Travel Thursdays: Singapore

Best to know about a country from a local-cum- tourist, someone like – well me. ūüôā Being Singaporean I can’t help but feel a sense of pride for my country. ¬†Frankly, I don’t know where I belong due to my history, but it’s safe to say I am Singaporean. ¬†Travelling has its perks, but it definitely comes with a price to pay. ¬†An individual’s sense of belonging is lost – and for me, I find my belonging to any country questionable.

I predominantly love the radiant multicultural aura that Singapore has. ¬†Everyone feels welcomed in a country like that. ¬†Although, I’ve always come across negative comments about the country being a concrete jungle. ¬†There is truth to this, as land is scarce and population is growing. ¬†Thus, to counter this problem the government built high rise buildings. ¬†Large sky scrapers surround the country which is a distinctive feature of the country as opposed to countries like Australia and USA which have an abundance of land.

A question of whether the weather plays a role in your holiday is an important one.  Singapore is located on slightly north of the equator which makes it a hot country!  Being an island the level of humidity is pretty high as well. I guess geography lessons paid off somewhat.  Tropical countries make a good holiday though.  You can bring out your summer dresses, flip-flops and sunnies and start your day exploring.

If you love a fast-paced city life, Singapore is a holiday destination that is perfect for you!

Shopping malls are open till very late at night and 24-hour food joints are found in every corner. ¬†Do try ROTI PRATA (flour based bread) which is an Asian Indian speciality. ¬†It’s typically served with fish curry but there are vegetarian options and dessert options too. ¬†I can’t believe I went without mentioning food for an entire paragraph. Maybe my diet is working and my brain is avoiding topics related to food. ūüôā

Anyways, I love shopping and window shopping (it’s a cheaper option to be honest though the level of satisfaction is questionable) .

So here are a few tips on shopping in Singapore from a shopping expert (myself of course!)

Malls I recommend (click on the links to see store listing): 

Ion Mall: new mall that has recently opened

Vivocity: huge mall with a cinema as well

Somerset 313 – shops and one of my favourite restaurants : Marche

Do try a Rosti! It’s delicious! After eating it there years ago, I’ve tried making it at home too!

 Cheap shopping of souvenirs and clothes:

-Bugis Street (opposite Bugis Junction Mall) You can reach there by MRT- alight at Bugis station.

Sight-seeing

Sentosa – the luge ride is fun! Stay for the fountain show too

Supertrees (new addition to Singapore. ¬†I went last week at night and was mesmerised by it. ¬†It’s located in Gardens by the bay)

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Took a few pictures for my blog!  The beauty encapsulated in the picture is a fraction of the beauty it exudes in real life.  Breathtaking.

Marina Bay Sands – A hotel that is recently made. ¬†It has a gondola rides in it that replicate Venice. ¬†It’s also beautiful to make your way up to Kudeta restaurant which overlooks Singapore’s city. ¬†I’d recommend for you to make a trip up there at night as the night-view is spectacular.

 Mode of transport:

-MRT – the train system is fantastic. It’s fast,convenient and punctual. ¬†The tube system should learn from Singapore! It’s cheap too.

-Taxis: the flag down rate is $3.20 which is very reasonable compared to most countries.

If you are making a trip there and need further advice, feel free to contact me!

Bon voyage.

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bandhnakaur Hi there! I’m Bandhna pronounced as ban-the-na.¬† It’s a bit tough for most people. but what’s life without a challenge?¬† It’s a Sanskrit name that translates to worship – just FYI.¬† My friends call me B – easier on the tongue I’m guessing! Welcome to my bubble, my world.¬† I love all things that sparkle and try to add a bit of spark to my everyday life. May it add spark to yours too! Multiculturalism – I’m a living example of that! A Singaporean Punjabi, brought up in Kobe Japan.¬† Moved back to Singapore after 12 years due to a literal earth-shaking experience, “The Great Hanshin Earthquake 1995”.¬† Which was terrifying I must add, but I guess what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.¬† Subsequently, I moved to Singapore for 7-8 years.¬† Then it was time to move again.¬† This time to a different continent- Australia.¬† Lived in Sydney and at foundation year topped the cohort in Legal Studies (was given prize money and an award – yaey!) ¬†Subsequently, I enrolled in a double degree (BA + LAW). ¬†However, Law didn’t seem to be right for me and I ended up deferring my law degree. ¬†I completed my BA with a double major in Economics and Sociology and graduated ūüôā The bells of destiny rang once again – it was time to fly to Singapore for my wedding with a Malaysian born Punjabi who resided in London. TIME TO MOVE ONCE AGAIN. So now, for now, I live in London.¬† I try to make the most out of life and try to explore Europe whenever possible. All this moving has made me appreciate anthropology and the study of different cultures. ¬† I have a natural flair for travelling and I think “B” could very well stand for Butterfly!

This quote describes my passion for travel:

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page””‚Äď St Augustine

In this blog I hope to capture interesting parts of the world through my eyes.¬† Perception stems from background, and I believe if your background is so diverse your perception will not be limited due to a greater exposure and understanding of the world. My interest lies in Apps, Globe-Trotting, Fashion & Vegetarian Food – all of which I will be writing about. ¬†My passion is wide-spread as you can see ūüôā ONE STRONG PASSION I DO HAVE IS FOOD – I absolutely love food. It’s the love of my life. I’ve been vegetarian for 10 years now and love experimenting with new recipes, so I might make you hungry with some of my eats. ¬†Don’t say I didn’t warn you! My biggest accomplishment so far is summed up in one word – ¬†ENVYLOPE. ¬†An app that was approved at the first submission to Apple with zero prior knowledge on how to make it. ¬†I recently self-learnt U/I Designing for Apps and am so thrilled to say that I am the Co-Founder of Envylope. ¬†My husband (sole-developer) and I launched our own company – Appsolute Pixels where we intend to bring all sorts of Apps.

I like ‘likes’ and I love ‘comments’. ¬†Look forward to hearing from you! xx B