Singapore in 4 Days – Couples Choice


Planning to travel to Singapore but unsure which attractions to head to? No idea which eateries offer a fulfilling meal? This guide may help you to plan your holiday in such a way that it is ideal for couples. Read more to find out!

Day 1: Discover the Singapore’s Wildlife Reserves

Morning: Kick-start your day off by tasting our very own traditional local delicacy Kaya Toast with Hard-Boiled eggs topped off with a cup of coffee. We suggest you to have it over at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. After fueling up your tummy with yummy breakfast, board the SAEx® bus service which brings you straight to the Singapore Zoological. Alternatively, you may also wish to take the fastest and most convenient route– cab. Do note that taking the cab might cost you a bomb.

Check out the wonderful animals at the zoo

Check out the wonderful animals at the zoo

Upon arrival at Singapore Zoo, purchase the ticket at the counter or online. Opt for Park Hopper which allows you to visit the Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and even Jurong Bird Park at the price of oneClick here for further information on parks and many more! Look forward for the fun yet thrilling adventure with the animals! Be sure not to miss our own iconic animal, Ah Meng.

Afternoon: After completing the Zoo trip in the morning, now let’s move on to the exciting River Safari. Spend your afternoon by going for either Amazon River Quest or River Safari Quest or even both. These 2 rides are priced at $5 (Adult) and $3 (Child age 3-12 years old). Be sure not to miss Singapore’s Giant Panda– Jia Jia and Kai Kai. Don’t forget to pay a visit to 6 different rivers which will definitely awe you. Feeling famished? We suggest you to have lunch/early dinner at Mama Panda Kitchen and be pleased with their cutesy Panda Pau!

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Evening/Night: Make an early admission to the Night Safari. You may also have your dinner over at Bongo Burgers and be enthralled with Thumbuakar Performance— a cultural dance performance by the Thumbuakar dancers who will perform their fire-sparking stunts. After the performance has ended, walk your way to the Wallaby Trail where you will get to explore further on Australasia’s animal– the Wallabies and the Possums. Next, catch the Creatures of The Night Show which offers a spectacular night where most nocturnal animals will excite you and your partner with their talents and skills. This extravagant show is surely not to be missed.

Day 2: Gateway to Sentosa Island

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Morning: Let’s start the day with Universal Studios Singapore (also known as USS in short) in the morning where the crowd is less and you will not get caught up with the heat. USS offers 7 different zones movie magic filled with joy and adventure for you and partner to venture. Be sure not to miss any of the 7 zones. In case you have yet to have your breakfast, and have been a fan of Sesame Street since you are a kid, why not have a Breakfast Buffet with The Sesame Street’s characters! The price of breakfast buffet inclusive of the One Day Admission fee. Click here for more information. Do note that each zones offer variety of dining eateries for you to choose from. it’s so flexible! Check out their website for further details.

To reach USS, simply take the MRT and alight at Harbourfront Station (NE1|CC29). Upon reaching, follow the direction which leads to Vivo City Level 3 (Lobby L). Purchase a Single-Trip admission ticket (via Monorail) to Sentosa Island (worth $4.00) at the Ticketing Machine. Alternatively, you may also use your Ez-Link card for admission to Sentosa. $4.00 will be deducted in your Ez-Link card instantly. Finally alight at Waterfront Station and make your way to USS!

Afternoon: Take a lovely stroll with your partner at Siloso Beach— Singapore’s only hippest beach. There are a number of activities for you to choose from during your afternoon stay at Siloso Beach. Along the way, you may get a chance to witness the local youths who may be gathering around for team bonding session. Head down to Wave House Sentosa where you can master your wake-boarding skills or you can even ride the Banana Boat at SeaBreeze Water Sports— also located in the Wave House. If you’re looking for some outdoor activities under the scorching sun, we suggest The Flying Trapeze and MegaZip Adventure Park. You may dip in the water or work your tan and lay above the fine sand. Don’t fret as the Beach Patrols are always on the look out for everyone’s safety at the beach. Hence, seek emergency help from the Beach Patrols.

