Salutations from Singapore
By Alejandro Seif & Stacie Chan
Ever wondered what life is like on one of the most unique islands in the world? Singapore may be a tiny country, but we believe it packs more energy, diversity, and excitement per square kilometer than anywhere in the world. Join us as we regale our expat adventures in this wonderful place we call home.
The Ultimate Singapore Bucket List
Spoiler alert! Stacie is leaving Singapore, so Ale asks her to recount her all-time favorite 5 experiences in her beloved adopted home country. And since she has a few months left, they each compile a Bucket List of 3 items. Plus, they recruit the help of their friends for some last hurrah inspiration. From swampy adventures to unique Singapore marriage traditions, Stacie is now racing the clock to do it all. Check out the ultimate Singapore Bucket List in the Season 2 Finale of "Salutations from Singapore."
December 10, 2020
How to Stay Fit & Exercise in Singapore
Singapore is essentially located on the equator, making it hot and humid 365 days a year. So how do health nuts and fitness freaks stay active on this tropical island? Stacie, Ale & friends share fun physical activities, from wakeboarding to rock climbing, as ways to exercise while avoiding the heat. Bonus: their desert marathon runner friend makes a guest appearance to share how he stays motivated and is able to train even in the flat terrain of Singapore. Strap on your sneakers, and tune in to this episode while you go for a run or train at the gym ;)
December 01, 2020
The (Surprising) Splendour of Staycations
One of the perks of living in Singapore was the ease of traveling to nearby countries in a matter of hours... until Covid-19 hit. It's been 8+ months since Stacie and Ale have been land-locked in Singapore, so they assuaged their island fever by giving in to staycations. Along with friends, they debate the merits of staycations (paying to stay in a hotel), plus tips on the best hotels and how to maximize a weekend getaway. Finally, they give the ultimate yay or nay to the question: are staycations worth it during lockdown?
November 17, 2020
A Tour of Singapore's Best Hawker Centers
Hawker Centers are perhaps Singapore's most signature experience. They are more than a dining complex, they are an iconic part of Singapore's heritage and culture. In fact, Singapore has even submitted a UNESCO bid to recognize the diversity and humanity of hawker culture. With over 100 hawker centers in Singapore, food lovers will never tire of the diverse Chinese, Malay, Indian, and other cuisines served up in these stalls. Join Ale, Stacie, and their friends as they review some of the best dishes at their favorite hawker centers.
November 09, 2020
Ghosting, Making Girls Cry, and Paying the Bill: Dating in Singapore, a Man's POV (Part 2)
Part 2: "OT" is back at the brewery with his fantastical, jaw-dropping dating experiences that will have you saying, "Did he really do that? Did he really make a girl cry? He spends how much on each date meal??" Our favorite Prince Charming shares tips for how to step up and be a man on dates.
November 02, 2020
A Man's POV: Dating in Singapore
While Stacie may lament the dating scene in Singapore, straight men also face their own challenges. Fortunately, their good friend "OT" is happy to divulge his adventures in dating. They all grab beers at a local brewery, and OT perhaps shares a little too much. He's even developed his C.H.A.R.M. framework to help men in the dating department, and maybe even find lady love.
October 26, 2020
The King of Fruit
It's said to be the King of Fruits, but its pungent, rotten smell has earned durian an alternate reputation. You either savour it, or you spit it out--no one who has tried the tropical fruit is ambivalent. Alejandro and Stacie go visit some local durian stalls to see where Ale falls on the side of love or hate.
October 19, 2020
Part 2: Diving into the Dating Apps
Part 2: Stacie is single and still at it. Dating requires discipline, and it takes quantity to find quality. So Stacie shares her hard and fast rules for who gets a Yes, and who gets a Swipe Left. She even relinquishes control of her dating profile to Alejandro, who goes on a mini-swiping spree of his own.
October 12, 2020
She's *Still* Single: Stacie on Dating in Singapore
Now that lockdown is over, Stacie can actually meet men face to face for dates. So she's gotten more serious and stepped up her dating game. From spreadsheets to a master plan, Stacie dishes the details and dilemmas of dating in Singapore to her good friend, Alejandro.
October 05, 2020
A Bubble Tea Bonanza
We're kicking Season 2 off with a (bubble) bang! It may not be the official national drink of Singapore, but Bubble Tea is consumed almost as much as water. Singaporeans go mad for all variations of this beverage- hot/cold, sugar/no sugar, tea/fruit, and of course, don’t forget the dozens of toppings that make this drink more of a full-on experience rather than just a thirst quencher. Post-quarantine, Ale and Stacie finally leave their apartments and venture out to some popular bubble tea shops. They even try an unusual spin on the drink: cheese tea! If you’ve never tried bubble tea, this episode provides a fun introduction. And if you’re a bubble tea expert, this episode should whet your craving for bubble tea. Bon appetit!
September 28, 2020
#CircuitBreaker Phase 2 Freedoms
FREEDOM! Sort of... Singapore entered Phase 2 of its #CircuitBreaker on June 19th, and Ale and Stacie discuss how they’ve emerged unscathed from Phase 1 and are (somewhat) celebrating their newfound freedoms. Ale even managed to have a low-key birthday party, while Stacie tried to enforce an ounce of self-restraint on her social calendar. Tune in as the duo discuss what Singaporean residents can and can’t do during Phase 2: dine at restaurants? Yes, in groups of 5. Travel? Fat chance… Ahoy! this is our survey, please help us improve the podcast with your inputs. It'll take 2 minutes and we'll be super duper grateful: https://tinyurl.com/salutationsfromsingapore
July 05, 2020
Did you know that Singapore…?
