The English name of Singapore is an anglicisation of the native Malay name for the country, Singapura, which was in turn derived from Sanskrit (सिंहपुर, IAST: Siṃhapura; siṃha is “lion”, pura is “town” or “city”), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City, and its inclusion in many of the nation’s symbols (e.g., its coat of arms, Merlion emblem). However, it is unlikely that lions ever lived on the island; Sang Nila Utama, the Srivijayan prince said to have founded and named the island Singapura, perhaps saw a Malayan tiger. There are however other suggestions for the origin of the name and scholars do not believe that the origin of the name to be firmly established. The central island has also been called Pulau Ujong as far back as the third century CE, literally “island at the end” (of the Malay Peninsula) in Malay. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

DataScience SG – The group is for data science nerds to share and learn the art of data discovery, understanding and storytelling. [meetup]

i love BADMINTON – If you are New to the Sport……No worries! We will provide tips and sharing to get you started in the game. Let’s Sweat It Out!!! [meetup]

Leisure Badminton Club House – We are a group of passionate leisure badminton players of all levels from Mid beginner to intermediates. Do Join us If you are looking for leisure non intensive badminton workout. [meetup]

The Movie Club – This is a group for people from all walks of life to meet each other, and have fun. Our activities include movie, dinner, drinks, field trips, hiking, games, Karaoke, and many other social bonding events. [meetup]

The Singapore Boardgames Meetup – Meet Boardgame Players in Singapore! Come to a Boardgames Meetup to play old favorites with new friends. [meetup]

Singapore Adventurous Group – THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU – If you love & enjoy the great outdoor, adventure, fun and thrills in nature environment @ the same time enjoy meeting new friends with common interest. Our activities are not focus on intensive exercise, its rather on enjoying & appreciating soft adventure in nature. We always encourages team works & support in our activities forging bonds & friendship that last along the way. [meetup]

The Singapore Tennis Meetup Group – Meet other local Tennis Players. Gather and discuss the sport and perhaps find a tennis partner! Have a tennis court booking or have a tennis court at your condo but you do not have enough people to play with?. [meetup]

Trailblazers – We are a hiking tribal community that goes hiking, trekking, walking, rock climbing, wall climbing, backpacking, rollerblading, cycling, trail biking, exploring the wilderness, camping, take road trips, and get together for social functions. We’ll try just about anything active or outdoorsy. [meetup]

Travel, Leisure & Care (TLC) – We’re an active fun-loving Group who loves to Travel and enjoy various Leisure activities from hiking, singing, cycling, taking nature walks, trekking, mountain climbing, listening to good music, enjoying high tea, coffee, desserts etc. Being blessed and happy we believe in sharing our time and possessions to Care for the less fortunate, the young, the old, the poor, the orphans etc to help make their world and ours a better place. [meetup]

Weekly Lifestyle Club – WLC – WLC, we started because we think there were a lack of interesting activities during the weekday and the weekends’ activities are always full ! We wish to bring everyone an opportunity to come together to have fun, socialize and get to know more new friends. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

It’s Just Lunch Online Dating Site – Being one of the most popular online dating sites, It’s Just Lunch appeals to tens of thousands of busy working people that are looking for serious relationships in the island city. The company does its best to make sure that people joining its network are working professionals. [the best singapore] Online Dating Site – utilizes all of the new technology to offer customers a beautiful-designed and user-friendly website with many excellent tools like creating cool and unique date ideas as well as liking and suggesting a date with any members that you are interested in. [the best singapore]

Lunch Actually Online Dating Site – All matchmaking is done manually. Members must meet with a dating consultant, at Lunch Actually’s office, for an interview to share information on identification, lifestyle, character and other things. And dating arrangement is only done after the consultant verifies member’s profile. [the best singapore] Online Dating Site – Although has a messy old design, it offers members good dating resources and tips as well as practical functions. You can search for matches based on ages, locations and keywords, create gathering events, bookmark and forward profiles, view member statistics as well as receive weekly newsletters about new members and upcoming community events. [the best singapore]