Evening/Night: Surprise your partner by having an intimate dinner in the Singapore Cable Car while witnessing the breathtaking scenery. Yes, you heard me right! You can even propose to the love of your life here. Be sure to book the on-board dining experience at least 1 month in advance. From now (Jan 2015) to June 2015, the Cable Car offers a DC Super Heroes theme! If your partner is a fan of Superman, this is the one-time opportunity for you not to be missed. To experience Singapore Cable Car, simply board from Imbiah Lookout, next to Tiger Sky Tower. Admission fee applies. Visit here for more information.

Day 3: The City of Tourist Attractions 

Morning: Rise and shine folks! If you are thinking of trying something new for breakfast, we suggest you to have Roti Parata with their savory Fish Curry and go along with a cup of Teh Tarik (Indian’s version of Milk Tea). Have it at Al Tasneem Restaurant (North Bridge Road) where they sell Roti Prata at an affordable rate. Next, head down to Gardens by The Bay. Take the MRT from Bugis Station Downtown Line (DT14) and alight at Bayfront Station (DT16). Board the shuttle bus which is available at Bayfront Station (DT16). Upon arrival, visit their cooled conservatories– Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Check out the exotic plants and vibrant florals, which are imported from various countries. Tickets can be purchased online or even over the counter.

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Afternoon: Let’s move on to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) where various indoor activities can be done such as betting over at the Casino, view masterpieces at Art Science Museum, catch the latest musical shows at MasterCard Theatre, try out Ice Skating at the Skating Rink and even ride The Sampan. Oh! Not to forget to window-shop at Marina Bay Shoppe. If you or your partner have been dreaming to watch the eye-bird view scenery as tall as 65 level, grab your chance by dropping by at the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck.

Evening/Night: Be dazzled by witnessing the 360 degree view of Singapore’s City in Singapore Flyer’s capsule. This is also another alternative for you to have a candle-light dinner with your partner and held the proposal to your partner. You can also try out local foods from the foodcourt at Level 1. We suggest you to try Ice Kachang as a dessert. To get to Singapore Flyer, walk across the Helix Bridge from MBS and walk your way down– just a 15-minute walking distance.

Day 4: Shopping Paradise!

Morning: Start your perfect morning by having a morning stroll with your partner or have a picnic over at Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens will let you discover more about variety of plantations around the gardens. Head down to National Orchid Garden (inside Botanic Gardens) where you can simply find Singapore’s very own Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid! Another best point for you not to be missed is to catch 2 swans at the Swans Lake! FYI, Botanic Gardens is the best venue for having pre-wedding photo shoots. Hence, you might stumble upon couples dressing up wedding costumes.

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

Afternoon: Have your lunch at Dempsey Hill where you will find exquisite restaurants to choose from. We suggest you to have your brunch over at P.S Cafe for a scrumptious meal. Afterwards, head to the Museums at the Central area where you will learn more about Singapore’s history and culture. Places like National Museum, Singapore Art Museum or Singapore Philatelic Museum.

To go to Dempsey Hill from Botanic Gardens, take the cab to bring you there. Another way for you to reach is to take bus number 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123 and 178 (opposite Gleneagles Hospital, exit from Tanglin Gate) and alight 2 stops after the bus-stop you board at.

Evening/Night: Shopping Paradise over Orchard Road to shop for branded goods like Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Prada or Gucci. You can also shop at Bugis Street where you can find lots of merchandises available at a cheaper price. You can even bargain too! There are plenty of eateries out there across Orchard Road. On Bugis Street, you can have your dinner at Bugis Junction or Bugis Plus.

If you’re planning to head to Bugis Street from Orchard Road, take bus number 7, 36 and 175.

Tips: Download MyTransport app on your device where you can get timely bus arrival timings at your finger tips! To calculate the taxi fare, click here where it gives you the estimate cab fare. There are various taxi app like Uber, Hailo and Easy Taxi to book cab instantly.

Singapore in 4 Days – Family Choice


Singapore is an exciting place, which has something for everyone. However, planning to travel to Singapore with your family can be tedious, especially with your children along. This guide will help you to ease the pain of planning. This guide helps you to plan a 4-day holiday itinerary specially with your family. We have selected some attractions and places in Singapore, which are family-friendly. Most of these attractions and places require you and your family to spend a day there to do it justice. Curious? Read to find out more about the listed attractions!

