Well, for me, it was always Singapore.
My aunt was born in Malaysia, and she and my uncle lived in Singapore for almost 20 years! My grammy always told me stories of traveling there for the wedding or just to visit and it sounded magical!
In college, I inexplicably became friends with a ton of incredible, insane, amazing Singaporean girls and I finally had a chance to visit them in their home town!
Myself and two other friends stayed in a gorgeous AirBnB (pictured above) with a British family (and their dog!) and spent four days there eating, exploring, and discovering what humidity truly is.
Some places you should definitely check out:
Here you can find cafes that serve drinks the old fashioned way - in a REALLY thick cup so the liquid never cools. (Old men often pour the drink into the saucer and drink from that rather than drink the super hot coffee) Also try out a Singaporean specialty which is half tea, half coffee!
2. ALL THE FOOD COURTS
Singapore is famous for their food courts, which are just huge open-air markets with a ton of stalls offering every kind of food you can imagine. Most are open 24 hours and my friends and I were lucky to have stayed near one of the most famous ones - Newton Food Centre!
Carrot cake is actually a radish and soy sauce dish that is INCREDIBLE.
BBQ Stingray is delicious and you MUST try it.
Banana prata is like the best banana pancake you will ever have in your entire life.
Ice Kachang is a dessert, yes there is corn and beans in it ;D
Check out all the colorful food below:
You should also really take advantage of the heat and use it as an excuse to eat ice cream with every meal...cause I sure as hell did!
3. Orchard Eats
Other foods you should try are rainbow dim sum near Orchard station and steam boat which is similar to shabu shabu!
4. The Flyer
My friends were nice enough to get us discounts for the Singapore Flyer which was awesome!
5. And of course definitely visit the Gardens By The Bay!
It was really incredible and you could walk through the Marina Bay hotel (where we took a much needed iced coffee break)