Saturday, April 21, 2018

Colourful Neighbourhoods of Singapore

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C O L O U R F U L   S I N G A P O R E

SINGAPORE


Singapore,
whether you have been to this country or not,
I am sure you heard of it.


The last time I visit Singapore was about three years ago and I covered most of the touristy spots of Singapore here. I recently visited Singapore about two months ago and thanks to Instagram I gained a lot of curiosity about Singapore's colourful neighbourhood that is not the main attraction for tourist unless it is not your first time (or even if it's your first time). 

Most of the people might think Singapore is all packed with skyscrapers or the iconic Marina Bay Sands triplet tower and its infinity pool, but there are a lot more to it. I would say Singapore has one stop for all needs. Let's put aside all the Bak Kut Teh nor Kaya Toast, I'll try to squeeze that in another post for y'all my readers. So here's my list...



RESIDENCE OF TAN TENG NIAH, Little India


Located less than 5 minutes walk from Little India MRT, you will find an impressing colourful building of Residences Tan Teng Niah. Every single corner of it is tremendously impressive. The colourful windows, the colour details and colour blocking... You are not allowed to enter the building, but even so, you will be left speechless with a pile of photos.



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LITTLE INDIA

The neighbourhood of Little India is packed of colours. Whether you are here to find the Indian food or just to stroll around the area, it is worth the walk. You would probably find a bargain clothing store around ;) Oh make sure you spare some time to visit a temple and pray (a temple normally has a praying time and you have to wear appropriate clothing; eg, no shorts)

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CLARKE QUAY


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KAMPONG GLAM / ARAB STREET / HAJI LANE

The home of colourful neighbourhood. If you do not have enough time to pin point all of these colourful neighbourhood, a visit to Arab Street is enough. It is located about 10 minutes walk from Bugis MRT.

Along the streets you can find rug shops selling moroccan rugs, lantern, etc. The Haji Lane is a must visit. The lane fills with boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants.

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ROCHOR

These colourful buildings are Sim Lim Square. It is located around 2 minutes walk from Rochor MRT. Nothing's interesting. Just the colours of the building attracts me ;P

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SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDEN

If you are looking for a little lust getaway, count the botanic garden in. I would highly recommend to visit the garden earlier in the morning. We went there around 12pm-ish and it was really hot despite, the humidity and heat definitely reached its peak.

The Botanic Garden entrance is located right outside the MRT exit. Take MRT to Botanic Garden and follow the written sign at the station. It is free entry to the Botanic Garden.

The garden itself can be terrifying to explore since it has different sections and little gardens. Pop to Singapore Orchid Garden (entrance fee is SGD 5, ticket can be purchased at the entrance) to see the iconic flower of Singapore.. and pssst, there are quite a lot of instagrammable spot ;)

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CHINATOWN

On my recent visit, it happened to be the Lunar New Year and there are red lanterns hanging up around the streets with dog statues made with different kind of material. The authentic old Peranakan style buildings with colourful windows are unique and popped up the most for me. There is also a market straight off the MRT exit, where you can find Bee Cheng Hiang (their pork jerky are the best!!!!), fresh fruits shop, nuts & seeds stalls and many more. 

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BUGIS 

I found this colourful stairs at the back alley when my friends and I were strolling around Bugis to find a bracelet. But honestly, Bugis is a nice neighbourhood to stay if you are visiting Singapore. It's dubbed the street market of Singapore, with the souvenir stalls, cheap clothing stores, etc and this is where you find that $1.20 Ice Cream Sandwich/Wafer.

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There are a lot more nice colourful neighbourhoods that I did not have a chance to visit. I always feel like running out of time on every visit to Singapore, because when you think 3 days are enough to explore Singapore by whole, you always find something new when you left. 

Well maybe this is what travelling is all about. You came to a city or country with curiosity and a heart full of excitement and you left with a whole lot more excitement to tell the story yet you left your heart there. Yet, be adventurous and curios... everywhere you go. x Lenny


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