Fact: Singapore is not boring. And we can prove it. We had a hard time narrowing down 50 reasons why we love Singapore – we had to leave so many other things out or we'd be here all day. From our vibrant arts and culture scene and obsession with food to our status as a hub for technology and innovation, Singapore truly has it all.
Because it's safe
This might not seem like a very exciting fact but we can walk the streets late at night without having to worry about being mugged, stabbed or held up at gunpoint. The Time Out City Life Index 2018 found that 98% of people living in Singapore feel safe here compared to the global average of 78% – take that world.
Because of the view from Marina Bay
Waterfront views don't get any more breathtaking than when you soak in what Marina Bay has to offer. From the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and quirky looking Esplanade to the historic Fullerton Hotel and cloud-piercing skyscrapers of the CBD – New York City has nothing on us.
And the view from Marina Bay Sands
There's a reason why people from all over the world flock to take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool at the luxuriant Marina Bay Sands. Not only is it the largest infinity pool on the planet, it offers unparalleled views of Singapore’s glamorous cityscape. Now go take that Insta pic of you looking off into the sunset.
Because this is where chilli crab was invented
We don't care what our neighbours say – we take full credit for introducing chilli crab to the world and we do it best. In a survey we did ranking the best local dishes, the iconic dish came out on top. And the best place to get a taste? Our readers voted for Jumbo Seafood.
Because of cuddly pandas
You don't have to go all the way to China for a glimpse of these cute creatures. The River Safari is home to Kai Kai and Jia Jia, a couple of giant pandas who thrill visitors with their butt-scratching, belly-jiggling antics.
Because of kopi and kaya toast
There's no better way to start the day than with a cup of kopi – or kopi-o for those of you who like your coffee as dark as your soul – and kaya butter toast. Throw in a couple of soft-boiled eggs and you're golden.
Because of our passport
It’s pretty cool being the rightful owners of the world’s most “powerful” passport – our passport commands up to a $50,000 premium on the black market.
Because our homegrown talents make us proud
It’s always heart-warming to see local artists making their mark on an international stage – Nathan Hartono, a Singaporean singer made it all the way to the finals of Sing! China and Anthony Chen took home the prestigious Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, just to offer a few exaples that prove that Singapore’s talent pool is far from deficient.
Because we have the largest collection of Southeast Asian art
Housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, National Gallery Singapore is the largest visual art gallery in Singapore and showcases most local and Southeast Asian pieces.
Because of Singapura kitties
You don't need a house pet when friendly stray kitties roam the streets. These cuties are always up for a pat as long as you treat them with kindness.
Because you can get a three-course meal for less than $10
Hawker centres are home to countless of stalls offering unpretentiously scrumptious food at affordable prices. Hit up Tiong Bahru Market – an oldie but goodie with more than 80 stalls including legends such as Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow, Jian Bo Shui Kueh and Lor Mee 178.
Because of the local design scene
From small brands looking to make their mark to brands like Charles and Keith that have gone international – with celebrities using its pieces on the red carpet – Singapore's local design scene is a hotbed of activity. You'll find designers blending the styles of different Southeast Asian cultures to create garments that give us our own unique voice.
Because there's room for both the old and the new
From the heritage shophouses that lace the streets of Chinatown and Katong to the futuristic Art Science Museum and towering skyscrapers of Raffles Place, Singapore’s architectural splendour relentlessly proves that the traditional and modern can indeed coexist.
Because we have the world’s best airport
Changi Airport needs no introduction. The world's best airport offers a fusion of fine local delicacies, luxury shopping, an array of things to do and even a soon-to-be sprawling canopy park. Our airport is, without a doubt, a departure from the ordinary.
And the second best airline
Fine, we might not be number one but that just means we have something to work towards. Concomitant with our world-class airport, our national carrier is also outstandingly impressive. With state-of-the-art cabins, ridiculously well-trained cabin crew and an imaginative safety video, Singapore Airlines is the go-to airline for locals and tourists alike.
Because it's green
They don't call us a City in a Garden for nothing. From Supertrees to roadside sentinels, Singapore’s lush and verdant landscape is both green to look at and working on being as environmentally friendly as possible too.
You won't end up stepping in someone's chewing gum on the streets here.
Because of Singlish
Only in Singapore does a sentence that incorporates four or more different languages make perfect sense. We think that's beautiful. I mean, understand can already right?
Because we have the coolest national icon ever
Half lion and half fish? Somebody had to be trippin' when they cooked up the idea of the Merlion and pitched it to the tourism board. But we're glad that we've rolled with it and even have seven planted around the island.
Because of the city's accessibility
Given that the mainland of Singapore spans across approximately 50km, you can easily get from one end of the island to the other in an hour or so. And it's easy for the elderly and disabled to get around the island too.
Because of our rich cultural tapestry
It’s not unusual to find temples, mosques and churches located within walking distance from each other – emblematic of the intricate ethnic fabric that affords us the opportunity to experience a variety of diverse cultures. Cultural and religious festivals are proudly celebrated all year round and we can honestly say that we're a not just a tolerant, but welcoming bunch.
Because you can enjoy the little things
Like ice cream wrapped in a slice of rainbow bread on a sunny day for just $1.20. If that doesn't make your day then we don't know what else will.
Because we have some of the best bars in the world
Drinking in Singapore is expensive, but at least you get what you pay for. The city is home to one of the top 10 bars in the world according to the World's 50 Best Bars list and also has a bar that houses the biggest collection of gin in the world.
