Island Hopping (Singapore Edition)

Island Hopping (Singapore Edition)

The Old Jetty at St John’s Island

It’s almost the end of 2020 and international leisure travel is still not allowed for most countries. So we are all pretty much stuck in Singapore. With 5.6 million people crowded into an island city state of roughly 50 km wide by 30 km tall, there’s only so many places you can go to rediscover your local neighbourhoods. So how about going off the main island?

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Sound of Silence

Sound of Silence

With most of the world under some form of lockdown, it’s been a strange time for a lot of people. Governments have been trying to avoid the negative connotations of the word “Lockdown” and have come up with creative terms and acronyms to describe this. We hear of “Shelter At Home”, “Movement Control Order” and the most unusual term used by the Singapore government; “Circuit Breaker”.

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Christmas in the Tropics

Christmas in the Tropics

So here we are at the time of the year when Christmas carols play non stop in the shopping malls. Everyone is in a festive mood as the end of the year nears. If you haven’t visited Singapore before, Christmas season is a good time to visit. Christmas season starts early in November when the yearly Christmas decorations go up onto Orchard Road transforming the this shopping street into a Christmas Wonderland. There are also other Christmas themed events happening like at Gardens by the Bay.

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Watch the Birdie

Watch the Birdie

We often think of Singapore as just a concrete jungle with shopping malls and housing estates. However, we also have flora and fauna, if you know where to look. There are nearly 150 species of resident birds in Singapore, and hosts many more species of migratory birds. Singapore is one of 22 countries including Russia, China and Australia that lie along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, an annual migration path for 50 million birds from more than 200 species that spans 10,000km. Continue reading “Watch the Birdie”