Day 1: A Day @ Resorts World Sentosa

Have an action packed day at USS Universal Studios

Have an action packed day at USS Universal Studios

Morning & Afternoon: Spend your day with your kids at the most popular theme park; Universal Studios Singapore (USS). USS offers 7 different zones, which are filled with joy and adventure for you and your family to venture and savour. The 7 zones are Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and lastly Madagascar. Be sure not to miss these 7 zones. If you and your family started your day early then you can have Breakfast Buffet with The Sesame Street’s characters! Don’t forget to capture memories with The Sesame Street’s characters! The price of breakfast buffet is inclusive of the One Day Admission fee. Click here for more information. Do note that each zone offers variety of dining eateries for you to choose from. It’s so flexible! Check out their website for further details.

Evening: After a long day over at USS, gather your family members with a mouth-watering dinner over at Slappy Cakes where you can enjoy making your own pancakes. Doesn’t it sound like a fun-family activity! After having your fulfilling dinner, be starstruck with your other family members when you catch the live display of Crane Dance & Lake of Dreams show. This magical showcase is at 2100hrs and 2130hrs. Check out their website here to find out more.

To reach RWS simply take the MRT and alight at Harbourfront Station (NE1|CC29). Upon reaching, follow the direction which leads to Vivo City Level 3 (Lobby L). Purchase a Single-Trip admission ticket (via Monorail) to Sentosa Island (worth $4.00) at the Ticketing Machine. Alternatively, you may also use your Ez-Link card for admission to Sentosa. $4.00 will be deducted in your Ez-Link card instantly. Finally alight at Waterfront Station and make your way to USS!

Day 2: Be Fascinated with Science & Snow

Morning: Expand your child’s science, mathematics and technology knowledge at Science Centre. There are plenty of exhibitions for your children to learn from. Don’t miss out the Transformer’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, which explains the history of Transformer and the robots. Besides, be awe-struck with the figurines! This temporary exhibition ends on 1st March 2015. Apart from Transformers exhibition learn more about WaterWorks, Kinetic Garden and many other more attractions! What’s more, you can kick off the day here with the McDonald’s Breakfast meal.

Afternoon: We fully know that Singapore is a tropical country and perhaps you are not used to that 30 degree celsius humidity. Hence, we suggest you to have an indoor family treat to Snow City for some retreat! Just a 5-minutes walk from the Science Centre, this indoor snow playground caters specially for the family. Look forward to some exciting attractions, which await you– Dino World Ice Gallery, Snow Chamber and Snowman’s World. The temperature inside the Snow Chamber and ice gallery are as low -5 and -10 degrees Celsius respectively. So, pack some extra long sleeve shirts and long pants when planning to head to Snow City. Oh! Don’t forget your personal socks as well.

Evening: It’s best to come over on a Friday as you will get to witness the stars during stargazing session from 1950hrs to 2200hrs at The Observatory, Omni-Theatre Building. During this session, there will be Astronomy 101— a series of talks for you and your family to learn in-depth about the astronomy. The talk is conducted only on the second Friday of the month. For more information, click here.

To get your way to Science Centre, simply take a train to Jurong East MRT station (NS1|EW24). Take bus number 66 and 335 from Jurong East Interchange (next to Jurong East MRT station).

Day 3: Explore the Wildlife

Meet the animals at the Zoo

Meet the animals at the Zoo

Morning: Kick-start your day off by tasting our very own traditional local delicacy Kaya Toast with Hard-Boiled eggs and a cup of coffee. We suggest you to have it over at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. After fueling up your tummy with this yummy breakfast, board the SAEx® bus service which brings you straight to the Singapore Zoological. Purchase the tickets at the counter or online. Opt for Park Hopper which allows you to visit the Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and even Jurong Bird Park at the price of one. Click here for further information on parks and many more attractions! Look forward for the fun yet thrilling adventure with the animals! Be sure not to miss our own iconic animal, Ah Meng.

