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At the heart of it all, this tour is about the homes of Singaporeans. But we start out at Chinatown Heritage Centre, where you will be transported back in time to the 1950s and 60s where cramped squatter living in shophouses were the way of life. What are Housing Development Board (HDB) apartment flats where 85% of locals live? You will marvel at how we painstaking plan our land use e.g. how we accommodate our skyscrapers; build our homes; plan our garden city or even what we think of when we bury our dead, among the many things city planners have to consider.
Then we visit a HDB home and meet with the family and learn everything there is to know about life in Singapore. This is an exclusive arrangement we have with the home owners. Learn about different HDB home types, why cats are not allowed to be kept as pets, and try home-made snacks or desserts like chendol or bubur chacha, and generally talk to the owners and see how the average person lives in the Singapore of today.
Walk through a typical wet market found in most neighbourhoods and experience the vibe and energy of a core part of a typical day in the life of a local. Meet locals, eat local food, see local building types. Doesn’t get more real than this. To fully experience Singapore, is to dive deep into where locals live, shop, eat and mingle and experience a typical Singaporean neighbourhood.
§ If you are interested to learn about our supercharged journey from slums and squatter living to high-rise housing.
§ For those who want to experience the "real" Singapore - forget Orchard Road or Sentosa, come with us to the Singapore suburbs, aka the ‘heartlands’.
§ If you want to make sense of the hugely diverse building styles – from colonial buildings, or the quintessential shophouse, to colorfully decorated HDB flats dotted across the island.
§ Have you ever wondered how an inside of a typical Singapore HDB home looks like? This is your chance for an exclusive visit to a Housing & Development Board home of a Singaporean family!