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8 Singapore Essentials

Anthony Braybrooke
Anthony Braybrooke
Anthony Braybrooke is a History student at England's University of Leicester who is enjoying a year's study abroad at Flinders University in Australia.


With under 2 months to go, it’s about time I updated everyone on what’s been happening. In my last post, I told you everything I needed to do, so I think it’s only right I tell you what I’ve done since then!

Here’s a short list of things I’ve done (It should be longer, it really should):

  • Bought Australian Overseas Student Health Cover. Now when I get mauled by a kangaroo or have my leg taken off by a shark, at least it won’t cost me as much money.
  • Accepted my offer to Flinders. Obviously, this had to be done. My course starts on the 23rd of July but I have to be there 2-3 weeks prior to that for orientation and whatnot.
  • Organised my Visa which is nice; turns out I’m not as shifty as I thought I was.
  • Booked my flights. I leave Heathrow on July 2nd, arriving in Singapore 13 hours later, spending a couple of days there before flying onto Adelaide.

With less than 3 days in Singapore, I’ve planned my time there with exquisite (defined: extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate) detail.

Here goes:

  1. Singapore Flyer. It’s basically the London Eye, but bigger. (Amazing memories from the London Eye at night!). The tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
  2. Botanical Gardens. For everyone from England, it’s about half the size of the Royal Botanical Gardens, but it appears on everyone’s list of things that can’t be missed in Singapore.
  3. Chinatown. While in Chinatown I’m hoping to go see the Chinese Heritage Centre and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, both of which look amazing.
  4. Little India.
  5. River Cruise. Either a cruise on the river in the ‘standard’ way or even better on a Duck tour (a land/sea adventure on a WWII amphibious Vietnamese warcraft).
  6. Sentosa. An island resort described as ‘Asia’s Favourite Playground’ that has a huge observation tower, a butterfly park and insect kingdom, a huge oceanarium and dolphin lagoon, a gun fort built by the British, the longest/steepest zip wire in Asia, high ropes course, free-fall parachute simulator, miles of beaches…. OK, you get the idea.
  7. Food. Singapore is famous for its food and I want to try all the different types it has to offer from Vietnamese to Indian to Chinese, all from hawker food stalls.
  8. Geylang. The red light district. Er, no…. not for that, the culture around the place is meant to be amazing.

Researching and writing this has been a hugely useful procrastination tool, but now I’ve got to find SOMEWHERE TO LIVE.

Note: I’ve also booked all my arrival briefings, tours, etc for when I get to Flinders. Exciting stuff!