BEDA #9: Happy 47th Singapore!

In celebration of this year’s National Day, here’s 47 random things you can do in Singapore:

  1. Trek the hills – Bukit Timah, Fort Canning, Mount Faber, Mount Imbiah (in Sentosa), and the other nature trails.
  2. Enjoy the city skyline at The Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer, Mount Faber, Sentosa, or the Central Business District (CBD).
  3. Enjoy the neighbourhood sights and great variety of food (Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western etc…) at the Markets, Coffee Shops, Hawker Centres. As I speak of this, I’m now missing R.K. Prata’s Roti Prata in Serangoon Gardens.
  4. Take in the smells of barbecue and grilled delights – Satay, Stingray, Seafood – the smell of holidays!
  5. Take public transport to anywhere.
  6. Give to the regular street buskers in your neighbourhood! I love the performances by the Erhu players.
  7. Climb through the trees at Bedok Reservoir’s “Forest Adventure”, a high-rope, zipline course for the adrenaline junkies.
  8. Discover the mysteries of Singapore in our museums – and watch out for deals where you can get in free or at a discount!
  9. Indulge in some local tunes at our various watering holes – Timbre, Broun, Earshot Cafe at the Arts House, just to name a few.
  10. Take in the sights in some of the most colourful areas in the country – Tiong Bahru, Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay, Serangoon Gardens etc…
  11. Learn the local dialects – not just Teochew or Hokkien, I’m talking about Singlish… LAH!
  12. Soak up National History in our Heritage belt – the Old Supreme Court, the Padang, the National Museum, Fort Canning Hill…
  13. Stroll, cycle, blade, or board along our beaches in Changi, East Coast, and Sentosa and let the breeze blow your troubles away.
  14. Smile and laugh with the families from different backgrounds, all living in our HDB estates.
  15. Be on the hunt for old playgrounds – the ones built with cool marble, brick, mosaic, and tiles.
  16. Take a boat out to Pulau Ubin or our Southern Islands for a different scenery.
  17. Try to find and capture our five official Merlions (Psst… the one in Sentosa is one of them!)
  18. Attend a reading by our local authors at local bookshop, Books Actually.
  19. Learn a new hobby! Crafting, cooking, and sports seem to be rather accessible in our community centres.
  20. Scale the Via Feratta wall at Orchard Central.
  21. Then go for the countless buffets that line Orchard Road after that.
  22. Make a beeline upon a random encounter of sidewalk astronomy =)
  23. Satisfy the bookworm in you with our many public libraries, regional libraries, and National Library at Victoria Street.
  24. Travel our four MRT lines and try to see if you could remember the order of the stations.
  25. Watch and/or join the working commute in the morning and evenings.
  26. Volunteer.
  27. Attempt making our local dishes from scratch – Popiah, Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, and Roti Prata, for a few.
  28. Count the number of car of a certain brand passing a particular road, during a particular time.
  29. Take photos of the sky as the sun sets.
  30. Party. Every where. Not just the clubs.
  31. Walk from Orchard to Somerset to Dhoby Ghaut to City Hall to Clarke Quay to Chinatown to Ann Siang Hill to Tanjong Pagar.
  32. Spend the entire day at Sentosa. Without going to Universal Studios Singapore yet.
  33. While we’re on that subject, Universal Studios Singapore!
  34. Catch a show at Fort Canning Green, in the breezy outdoors.
  35. Complain about the heat and humidity.
  36. Discover one-of-a-kind trinkets in the Arab Street area and Far East Plaza.
  37. Support the local Arts scene.
  38. Reverse bungee if you dare!
  39. Tour one of the oldest fire stations we have.
  40. Get tricked by the water feature that roofs the Bras Basah Circle Line MRT Station.
  41. Look for places that still sell Chapteh and Five Stones (that are being sold below $2. HEH.)
  42. Walk along Orchard Road and attempt to guess the building that was there before the current one you see.
  43. Be careful not to squish too many millipedes at the Botanic Gardens (especially at the MRT entrance)
  44. See how much you can “win” while watching “We Are Singaporean!”
  45. Catch a local play/ comedy skit at The Esplanade, The Black Box at the National Museum, or the National Library.
  46. Play and sing to ukulele tunes in public places.
  47. Watch the Parade. Whether on site or at home.

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