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I Heart Singapore

I Heart Singapore T-Shirt

Yep, I nearly bought this!

I’ve got an embarrassing confession to make.

I very nearly bought one of those tacky “I ♥ SG” t-shirts during our recent time in Singapore. Not as a gift for a loved (or not so loved?) one, but as a souvenir/memento for my own personal collection. In fact, the only reason I didn’t buy the t-shirt is because we’re desperately saving money for our round-the-world adventure and it wouldn’t have made my final packing list.

Why the hell would I want one of these shirts you’re probably wondering?

Well it definitely wasn’t to make a fashion statement, that’s for sure. The reason I almost ended up with one of these t-shirts in my suitcase is because I have developed a genuine love for Singapore as a city and as a tourist destination after my visits in 2008 and in April 2011. Eventually I’ll make it to Singapore for a third time and look forward to it (Singapore Night Grand Prix, anyone?).

But despite not being able to profess my love for Singapore proudly on my chest, the Lion City will just have to take my word for it and believe me when I say that I could list hundreds of reasons on why I now have this strong man love for Singapore. But nobody has time to read 100 reasons, so here are my top five:

Singapore’s Food

Singapore Street Food Stalls

Singapore is renowned for its hawker food and the hawker centers definitely doesn’t fail to disappoint with plenty of fantastic choices on offer. But I’m not a person that can live on this kind of food 24/7 which is why it’s great to have so many options available within such a short proximity. Apart from our local favorites, particularly Hainanese Chicken Rice, we also got to enjoy an all-you-can eat ice cream buffet at Swensen’s ION and a meal at Hooters Singapore during our three days in Singapore. Cultural experiences? Probably not. Tasty and enjoyable? Hell yeah!

Singapore’s MRT

Singapore MRT

If only Melbourne had taken some lessons from Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit! While in Singapore, we never waited longer than 5 minutes for a train (even at 11PM at night!) and always felt safe when on the train or at the station – which unfortunately is something we can’t say about our own city or many others around the world. Also, the fact that the train can get you just about anywhere (including the airport) is superb.

How clean Singapore is

Chinatown

There’s clean, and then there’s Singapore clean. It seems like just about everywhere we went, there was somebody cleaning something – Changi Airport has someone in every bathroom and we even saw one man cleaning between two escalators (where surely nobody goes!) early in the morning! Plus there wasn’t a spot of litter anywhere in Singapore, although I’m assuming that the $5000 fine for littering is a big deterrent!

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay at Night

Clarke Quay is fairly quiet during the day due to the hot and humid weather in Singapore, but once nighttime hits, Clarke Quay becomes a party zone. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights are by far the most popular with the nightspots and restaurants in Clarke Quay overflowing onto the streets. One thing we had to do at Clarke Quay was visit Clinic, a hospital themed bar, and drink a cocktail from a drip. Talk about a unique experience!

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island

We’ve already dedicated a post to how we spent a day at Sentosa Island but Asia’s Favorite Playground deserves another mention here. If you go to Singapore, you just have to spend a day here and check out the attractions and beaches that appeal to all kinds of travelers.

Well that’s the top five reasons behind my love for Singapore. A special mention must also go to Tiger beer, which has also found a very special place in my heart.

Unfortunately for now, my relationship with Singapore can’t continue because Singapore’s tastes are just a little too expensive and I want to see some other countries. But maybe one day, we’ll be able to make it work and the two of us will be reunited once again.

Have you fallen in love with a particular city or country? Express your love in the comments!

Flickr Photos: Steel Wool, netpower8

16 Comments

  1. Posted May 5, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    singapore is a nice city and a great jump off point too to other southeast asian countries… though i think it’s too expensive… i’ve fallen in love with thailand and china because of their food… it just taste great and living there seems not that expensive…
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    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      It definitely is a great jump off point – I would love if more travelers used it as that rather than simply a transit stop. However you’re totally right about it being a little too expensive for any lengthy stays.

      Can definitely understand your love for Thailand and China!

  2. Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Singapore is great, but I still prefer the other SEA countries.
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    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I’ve got love for most of the other SEA countries I’ve visited as well – there’s just something about Singapore that makes me feel like I’m home.

  3. Posted May 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    One of my friend that I met on Twitter just moved from Singapore to NY for work last week. She was telling me how pretty and nice Singapore is, no wonder you have the <3 for the country : )

    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Your friend is right – Singapore is great! We’d happily move to NYC though if the opportunity presented itself. :)

  4. Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Jealous – I would love to visit Singapore! I’ve flown through Changi Airport (I want an ‘I Heart SG Airport’ tee!!) loads of times but never made it outside. One of the last Southeast Asian countries I’ve left to visit. I love KL and Bangkok so I’m certain I’d love Singapore, too.
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    • Posted May 6, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      The airport is fantastic – it’s definitely in my top 10 and may have made this list if we got to spend a bit more time there. You would definitely love Singapore, hope you can get out of the airport next time you’re in SEA and check out this amazing city. :)

  5. Namfon
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely agree that everyone who visit Singapore must back again and again.I have gone to SG for 5 times since 2007 and plan to go again on this month.I love Singapore and feel like SG is my second home.Travel Singapore is most safety than other country.

    • Posted May 6, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      Wow Namfon, 5 times since 2007? I’m very jealous! I think I could definitely call Singapore home if it wasn’t so expensive. You’re right, it’s incredibly safe there – being able to walk around at 2am without having to keep one eye over your shoulder is a great feeling!

      Thanks for commenting! :)

  6. Posted May 11, 2011 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Clean! I miss CLEAN!
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    • Posted May 11, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Hahaha – but more importantly, do you miss things being expensive?!

  7. Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I’m with you – i COMPLETELY fell in love with Singapore, we were lucky enough to stay with friends there which really brought the price down (always a bonus – especially there)
    I am still more than a little bit obsessed with the Marina Bay Sands…did you guys go to the top? manage to have a swim in that incredible rooftop pool?
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    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

      We would have stayed a lot longer if we had the chance – it would definitely help staying with friends! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go up to the SkyPark and the rooftop pool which is disappointing but there’s always next time!

      Hopefully we can go to the Grand Prix one year there!

  8. Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Definitely want to agree with “the food” as one of the reasons. You need a lifetime to discover and try all the exciting foods from different places all over the island. And eating them just once is surely not going to be enough!

  9. David Siura
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I love Singapore!
    It’s clean, safe, and comfortable!
    From Orchar Road to Little India – love it love it love it!
    Have u visited the gym there? Its even superb! People there are really doing their workout, not a statement of way of life!
    My brother has lived there for almost 5 years, I’ll be back on October 2011 for his wedding party!! Can’t wait to step on the Changi Airport again!

    To Amy and Kieron, come for a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia too! Tell me what do u feel!! Lol :)

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