1. Eat Singapore's iconic dish, the Chilli Crab
The Chilli Crab is loved by Singaporeans and visitors to Singapore, some who exclusively make it a point to savour everytime they visit. So what exactly makes up one of Singapore's most iconic dishes?
Chilli crabs use mud crabs which are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Served with rice or bread and garnished with coriander leaves, it is a mouth-watering dish best savoured on the East Coast or in any of the locals' favourite restaurants- such as No Signboard Seafood Restaurant.
2. Get a drink at the highest open bar in the world, 1-Altitude
Get high in spirits and in height, 62 storeys high at 1-Altitude. With a rather strict procedural entry, you might be mistaken to believe you are about to enter a classified government building. But once the doors open and the breeze hits your face, you realise the full gravity of it all- that you are on top of Singapore's tallest building, on the world's highest open sky bar.
The 2nd storey of the bar which doubles as a spacious observation deck offers views of other acclaimed observation decks such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and New Asia Bar. Entry is at $15 inclusive of a drink.
3. Hear the call to prayer at Sultan Mosque
Sultan Mosque stands in the former royal grounds of Kampong Glam. The oldest mosque in Singapore is in a location begging to be explored, with little lanes housing eclectic bookshops and music stores. Apart from that, Sultan Mosque stands in its glory of Indo-Saracenic and Indo-Gotchic architectural styles.
Their guides are friendly and welcoming to tourists entering in spite of it being a place of worship. With the increase in sensitivity surrounding religion nowadays, Sultan Mosque plays a pivotal role in educating visitors about the history and culture of Islam in Singapore.
4. Visit the world-famous Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
World-famous Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are the go-to places to see in Singapore. The Singapore Zoo is home to different themes and habitats such as Elephants of India, The Australian Outback and Butterfly Kingdom. With a variety of animal shows, feeding shows and various animal rides, it is a treat for both adults and children.
The Night Safari the world's first and only, will thrill you with rainforest dances and an enthralling tram ride.
5. Dine and party in Clarke Quay
You haven't experienced Singapore's nightlife if you haven't been to Clarke Quay. The rows of restored shophouses are now homes to a dizzying party and dining circuit. Expect cuisines from Persia, Mongolia, Japan, Spain, Australia and our very own satay and Singapore slings.
Get dressed to the nines and dance at clubs such as Attica, Zirca and Arena or dress down and chill out with some pool or live bands at Crazy Elephant, The Pump Room or China One. It makes for an interesting historical excursion by day and a glitzy playground by night.
6. Experience the mangrove habitat at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Unique to South-east Asia, mangroves provide a home for species of birds, crocodiles, monitor lizards and marine life. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (and the surrounding animal farms along Kranji) are worth a visit to experience the un-concrete jungle of Singapore.
Submerge in four habitats- the mangrove, freshwater, back mangrove and mudflat. Activities range from bird-watching, paint-along sessions to marine fish tours.
7. Swim at the world's largest outdoor pool at the 55th storey of Sands SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore's newest pride and entry into the gambling dens previously monopolized by Genting Highlands and Macau houses the world's largest outdoor pool at its 55th storey. Perched on a SkyPark, it has a length of 150 metres, three times that of an Olympic swimming pool.
This infinity pool, tricking the eye into believing that the water extends to the horizon, provides a spectacular view of Singapore's skyline of skyscrapers. Its best enjoyed both in the day and night and is exclusive to hotel guests only. You can choose to lounge on the daybeds on the pool itself or actually swim its length, forgetting that a bustling city exists below.