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5 ways to spend your Singapore mornings

January 23, 2013

markets chinatown

The day is slow to get going in Singapore… Singaporeans start work at about 9.30am and shops usually don’t open until 11am. The good news is that this means the shops are also open really late – it’s not unheard of for people to go shopping at midnight!

But if you’ve just arrived from Australia or New Zealand, you’ll probably be awake at the crack of dawn.  When you’re in a city for a short period of time, every day is valuable.  You don’t want to waste a minute.

Here are some things in Singapore that you can do during the morning before the shops abnd museums open

  1. Spend a peaceful hour with the 1000 buddhas in the rooftop garden of the Buddhist Temple in Chinatown.  The ground and top floors are open from very early in the morning, and then at 10.30am the other floors open, including a museum.
  2. Find your local wet market and have a walk around looking at all the produce that’s available.  Find a vendor to buy some of the ubiquitous packs of tissues you see everywhere in Singapore.  You’ll need them for #3
  3. Go to your nearest Hawker Centre and queue up with all the Singaporeans buying takeaway food for later in the day. You can have a second breakfast or get something wrapped up to eat later.  It’s a great way to check the Food Centres out before it gets crazy busy later in the day.
  4. Make an early morning trip to Singapore Zoo or Jurong Bird Park.  By the time you get there the park will be open and ready for business.  You can have breakfast with the fauna while all the stores on Orchard Road remain closed.
  5. Go for an early morning walk (before it heats up!) at Macritchie Reservoir or Canning Fort Park, or sneak your way into a hotel to go swimming.

Finding Wilderness in Singapore

January 21, 2013

Macritchie Reservoir

You might think that Singapore is all skyscrapers and shopping malls, but there is a quiet little oasis in the middle of the island called MacRitchie Reservoir that is perfect for an escape from the city one afternoon.  By catching a train and then a short bus ride, you can find the start of a bush walk that takes you on swing bridges across bush canopy, past cheeky monkeys and other wildlife, to a large network of boardwalk around the edge of Singapore’s main water supply and then through a public park.  You will meet lots of joggers and other walkers, but for the most part this 10+ kilometer walk is very peaceful, and teeming with wildlife (we saw monkeys, birds, terrapins and giant water lizards).

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Singapore City Guide

January 19, 2013


If anyone tells you that Singapore is sterile and boring, ignore them.

This cosmopolitan island may have a lot of shopping centres, flash hotels and fancy restaurants, but it also has an incredible local food scene, a rich and multi-layered cultural history, and lush wilderness.  And with a brilliant (and cheap) public transport system, it’s easy to get around and explore.  I spent 10 days in Singapore in November, and didn’t come close to running out of things to do.  I felt really at home and all the locals I met were very enthusiastic about their city.  I think that rubbed off on me a little bit.  I’ll definitely go back.

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