As soon as my parents gave me the option to pick between a huge birthday party or a chance to travel around Asia on my 18th birthday, I couldn’t help but say yes to the endless adventures waiting for me at the other side of the world.
Singapore was on the top of my list.
The island city-state did not disappoint. I did my research before heading to what’s known as the “Lion City,” but still found myself an abundance of surprises.
One thing I loved the most was the country’s authentic cuisines. From their well-known Chicken Heinan Rice to their famous Singaporean Chilli Crabs, Singaporeans dedicate themselves to preparing every single dish with intricacy and an ocean of flavours.
The Merlion located in the country’s metropolis
Whenever my family and I travel, we try to avoid package tours to save ourselves from long, boring stories of the history of the place told by tour guides. Instead, we take a map, learn their public transportation and walk our way through the stories of the country, itself. We visited the world famous Merlion, a statue that has the body of a fish, and a head of a lion. The 8.5 m-tall statue represents the country’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.
Universal Studios, Singapore
I also had my first visit to the Universal Studios at Singapore. It was definitely an inspiring day for me as I was just preparing to start my first semester at NAIT, where I was going to learn more about videography and production.
The rest of our trip was spent at night markets with the best shopping deals and a street filled with barbecue smoke coming from a variety of food stalls.
So, if you are looking for a place to spend a day beside a lion and a fish while watching the sunset away from Edmonton’s brutal winters, Singapore is definitely the place to be.