From a humble fishing village to the giant roaring South East Asian lion, the island city of SINGAPORE has never ceased to attract people. It has always been a popular check mark on the holiday calendar for most of us (especially Indians).
When we sat down to shortlist our holiday destination, options such as Europe emerged. But we realised that for a bunch of five mad-hatters like us, that might be too safe. We wanted something near yet far with a CHILL VIBE. After a a lot of deliberations and discussions, BALI was frozen on. But unfortunately there aren’t any direct flights to the city, one has to go via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
Thus, came the idea of making a quick stop-over at Singapore city. Though we were short on time (3 days to be precise though you need more time), we didn’t miss any opportunity to experience this beautiful city in all it’s glory! Our check list was ready way in advance and we wanted to tick off as many places as possible. Because when in Singapore, you don’t really sleep! And that’s what we exactly did, roamed around like zombies 😉
We found a perfect travel companion in Google Pixel, the new-gen smartphone from Google. From taking great pictures to Google Assistant being our go-to person, we couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide. Imagine being able to talk to Google Assistant and asking it anything in the world- weather updates, local recommendations, language translations, currency conversions, managing everyday tasks, reminders, etc . Guess you don’t need a boyfriend when you have Google Assistant!
So here are some of our recommendations on MUST DO THINGS WHEN IN SINGAPORE.
Heritage Tour at Fullerton Hotel
Did you know Singapore’s historic waterfront began as a trading post in 1819? Or the name Singapore is actually a colonial destruction of the word Sing-a-pura? With complimentary (advance reservation necessary) Fullerton Heritage Tours, discover Singapore like never before. Overlooking the Marina Bay, the Fullerton Hotel is one of Singapore’s most iconic structures, having witnessed the city’s transformation from a colonial outpost to a flourishing metropolis. The tours are a must do.
Honestly, this was something which was not on our agenda and we accidentally discovered this on one of the tourist information brochure we picked up at the airport but this turned out to be pretty good.
Local Cuisine at Lau Pa Sat
The culture of food courts is very popular in Singapore and Lau Pa Sat embodies that spirit. Built in 19th century, this hawker style market is a paradise for local cuisine. Situated in the heart of financial district, this place is perfect to sip on some Tiger beer and enjoy the local delicacies.
You have to try: Congee (porridge like dish which is yumza), Cheung Fun (rice noodle rolls), Fish Ball Soup, Dimsums and Red Ruby (yummiest dessert made with coconut milk).
360 degree view of the city from 1-Altitude
Head to 1-Altitude, Singapore’s highest lifestyle destination for a gourmet dinning and partying experience atop the One Raffles Place. You”ll get to witness breathtaking views of the city.
Go around sundowner to view best of light and dark.
Shopping Shopping & more Shopping
We know you have been waiting for this one. Singapore is truly a shopper’s paradise. From cosmetics (oh Sephora!) to beauty (Korean brands are must buy) to fashion, there is a lot to get tempted from. But plan well and spend your moolah at the right places. Don’t buy from brands which are easily available in India (like H&M, collections are mostly the same), rather go to places like Far East Plaza on Orchard road or Bugis Junction for some great Thrift Stores. We picked up some great vintagy stuff from Joo Made Boutique and Altitude.
Also Singapore Changi Airport is a great place to shop. You might want to save some (actually a lot) Dollars to get the best deals.
Pro tip: We literally raided Charles & Keith at the airport and were on the verge of missing our flight. So please time yourself 😉
Nightlife at Clarke Quay
After a long hectic day, you want to head to Clarke Quay to unwind and shake a leg. This bustling quay (waterfront/ riverside) is the nightlife district of Singapore. There are ample pubs, bars and clubs in the area to choose from.
You must groove at Cuba Libre and sip on a Singapore Sling at Prive.
Feel like a kid at Singapore Zoo
Somebody rightly said “You’re never too old to be young.” Take a day off and head to the Singapore Zoo to have some fun with the animals (mind you they are quite playful). You can not miss the various animal shows that happen all through the day (check the schedule before going). Our favourite was Gambi at the Elephant show!
We enjoyed every bit of our stay in Singapore, hope this list helps you in planning yours too. Can’t wait to share our Bali guide.
Till then, XoXo,
More on Singapore: http://www.visitsingapore.com/en.html
More on Google Assistant: https://youtu.be/duBwldh5Jmc