Singapore Leaving Gift Ideas They'll Love
It’s that time of year again when expats in Singapore are either heading back home or moving on to other parts of the world. One of the nicest gifts you can give someone who is leaving is something that reminds them of their time here. For those of you who have friends, colleagues or even family members leaving, these limited edition prints make for great gifts that serve as a little piece of Singapore that they can take with them.
What expat hasn’t spent at least one boozy brunch on the patio or in the Bar & BIlliard Room at Raffles Hotel for their divine Sunday Champagne Brunch? This painting depicts the iconic Raffles Hotel in all its glory, surrounded by palm and frangipani trees, and with guests milling about the foyer waiting for taxis. And as many expats probably know, the hotel was the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, and is the namesake of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands print reflects a well-loved view of the Singapore skyline at its best with the iconic MBS building and its three pillars topped with a boat like structure taking centre place. Also reflected in this print is the beautiful bay with its reflections of light on the surface, and the white lotus-shaped figure of the Art Science Museum in the foreground. Easily recognizable all around the world, this print will evoke fond memories and more than a few conversations.
Another gorgeous scene of the Singapore skyline, this one takes a different approach in that it shows the Singapore CBD at night with vibrant blue, aquamarine and yellow hues that bring out the bright lights, some beaming and others twinkling across the water. In addition, it shows a mix of both heritage and modern architecture with iconic buildings like the Fullerton Hotel, Clifford Pier, and the towers of One Fullerton. This is a great reminder of how beautiful Singapore is at night with all its dazzling lights.
The Fullerton Hotel has a rich and lengthy history that firmly places it in Singapore’s past and present. This used to be the Singapore Post Office, the site of the exclusive Singapore Club, and then a hospital during World War II. Today it is one of the most elegant hotels in the city, and it has been the recipient of the Architectural Heritage Award and the Conde Nast Gold Traveller Award. This print shows the beautiful facade of the building, and if you look closely, you can even see the 130 vintage postage stamps that were incorporated into the original painting.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
For those who are going to cooler climes, this stunning print will brighten up those cold winter days and evoke memories of the lush tropical garden setting of the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Included in the imagery is rich dark greenery, vibrant pinkish-orange Ginger Lilies, delicate orchids, and the clean white lines of the bandstand and the eye-catching structure of Burkhill Hall, a black and white colonial plantation bungalow that sits in the grounds.