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Have you ever thought how many things need to be fitted in a 40x20km island
city-state with 5 million inhabitants?
It takes lots of planning to develop such a small island and Singapore has an
Authority who cares and explains about its Urban Redevelopment plan. Visiting
its showroom (Singapore City Gallery www.singaporecitygallery.sg ) will be an
engaging and captivating experience: education, work, transport , infrastructures
and leisure are key words for well living and life in Singapore looks like it’s
missing nothing. Almost.
During last few months foreign workers are experiencing difficulties in finding
jobs here; according to the press some locals start complaining about the amount
of foreigners in town; there’s more than a suspect that many attractions are
intended to create familiar environments for expats more than locals. But I’m
still fascinated by this city.
I moved to Singapore 5 months ago, knowing not even an Asian word for “hello”
and in a complicated relationship with chopsticks. More excited than worried
about this new adventure it didn’t take me long to discover a little truth :
Singapore is Asia for beginners. This is kind of a relief for most western expats ,
including me: English as first among official languages, heavy still neat traffic,
clean and green places, delicious exotic food… and “No Mom, there’s no freaky
food such as beetles or cockroaches here !”. I would like to add many other pros,
sure to definitely reveal my nerd soul – but seriously, how can you avoid
mentioning high‐tech everywhere, efficiency, green architecture and outstanding
OK, I’m more than just geeky: what I love the most is that this city is a perfect
starting point for exploration. In its convenient position at the heart of Southeast
Asia Singapore offers quick flights to all destinations you have ever dreamt
about: Bangkok, Bali, Boracay, Borneo, and so on, just choose any alphabet
letters. If you are either looking for great outdoor activities or cultural
experiences, and whether you are all‐inclusive travelers or backpackers, there
is a lot to discover in these fascinating places. On my personal travel map I
already pinned some beaches and cities around and passionate about offbeat
experience I was lucky to chance upon a travel marketplace named Indiescapes
(www.indiescapes.com) which offers authentic tours and activities with locals in
many locations in Asia, Singapore included. Yes, because Singapore itself
presents several surprises about its culture, traditions and ways to deepen into
them: historical home‐museum in Joo Chiat, the traditional Peranakan enclave;
eclectic and indie‐chic precinct of Tiong Bahru, one of oldest Singapore
neighbourhoods; last mangroves on the river in Sembawang district, where to
paddle kayaking; bike tours from Chinatown to Clarke Quay and Marina Bay ;
photos and food trips around the most peculiar areas of the city .
Living in Singapore and still feeling like a tourist is an amazing way to be, I love
the idea to have something new to do and to see at all times. And when I miss my
hometown mountains and trails the less I can do is to get lost into the wild, up to
the Tree Top Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir Park .
Into the wild at Tree Top Walk
Per gentile concessione di Chiara Bertoldini
PS: Buon Compleanno !