Expat Singapore Living – 12 Months Checkpoint

It’s already been one year in Singapore for me. Sometimes when I’m on the escalators on the MRT, or when i walk past streams of tourists holding maps of the city, I find myself surprised that I’m actually here. It’s not that this is me achieving my dreams, but more that this is home for me now. Its an odd feeling to describe.

6 months ago I plotted all of the food and sights type places (tourist sights, shopping malls, but not to the detail of listing each and every shop) onto a map. You can read the previous post here (TLDR i promised myself that i would make an effort to explore the country, and not be like a typical expat that hid in their comfortable spots only). At that point the plotting showed that I was mostly focused on the central part of Singapore, with a splash of activity on the east and north east. The west was non-existent to me.

6 months later i still find myself focused on the central part of Singapore, which makes sense because I live and work here. But there is some obvious movement to explore the heartlands of Singapore.


  • More effort was focused to going out to the west (Jurong, Bukit Timah). I didnt go to Choa Chu Kang, that is an error on the Google Maps data import.
  • Some effort focused on the east, basically Joo Chiat.
  • Sights to see on west and north west are Singapore Zoo (company gives out free tickets for this), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Tiger Beer Factory, Jurong Bird Park, Chinese Gardens, and Haw Par Villa.
  • Sights on the east and north east are Hougang, more Punggol, more East Coast Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, Geylang and Paya Lebar.

So what am i missing? What are the best things to do in Singapore?? Please share!

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