Home, Bond, Learning, Growth and Realization – these five words hold a whole lot of importance in a traveler’s life. During my journey over the years, I have come across some places that made me understand the deeper meaning of these five words. Singapore, where I had spent six years of my life, is one such place that will always be special to me. Today, it has been five months since I quit my corporate job and left the shores of Singapore in pursuit of my travel dreams. And as a tribute to the connect I feel with this prosperous nation, I will dwell upon the five things that I miss the most about Singapore.
The Taxi Rides
Yes, I know this sounds like an odd and weird thing to miss about Singapore. Especially, to most people who live in Singapore, they would find it really strange and might ask,”What is so special about taxi rides in this city? “. Well, I have just two words,” The Stories “. I have taken numerous taxi rides during my stay in Singapore and on most occasions I chatted up with the driver. I must tell you, the taxi drivers in Singapore can be some of the most interesting folks to chat with. I used to listen to the life stories of those men and women, and some of those stories were actually quite memorable. Be it the stories about the transformation years of Singapore, complaints about some government policies or just the daily routine of a taxi driver’s life, listening to those stories is why I used to enjoy the taxi rides apart from the fact that the vehicles were really comfortable 🙂
The Landmarks of Singapore
If you have ever visited Singapore or even read about this city, you would know that Singapore has some really amazing architectural landmarks. The world-renowned Marina Bay Sands Hotel, The Singapore Flyer – giant observation wheel and Gardens By The Bay are some of the most famous among them. I personally could not get enough of Gardens By The Bay and the Marina Bay Waterfront while I was in Singapore. Especially, the Marina Bay Waterfront was quite fascinating for me because of the unique changing skyline and structures that lit up all around the place. These iconic landmarks truly are a wonderful sight to behold once the sun goes down. These were the sights I never got tired of in Singapore.
Arab Street and Haji Lane
Make no mistake about the fact that Singapore, like any other major financial hubs, is quite fast-paced with mostly hectic work schedules. However, as you step out of the Bugis MRT station and head to the quarters of Arab Street, you are greeted with a relaxed atmosphere and laid-back vibes. The alleys of Haji Lane are dotted with some really cool cafes, restaurants and bars, some of which have live bands playing during the evenings. Located right behind the Sultan mosque, this quarter has a lot of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern restaurants that are worth a try. Touted as the ‘hipster district of Singapore’, this area has quite a few backpacker hostels and is very popular among travelers.
The shores of East Coast Park
My favorite place in Singapore, East Coast Park is the most popular stretch of beach in this city. Although man-made, the beaches are a perfect getaway for friends and families especially during weekends. For me, this place was the perfect spot to relax after a long day at work. The concrete platforms that extend a distance into the sea is the best place to feel the cool ocean breeze and watch away as many folks try their hands at fishing.
I have traveled extensively in Thailand and Indonesia, the two countries known for their amazing cuisine. But there is something about the food scene of Singapore that is quite unique. The cultural diversity of this country reflects in the fusion that is visible in the wide range of culinary fare in Singapore. Today, Indonesian cuisine has become my favorite but I still miss the exciting variety of foods that is available in Singapore. Oh yes, I miss THE famous Chicken Rice!!
Five reasons why I miss Singapore, apart from the fact that this is the place where I attained financial stability and lived the most secure six years of my life. As we travelers say,” Every place in the world is my home”, I will always consider Singapore as one of my homes. A home where I grew as a person and a home that made me realize my dreams. Thank You Singapore!!