Want to make the most out of your stay in the city-state? Here’s Mikael Daez’s 2-day itinerary that will open your eyes to endless possibilities.
In the morning
A former fishing village turned military base, Sentosa Island is now transformed to an island resort filled with adventure and fun. One can discover their passion for the outdoors and exploration through many ways like zipping through one of the steepest ziplines in Asia, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the island at the Megazip Adventure Park. One can also glide and maneuver through the nooks and crannies of the island with the Sentosa Segway Tour. Adventurers looking for some cool beach experiences can head to Siloso Beach to surf and try out thrilling water activities.
Another must-try for adrenaline junkies is indoor skydiving at iFly, the world’s largest indoor skydiving facility, where one can experience true free-fall conditions and push their own boundaries– just like a real skydive. It’s like falling through the air from 12,000 to 3,000 feet without having to jump off a plane, giving action seekers the adrenaline dose they need!
In the afternoon
For shoppers looking for a place to shop ‘til they drop, Orchard Road is the place to be. In the past, this iconic road was named after the numerous nutmeg and pepper farms, spice gardens, and fruit orchards that covered the area. Development of the area started from 1850, until it was transformed into a magnet for residents, tourists, and workers alike.
For anyone who is keen to discover more Singapore designers and curate their own collection of unique finds, stepping into K+ is a must! Local brands have carefully created beautiful displays that feature one-of-a-kind items such as the minimalist table lamp from Pomelo, or the signature porcelain crockery from local award winning designer SuperMama.
Those with a flair for fashion, like Mikael, will be excited to discover shops like Benjamin Barker for creatively tailored shirts and Pedder on Scotts for a carefully curated selection of luxury footwear. The quirky Singaporean-themed souvenirs at Naiise and the dangerously addictive salted egg chips at IRVINS Salted Egg are the best pasalubongs to buy for your family and friends back home.
For adventurers wanting to relax around nature, they can spend the rest of the afternoon at Gardens by the Bay—a living testimony of how Singapore reinvented itself as a City in a Garden. It is a place of inspiration that ignites one’s passion for discovery and for those looking to explore and appreciate nature.
The sprawling garden presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way. These can be seen in attractions such as the Flower Dome, which replicates foreign climate to allow perpetual spring that let flora and species which normally wouldn’t survive in the tropical weather to thrive.
As night falls, they can marvel at the stunning music and light display of the Garden Rhapsody and the environmentally sustainable Supertrees. These trees are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day, but come alive at night with the exhilarating display of light and sound, that makes the place so iconic.
For dinner, hungry tummies can visit Lau Pa Sat to experience the city like a local. One of the country’s landmarks, this iconic market boasts of a striking architecture that has been around since the 19th century. This establishment merges history, architecture, and local delights all into one experience. Here, foodies can fully savor Singapore by trying out different dishes with many diverging flavors without even having to go around the city-state! They can try out the roti prata (grilled flat bread, served with a vegetable or meat-based curry), while enjoying the charming ambiance.
For the party goers wanting to check out the city’s vibrant night life, Smoke & Mirrors offers one of the most spectacular rooftop views of Singapore’s cityscape which makes it the ideal spot to cap off the day with some after-dinner drinks. Singapore is, after all, the drinking capital of Asia.
This bar is perched on one of Singapore’s most historical and culturally significant landmark - the iconic National Gallery Singapore.
Yugnes Susela, one of Singapore’s top 25 bartenders, creates one of a kind concoctions such as the “Duck’s Fat Hope” which is made of duck fat dripped into a rum based cocktail. His passion for bartending lets him conceptualize plenty of inimitable cocktails that many enjoy.
And of course, you’ve not really traveled to Singapore if you have not tried his innovative alcoholic concoctions and have a taste of their delicious bar bites.