Little Red Dot or famously known as Singapore was my home for two years and every weekend during my stay, I made sure I went to random, comforting places, restaurants, or landmarks to brush the sadness away. Singapore had so many great places to visit and living there for two years was still not enough to see the best and the most interesting. What people usually love about the Little Red Dot was their food and shopping- from the famous chicken rice in hawker centres to the Great Singapore Sale for the whole month of July. But for me, I loved their passion for local and international art. Museums, wall art, art & music festivals, flea markets, and man-made spots- these were the BEST.
Ready your pen and paper as I share with you the spots that have made me call Singapore my second home. I love and would definitely go back here again once I set foot on the Fine City.
Part 1: Touristy Spots
- Haji Lane
I am, up to now, still curious if the restaurant I Am is worth trying. Whenever I visit, I always see a long queue at the entrance of Haji Lane. In here you’ll find eclectic finds, vintage trinkets, and local fashion. Do check out: Going Om (5 beers for S$45), Wicked Laundry, Grammah (This were I bought some of my cropped tops for only S$10!), Chic Fever (where I bought most of my vintage finds)
How to go here: From Green/EW Line Bugis MRT: Take Exit B and walk Rochor Road towards Arab Street
- Helix Bridge
Basically, this is the longer route to see the Merlion Park at Raffles Place from Marina Bay. At the end of the bridge, you will see the Padang where major events are celebrated. Take a stroll on the bridge and pause once in a while to see the beauty of Singapore River, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, and skyscrapers at Raffles Place. Alight at Marina Bay Station (Red/NS Line) and from the mall, walk towards the bridge going to the Padang.
- Books Kinokuniya
Where else can you find best-selling novels in interesting covers and all the e-mooks? HERE! Pamper yourself with some great reads once in a while.
How to go here: Take the train going to Orchard MRT Station (Red/NS Line) and walk towards Ngee Ann City (right beside ION Mall). It’s on the 4th level of Takashimaya Shopping Centre.
- Singapore Art Museum / National Museum / Peranakan Museum
Where did Singapore come from? Learn the history and ancient stories from the artefacts and exhibits inside the museums and celebrate the passion for creativity and art. Don’t miss out Singapore Biennale held annually around October – February and Singapore Night Festival around August or September!
How to go here: From Circle Line Bras Basah MRT: Take Exit A and walk towards the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). Cross the street, right behind SMU and YMCA, and you will see National Museum. From SAM, walk some more till you reach Substation and you will see the Peranakan Museum.
- Merlion Park
You know what they say: “You’ve never been to Singapore if you don’t have a photo with this icon!”
How to go here: Alight at Raffles Place (Red/NS Line) Exit G and walk towards UOB Tower, cross the street using the overpass going to The Fullerton Bay. It’s right beside the hotel.
This was the last place I have visited before flying back home. This was more beautiful in person!
How to go here: Go down at Little India Station (NE Purple Line) and walk towards the coffee shops/hawker centre. You won’t miss the most colourful houses in Singapore! After taking photos of this colourful houses, drop by the coffee shop to have some Roti Prata.
- Gardens by the Bay
These manmade supertrees and forests are not to be missed! Every festival or season, the arrangement and decors are changing. They even have a mini carnival during Christmas season! Visit the two domes, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, and witness the different flowers and plants found all over the world. Learn the climate changes through out time and get ready to be amazed by the lush vegetation, stalagmites, and world’s tallest indoor falls.
How to go here: Alight at Bayfront MRT (Yellow/Circle Line or Blue/Downtown Line) Exit B and follow the underground linkway to the Dragonfly Bridge that goes to Gardens by the Bay.
Home of the best chicken rice (Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Centre) and street food! If you are also on the hunt for the best souvenir, everything is here! Don’t forget to wander around and see the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple or the colourful shophouses. One of the best times to visit is during the Chinese New Year.
How to go here: Chinatown is so easy to find. Just take the train going to the NE/Purple Line MRT and Chinatown is the second stop from Outram Park MRT.
- Singapore Zoo / River Safari / Night Safari
Whether it is for a field trip or tour with the family, going to these three is a must! I repeat, A MUST.
What to expect:
– Singapore Zoo is your normal zoo, but with lots of animals from all over the world. You can take the tram going around the zoo or walk so you can closely look at the animals.
– River Safari is where they keep their pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kai. So, if you are a panda lover like me, you’ll go crazy here! The pandas (red and black & white) are arms wide reach! Have you seen the viral video of a zookeper playfully surprised the red panda? Yeap, I would have done the same. Haha! You can also ride the boat to tour around the river and see the reptiles and sea creatures.
– Night Safari was a first in Asia or probably the world. It gave us a different feel and ambiance especially seeing the nocturnal animals. The shows were fantastic with the drums and fire dance! The tour here will be a good combination with either of the mentioned places above. NOTE: No flash cameras please!!!
Take the Red/NS Line to Ang Mo Kio Station and board Bus 138. This should bring you directly to the zoo. Option 2 is take a 30-minute cab ride all the way to the zoo for about S$30 or so.
*Inquire about the park hoppers promo to get cheaper tickets.
- Sentosa Island
Universal Studios. Should I convince you more?
Okay. How about SEA Aquarium?
How to go here: Take the train going to Harbourfront Station (Purple/NE Line or Yellow/Circle Line) Exit E. Go to Vivo City Level 3 and take the monorail to Sentosa Island (S$4 two way). Alight at Waterfront Station.
*Photos were taken using iPhone 4s, 5s , and Fujifilm X20