And some of the best restaurants
Restaurant Andre, second on the list of Asia's 50 best, might be closing its doors on Valentine's day, but the city is still home to excellent restaurants that push boundaries without compromising on taste. Here are some of our favourites.
Because we love our king
The king of fruits that is. Call it smelly, call it disgusting, we'll happily gobble down your share of durian while you're standing there making faces at the spikey fruit.
Because we're a city with farms
While we don't have a lot of land to go around, we're glad that the island still has pockets of green in the form of farms up in Kranji. We get fresh greens, mushrooms, eggs and even fish from farms such as Ah Hua Kelong or more high-tech outfits like Kühlbarra.
Because we pride ourselves in being trustworthy
Our long-established corruption-free reputation ensures that we’re a conducive place for businesses – both local and international – to thrive. We're even trustworthy on a day to day basis: the Time Out City Index found that 85% of Singaporeans would turn over a wallet full of cash to the police if they found it on the street.
Because Peranakan food is delicious
Because you can still enjoy kampung life
Despite rapid modernisation, there are still places to visit if you want to revisit the kampung days. Head to Kampung Lorong Buangkok in Hougang or take a trek out to Pulau Ubin.
Because we gave the world the thumb drive
Did you know that a Singaporean company, Trek 2000 International, invented the thumb drive? Yup, Singapore single-handedly brought us from the age of floppy disks and CDs to the future of USB flash storage. And we continue to do so as an innovative tech hub. You're welcome, world.
Because public libraries are everywhere
Can't make it all the way down to the National Libary in Bugis? No worries, there are 25 other fully-stocked public libraries littered around the island housing everything from plays and recipe books to the latest international bestseller.
Because you can shop for high-end and mass market all on one street
Yes, we're talking about Orchard Road. The glamourous shopping belt has everything from Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel to H&M and Uniqlo plus everything in between including local brands such as Love, Bonito and Bynd Artisan.
Because of our healthcare system
We're the textbook example of how healthcare should be. We offer accessible, affordable yet high-quality healthcare – something that other countries envy and seek to replicate.
Because the city never stops eating
With so many late night and 24-hour dining options around the city, who can blame us?
The city is home to one of the best clubs in the world, Zouk. But that doesn't mean it's the only club you should check out – there are others offering panoramic views of the city, Asian glitz and glamour and sick beats from hip-hop to EDM so lace up your dancing shoes and get jiggy 'til you see the morning light.
Need cooking supplies, jewellery or electronics at 3am in the morning? Mustafa has you covered. The huge 24-hour shopping malls on Syed Alwi Road in Little India has everything and anything you could possibly want
Because of Newater
In our thirst for self-sufficiency (and potable water), created and refined water-recycling technology to produce Newater – perhaps the greatest testament to the irrefutable Singaporean spirit of innovation. Plus it tastes pretty damn good too.
Because we’re sheltered from natural disasters
We’re fortunate enough to be insulated from the first-hand devastation of natural disasters by virtue of our geographical destiny. Even if we experience a flash flood every now and then.
And help out countries that aren’t
Call Singapore selfish all you want, but when another country is in need of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, we'll be there in a jiffy.
Because we're always reinventing ourselves
In a bid to constantly remain dynamic in the face of ever-changing milieu – Singapore is always reinventing itself to stay ahead. Skillsfuture and lifelong learning anyone?
Because of our public transportation system
Sure the MRT might break down every now and then (they're working on it) but that doesn't change the fact that there's a train station or bus stop to connect us to every major point in the city. Unlock the experiences the island has to offer with a tap of your ez-link card.
Because we know how to laugh at ourselves
Despite our stoic exterior, Singaporeans enjoy a good laugh every now and then – especially at the expense of fellow Singaporeans. Our shortcomings with a pinch of wry humour make for our own unique brand of self-evaluation.
But are fiercely defensive if someone else does
Step on our toes and witness to a fiery display of national pride. We might even cause you to lose your job and drive you out of the country. Don't play play hor.
Because Singlit is on the rise
Our literary scene continues to make headway, with local writers proffering thought-provoking social commentaries that resonate with the everyday Singaporean. Just last year, Sonny Liew's graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye won three Eisner Awards and the Pingprisen for Best International Comic in 2017.
Because of our non-erratic weather
Apart from the (exceedingly) occasional hailstorms, it's perpetually summertime in Singapore so you don’t have to worry about gearing up with earmuffs and windbreakers. When you’re looking to escape the sweltering equatorial heat or tropical storms, simply seek refuge in one of our air-conditioned malls.
Because we're kiasu
The national psyche that we’re often vilified for is also one of the reasons for our success – our relentless pursuit of excellence ensures that we top league tables and always stay ahead. Being scared to lose means we're always #winning.
Because even otters love it here
Our new favourite expats – wild otters who now call the rivers of Singapore home. Just don't get too close or they might snap at you, just like an auntie on the MRT during peak hour.
Because of the people
Call us rude, selfish or any name you'd like – because deep down, we know what kind of people we are and we're totally unapologetic about it. We don't have time for fake, superficial pleasantries but in your time of need, we'll be there.
Because this is home, truly
No matter where you come from, what language you speak or the colour of your skin – anyone can make Singapore home. This is where you won't be alone, because this is where it's truly home.