The Lion City is the perfect marriage of modernised transport networks connecting a compact, easy to manoeuvre destination. But when it just isn’t possible to get out and explore by foot, you can still have a mini holiday without ever stepping outside. Here’s how to experience the best of Singapore in 24 hours, all from the comfort of your living room.
Heap Seng Leong is one of few Singaporean establishments that still serves kopi gu you, coffee with condensed milk and butter on top. But there’s no need to leave home when you can whip up this Hokkien-origin cuppa in your own kitchen. All you need to mimic this recipe is strong coffee, condensed milk and a dab of butter. Couple this classic drink with another Singapore breakfast staple: kaya toast and eggs. You can find many recipes online, so you can throw together this quintessential Singaporean breakfast wherever you are in the world.
‘Walk off’ your delicious breakfast with a casual, virtual stroll along the Singapore River. Spanning from Collyer Quay to Robertson Quay, the National Heritage Board has made this entire stretch available online, so you can explore Singapore’s history at each ‘stop’ along your tour from home. And as you’re safe under the cover of your own roof, there’s no need to worry about bad weather disrupting your experience – it’s always sunny on this virtual walking path.
Whether you’re planning a future trip or simply want to experience Singapore from the comfort of your own home, you can get to know this city-state by wandering its cultural neighbourhoods. Grab your mobile device, tablet or computer to virtually shop Arab Street, Singapore’s textile district. You’ll see brightly coloured fabrics, Persian rugs and other textile wares galore, dotted with a melting pot of restaurants and hawkers offering cultural cuisines. Little India and Kampong Glam can tire out any traveller, but when you’re perusing the areas online, you’ve got the neighbourhoods at your fingertips.
Fuel up on budget-friendly food from the many hawker centres in Chinatown. To recreate this classic Singapore experience at home, order up your favourite Singaporean meal – we recommend Singapore’s national dish, chicken rice, or laksa or fried kway teow – or find a copycat recipe to whip up at home. And if you really want to get into the out-and-about mood whilst never leaving home, why not chope (save) your seat at your own dining table just to make it all the more authentic.
If you have kids to entertain at home as well, take them on a virtual tour around Singapore’s mosaic playgrounds. Some of these playgrounds date back to the 1970s, featuring unique nods to popular culture and Singapore’s identity, such as the ever-popular dragon playground designs.
As evening descends, there’s still so much more to experience. Browse the National Gallery’s collection online, where you can click through whatever art-type takes your fancy. From contemporary to modern, you can admire each artwork one-by-one at your own pace – closing time need not apply.
Or liven things up at home by streaming performances (or podcasts!) from Offstage, your backstage pass to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay performing arts. You can even upgrade from passive observer to active participant (from home), and learn a dance or two steeped in Singaporean culture. Whatever takes your fancy, you can choose from musical acts, dance performances, plays and more in this online archive.
If you’ve still got a hankering for more Singapore magic, you can explore Jewel Changi Airport with a virtual walk-through tour. Jewel opened in 2019 to great fanfare, proving airports can be destinations in their own right.
And you don’t even need a passport to enjoy a light and sound show at Jewel because you can pump up the volume and immerse yourself in the Rain Vortex show, live from your very own living room.
Keep the energy going, and download a virtual Sentosa island background to your video conferencing software, and show your friends and family the Singapore time-of-their-life.
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Still want to explore more? The Necessary Stage are offering access to a play from their archives every month, for free; stream the Singapore Symphony Orchestra performances from wherever you are in the world; livestream dance classes through T.H.E Dance Company or go behind the scenes at Singapore Dance Theatre; or take in the masterpieces at the Singapore Art Museum through this virtual tour.
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