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Here are my TOP 8 things you should pack for your trip to Singapore (no matter if it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long family trip).
Passport (and visa)
Always carry your passport when travelling abroad and ensure it is valid for at least 6 months from the day of departure. Most visitors to Singapore do NOT require a visa for entry. For details, check the official ICA website here.
Sunscreen and Sun glasses
When travelling to a warm place like Singapore, make sure to use sunscreen on a daily basis. Whether you are hanging by the pool, exploring the city, go for a hike or chill by the beach: there is no reason why you would want to expose your skin without protection. Similarly, always wear your sun glasses (and if you are like me – carry an extra pair of sun glasses to switch according to your outfits).
Coming from a cold country (Germany), I first have to travel and live in Venezuela to learn one very important rule in life: ALWAYS carry a swimsuit or bikini. In fact, when in a country that has easy swimming options, I usually keep a bikini in my handbag. You never know… 🙂
Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes
Singapore is a global foodie paradise. I hardly visit fancy restaurants when I am here because the local foodcourts offer such a tasty and cheap variety of food from all over Asia (and the rest of the world): Korean, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Western, … you have endless options! But that also means that you often eat at hawker centres without the option to properly wash your hands before you start your meal. So make sure you always carry a hand sanitizer and some wet wipes.
I am a big fan of carrying my own water bottle. It allows me to stay hydrated while exploring new neighbourhoods and walking around the city and I can easily refill it.
Sneakers and Sportswear
Singapore is probably the safest city I have ever lived in. Every time I come back I have a long list of things to do, people to meet and food to eat. I never have enough time to do it all. So, I often step out late at night, take the MRT (that’s what the metro is called in Singapore) to one of my favourite neighbourhoods and just go for a run. You can also enjoy the sea breeze at East Coast Park during an early morning run or watch the sunset while exercising. Basically you get the idea: bring your sportswear to stay fit while travelling and use your time to explore and experience even more of Singapore.
In terms of clothes, I usually pack two types: casual shorts and t-shirts for everyday and dresses that I can dress up from day to night. Unlike some places in Europe or Latin America, where you can hit the dance floor in casual jeans, you need to dress up and shine for a night out in Singapore. So make sure to pack some dresses that you can style down during the day and with a few accessories added at night make for a fancy party outfit.
Phone, Apps, Camera, Book(s)
Last but not least: I always carry my phone and camera (plus chargers and travel adapters) and make sure I downloaded and updated my travel related apps such as Googlemaps, Uber, Audible, and specifically for Singapore’s public transport I use an app called MyTransport Singapore. I also pack at least one book to read while flying in and out of Singapore as well as during the MRT rides or any time I want to relax.
I hope this small packing list helps you and my tips & tricks to pack make your next Singapore trip smoother. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post about my favorite things to do in Singapore and my Foodie List of things you absolutely must eat when in Singapore.
I don’t know about you but I just came back home from a crazy day filled with business meetings and lots of work. And it’s been busy for the last few days. So busy that I didn’t really plan anything for our Valentine’s Dinner. But cooking at home? Ordering in? Well, here are my super Last Minute Valentine’s Dinner Date suggestions:
The event will take place on Friday, 17 February 2017, 7.30pm onwards at Sofitel in BKC. The normal price is 2,000 INR per person but because the Gwenda Glocalista community is so awesome, All Things Nice offers us a special price of 1,500 INR per person. (Simply mention “Gwenda Glocalista” when buying your ticket!)
So what are you waiting for? Celebrate India’s Finest and All Things Nice.
Israel connects Europe, Asia and the Arabic World and is the perfect destination for your next travel whether you are looking for a family journey full of history and culture in Jerusalem, a city trip with your friends to Tel Aviv, one of the world’s top party locations, or a unique travel to the Dead Sea with you loved one.
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and a holy city for three major world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Temple Mount is the holiest site for Jews. The al-Aqsa Mosque is the place where Muhammad ascended into heaven, according to Muslim belief, and the Church of Holy Sepulchre is where some Christians believe Jesus was crucified. You should also visit the Western Wall which is located between the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
An earlier name of the city is Urusalima which means “City of Peace” but unfortunately the status of Jerusalem is one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, when I travelled to Israel and specifically to Jerusalem, I did not feel unsafe at any point of time. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is mostly political and tourists are not affected at all.
The museum relates stories of Jews living in Europe before the Second World War and highlights the events that led to the rise of the Nazis to power, the prosecution of the Jews, the eviction to the ghettos and the mass genocide. As I walked through the galleries, read letters from Jewish people to their family members during the time of prosecution, watching videos about the ghettos, and looking into the eyes of Israeli museum visitors, I cried. I was ashamed being a German. But I also felt that this museum, the Jews around me were so forgiving. The museum’s architecture exemplifies the oppressive and depressing feeling of the crime against humanity done by the Nazis.
Visiting Yad Vashem is very emotional and heart-breaking. But as you walk towards the exit of the dark and oppressive museum, you suddenly see day light and as you leave museum, you stand on top of Mount of Remembrance with a wonderful view and suddenly you feel hope.
Tel Aviv is the financial centre and technology hub of Israel. And like Mumbai, it is a city that never sleeps. The Party Capital of Israel is home to a vibrant nightlife scene, beautiful city beaches and its LGBT community.
Most of the famous and large clubs are located in the Tel Aviv Port area which draws big crowds of young party people. Another happening neighbourhood is Allenby/Rothschild. Some famous clubs you should remember are: Haoman 17 Club, Block Club, Comfort 13 and Paradise Garage.
And when you need a break from partying, I highly recommend you to check out the White City. It is the world’s largest concentration of international style buildings such as Bauhaus which were built by German Jews in the 1930s. Since 2003, the White City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bauhaus Centre organizes regular architectural tours of the city.
Did you know that the Dead Sea is a Lake? In fact, it is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Being 400m below sea level, it is also the lowest location on earth. The salinity (34.2% salt content) and other minerals in the water body inhibit existence of most life forms. That is why it is called Dead Sea.
But the same salt and minerals provide a perfect environment for treatment of your body and mind. Known as “the world’s most natural spa”, the combination of mud, sea and air are highly beneficial for your health. The air contains extra oxygen and bromine which has a relaxing effect and the extra layers of atmosphere help block the sun’s harmful radiation and allow the beneficial properties of sunlight to go through.
And even non-swimmers will flowed effortless in the Dead Sea due to its unique water properties. It is such a picturesque place on earth.
And last but definitely not least: FOOD
You know me. I am a foodie. And Israel is definitely a foodie heaven. The Israeli cuisine is influenced by the local Mediterranean cuisine and dishes brought to Israel by the Jewish Diaspora from around the world. Traditional Jewish food is prepared kosher according to the requirements of Jewish laws.
My favorite food in Israel is pita bread filled with salad, falafel, hummus and French fries. You can find it across the country as this is one of the most popular street foods among locals and tourists.
And if you have a sweat tooth, you must try some of the delicious Israeli sweets such as Baklava, Kadaif and Halva.
I could not think of a better topic to re-start blogging after the hacker attack three weeks ago. My website was down for several days and it took another week or so to restore 85% of the content. I am so thankful that we are back online (though the blog looks still a bit sad) that I thought THANKSGIVING is the best time to come back.
Yesterday, I celebrated Thanksgiving with the ladies from the American Women’s Club Mumbai at The Sassy Spoon in Bandra. Chef Irfan and his team created a special Thanksgiving Menu for us. I enjoyed the delicious food and great conversations.
I hope you are all celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones in Mumbai or “back home”. We all have plenty of reasons to be thankful. And not just today. The beauty is to be grateful every day, every moment.