Small City? No Problem.
Although Singapore is pretty small, there are so many places to explore. The following places have shaped my experience here, and has made me realize that Singapore has everything I would need in order to be happy.
First stop is Haji Lane which is a street filled with endless life. It is in the Muslim district and is home to some amazing stores with creative names, fantastic restaurants, and cool wall art. During the day, you are able to see a wide array of colors pop from each shop or cafe on the street. At night, the street is lit up and is a popular social gathering with live music and food from many countries worldwide. I love this place because of the vibrant culture it showcases and the shops along the street.
Another favorite place of mine is Marina Bay which is where the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Merlion statue, and the most modern architecture I have ever seen are located. Some of my roommates work in this area which makes me really jealous since they can just casually come out of their office and be in the heart of downtown Singapore. Marina Bay also hosts a water light show which is held every night, and it’s the best place to see the Singapore army fly fighter jets as they rehearse for Singapore Day (August 9th). This location truly shows how modern Singapore actually is, and is also where several scenes of Crazy Rich Asians were filmed.
The last place is the Botanical Gardens. I love this place because it allows you to escape the liveliness of Singapore, which can be hard to do sometimes. The gardens are very peaceful and filled with some of the most beautiful plants and flowers that I’ve ever seen. It also has a lot of open grass areas, allowing for families and friends to get together for activities like picnics.
Outside of Singapore, my favorite place that I’ve been to is the Philippines. From the caring people, to the adventurous activities that are offered, I would highly recommend this place to anyone. My friends and I went canyoneering which is basically a hike in water containing numerous cliff jumps. I also befriended a tour guide who made me realize that a simple lifestyle can be a happy one for many.