• Asia,  Singapore

    unexpected tips: singapore bucket list

    Singapore is a small country, only 719.1 km2, yet people are always wondering, what is there to do? At first glance, Singapore may seem like the kind of place you could quickly pass through, but there are tons of things to do in The Little Red Dot. To help you out, whether you live here or are just stopping by, I’ve compiled a Singapore Bucket List. Note: A lot of these are centered around food- Singapore is known for its cuisine!!! Singapore Bucket List Go to the top of Marina Bay Sands – is it even a bucket list without this? Eat laksa – Peranakan (Malay & Chinese) noodle dish…

  • Asia,  Singapore

    the ultimate guide to singapore

    I’m going to keep this little intro short and sweet, as I’ve written a monster guide here. Basically, this guide is split into a couple different sections… We have 1) Some general facts about Singapore, 2) the neighborhoods of Singapore, where I give a general overview of my favourite areas of SG, 3) what to do, 4) how to get around, 5) what to eat, and 6) where to stay. Let’s just jump straight into it. The Facts Languages: English, Chinese, Tamil, & Malayu Size: 719.1 km^2 Population: 5.535 million (2015, World Bank) Currency: Singapore Dollar, SGD. Weather: HOT. Also it will probably rain for about 10 minutes sometime during the day. Although it’s…

  • Asia,  Eats,  Singapore,  Uncategorized

    unexpected eats: making hainanese chicken rice

    When away from home, there’s nothing better than comfort food. Though we aren’t exactly away from home, we’re settling into a new one. Singapore is the kind of place that charms you, and well, despite being incredibly excited about relocating to Europe, we miss our Singapore home! So I decided to make some good old Hainanese Chicken Rice. This is the national dish of Singy, and though I did bring a bunch of packets of chicken rice paste to Europe with me, I wanted to make it from scratch. I decided to use this recipe, though I made some changes. Your ingredients are really easy to find in Europe. Some…

  • Asia,  Lifestyle,  Singapore

    unexpected fitness: a guide to eating healthy in singapore

    Eating healthy hasn’t always been easy for me. It’s a choice I love to make now, but when I was just getting started, it was always a little bit of a chore. The most encouraging, helpful thing during that time was to excite myself about eating healthy, wholesome food. Singapore, while maintaining its cultural, greasy, delicious hawker food, has introduced quite a few restaurants with health as their first priority, and they’re continuing to pop up. I’ve tried quite a few of them… here are my favourites. Kitchen by Food Rebel This place is SUCH a fantastic place to eat if you’re on a lifestyle diet (Keto, Slow Carb, Atkins,…

  • Asia,  Singapore

    unexpected tips: backpacking in singapore

    When one says “Singapore,” you may think “luxury.” While Singapore is known for extravagant hotels with boats and infinity pools at the top, rooftop restaurants and bars, and malls with rivers inside them, there’s an underground backpacking scene here, and it’s well worth checking out! Singapore is worth spending a couple days in en route to another destination, whether that be Australia, our backyard of all of Southeast Asia, or elsewhere. It’s the perfect way to begin or end a trip, with Changi Airport (rated world’s best!!) and loads of bus routes to Malaysia at your fingertips. B A S I C   I N F O Singapore is an island,…

  • Asia,  Singapore

    unexpected summits & spells: the harry potter cafe

    Hello friends! A couple days ago, the realisation that I only had a few days left in Singapore hit me. Naturally, I went ahead and did some things I’ve wanted to do in Singapore, but never got around to. Of course I had to get to the highest point of Singapore, a 164 m hill. It’s only ten minutes up to the summit (I still laugh every time I say that) of Bukit Timah Hill, but it’s quite steep, and in the Singapore heat, you work up a sweat! To cool down and get some lunch, my mom and I headed over to Platform 1094, the Harry Potter Cafe (although…

  • Asia,  Singapore

    unexpected expat wife: 10 things you’ll hear during a get together

    Before leaving for Nepal, I played Singapore expat wife for a week and IT WAS WONDERFUL. These ladies are so so lovely, always welcoming and in for a good time! I went to quite a few functions hosted by the American Women’s Association and enjoyed every single one of them, from a three course lunch (with wine of course!) to an artisan chocolate making class to a Chinese tea ceremony! During my time being a very young expat ‘wife,’ I started to get a feel for the main topics of conversation. 10 Things you will definitely hear during a Singapore Expat Wife Function 1. “How long have you been in Singapore?”…

  • Lifestyle,  Singapore

    unexpected trips home

    Greetings from the Little Red Dot! After 45 hours of travel (leaving Mount Holyoke), I have made it home! The way out here was a tough one. Blame it on long holiday queues, two delays, failed entertainment systems, and full out sprints from one terminal in the airport to the farthest terminal from there. I am sleep deprived, I am achy, and I am dehydrated, but I am home. Finally. And I even made it for Christmas Eve (which I was very concerned about during EVERY SINGLE CONNECTION due to delays)! Hectic travel really makes me appreciate the little things, like pretty sunrises from plane windows and punctuality. As jet…