Did you know Singapore has 4 official languages? Did you know it has no seasons because it’s basically on the equator? Per square capita, Singapore boasts more food and beverage awards than its neighbors. Ale and Stacie review some of their favorite little known facts about Singapore that make it one of the most unique places in the world. Plus, as promised, Stacie mentions that her favorite speakeasy is hidden deep in the Marriott hotel… but good luck in finding it! Also! this is our survey, please help us improve the podcast with your inputs. It'll take 2 minutes and we'll be extremely grateful: https://tinyurl.com/salutationsfromsingapore
June 27, 2020
Singapore’s Great Outdoors
Ale and Stacie haven’t been able to leave the country during Singapore’s lockdown, so they’ve turned to exploring the expansive green spaces across the island. Singapore offers numerous sites for its residents to savor and shake their restless indoor energy. Stacie and Ale recount just a few: Gardens by the Bay, futuristic tropical gardens with towering man-made trees UNESCO-designated Botanic Gardens, spanning 82 hectares Historical Fort Canning atop a massive hill Chinese Gardens, blending architectural masterpieces with nature Join the duo as they discover just how special their own backyard is. pssst! dear listener, if you have 2 mins and wanna help us out improving the podcast, please complete this quick anonymous survey: LINK HERE
June 22, 2020
Bonus clip: What's Allowed in Lockdown?
Can you leave your house? YES. Can you visit your friends? NO. Ale and Stacie review the rules of Singapore's circuit breaker aka lockdown, lightning round-style. How does Singapore stack up with your home country? pssst! dear listener, if you have 2 mins and wanna help us out improving the podcast, please complete this quick anonymous survey: https://tinyurl.com/salutationsfromsingapore
June 16, 2020
#CircuitBreakerSG: Life in Lockdown
Like their fellow global citizens, Ale and Stacie have been in lockdown for the past 2 months in Singapore. They have some liberties, such as shopping at supermarkets and exercising in the park. But 95% of their time is spent indoors, and they've adopted some interesting work norms and hobbies: no makeup on work calls, Fitbit obsessions, baking sweet treats, cooking Mexican food, and, of course, podcasting. Listen in to their lives in lockdown! For more on how Stacie is passing her time during lockdown, check out her blog post: 11 Ways an Extroverted Control Freak is Surviving #CircuitBreakerSG.
June 13, 2020
Sunny Singapore vs. Cool California
Stacie gives Ale a tour of her adopted hometown, the San Francisco Bay Area. Singapore has mastered the pan-Asian cuisine, but San Francisco boasts a diversity of food as well. Within 45 minutes from SF, residents have beautiful redwoods, wine country, and bike paths across the iconic Golden Gate bridge. But Singapore is the gateway of travel to all of Southeast Asia. So which is a more appealing place to live? Tune in!
June 06, 2020
Argentina vs. Singapore
In this episode, Ale virtually visits his home country and paints an audio picture of life back in Argentina. You can almost breathe in the pristine air of Patagonia, and smell the asado meat roasting on the hearth. Grab a glass of your favorite Malbec to teleport over to the southern end of the world and compare it with life here in Singapore.
May 25, 2020
The Art Scene in Singapore? It’s Everywhere!
Singapore sometimes gets a bad rep for not having a rich arts or performing arts scene. Stacie and Ale seek to dispel this myth over a discussion of their favorite entertainment events, museums, and beautifully designed buildings scattered across Singapore. From live music festivals to local art galleries, the scene is Singapore is ‘poppin. Check it out!
May 19, 2020
Traveling the Globe from the Little Red Dot
Singapore is undoubtedly the best homebase for travel-loving globetrotters. Within a 3-hour flight radius from Singapore, you can be in 8 different countries with unique cultures and experiences. In this episode, Stacie and Alejandro recount their beach, cultural and adventure holidays to Fiji, Vietnam, and New Zealand. And these are just a tiny peek into the endless travel opportunities from Singapore. Bon Voyage! For more Fiji and New Zealand recs, check out Stacie's blog posts: Solo Female, Will Travel: Finding Freedom in Fiji Girls' Roadtrip around New Zealand
May 11, 2020
Singapore's Fantastical Food & Beverage Scene
When you think of countries with the most eclectic, unique food culture, Singapore should definitely top the list. Its open-air hawker centers boast some of the tastiest local dishes that are also kind to your wallet. You can try local Peranakan food (a fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indonesian heritage), and also find Michelin-award winning French and Italian fare all within this small island. In today's episode, we'll review some of our favourite dining experiences and restaurants to prove why Singapore has one of the best FnB scenes in the world. Check out restaurants: Bakalaki (Greek) Maxwell Hawker Center and 3rd Street Brewing Co. Jumbo Restaurant (world famous Singaporean chili crab) Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (Michelin-starred bak chor mee noodles) Bars: Atlas Native (not mentioned) Smoke & Mirrors at the National Gallery
May 02, 2020
What's Dating Like in Singapore?
It's often the first question we're asked when friends want to know what life is like in Singapore. Do people use the dating apps? Which ones? How do you even maintain a relationship when everyone is so transient? A happily married Ale interviews a very single Stacie on the highs and lows of trying to find love (or lust?) in Singapore.
April 26, 2020