“How would you feel about moving to Singapore?” my husband asked.
“What?! We just moved to India two months ago and I love it here,” I said.
“My company is closing down its Indian office. They want to send us to Singapore.”
“But Singapore is so boring and sterile,” I whinged.
We ended up staying in India after my husband started his own business. But ironically, eight years later I was begging my husband to move to Singapore. I had reached my threshold with India’s filth, chaos, and corruption. The country’s power cuts and potholes had worn me out.
“I thought you said Singapore was sterile and boring,” my husband said.
“Sterile and boring is not looking so bad these days,” I laughed.
India’s poor sanitation had put me in hospital for a week. It had given me regular bouts of diarrhoea. Sterility would be a welcome change. And boring sounded quite pleasant after India’s chaos and unpredictability.
We moved to Singapore almost a year ago and I have been like a kid in a candy store ever since. Singapore is not sterile or boring. It is organised and efficient and clean and safe. It is also a great country for children. Here is my list of things to do in Singapore that will make you love the country too.
- East Coast Park – hire a bike and ride the track that runs along the beach, or waterski or wakeboard at the Cable-Ski Park
- Chinatown – Chinatown Heritage Centre, Trennganu Street markets and surrounding shops, Chinese restaurants
- Dempsey Hill restaurants, bars, art galleries, epiceries, and spas
- Marina Sands Skypark
- River cruise
- Gardens by the Bay
- Botanic Gardens
- The Singapore Flyer
- Geylang, Singapore’s red light district with great architecture and good local food
- Theatre, ballets, musicals, and concerts
- Formula1 in September
- Museums: Art Science Museum, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum, Philatelic Museum, Peranakan Museum, Red Dot Design Museum, Changi Prison Museum
- Catamaran hire for day trips to nearby islands
- Istana, the President’s Palace opens to the public on some public holidays
- Walking / hiking trails: MacRitchie Reservoir, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, The Southern Ridges
- Orchard Road for shopping malls
- Shopping in historic areas – Arab Street, Bugis Village, Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, Chinatown, Little India, Dempsey Hill, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Emerald Hill
- Eating – there are far too many world-class restaurants to name, but the beauty of Singapore is that you can also eat at the cheap and cheerful hawker centres across the city, or dine out on dim sum at countless restaurants. Singapore is food heaven.
For Kiddie Fun
- Sampan rides at Marina Bay Sands
- Singapore Zoo, including the Night Safari
- Jurong Bird Park
- Legoland, only a 45 minute drive over the border in Malaysia
- Singapore Cable car
- Sentosa Island is home to countless activities, such as beaches, nature walks, the S.E.A. Aquarium, Water World, Universal Studios, and MegaZip Adventure Park
- Jacob Ballas Park
- West Coast Park – playground with flying foxes, or bicycle obstacle course, or hire pedal go-carts and ride around the bike track
- The Singapore Repertory Theatre has many stage performances for children
- Museum of Toys
- Science Centre
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