Singapore is one of the most favourite long-weekend destinations in South East Asia. Situated strategically in the middle of the sub-continent, the Lion City is easily reachable with short flights from Hanoi, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. Before you plan to visit this internationally-famous tourist hub, you might want to check out these five essential Singapore trip tips we've compiled for you!
Singapore's weather is extremely unpredictable. You might look out of the window of your hotel room in the morning and thought that the grey skies and drizzling rain is going to last the day, but when you go out of the lobby (after wearing your most fashionable trench-coat) the sun is shinging so brightly--only for it to drasticly change into a rainstorm some 15 minutes later. So, just play safe and bring a small, foldable umbrella wherever you go! It can effectively shield you from both the raindrops and the heat of the sun.
Singapore is famous for its' modern and sophisticated public transportation system. However when you're exploring its' many inter-connected malls and shopping districts, sometimes you'd have to rely on the most basic transportation system: Walking. Don't worry, Singapore is very walkers-friendly, with wide sidewalks, clear traffic signs, and even sheltered walkways, it is easy to walk your way around town, so make sure to wear your most comfortable walking shoes!
Most of Singapore's public transport system don't accept cash, so never forget to buy and top-up your travel passes such as your EZlink card, which can be easily done on MRT stations or mini markets scattered around the city. Buying designated travel SIM cards is also advisable, as it offers a cheaper option for short-staying visitors who needed high-speed access to internet or to make phone calls to their home countries. A lot of Singapore's attractions also offer discounts and ticket packages for travel pass holders, so make sure to check that also before you go!
Spend one day in the Lion City and you most probably would have noticed that the locals speak with a very interesting and distinct accent. Yes! That's what Singlish (Singaporean-English) sounds like. The locals have a love-hate relationship with this unique way of speaking English, which originated from the mixing of words and phrases from Hokkien, Tamil, Malay, Mandarin, and English, most recognisable from the many interesting suffixes it has such as the famous '-lah' and also '-hor', '-leh', '-lor', -meh, and hundreds other! It might be confusing for visitors and foreigners (especially when ordering food or asking the Taxi Uncle (read: Driver) to go somewhere, but in a way, Singlish trully celebrates how Singapore is an extremely diverse and harmonious multi-cultural society. To learn more to speak like a local, check out this list we complied for you!
Although Singapore is world-famous for being a shoppers-paradise, the tiny island nation offers infinitely more things to do then just spending dollars on shopping goods! For those of you who are looking for alternatives, visit the Chinese and Japanese Gardens located at Jurong East, where you can find tranquility and serenity amidst the buzzling city. For a beachside getaway, East Coast Park offers a less-busy alternative to the touristy Sentosa, with more seafood dining options availbale. The Henderson Waves and Macritchie Tree Top Walk offers tropical rainforest activities, and the two bridges are surely two of the most instaworthy places in Singapore!
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When it comes to going back to school... you've got to admit it, you either hate it or love it! SweetEscape is here to help our fellow Escapists–whether it is you or your kids who are about to start a new school year–to get up and motivated for school!
That's right, one of the main keys to feeling good is to look good! There's actually a lot of benefits that you can reap from a new or upgraded wardrobe. As many of us know, humans get bored easily, and maybe those worn out clothes of yours are the cause of the no-excitement-whatsoever feeling that you have. So do yourself a big favor and go to your favorite mall for some shopping-spree fun! Make a list of all the things you need and needs replacement.
A fun tip, google "school closet staples" for a complete list of the things you need to be ready for school. While you're at it, give your closet a little makeover and do some Marie Kondo intervention to it. That way, it'll be so much more convenient for you to pick out your outfit for school in the mornings.
Holidays are bittersweet, we love it because we have all that freedom... But it's bitter because it's usually over in just a flash. Therefore, our tip for you is to make the most out of your holidays is to really make use of that short time!
Whether it be traveling, taking a pottery class, or perhaps trying out instruments that you've never played before... this is the time to do it. This way, you won't feel so bummed when school commences, because you know you've had a ball during that break.
Another tip that helps (believe it or not) is to to get yourself some new stationery for your new classes - and yes, all of that good stuff; pens, pencils, books, binders and everything to your liking. Not to get too deep in it, but it's even psychologically proven that school stationery can actually help motivate you in school.
Once you get your school stationery organized, we assure you you'll be more than ready to go and conquer the new school year.
Create a new playlist, and listen to all your favorite songs that are potential candidates to be put in that playlist. Specifically, add those songs that can turn any of your days downside up. Once you have that all set, you're more than ready to take over a new school year with some great motivating tunes!
Music playlists are unique to every individual, and it's one of the things that make you... you! Go all out with the music in your playlist, and be sure to play those tunes daily before school.
What is school without your bestfriends and buddies? Let's be honest... without our friends, we would feel some sort of emptiness lingering within us. But a big special thanks to our friends, school seems to be a tad bit better and more bearable to go through! With that said, could you think of an even better idea than to gather your closest friends for a little get-together before the new school term?
Host a little barbeque at your house, or if possible and financially able, book a room or villa with Airbnb with your besties for a day or two and have a sleepover. Otherwise, opt for a mini roadtrip somewhere together and have an adventurous bonding time as a group. This way, you'll be even more motivated as you are reminded that you have your besties to get through another school year!
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