Of all the cities I’ve been to, Singapore has got to be one of my much-loved places to be. (Yes, Singapore is both a city and a country, and is sometimes referred to as a one-city country / state.) Having traveled to Singapore at least 10 times in the past few years – albeit usually for business – I can say that I have enjoyed many of the good things it has to offer. Trust me, when I say many, I mean a lot! And the variety of the activities you can do and the picturesque attractions you can feast your eyes on is just amazing! Plus the fact that it only takes a short flight (and usually with reasonable rates and several airlines to choose from) to reach this beautiful place.
One of the first things that draws me to the Lion City is the fact that it is really clean. The government and the locals take pride in this and work hard to maintain this ‘spotless’ reputation. In fact, they have specific laws on littering, spitting a chewed gum, and using public toilets, all of which carry heavy fines for people who violate them. They also have a campaign called ‘Keep Clean, Singapore!’ under its Public Hygiene Council as part of their numerous efforts to safeguard public health and attract more tourists and investors.
I also feel very safe in Singapore even when I’m alone (which is usually the case). I’m confident to walk around and ride a taxi – whether daytime or nighttime – knowing that it has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Safety is of utmost concern for us, particularly when we travel with our kids, isn’t it?
I love Singapore, too, because it is a legitimate shopping destination. And for girls like me who love to shop, this is a big deal. 🙂 Orchard Road is my absolute favorite, and I could literally spend the entire day (or even more!) just walking along this 2-kilometer stretch of luxury boutiques and posh shopping malls like Ion Orchard, Tangs, Orchard Central, Paragon, and a lot more. Of course, there are other areas for your quick retail therapy fix such as the huge Vivo City complex at Harbourfront, or The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, you can also try Far East Plaza in Orchard Road, Bugis Junction, or Mustafa Centre in Little India.
Oh, and did I mention that Singapore is every foodie’s haven? I’m a certified foodie, so yes, I’m totally hooked! I personally love the celebrity chef restaurants at Marina Bay Sands, but there are also numerous options at Resorts World Sentosa, Orchard Road, Vivo City, and other areas. I’ve tried Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and Chef David Myers’ Adrift, and I must say their food offerings are heavenly! Really yummy! (Watch out for my blog post on this. 🙂 ) I also don’t leave Singapore without trying their local signature dishes like laksa (my personal fave), chili crab, and Hainanese chicken rice. And the best thing about it is I don’t need to worry as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to satisfy my Singaporean cuisine cravings.
Most importantly, Singapore’s attractions make for a fun and family-friendly adventure. Within the city, for instance, there’s the Singapore Flyer which gives you a scenic view of what Singapore has to offer, as well as the Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens which showcase the most beautiful and colorful plants. Just a bit outside the city, you and your family can see different nocturnal animals through a guided tram tour and on foot following special trails at the Singapore Night Safari. Check out www.visitsingapore.com for more information. And where do I even begin with the countless must-see places and must-try activities in Sentosa? We’ve tried going there via the cable car (which I highly recommend) and by walking leisurely along the Sentosa Boardwalk, and both of them allow you to enjoy a clean and green view of Singapore. Visit www.sentosa.com to find out what’s in store for you and your family in this fun-filled island. Among the many attractions in Singapore, our family’s go-to place is Universal Studios Singapore, along with the rest of Resorts World Sentosa. Read about this and more at www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore. (Singapore attractions should be the subject of one whole blog post, so watch out for a more detailed write-up on this.)
So, yes, Singapore is and will always be one of my personal (as well as my family’s) favorite countries / cities to visit. Just make the weather there a bit colder and less humid, and it is already a perfect place for me and my bunch. 🙂
Have loads of fun in Singapore, you guys! 🙂