Team trip – Singapore style
Fill spare moments in your business agenda with these quintessentially Singaporean experiences that a team can enjoy for a roaring good time together in the Lion City.
Breakfast of champions
Start the day with a satisfying team breakfast of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and local coffee or tea. A traditional coconut jam, kaya goes particularly well with a slab of frozen butter on warm toast, served with a side of soft-boiled eggs and a cup of kopi (coffee) or teh (tea with milk). The adventurous may opt to do as some locals do, and dip their kaya toast into soft-boiled eggs for a different taste.
Groups can find this humble dish at popular chain stores like Ya Kun Kaya Toast, or authentic local standalone coffeeshops like Chin Mee Chin Confectionery.
For a good mix of sightseeing and team-bonding activities, make a beeline for the bustling city centre. From the downtown Civic District to the Orchard Road shopping belt, travelling from one place of interest to another is a breeze, with MRT lines and taxi stands aplenty.
Culture vultures can while away the afternoon at the National Gallery Singapore, a visual arts institution that is home to the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art. There are both self-guided and special tours led by directors, curators and special guests. Groups can also take advantage of exclusive corporate tours which offer unique insights into the Gallery’s history and architecture, housed as it is in the former Supreme Court and City Hall heritage buildings.
If you’d rather reward yourself with some shopping, malls like ION Orchard, The Paragon and Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road carry a mix of luxury and high street brands to satisfy everyone, whether you’re a casual window shopper or a serious shopaholic.
Groups can also participate in team-bonding workshops, such as water-colour painting or letterpress, conducted at K+ Gallery located at Scotts Square, or acquire some leather-making or book-binding expertise at Bynd Artisan located at Tangs. Budding Picassos, tap into your artistic creativity with a spot of art jamming at Artestiq at Mandarin Gallery and watch your blank canvas come alive. Art supplies and a complimentary beverage provided.
A taste for local delights
Char kway teow, chicken rice, rojak, satay… When it comes to Singapore’s gastronomic delights, the list goes on forever.
With a whopping 50 food stalls and seating for 2,500, the iconic Lau Pa Sat at Raffles Quay and its adjoining Satay Street is a great place for a group meal. There’s also the Chinatown Food Street along Smith Street that offers delicacies from the different Chinese dialect groups in Singapore. But if you’re part of a smaller group looking for a more authentic Singaporean experience, a visit to a hawker centre like Newton Food Centre and Makansutra Gluttons Bay is a must-do.