Singapore might be tiny but it’s chock-full of fun! Let’s GO!
1. Shop at a pasar malam, aka night market
These are occasionally held large green spaces near housing areas, usually next to the MRT stations so you got to keep a look out for them. The makeshift stalls comprise of usually a row of stalls selling finger food, and other selling items ranging from clothes to potted plants to crockery. Click here to watch our pasar malam visit during Hari Raya.
(Keep up-to-date as to where the next pasar malam will be held on this Facebook page.)
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2. Go park-hopping
The Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari and neighbours in the Mandai area and just a stone throw away from each location. So if you are into nature or enjoy just taking a walk, you can hop between these 3 parks in one day, since the Night Safari is just open from 7.30pm, and the zoo and River Safari close at 6pm. The Jurong Bird Park is a great park to visit too with a manmade waterfall 13 storeys high. Click here to watch our visit to River Safari! (Who doesn’t mind cheaper tickets? Get a better price if you visit more than 1 park – click here.)
4. Take THE mandatory water-drinking Merlion photo
Visiting the Merlion Park is a touristy activity, but we must admit the view overlooking Marina Bay is splendid. To add to the touristy experience, you gotta let the Merlion offer you a drink! Click here to watch us take the Singapore River boat passing by the Merlion park.
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5. Eat kaya butter toast and half-boiled eggs from Ya Kun or Wang cafe
This must be one of Jess’ favourite activity because she always brings friends from abroad to Ya Kun for the crispy toast. Lol~ Need we say more?
Watch us eat half-boiled eggs and kaya toast the right way.
6. Speak in Singlish… lah!
Do what the locals do, eat what they eat, and speak how the way they do. Learn some phrases from us lah!
7. Eat a mountain of shaved ice desserts like ice kacang and chendol
Since we experience the everlasting summer in Singapore, you need to know what iced desserts there are. If you are at a hawker centre or coffeeshop, check out the dessert stall you will find the whole menu of colourful desserts staring at you. Best bet – ice kacang, chendol, or ice jelly. Whoo! Click here to watch Elyn and Jess eat a whole lot of dessert.
9. Shop at Mustafa past midnight
Musatafa’s probably the only place that’s 24-hour and could you give you a solid shopping experience. Even the mainstream departmental stores cannot beat the range of stuff that Mustafa has. Seriously. Take the MRT to Farrer Park station and take a 5 minute walk to Mustafa.
10. Have Tze Char for dinner
So what’s tze char? It’s basically the food stalls you find at hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts, that cook various noodle, rice, meat and seafood dishes, steamed, braised, fried, raw – you name it. If you want a restaurant version of tze char, that would be restaurants like Jumbo. The menu is pretty much the same. The differences are mainly just in the service, ambience and price.
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11. Rent a bicycle, pair of rollerblades, a 2-person or 4-person bike a cruise along East Coast Beach
Take a leisurely ride with a beautiful view along the beach is therapeutic. Plus, it takes less effort with 4 people cycling. 😀
12. Watch an MMA fight
Muay thai in Thailand, taekwando in Korea, judo in Japan and kungfu in China. Why not MMA in Singapore? Visit onefc.com for matches!
13. Eat crabs
Chilli crabs and black pepper crabs rank the same on the must-eat list as laksa. Other than the full flavours of the crabs, this finger-licking meal is great to just past time with because you need to crack and dissect the crab for the juicy meat. You can find this at most coffeeshops from the tze char stalls. (Some recommendations: Crab Master, or Hong Kong Street Chun Kee.) If you prefer eating at a restaurant, visit East Coast Seafood Centre where the best ones are lined up.
14. Visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
For those who love nature and the outdoors, visit this wetland reserve to escape the city.
15. Drink kopi or teh (coffee or tea) at a local coffee shop
Chuck the sodas and find out why most locals cannot get past a day without drinking at least one cup of kopi or teh a day. Find out more about local beverages here.
16. Take a selfie with the Universal Studios globe
Never mind if you are not going to visit the amusement park, it’s THE photo and globe that matters.
17. Smell fishy at 4am at Jurong Fishery Port
18. Fly a kite at Marina Barrage
19. Try Tiger Beer
Tiger beer is the first beer brewed in Singapore. You can even go for the Tiger Beer brewery tour.
20. Have a buffet
This is probably the most participated-in activity among Singaporeans so finding a restaurant or hotel that serves one is not a problem.
21. Ride on a trishaw
This used to be a main means of transportation in the past here. Now you can go for an area tour riding a trishaw.
22. Savour durians
Not only do we love durian, we are in love with durian. Because of its
strange, dangerous beautiful appearance, taste and smell, you’ll either love it or hate – us soakers choose love. 🙂 Durians grow well between June-August so you will find an abundance of durian during this time, mostly imported from Malaysia. At other times you will still find durian occasionally at random fruit stalls. Click here to watch us eat durians!
25. Order a table full of local food at a hawker centre
Sharing is great. Eating alone doesn’t allow you to eat from 5 different stalls. But eating with 5 friends allows you to eat food from 10 different stalls. Try East Coast Lagoon Food Village.
28. Challenge yourself at the Bedok Reservoir Forest Adventure
29. Join in a random queue
You will see queues of people randomly, chances are people are queuing for free stuff, like an umbrella, or donuts. 😀
33. Go museum-hopping
34. Go for a guided walk
35. Roam Haji Lane
36. Experience sky diving…
…without jumping off a plane. 😀
37. Visit a farm
39. Take a stroll in Botanical Gardens
It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site!
41. Get maximum satisfaction from eating street ice-cream
At $1-$1.50. 🙂 There are 2 stalls most prominently located along Orchard Road. If not, you will find them randomly in housing estates. Click here to watch us eat street ice-cream!
42. Go bar/club-hopping at Clarke Quay
43. Have a $20 steamboat buffet.. and sweat buckets
There are many eateries offering steamboat buffet around the Liang Seah area.
45. Pop by neighbouring Malaysia
Take a 30 minute bus ride (traffic dependent) across the highway into Malaysia for a day trip of shopping and food.
46. Fish for prawns aka “prawning”
Some places have longkang (“drain”) fishing too – small ponds for kids to wade in and catch guppies. Click here to watch us go prawning!
47. Watch the sunrise from Bedok Jetty
Pray that clouds don’t get in the way! You can bring a fishing rod or two and fish as you watch the sunrise.
(Photo: Us at Bedok Jetty which is along East Coast Park)