GIFT IDEAS FOR FRIENDS LEAVING SINGAPORE
Being the cosmopolitan city-state that Singapore is, we have a great mix of worldly expats and locals living here among us. However, that also means that people tend to come and go, so from time to time we have to say goodbye to good friends, colleagues, and even family members. Whenever someone I know is leaving the city to explore new horizons, I always like to give them something to remember the city by so that they can think back fondly on their time spent here. Here are some gift ideas for friends or colleagues leaving Singapore.
A PAINTING OR PRINT OF ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE LANDMARKS
What better captures the spirit of a place than an image of an iconic landmark? Singapore has so many original and innovative buildings that you won’t find the like of in many other places in the world. This is why my Singapore Landmark collection is so popular with residents and tourists alike. The Singapore Skyline piece is particularly sought after, as is the Singapore Keppel Bay piece, but you can choose from a number of the city’s greatest sights. And if luggage space is a problem, we also offer international shipping for our Limited Edition Prints.
A SINGAPORE COOKBOOK
As any expat or local knows, Singapore is a haven for foodies. Sure you can find food from all over the world here, but some of the best dishes are traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation. Take for example the subtle flavours of chicken rice, vibrant spices in chili crab, or the comforting aroma and taste of a steaming bowl of bak kut teh. A cookbook is a great gift for any foodie who wants to take a bit of Singaporean cuisine with them wherever they go. Two of my favourite cookbooks include Plusixfive: A Singaporean Supper Club Cookbook by Goz Lee and friends, and Shiok! Exciting Tropical Asian Flavours by Terry Tan.
A DAY OR NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
If baggage space is at an all time low, why not give a memorable send-off rather than a take-away gift? Singapore has so many unique restaurants, bars, parks and entertainment venues that your choices are almost endless. You can spend the day perusing the Singapore Botanic Gardens, riding the roller coasters at Universal Studios Singapore, or swimming and suntanning at Sentosa. Come evening you can watch the sunset from the lofty rooftop bar at 1-Altitude, enjoy award-winning cuisine by Singaporean celebrity chef Andre Chiang at Restaurant Andre, and end with a bespoke nightcap at The Tippling Club.
AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SINGLISH
Both humorous and informative, this fun pocket guide will ensure that those who leave the island won’t forget the unique culture and vernacular used here. Besides common Singlish words and phrases, the book also has amusing cartoons by award-winning cartoonist Miel. This is a great light-hearted gift for anyone with a sense of humour and an appreciation of the melting pot of languages and customs that make up Singapore.