Afternoon: After completing the Zoo trip in the morning, now let’s move on to River Safari. Spend your afternoon by riding either Amazon River Quest or River Safari Quest or even both. These 2 rides are price at $5 (Adult) and $3 (Child age 3-12 years old) and they can be availed on separate admission tickets. Be sure not to miss Singapore’s Giant Panda— Jia Jia and Kai Kai. Don’t forget to pay a visit to 6 different rivers, which will definitely turn you in awe. Feeling famished? We suggest you to have lunch/early dinner at Mama Panda Kitchen and check out their cutesy Panda Pau!

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Evening/Night: Let’s have an exciting time at the Night Safari. You may also have your dinner over at Bongo Burgers and be enthralled with Thumbuakar Performance— a cultural dance performance by the Thumbuakar dancers, who will perform their fire-sparking stunts. After the performance ends, walk your way to the Wallaby Trail where you will get to explore further on Australasia’s animal— the Wallabies and the Possums. Next, catch the Creatures of The Night Show, which offers a spectacular night where most nocturnal animals will excite you and your family with their talents and skills. This extravagant show is surely not to be missed.

Day 4: Last Minute Shopping!

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Morning: It’s your final day over in Singapore. On this very last day, treat you and your family to Gardens by The Bay where there are variety of attractions for you and your family to learn and explore more about the gardens. Bring your kids to Far East Organization Children’s @ Gardens by The Bay. There a number of attractions, which are suitable to their age. Look out for these attractions– Toddler Play Zone (aged from 1 to 5), Rainforest Tree Houses (aged from 6-12) and Water Play (aged from 6 to 12). If you are hunting for some breakfast over at Gardens by The Bay, we suggest you to have it at Hill Street Coffee Shop in Supertree Dining court or you can have it at Children’s Garden Cafe. Most of the eateries here open at 1000 hrs or earlier on a weekend. Do check out their website here for more information.

To reach Gardens By The Bay, simply take the MRT and alight at Bayfront station (CE1|DT16). Walk to Exit A which head towards Gardens by The Bay and follow the route as directed. 

Afternoon & Evening: Spend your afternoon with your family by doing last minute shopping around Orchard Road area. If you’re looking for nice fabrics, head to Spotlight @ Plaza Singapura where you can find wide selections of fabrics for you to choose from. If you’re looking for toys for your kids, drop by at Toys ‘R’ Us where you can find the latest collection of Nerf guns! If you’re looking for novels to read to relieve your boredom, head down to Kinokuniya @ Ngee Ann City. Kinokuniya store covers the whole one level of Ngee Ann City. Perhaps, whatever novel you’re looking for can be found. There are various department stores across Orchard Road– from Marks & Spencer to Metro to Takashimaya, Isetan and Tangs. Surely, we would definitely suggest you going to Takashimaya where their department store is bigger like no other! Also, Takashimaya has Cold Storage– a supermarket store at level B2. Branded goods like Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Prada or Gucci are available around Orchard Road.

Heading to Orchard Road? Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut (NS24|NE6|CC1) or Somerset (NS23) or Orchard (NS22).

You can also shop at Bugis Street where you can find lots of merchandise available at a cheaper price. What’s more, you can even bargain too! There are plenty of eateries out there across Orchard Road. On Bugis Street, you can have your dinner at Bugis Junction or Bugis Plus.

If you’re planning to head to Bugis Street from Orchard Road, take bus number 7, 36 and 175.

Tips: Install Google Map on your device for easily searching the preferred location. Download MyTransport app on your device where you can get timely bus arrival timings at your finger tips! To calculate the taxi fare, click here where it gives you the estimate cab fare. There are various taxi apps like UberHailo and Easy Taxi to book cabs instantly.

Singapore’s Top 10 Halal Dessert You Must Give A Try!


Singapore is full of surprises and one of its lesser-known secrets are the halal desserts. It is the place to visit for all dessert-junkies out there. So, now visiting to Singapore will never be the same if you are a person who likes to cafe hop around, as it is definitely something not to be missed.

This article will list out the top 10 Halal Dessert in Singapore islandwide:

Wine and Dine and Have a great time!

Wine and Dine and Have a great time!

