Although they will always be Daddy’s little girls, there is something truly special about the bond between a mother and her daughter that is unique and unbreakable. So, why not foster a deeper friendship with a girlie getaway in Singapore?
Princesses for a day
There is no better way for you both to connect and enjoy each other’s company than by getting pampered together! Start with a shopping spree along Orchard Road, where you and your daughter can spend time shopping through the near-endless variety of brands at glitzy megamalls such as ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City.
Then, spoil yourselves even further with a relaxing massage at Spa Esprit–renowned for its rejuvenating facial and body treatments that make for a lovely reward after a long day of lugging your shopping bags around!
You can also enjoy a unique shopping experience away from the bustling city by exploring Tiong Bahru, an iconic housing estate that has undergone a recent rebirth as an unorthodox food and shopping haven with the best of old-school favourites and eclectic new influences. Check out the estate’s unique cluster of art galleries such as the charming White Canvas Gallery, alongside quirky local boutiques such as the multi-label nana & bird and Strangelets–with both having gained a loyal following for their artfully curated range of chic accessories and lifestyle products. After all that shopping, take a break at one of the many homely cafés in the vicinity, including Forty Hands (renowned for its great coffee) and Tiong Bahru Bakery, with its flaky almond croissants hailed by The Straits Times as one of the best in town.
Girls on a cultural trail
The Peranakans are renowned for their amazing food and exquisite hand-woven embroidery, so what better way to enjoy some mother-daughter bonding time than to get immersed in all things related to their culture? Take some time out to visit Joo Chiat and Katong – colourful districts dotted with the preserved shop houses of the Baba Nyonyas– and spend a lovely afternoon filled with countless Instagram-food worthy moments.
A must-visit destination is Rumah Bebe at Katong, a famous Peranakan house where patrons can try out the Sarong Kerbaya that inspired the world-famous Singapore Girl outfit. Don’t miss out on this great photo-taking opportunity with the shop’s intricate motifs and woodcarvings as a backdrop, and make sure you pick up some yummy traditional snacks to take home too. For Nyonya-inspired wares, check out Guan Huat Lee at Joo Chiat Complex where you can shop for items such as old-school wooden clogs and cutlery– they’ll make great souvenirs!
And when you’re done, do head down to Kampong Glam’s Jamal Kazura Aromatics, an Arabic perfume store that allows patrons to create their own alcohol-free fragrance. So go on, customise a unique scent that’s exclusively yours to keep and make your mother-daughter outing a very special one.
Want to take your love of food to another level? Why not try out a baking class together at Creative Culinaire, where beginners and naturals are in the kitchen and are taught by experienced instructors with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things related to the culinary arts. Besides returning home with a new skill to show off to the rest of the family, it will be a refreshing way for you to rediscover each other – and yourselves – while on holiday.
If you prefer something less hands-on, head for the tea buffet at the lovely Alkaff Mansion. An exquisite Italian restaurant that has been awarded one of Singapore’s top eateries by Wine & Dine, this elegant venue serves up a delightful spread of pastries and savouries with soothing live music amidst lush greenery. Indulge in a great afternoon with your daughter by catching up over decadent sweet treats and intimate conversations.
Girls going green
Looking for a walk on the wild side? Go for a spot of hiking or cycling along the Southern Ridges, where breath-taking verdant views from the hilltops await. In addition to soaking in nature’s beauty in the form of the forest’s colourful flora and fauna, you and your loved one will come across Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, the Henderson Waves – a stunning work of architecture with pockets of cosy spaces for a simple picnic for two.
For a relaxing day out surrounded by rustic greens, do visit Bollywood Veggies at Kranji Countryside, a farm and bistro that offers some respite from the ever-bustling city. Take a guided tour of the farm’s fertiliser-free vegetation and enjoy a wholesome family meal at the Poison Ivy Bistro. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can check out the farm’s Weekend Market, which features a variety of fresh organic produce and unusual gift ideas for you to bring home.
And even when you’re at the airport reaching the tail end of your trip, your encounter with the lush greenery of Singapore isn’t quite over yet! Head over to the gorgeous Orchid Garden & Koi Pond at the Departure Transit Lounge of Terminal 2 and see if you can identify Singapore’s National Flower– the Vanda Miss Joaquim– along with the airport’s special hybrid– the Dendrobium Changi Airport. Featuring an estimated 700 orchids spanning across 30 different species, the colourful garden will definitely be an ideal backdrop for some commemorative family photos before you board the plane!
The daring duo
There is something about a thrilling experience that brings people closer together and that is what an excitement-packed outing at Universal Studios Singapore™ can do for you and your little one. Be it rides such as the new Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey roller coaster or meeting your daughter’s favourite characters at Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the experience will provide you both with plenty of memories to last a lifetime.
Feeling slightly more adventurous after that? Then defy gravity and face your fear of heights together on the Flying Trapeze, another first-of-its-kind attraction on Sentosa island. Aside from developing concentration and co-ordination, being fearless and soaring high above the beach will give the both of you a confidence-boosting experience that will lift the spirits!
If you’re up for a splashing good time to cool off in Singapore’s tropical heat, head down to the Adventure Cove Waterpark and plunge into its variety of crowd-pleasing water attractions such as the Riptide Rocket– Southeast Asia’s very first hydro-magnetic water coaster. Take your mother-daughter excursion a step further with a snorkelling experience at the beautiful Rainbow Reef, where you both can get up close and personal with over 100 species of vibrant exotic fish.