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I’ve lived in Singapore for most of my life. Working life however pretty much came to revolve around the usual activities and places, with after-hours leisure activities limited to any of Singapore’s numerous malls or restaurants, or else to places near to my home or office. I hardly ever ventured out to out-of-the-norm places in Singapore, except to occasionally check out the latest “tourist attractions” – places like the highly promoted and somewhat over-the-top Gardens by the Bay.

So while I was an avid traveller and explorer of other countries, why did I not get out much in Singapore? I suspected I wasn’t alone on this though.

Asia map

So small you can’t really see it

When I finally got a long-awaited break from my work life a few years ago I seized the chance to start getting out and exploring more of what the our city-state offers, discovering and re-discovering some of Singapore’s lesser known places and attractions.

It’s not only been a really fun adventure to date, but an eye-opening and educational one as well. My list of places to visit and things to do remains long though.

I hope my blog helps to motivate other Singaporeans as well as the huge community of non-Singaporeans living here (1 in 3 persons is a non-local) to go and visit these off-the-beaten-track places. And to the many tourists and guests visiting Singapore (almost 15 million each year), I say be an “UnTourist” – veer off the tourist track and discover some of these places for yourself too.

Singapore map

Google Maps image of Singapore

Singapore is tiny, just over a mere 700 sq km in size (even smaller than New York City), however you will find the island holds many attractions and surprises tucked away in its nooks and crannies.

Enjoy!

About Me

Ex-corporate marketer for multinational corporations turned real estate professional. Do what you enjoy, for life is short and you only live once!

14 thoughts on “About

    • KC,

      Sure, any time! First you have to feed me some of that Peranakan mee siam though! FYI I did stop by one day but your stall was closed.. 😦

      MBev

  1. Hi MBev,

    I came across your blog while researching for a project I’m working on. I would like to talk to you about using one of your photos commercially. If you don’t mind, please do contact me at niyati.pingali@foundationcommunications.com and I’ll provide you with more details.

    Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Niyati

  2. I was given details of your website by an employee of the Shangri-La hotel on Sentosa during a recent extended stay there. Unfortunately it was given to me just days before our return to the U.K, so it was not possible to make use of the information it contained. However, as someone who has visited Singapore a number of times and enjoys all that it has to offer, especially the friendliness of the people, I endeavour to promote Singapore as a holiday choice for others, and not just a stopover.  With an expanding population requiring more housing I think it’s important to retain as much open space as possible for Singaporeans, and us tourists of course, to relax and enjoy. With that in mind I would draw your attention to what seems a little known gem of an attraction that we stumbled across during our recent visit. I refer to The Green Corridor, a disused railway line running from the centre of Singapore up to the crossing at Woodlands. When I went to review it on TripAdvisor I was surprised to see I was the first to do so (it’s about 157 on the list of attractions), and feel it needs more public awareness. Although we only walked a mere fraction of the Corridor, we were able to see some of the remaining railway track, bridges, stations, and beautiful scenery, and feel this is something others would equally enjoy.

    • Hi Tony,

      Many thanks for taking the time to comment and sorry to hear you didn’t have time to explore more of our hidden spaces. Well there’s always next time!

      The pace of construction and development going on in Singapore is just relentless. This of course is at the expense of our green spaces, and worse our historical and cultural sites. As a nation we are now really coming to grips with this awful reality, that there is a steep price to pay for this economic development we value so much. The good thing however is that there’s been a discernible change in attitudes in recent years – more people are beginning to care about enough to act on protecting the spaces and things that mean something to us. The government admittedly has a really tough job trying to balance diverse interests and priorities while maintaining stellar growth targets, all on this small island.

      The Green Corridor is a prime example of a site that many locals have been vocal and proactive about preserving. I’m surprised you found it though since it’s not a tourist site at all. And funny you should bring it up as I have been thinking about exploring the Green Corridor for a while, and was just debating whether to sign up for this Green Corridor Run happening next month (www.greencorridorrun.coms.sg)! Parts of the 26km long track can be a bit secluded though and that’s been what’s holding me back, so what better way to explore it than with a large running group! Thing is I’ll only have a month to get fit for it though..

      Regards
      MBev

  3. Hi MBev,
    Thank you for your reply. To get a true sense of any country we feel it’s important to explore the lesser known areas, as well as the usual tourist spots, and in a country like Singapore this is made much easier by the presence of an excellent public transport service, and a safe environment. With regards to attractions like the Green Corridor and Southern Ridges, planning a walk is made easier by being able to plan a walk knowing that public transport is readily available to return the walker back to the start point. The Green Corridor has the added advantage of being a disused railway line, meaning the walk is on level ground, making it attractive to walkers, joggers, cyclists and those less mobile.
    As tourists we always browse travel sites such as TripAdvisor, to get a sense of what attractions are available at our chosen destination and if, as on this occasion, a new attraction comes to light then it’s important to make others aware of it. Increased popularity of any ‘attraction’ can go some way to ensure its future, and may attract funding from both the private and public sector.
    Anyway, if you do decide to undertake the Green Corridor Run I wish you well, and if your enthusiasm for the run matches that of your love of Singapore, then I have no doubt you will complete it successfully.
    Regards,
    Tony

    • Hello Nomad,

      Thanks! I’ve looked at your photo blog too, you have some lovely pics and you’ve certainly travelled to quite a few places, lucky you!

      I don’t know if you live in Singapore or was just visiting, but please do take more pics of Singapore – it’s really an interesting place if you scratch beneath the surface (and look past the the many malls..)!

      • Hello MBev,

        I do live in the little red dot, indeed a very interesting place once one goes beyond the usual places (I hate malls ;-). Will keep taking more pics for sure!

  4. You’re a wealth of information! I’d love for you to share your intimate knowledge of Singapore to a larger audience (not only Singaporeans) via Houzz Singapore, which we are launching in April. Please email me so I can tell you more.

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