40 FAMILY VACATION WITH TEENAGERS
Bella Tipping Kidzcationz.com - Singapore
I recently returned from my very first trip to Singapore. It’s a place I have always wanted to visit and after finally being able to experience this amazing country, it was everything I always thought it would be and I cannot wait to return. Singapore is a place people often use as a stopover between long flights, and usually only for a night or two, but after visiting, I can tell you there is no way you can appreciate this beautiful country in such a short time. I have always heard that Singapore is very focused on providing the best family holiday experience, so traveling with the family, we wanted to learn about the Singaporean culture, and experience all the different foods and customs that make Singapore unique. I was only in Singapore for a very short time before I realized there was something missing. You are quickly immersed in this picture perfect, beautiful city with its lush foliage, colorful gardens and striking architecture with a strong focus on sustainability and connectivity. But what you may not notice straightaway is that Singapore is a city without hate. This is a city of so many contrasts and diverse cultures and they all come together in unity, tolerance and respect. Many countries could learn a lesson from Singapore on how to build a culture of acceptance of all people. In Singapore, no one is ostracised, no racist comments or slogans are heard or seen anywhere, and everyone is friendly and happy to help each other. There is little to no crime in Singapore, because if you commit a crime, punishment is swift. It was strange to see handbags and mobile phones left on tables to save a spot while meals were being purchased at hawker centers. When people returned to their tables, their possessions were exactly where they left them. Being able to see old world honesty like that meant a lot to me because I fear this is something we lost in our country decades ago. As a young teenage girl, I am very conscious of where I go unaccompanied, but I can honestly say there was no place in Singapore where I felt uncomfortable or unsafe. In fact, I felt like I was a part of a very large family and I was confident knowing that if I needed help at any time, someone would be there for me. Singapore has limited land, so for growth, they reclaim land from the ocean! They build roads so well that it caters for the traffic now and into the future. VivoCity is a shopping center I had heard about. I was surprised when I saw it because I thought it would have been much bigger. However, I realized there must be four stories underground! They have sustainable housing options and there is no apparent homelessness. Apart from all these things, there is something else I truly admire about Singapore, they revere their elders. In Singapore, aging people are not referred to as seniors or the elderly, they are called Pioneers. This name is in reference to the fact that they are the leaders who helped make the country great through sacrifice and hard work.