Singapore through the eyes of a child

Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child
Singapore through the eyes of a child

Comet Bay College student Caitlin Schmitt (14) shares her experience after a family holiday in Singapore.

SINGAPORE is a great place for families to visit.

From the fun and adventure at Sentosa, the amazing animals at the Night Safari and the magical Gardens by the Bay, there are plenty of things for children to experience and enjoy.

It is good to visit a country that has different traditions to Australia. Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, including Chinese, Peranakan, Indian and Malay.

While Singapore is very multicultural, most people speak English. Everyone we met was polite and friendly.

As for the food, we really enjoyed it. While you could try traditional Singapore food, there were also meals similar to those in Australia.

We stayed on level 16 of the Novotel in Clarke Quay. The lights of the city were pretty from our room and there was Starbucks next door.

A cable car ride to Sentosa is a must-do when visiting Singapore. The ride leaves from Mount Faber, also known as the Mountain of Happiness. The view was extraordinary.

With Universal Studios, the S.E.A Aquarium and Adventurecove Waterpark, Sentosa is a kids’ paradise.

We had a blast at MegaZip Adventure Park – an amusement park for those who like fun and facing your fears. There were heaps of rope obstacle courses, the leap of faith (a 15m parajump) and a climbing wall.

To leave the park we went on a racing zip line. At 75m high, 450m long and reaching speeds of 60km/h, MegaZip is fast and refreshing.

A Singapore holiday should also include a visit to Gardens by the Bay. The gardens are set over 101ha and features a Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Super trees. The Flower Dome had plants from around the world, including grass trees from Australia. Cloud Forrest had colourful orchids and a magestic tropical waterfall. The Supertrees were vertical gardens up to 16 storeys tall.

The Garden Rhapsody – Garden Waltz light show involved the Supertrees being lit up and set to music. The light show was magical – we felt like we were in a scene from the movie Avatar.

Chinatown is a good place to go in Singapore to experience the culture and traditions. There were markets, temples and food stalls. We went to the Chinatown Heritage Centre and saw how families (with up to eight people) used to live in one tiny room.

A highlight of our Singapore holiday was a bike ride around Marina Bay with Let’s Go Singapore. We rode 14km through parks, past luxury shopping malls and the Singapore Sports Hub (where Taylor Swift performed last year). We even cycled on the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 track. It was a great way to sightsee, while having fun with the family.

There are also a lot of activities at East Coast Park. Cyclists and roller bladders ride along the 15km stretch of beach, taking in the passing scenery of playgrounds, restaurants and cafes.

For animal lovers like us, Wildlife Reserves Singapore runs Jurong Bird Park, the Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. We went on the Night Safari and saw many nocturnal creatures, such as lions, tigers, tapirs and deers.

Singapore was the best holiday I have been on with my family. It was an experience I will never forget.

* The writer and her family were guests of Singapore Tourism Board.