Ok I may ruin my reputation here by admitting this, but this blog is all about honesty so here goes…I didn’t know until I got to Malaysia this year that Singapore was a totally separate country. Yup! I just admitted that!! I got brought up to speed by a 19 year old to boot!!!! How embarrassing right! Anyway, throughout all of my travels I love learning about the history of a place, and I really try and get under the skin of where I am.
In Singapore I learnt LOADS! I knew it would be a rather expensive stop along my travels but I just had to check it out, even if only for a few days. To make things a little easier on my wallet, whilst still being able to go out and experience the local culture, I was lucky enough to be hosted by BonApptour for an evening during my short stay.
Who are BonApptour?
BonApptour is a new startup based in Southeast Asia that gives you the opportunity to discover in-home restaurants. So basically you can have a unique, authentic home dining experience with a local when you are visiting a new country!
Not only do you get cooked a yummy home-cooked meal, (which while you are travelling is such a treat!) but you get to meet the locals and learn about their lives in the county you are visiting. It also works really well for people who are new to an area and are looking to make new friends 🙂
Why I Loved the Experience
I got invite around to Amrita’s house in the suburbs of Singapore. An area I would never had gone to if I was doing my usual touristy sightseeing, so that in itself was my first tick in the box. I also got to be nosey and see what a local home looks like from the inside, again something you can’t normally get away with if you are a tourist, unless you are a secret burglar of course!!
Amrita and her husband were such amazing hosts. Both originally from India, I learnt how Singapore (being only 50 years old – see not so hard to believe I thought it was part of Malaysia!) was a complete melting pot of people from all over the world but mostly India, Malaysia and China. This means that the first language of Singapore is English!
Amrita had spent all day cooking an authentic Indian dish (which is one of the major cuisines in Singapore – I would thoroughly recommend Little India for some yummy Tandoori!). It was such a treat getting a home cooked (3 course!) meal after having been on the road for a few months. It was delicious and I couldn’t get enough. I also got to eat on her rooftop terrace with uninterrupted views out over Singapore which apparently is quite rare (not to get the view of someone else’s roof terrace that is!)
I also had the opportunity to talk to Amrita and her husband Jai about their lives in Singapore and understand better about the country. I learnt that Singapore doesn’t have any mosquitos!!!! apparently the government sprays something into the air or water (or something!) every month, and it kills them!
Singapore was a little like being in the film The Truman Show; I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a dome overhead keeping the place as perfect as it appears to be. They even manage to keep polution down by making owning a car a very expensive affair.
At a cost of £15 per person for a 3 course home-cooked Indian rooftop meal, including wine, where you can mingle with the locals, I’d say this was a bargain. There are various other cuisine options, in many many countries across the world for you to choose from.
Unless you know some locals yourself, this is a great way to have an authentic experience of the local culture and really learn some things about the area you would never have learnt in a museum!
To get £16 sign up credit click here to register and choose the location you’d like to dine in!
Many thanks to BonApptour, Amirta & Jai for hosting me. As always, you receive my honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill and this was an absolute pleasure!