed with good food. They’ll steam, sizzle and simmer almost every dish and mostly everywhere you look. Food is the greatest unifier across Singapore’s diverse inhabitants. Chinese, Malaysian and Indian spices all play in their melting pot of food culture. The long history of exchanges in culture shine through in the regions unique Nonya cuisine, whilst the country remains its global cosmopolitan status it never loses touch to the country really is.
They take pride in their hawker food (street food), and the latest Bib Gourmand awards the ‘value-for-money’ counterpart to the globally recognized Michelin Star—further places the island’s food scene on an international stage.
3) Their obsession with nature
Singapore is not just about impeccable architected city structures and its modernity. All around the city you can see that they constantly incept parks, gardens and other ways possible to green the whole city up.’
The world’s aspiring ‘City in a Garden’ is a wonderland for fans of all things green and natural. A quick city bus ride will take you to an ancient rainforest full of Drongos, monkeys, wetlands and giant lizards. Alternatively, hop on a bumboat and then cycle your way around a rustic island paradise. Or just stay central and wander off to the soothing Botanic Gardens.
- Gardens by the Bay
- Singapore Zoo
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Palau Ubin
- Butic Timah Nature Reserve
4) Quaint Neighborhoods
Explore heritage shophouses, traditional architecture, and plenty of hole in the wall hideaways, independent bookstores, and music shops. Depending on your interest below are some of our recommendations.
Chinatown: 2 Banda Street, Singapore 059962
Foretells Singapore’s Chinese heritage in every corner. It re-introduces its lineage thru traditional shops, concept- stores, and cafes
Dempsey Hill: Blk 8D #03-01 Dempsey Road Singapore 249679
Formerly known as the British army barracks constructed in the 1800s and the old CMPB national service enlistment center. Spoilt with choices: Over 20 cafes, bars, and restaurant from casual diners to fine dining.
Tiong Bahru: 300 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168731
The neighborhood is one of the trendiest places in Singapore. The name Tiong Bahru actually means ‘New Cemetery’ – Tiong means ‘end’ in the Chinese Hokkien dialect, and bahru means ‘new’ in Malay. Interestingly enough that it actually was an old burial grounds.
Little India: 60 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229900
Little India a historic area that presents the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture, food, and shops. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighboring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques, and churches.
5) A Gumbo of culture
There’s no place in the world where you will really feel the close mix of the ethnicity of people. From the Singapore Chinese, Indians, Malays, Western Expatriates, Filipino OFWs. The melding of Singapore’s rich tapestry of cultures into a harmonious collective is the country’s biggest attraction.
The rich tapestry of cultures into a harmonious collective is probably why Singapore is an interesting place to visit. They all co-exist harmoniously in this gumbo of a place.
A mosaic Temples, mosques, as well as churches, are often located near each other. Same goes with their food and fashion. Various cultural celebrations all throughout the year with deep respect to one another’s beliefs and traditions.
Traveling to another country will sometimes make us realize what we’ve been doing wrong, learn how we can mimic the good we find in another country or their culture, and to feel small, humble, and be in awe in the vast world that we live in. We travel to be real.
As we always say. Explore and wander! and become a storyteller when you return home.
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