  1. Fluff BakeryThis is by far the most popular place to get some delicious cupcakes. Owned by a young Muslim baker, it is located at Jalan Pisang (Arab Street area) in November 2013. This bakery is famous for their fluff and moist cupcakes. Each and every cupcake that they bake has a surprise, creamy core filling! Interesting, ain’t it? This bakery sells 6 different bespoke cupcakes including their 2 very-owned specialty cupcakes (Nutella Red Velvet and Salted Caramel) every week! They do sell exquisite slice of cakes as well! To avoid disappointment, be sure to scroll their Instagram often– they will update their menu timely as well as the cupcakes availability. Address: 12 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199079 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 1200hrs until sold out! (Closed on Sunday & Monday) Price Range: $
  1. Butter StudioDefinitely a halal-certified, this bakery offers you different kinds of delicacies. From a variety of cupcakes, the crunchy macarons and to their best selling Sea Salt Nutella tart. Surely you will be spoiled for choices! Their Jalan Besar outlet only offers appetizing main courses such as Turkey Egg Benny and Pancakes! Be sure to check their Instagram or Facebook for more daily updates. They have expanded 2 other outlets last year– a pop-up store at Takashimaya B2 Food Hall and their newly open store at the OneKM Mall. Address: 147 Jalan Besar Singapore 208865 Opening Hours: Daily from 1000hrs to 2200hrs || Takashimaya B2 Food Hall #B208-4A (opposite St. Leaven Bakery) || OneKM Mall #B1-K13 Price Range: $$
  1. Cake Love Dessert BarThis cafe is merely steps away from Fluff Bakery! It is definitely an ideal spot for you to catch up with your ex-classmates or even a date with your loved one as well. They have cosy interiors for you to sit back and relax. The unique selling point of this cafe is that they sell yummy-licious Belgium waffle topped with ice cream flavors. Apart from that they also sell various types of beverages like Italian Sodas and Shakes. Apart from desserts, they sell scrumptious main courses & artistic handcrafted coffee too!  Address: 4 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199071 Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1200hrs to 2100hrs, Friday and Saturday from 1200hrs to 2300hrs Closed on Mondays Price Range: $$

    Enjoy the local delicacies!

    Enjoy the local delicacies!

  1. The Piping Bag: Set up in the middle of 2014 by a passionate head chef from SHATEC (a culinary institution based in West, Singapore), this pop-up pastry store offers a wide range of vivid macarons filled with different flavors; from cream cheese to salted caramel. Not to forget their signature cupcakes and cake pop as well! They serve hot and cold beverages too. If you intend to make a bigger purchase of their desserts, be sure to look forward to their pop-up boxes. You can take a group photo with their quirky, pop-up art photo props too. Isn’t that cool? Address: *SCAPE 2 Orchard Link, #02-34, Singapore 237978 Opening Hours: Daily 1000hrs to 2200hrs Price Range: $
  1. Sweet Tooth AddictionIf you’re at Geylang Serai or Joo Chiat Road area, don’t miss out the wares of this exciting dessert shop. It is just a 10-minutes walk from Joo Chiat Complex. Once you are there, you can expect churros with flavored dips of your choice, their hot selling Nutella cheesecakes, and variety of flavored dessert jars. Along the way, you can grab their savory pastas, wraps, sandwiches and even pizzas! They do provide a delivery service available islandwide (except Tuas) with a charge of $5-$10, depending on the location. Give them a call for further enquiries. Address: 216 Joo Chiat Road #01-08 Singapore 427483 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 1200hrs to 0000/0200hrs (Closed on Mondays) Price Range: $$

    Toast and Butter, Nothing Better!

    Toast and Butter, Nothing Better!

