4 Incredible Experiences For You To Have When You Move to Singapore


We all go where the flow of life and business takes us. For those moving overseas to a foreign nation, the displacement and its effects are keenly felt, and can take a long time to overcome. But a new country has many positives! Fresh experiences are around every corner, unlike anything back home. Once you get properly settled in Singapore – easier with the help of relocation specialists such as Allied Pickfords – we recommend some of these attractions. See the high points of your new home and make a positive start to your stay!

 

Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo

Zoos are evergreen attractions all around the world, but Singapore Zoo is in the upper echelon of wildlife care and traveller experiences, and demands at least a visit. Take the tram tour to glimpse some of the 3,600 animals housed in the sweeping enclosures. For a little extra cash (well worth it) you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with some of the Zoo’s magnificent Orangutans, getting up close and personal with these gentle ape families.

 

War and humanity at the Battlebox

War museums and war memorials are not every tourist’s cup of tea, but it’s rare that you can stand right in the middle of a pivotal point of national history. The Battlebox, a bombproof bunker used by the British and then Japanese commands during World War II, is home to a thoughtful and detailed tour which links the tumultuous events and people of the time to the development of modern Singapore. Comes recommended online even by some visitors who expected it to bore them – let it surprise you.

 

Dine and drink it in at Chijmes

Offering a stunning and rare combination of boutique shopping, dining, and historic architecture, Chijmes is among Singapore’s must-visit nightspots. The area was developed starting in the 1840s as a convent school, and has since flourished into a secular but still movingly beautiful commercial complex. Listed as heritage sites, you can enjoy incredible dining and bar options inside or on the lawns of these breathtaking Gothic buildings, with the atmosphere of class and culture swimming around you.

 

Witness firewalks at Sri Mariamman Temple

Among the benefits of living locally rather than visiting is that you are always in town for special events and festivals. One of the most spectacular for newcomers is no doubt the Hindu religious festival of Theemithi. This annual firewalking ceremony is held in late October/early November. Taking place at Sri Mariamman Temple, already a spectacle of artwork and culture year-round, it is well worth marking the date for.

 

To find out more about Allied Pickfords’ moving services, or to book a consultation, visit www.alliedpickfords.com.sg or call +65 6862 4700.

 

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How to Enjoy Chinese New Year as an Expat in Singapore

 

 

For many native Singaporean residents, the rapidly approaching Lunar New Year represents the single most important date of the year. Also known as Chinese New Year, the spring festival holiday is associated with traditions thousands of years old and is celebrated by communities the world over. Singapore marks the auspicious date with a public extravaganza of light and dance, getting fully into the festival spirit with food, fashion, and public events.
If you’re an expat currently living in Singapore, the advent of such a raucous and colourful holiday might be the perfect cultural experience, but it also could be a bewildering drain on your energy if you aren’t prepared. With that in mind, here’s a short guide to the key facets of Chinese New Year in Singapore.

Paint the town red
One of the most visible cultural foundations of the Spring Festival is the veneration of the colour red, which is simply everywhere in Singapore at this time. Seen to signify luck and prosperity, you will see people buying new clothes, cooking food, and daubing their homes in the colour. 
If you plan on celebrating or at least blending in during the festival, it’s a good idea to plan your best “red” look. Buying new clothes – especially ones which are red themselves – is considered good luck at this time of year, so don’t be afraid to splash out a bit in order to look the part.

It’s all about family
Togetherness and family unity are a huge cultural theme of the holiday. One of the central moments of the holiday season is Reunion Dinner, when scattered family members move hell and high water to get home for dinner on the eve of the Lunar New Year. If you’re a lonesome single expat far from home on a night like this, it can be very easy to feel cut off from the celebration and sink into a melancholy homesickness.
Take the opportunity to match like with like; Allied Pickfords recommends looking into local expat bars and social media groups to see if anyone else is partying against the grain on reunion night.

It’s not just about the New Year
In Singapore, the Lunar New Year is traditionally marked by a 2-day public holiday, sometimes 3-day, and the revellers will make those days count. But if the holiday itself is too intense or just not your style, the festive season persists for a good month around this crimson crescendo. Featuring a range of mouth-watering seasonal food prepared only around the New Year, colourful public decorations and a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere, this could be the perfect antidote to frantic New Year’s Eve celebrations. Make sure to witness the legendary Chingay Parade, held 8 days after the Lunar New Year and one of Singapore’s most cherished public traditions.

 

To find out more about Allied Pickfords’ moving services, or to book a consultation, visit www.alliedpickfords.com.sg or call +65 6862 4700.

 

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