Singapore is a city that is vibrant, fun, exciting and in some parts, shallow. Having lived there for a year, I really enjoyed the lifestyle that Singapore has afforded me and its many nightlife offerings. What I meant by shallow is that sometimes, Singapore can come off as rich spoilt brat that´s all about the surface, but sometimes, she manages to surprise you with her dimensions, as well.
There are many things to do in this small island and Singapore is amazingly efficient in terms of public transportation, safety and generally getting around. The MRT system is one of the most advanced in the world and positioned at strategic locations for ease in wandering around.
For those who love shopping, Orchard Road is the ideal place to be around Christmas. Every year, the shopping malls that line Orchard Road are in competition to win the annual best decorations. So, don’t forget to bring your camera! There are heaps of bright lights, extensive decor and gorgeously intricate details. It’s really quite a sight.
Besides that, hop into Ion Orchard Mall and be delighted by the many retail outlets and food stores available there. One secret from the advertising industry that I will share with you is that Ion Orchard Mall´s ventilation actually uses lavender scent to soothe and relax the minds of shoppers, for an enjoyable shopping experience.
Or go to Paragon Shopping and sample Siao Lung Pao in Din Tai Fung Restaurant. Siao Lung Pao are originally Shanghainese and it’s bite-size dumplings with paper thin skins and filled with juicy, succulent tasting soup inside. Imagine biting into hearty goodness. They make really good Siao Lung Pao there.
Around the corner from the American Embassy, is a cluster of shop houses and restaurants in a place called Dempsey Hill. Locals and expatriates love coming to Dempsey Hill around the weekends and the entire area can be packed to the brim, even with many restaurants and offerings available.
One of the best places where I loved to hang out in was CMPB, or Contemporary Melting Pot and Bar. Some weekends there are live bands and there’s an outdoors area for chilling out. Check out the promotions for Christmas. Dempsey Hill is a great place when selecting restaurants or hang out joints for Christmas dinners and gatherings.
When I spoke about Singapore being shallow, pop into Clarke Quay on a Friday or Saturday night and you will know what I mean. Around Christmas period, there will be many parties and events organized in this central area of pubs, bars and clubs. Attica, one of Singapore’s most famous clubs, is in Clarke Quay and so is Pump Room, a bar where young executives and beautiful people like to hang out.
Anyways, when stumped on where to go in Singapore around Christmas, you won´t be disappointed with Clarke Quay.
Marina Bay Sands
Opened in late April 2010, Marina Bays Sands is fast becoming Singapore´s place-to-be-seen. Casinos, concert halls, hotels and the breathtaking Sands Skypark. There’s a 150m infinity pool for hotel guests to soak in and enjoy the bright sunny rays. Also, the lovely view of Singapore at 200m in the sky! Also, have a gander at the restaurant, The Sky on 57, and book in advance for a romantic Christmas dinner with your loved ones. By the way, this is also a great place for marriage proposals for those who are on holidays with ulterior intentions.
One of the best things about living in Singapore is that you can always take a less than 40 minutes MRT train ride from anywhere in Singapore and head onto Sentosa Island for some beach action. It is indeed small, but it´s packed with everything and anything. From Genting Casino and Resort where you can try your hand at gambling and check out their website for Christmas promotions and events. Sentosa Island is also the home of Universal Studios, so have a great time taking photos with Christmas Mickey Mouse!
Besides that, there are also a lot of bars and restaurants around the island for you to explore and check out.
Should you be in Singapore around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, try not to get too caught up with what everyone else is doing and where to go to be seen. Make one decision and stick to it as traffic will be quite bad around that time and people will be pouring in and out of every place. Remember that festive seasons are to be spent with your loved ones. And that’s all that matters. But do have a great time.