As you land in Changi International Airport and steps off the plane, a world class terminal greets you. Signboards are translated in different languages. Food and beverage choices are aplenty. Retail outlets welcome visitors and locals. The airport is well connected and there are various ways to get to the city as well. The sort of convenience you experience on arrival will be replicated in the city and to most of the places you will be visiting too. This is Singapore.
Cruising along the highway, the lush greenery that stands alongside the skyscrapers and high-rise apartments provides a landscape of nature blended with modernity. In the heart of the city, magnificent architecture such as the infamous Marina Bay Sands with its popular infinity pool, the Singapore Flyer observation wheel where one can take in the breathtaking skyline of the city and the Art Science Museum adorn the Marina Bay area.
Shopping is a national past time and over at Orchard Road, where malls filled with international and local brands line the entire street. Dining options range from local to international where you get to savor cuisines that serve the many nationalities residing in this city-state with a melting pot culture.
Getting around the island is easy, as all subway stations and road signs are in English. Even if deciphering signs are not your forte, just pick anyone and ask for directions or help. The population is diverse, as the country is made up of mainly Chinese, Malay, Indians and many other nationalities and races. However, most people are friendly and able to converse in English, Mandarin or Malay.
Singapore might only be two-third of the size of New York City, but it has so much to offer. History, culture, arts, food and nature are worth exploring, and while you do so, bring along an umbrella as Singapore is sunny all year round, and showers can be expected at any time too. The low level of crime will ensure you travel stress-free, as you party throughout the night or lug your purchases along the crowded streets of this vibrant cosmopolitan city.
When is a good time to visit Singapore? Anytime, we say.
“The 50th year is a good time for us. It is like reaching the end of a fifty metre swim. I touch (the wall), I take a breath and I swim on”
– Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister on SG50