Living in Singapore!

by Sofia Roche Vidaurre, National University of Singapore, Singapore

The first thing that stands out about the city is the abundant nature. It is great for those who enjoy walking around metropolitan areas while having the option of getting lost in nature. The famous Gardens by the Bay is a mix between the futuristic Super trees and Cloud Forest, providing a sanctuary of greenery and tranquility. And only 30min away by public transport there is beaches on Sentosa Island to enjoy hotter tropical days!

The moment I arrived, I was greeted by a variety of cultures, a lively medley of languages, scents, and sights. My first encounter was with the city’s modern marvels, the skyscrapers and the iconic Marina Bay Sands! Though expensive, it is worth going up for lunch or to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day with the impressive view of Singapore!

Places worth walking around include Chinatown and Little India. The intricate web of cultures is truly impressive and allows for an amazing cultural experience. In the heart of Chinatown, the air is full of the aroma of sizzling woks and incense. Definitely take time to wander through the streets adorned with lanterns, discovering hidden temples and charming tea houses. Also take a short journey to the vibrant world of Little India, where the vibrant saris and fragrant spices engulf your senses. Close by is The Sultan Mosque standing tall with its bright gold dome contrasting with the small colorful row houses. This area is great to eat and shop around for local goods and unique gifts to bring back home.

This experience is not complete without trying local cuisine in both places. I recommend using the Michelin Bib Gourmand guide to help you find delicious yet budget friendly culinary staples of the city. The local hawker centers are a great option as well. They are little food courts found all around the city with many many little stalls of local foods and desserts. They are great for sampling many foods in one sitting and enjoying a market feel. Personally, I love dumpling and ramen shops!

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