  1. Penny University: Located at the heart of East Coast Road, lies a coffee house which was established since 2012 and it is owned by a Muslim. Not only do they serve coffees and teas, but they serve delectable main courses as well as mouthful desserts. Expect their all-day breakfast like their best selling Egg Benedict and their freshly brewed coffee. Address: 402 East Coast Road Singapore 428997 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 0830hrs to 1800hrs, Friday to Saturday 0830 to 0000hrs, Sunday 0830hrs to 1800hrs Price range: $$
  1. Spatula BakerySpatula Bakery was established in early 2013, and it is an ex-neighbor to Sweet Tooth Addiction. Spatula Bakery is famous for their cupcakes, dessert jars as well as cake pops. In the middle of 2014, they made a successful milestone by expanding their small shop into a bigger and wider cafe. Situated at Frankel Avenue, it’s convenient for you to take a direct bus (Bus 32) from Bedok Interchange. They still serve cupcakes, dessert jars, cake pops, macarons, alongwith a variety of cake slices (Rainbow Ramble Cake is their best-selling item on the menu), Belgian waffles and beverages (hot and cold). Invite your loved ones for a coffee, this cafe also set up a live acoustic performance by the local budding singers every week. Address: 87 Frankel Avenue Singapore 458215 Opening Hours: Daily 1000hrs to 2200hrs  Price range: $
  1. La Marelle Cafe: Located near the iconic Sultan Mosque, you will be invited with their whimsical, cutesy and vibrant interior as you make your way up to the cafe. You heard me right; their cafe is at 2nd level. This bustling cafe offers different types of delicious western meals with some refreshing hot and iced beverages of your choice. Not to forget their signature macarons and slice of cakes. Besides mouth-watering meals, a wide selection of stationery, cutlery and even cute tote bags can be found at the corner. These items can be purchased from the cafe too. Address: 25A Baghdad Street Opening Hours: Daily 1130hrs to 2230hrs Price Range: $$
  1. The Finest Tea Shop: Fancy getting some good brewed tea and a heavenly slice of gooey Brownies topped with ice cream after a exhausting day at Pulau Ubin? Hop over to The Finest Tea Shop. They are situated at the heart of Changi Village since 2014. They serve homemade Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, Classic Breakfast and their signature sandwiches. Oh! Not to mention their colorful Rainbow slice cake, Nutella Cheese Tart and even Chocolate Speculoos cupcake. FYI, they are retailing boxes of teas and even Ovomaltine spreads for you to bring home. Be sure to check this cafe out if you’re around Changi Village!  Address: Blk 4 Changi Village Road #01-2060 Singapore 500004 Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 1000hrs to 2200hrs Closed on Mondays Price Range: $
  1. Wheebake by MagikPlannerSituated at the gorgeous Pandan Gardens, Wheebake is totally a hidden gem for you to find, as it is a 15-minute walking distance between Pandan Reservoir and the cafe itself. They serve cupcakes like Horlicks, Ondeh Ondeh (which has its origin from a traditional Malay kueh and it is in a form of mini Green ball with a Gula Melaka filling which coated with a grated coconut), cheesecakes, cake slices, molten lava and their heavenly Belgian waffles. Besides the desserts, you will get to enjoy their cooling beverages especially their best selling Ice Nutella. They do provide delivery as well on a certain days. Check their Instagram account for more updates! This quaint cafe provides 2 sets of tables and chairs outside. So, if you wish to dine-in, give them a call for reservation. Address: 415 Pandan Gardens #01-114 Singapore 427483 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 1300hrs to 1900hrs, Fri to Saturday 1300hrs to 2100hrs, Sunday 1100hrs to 1800hrs (Closed on Mondays) Price Range: $

History of Singapore: From “Sea-Town” to the Current Cosmopolitan ‘Busiest-City-Of-the-World’ Tag!


Introduction

Singapore, as we now know was very different when it was getting established as a civilization. The beautiful city that is full of hustle bustle and lights was once a quiet city, which was ruled by five kings and it then came under the Malay rule. It took a long time for Singapore to become what it is now. Full of energy, brightness and colors; Singapore has come a long way to achieve the title of the busiest city in the whole world. From Nada to Prada, that is how you can best describe it now but earlier, things were drastically different as people weren’t even sure if it would ever gain independence.

Let us have a peak in the history of this modern day wonder and the hardships and shortcomings that the people faced together as a nation.

The name of this great nation was surprisingly not Singapore from the starting. It was changed several times before getting the final name of Singapore. Initially referred to as “The island at the end of the peninsula”, Singapore saw its first settlements as early as 1298 AD. It later got the name of Sea Town as it was surrounded by sea on all sides.

The Symbol of Singapore

The Symbol of Singapore

Around the 14th century, a prince who was very fond of hunting lions named it “The Lion City” or “Singapura” and hence the name Singapore was finalized for this city. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded the modern day Singapore in the 19th century. Singapore was a top-trading city at this time, and merchants from all over the world were interested in trading with Singapore.

