Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east of Singapore, and you'll find more than just the beach, chalets, and army boys. Historically, Pasir Ris dates back to 1844 when it was first mentioned in land surveyor John Turnbull Thomson's map as 'Passier Reis'. This could have been derived from the words 'pasir' (sand in Malay) and 'hiris' (to shred or slice in Malay), which could reference the white sandy beachfront.
Like many neighbourhoods, it was once a kampong before it made way for residential estates and recreation areas such as Downtown East and Wild Wild Wet. But even after its modern makeover, this tranquil side of the city remains a breezy escape for laid-back locals and nature lovers.