We went back to Singapore after our Malaysian trip and stayed for 12 days. Even though Singapore is a small island, we only saw a small portion of the city, barely stretched its surface. But the short stay gave us a good idea of life on this island. It is expensive place to live—especially housings and vehicle ownerships.
But if one goes beneath the surface, one can still find better deals than other cities—like our $6 CAD haircut, healthy meals around $5-8 CAD, $1.35 aquatic centre entrance fee (for over 55), free concerts and guided tours.
And most of all, it has a safe environment no matter where one is or what time of day it is. Public transportation is top-notched as we used MRT (and buses) during our stay and never had to wait for more than a few minutes.
Signs and maps for directions are everywhere. Major facilities are no more than 10 minute walk from MRT and bus stations (our hotel has three train stations and dozens of buses nearby) and if it is hot outside, use the malls or MRT stations as links or connectors to get from one place to another. And it is a pedestrian friendly city with trees, bushes, and flowers everywhere and it doesn’t feel like a concrete jungle like many other cities. And for most days, there were rainstorms/thundershowers for an hour or two in mid-afternoon. And it cools down in late afternoons for evening walks.
Singapore is a great place to consider for a longer term winter getaway. I was sad to leave Singapore, but Japan awaits.