1) Making connections easy
While Singapore is only around 42 kilometres (km) from east to west, there are over 3,000km of roads. We even built a bridge to connect two nature reserves over the Bukit Timah Expressway so that wildlife such the endangered Pangolins, flying civet, palm civet and porcupines can travel between them safely.
2) Haw Par Villa
Opened in the 1930s by the Aw brothers, who created the medical ointment Tiger Balm, Haw Par Villa is like no other place in Singapore. Famous for its often gruesome depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 courts of Hells, children were brought here by their parents to teach them to behave. While admission to the park is free, hop on a guided tour to get to the depths of this attraction that will take you on a trail of this unusual mythological park. For a start, there’s even an Australia corner here represented by statues of kangaroos and koalas.
3) Multi-cultural diversity
Singapore is well-known for its cultural diversity but look a little closer around your surroundings and you will notice it’s a lot more fascinating than you think. Just along a single street in Chinatown, there is a Buddhist temple, Muslim mosque and Hindu temple just a few blocks down from each other. The diversity has also led to Singaporeans being multi-linguists who can understand Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and types of dialect, resulting in the birth of our very own brand of language – Singlish!
4) Gardens by the Bay
These 18 ‘avatar-like’ Supertrees are the centre pieces of the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. Standing at up to 16 storeys in height, they come alive every night with a dazzling myriad of light and sound displays across the sky. These Supertrees were not built just to look pretty. Some of them are also designed to be self-sustaining, with the ability to harvest solar energy while the tallest Supertree is home to a restaurant, offering incredible views of Marina Bay area.
5) Hungry Ghost Festival
During the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Chinese in Singapore believe that the gates of hell open up and souls of the dead roam the earth. People pay their respects by making offerings of incense and paper money, and boisterous performances are held to entertain these people and the roaming spirits.
6) Rooftop activities
It’s no secret that skyscrapers thrive in Singapore but little is known about how we use the rooftops of some of these buildings. Bars like Loof, 1-Altitude and Lepak offer spectacular views of the city scape while enjoying a drink and catching the cool breeze. We’ve also taken to urban farming where rooftop farms are now exist atop People’s Park Complex in Chinatown and *Scape in Orchard Road.