In constantly wired-up Singapore, having some time alone is almost elusive. We're surrounded by crowds every day that it's become an unquestioned part of our daily routine. But make the time to break away and spend some time with yourself every once in a while. It might sound scary at first but solitude gives you an opportunity to think and reflect on your needs without any pressure or distraction. Here are some places to go in Singapore for that much-needed me-time.
Let your troubles float away
Imagine this – you, floating in a pod filled with warm, temperature-adjusted salt water (the salinity is said to mimic that of the Dead Sea) in the dark. It's said that just one session helps people sleep and think better. Treatments start at $90 for one-hour sessions and $110 for a longer 90-minute session.
Catch an indie flick solo
Watching a film alone is another must-do me-time activity. You'll feel comfortable right away at The Projector, a refurbished cinema which screens mostly indie and arthouse titles – with the occasional mainstream flick. There's craft beer, cider, nachos, cakes and brownies you can purchase before settling into a beanbag or seat in the theatre.
Go outdoors, they say. It'll be fun, they say. In this case, we think they're right. Fort Canning Park is one of the most easily accessible parks in Singapore. It's full of history if want to read stories from a plaque and has plenty of shady spots to sit if you prefer sticking to a page. Spend a day walking through the park and exploring the gardens before settling down on a bench in Fort Canning Green to read or people watch.
Discover new music by crate-digging
Find more than 10,000 vintage vinyl at this hidden joint in Tai Seng. Red Point is known among music geeks for its varied selection – you’ll find records from ’50s Chinese divas and the golden age of rock ’n’ roll to contemporary indie and bygone Singaporean hits. There are listening stations around the store where you can sample the vinyl or listen to tracks.
Explore an ancient forest on your own
Slightly more rustic than the Botanical Gardens, the Learning Forest is an extension to the park that was designed to integrate with the existing 6-hectare rainforest, forming an enlarged forest habitat. But don't worry, you won't be getting lost here. Though the forest is sprawling, it is segmented into different areas like the bamboo garden, an arboretum of wild fruit trees, and wetland ecosystems for curious sorts to explore.
Yes it's all the way in Jurong but yes, it's worth the trip – especially if you have a little one that's a budding scientist. Check out the interesting ongoing exhibitions the centre has to offer. On top of that, it is also home to Singapore's only dome-shaped IMAX theatre where you can catch a documentary. Astronomy enthusiasts can also head to the observatory (open on most Fridays) for a spot of stargazing in the evening.