Independence

Formally under Malaysia, Singapore fought for its independence and elected its first Prime Minister in 1959. Lee Kuan Yew was the first Prime Minister of Singapore who worked towards getting nationalism for Singapore and its people.

On 9 August 1965, Singapore became an independent and sovereign democratic nation after it separated from Malaysia and the Malay rule. This was the first step towards the modernization of this city. The city saw a drastic change in its appearance and the citizens, as after that as they became more work oriented and worked hard towards the growth of the economy of Singapore.

Growth of Singapore

After it gained independence, Singapore was reeling on the shaky grounds of uncertainty and doubt. The people did not know what to do or whom to trust. There was a lot of confusion and doubts about the choice of profession and also the kind of education that was to be provided to the children.

Also, Singapore was in the danger of getting attacked by many foreign entities like the Indonesian military and the Malaysian military, as it was a newly freed nation and everyone wanted to step on its weakness and rule it. To combat these problems, the economic development board was set up in 1961 and many capable people were put together to solve the security problem that the nation was facing. Numerous important economic strategies were formulated to lead to the growth of Singapore as a whole nation.

Then there was another problem – health and sanitation. Singapore was not as clean and unpolluted, as it is today. People were economically weak and poorly sanitized; the houses were not enough to accommodate the whole population. And thus, the housing development board was set up to combat these issues. Many building projects were laid down and thousands of houses were built for the people of Singapore. The government strongly believed that the sanitation situation should be improved and the city saw a drastic change in the cleanliness sector.

And the city was kept secure by the Singapore armed forces, which in the current date are considered is the best security troops in the world. And so, the march towards a modern Singapore began.

Modern Singapore

Very soon, the unemployment rate fell down to as low as a three percent and the GDP growth increased to eight percent. It was in the middle of the 1980’s that Singapore began to focus on the improvement and installment of the latest technology and making the city technically sound, as well.

Modern Singapore

Modern Singapore

1981 saw the inauguration of the Singapore Airlines and it was major step towards the modernization of Singapore. It is a major airline and it connects Singapore to every continent in the world. Also, the Singapore airport is one of the busiest airports in the world as Singapore is now a major business hub and also a major tourist attraction.

The future of Singapore

An architectural wonder, an ace in the modern day technology, a hub for employing the largest number of local as well as foreigners, one of the best armies in the whole world, the health condition acing the charts, Singapore started from ground zero and has built itself an empire that is envied by many.

Today, everyone wants to go and work in Singapore, as it provides a good standard of living and also its currency is equal to pretty more or less the US dollar. It has become one of the top most choices for people to go and settle in as it provides great hospitality and warmth to its foreign population.

The open mindedness of this city has led to the evolution of its multi-cultural perspective. Today, Singapore is full of people from every caste, creed and color and they cannot be happier about it. Every year people flock to Singapore for a vacation and all they want to do is to indulge in a repeat-vacation. The growth that this city has seen in the tourism department is really great. The amusement parks, the fun joyrides, the multi-cuisine fine dining restaurants, the spicy street food, the lush and rich flora and fauna, the freshness and refreshing air, the beaches, the aroma of clear air; who does not want to go on a vacation here!

Singapore is progressing by leaps and Bounds

Singapore is progressing by leaps and Bounds

The future of Singapore holds a very strong plan towards an even cleaner and pollution free city. The government is focusing on removing the poverty from the roots and giving every citizen the life that they deserve. Many plans are being proposed to build a green city to combat the dry spells and farming problems that they are currently facing.

The future will see a Singapore that is vibrant and sustainable, has a whole bunch of gracious and hospitable people, a place that anyone can call as “home”, is pollution free and disease free, has a GDP as high as the US, has absolutely no poverty and pays importance to recycling. In one word, it is aiming to becoming a super country in the coming time.

Singapore was just a barren land when people started to occupy it and now, it barely has any barren land left! That is the beauty of civilization and growth that Singapore has seen. The people of Singapore are healthy, they are doing well for themselves and the most important – they are happy!

Welcome to the city that will put a permanent smile on your face!

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