SingaporeLoveLinks Online Dating Site – There are always around 80 to 100 members online at to find potential matches at any time. Most of them are usually willing to exchange multiple messages or emails with someone they are interested in. [the best singapore]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Betel Box – Located on Joo Chiat Road, “Betel Box” is the fruition of our experiences of hostelling, backpacking and budget travelling around the globe and meeting like-minded travellers. It embodies that we want in a backpackers’ hostel: friendly, respectful, addictive, aesthetically pleasing, functional and representative of all cultures in Singapore. [betel box]

The Original Singapore Walks – Journeys is an award-winning travel company with a special expertise in heritage-based tours in Singapore. Its team comprises individuals such as historians, researchers, educators, writers and guides specialised in various subject fields. [journeys]

TreeTop Walk – The TreeTop Walk (TTW) is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie that brings you through the different stages of a mature secondary forest. The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and offers a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy. [nparks]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bait the fishes at Yishun Dam – The tranquility and calmness of this place is magical. Think about all the free things to do in Singapore and fishing at Yishun Dam is the most refreshing one for sure. Enjoy some me-time bait good old fishes. The density of fishes here is high and importantly, you can be assured that the fishes are not from fishy (:-P) water. [travel triangle]

Be a part of vibrant Singapore festivals – Colorful, vibrant, crowded, and hip – such is the scene of festivals of Singapore. Enjoy various festivals and carnivals and enjoy their fun celebrations. Don’t miss among Singapore festivals are the Lunar New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa and Mid-autumn festival. [travel triangle]

Doodle your heart out on the walls of Somerset Skate Park – Imagine painting a wall with your creative graffiti in broad daylight, without the fear of getting caught by a cop. Yeah, it is perfectly legal to doodle on walls, display your graffiti art on the city space and perform skateboard stunts at this free attraction in Singapore. [travel triangle]

Enjoy heady live music at Esplanade – Of all the free things in Singapore, this one is most suited for musical souls. Catch live concerts at the Esplanade for free and mingle around with kindred spirits. With endless performances and dance routines, you will not have a dull moment here. [travel triangle]

Experience the MacRitchie Treetop Walk – Walk among the trees and wildlife living on them, on the MacRitchie suspension bridge. Sounds cool, right? Check out the dynamics on the tree tops super closely. And the best part, it is totally free. [travel triangle]

Free Market of Singapore – Ever heard of Free Market? No, it’s not typo. Yes I mean free, and not flee. Free places to visit in Singapore or free things to do in Singapore are still digestible. But, free market is a whole new level. Grab anything you want at the market and acquire it at zero cost. [travel triangle]

Hiking and exploring at Mount Faber – Hiking is among popular free things to do in Singapore. And when the trail is of Mount Faber, then it’s an experience of its own. Stretched landscapes, murals beneath the platform, and large variety of flora and fauna pump in a lot of beauty. [travel triangle]

Hunt and pose with all Merlion statues in Singapore – Now, now, did you know how many Merlions adorn the city of Singapore? Well, it’s 8 in number. Go and hunt these down and pose for a picture with all of them. Now this is what I am talking about when I say free stuff to do in Singapore. Explore, traverse and enjoy! [travel triangle]

Kite around the Marina Barrage – Marina Barrage is among the good places to visit in Singapore for free. Chill with your friends, fly a kite or two, or just hang out and watch others. No matter how many people try to be there at once, the huge grassy land will be able to accommodate all. [travel triangle]

Movie mobs under the clouds and stars – Watching a classic on a giant outdoor screen with a lot of strangers – does it sound like your idea of fun? If yes, Movie Mob should be the first among free things to do in Singapore for you. It takes the concept of drive-in movies to a whole new level, and allows you to pick the flick too. [travel triangle]

Picnic at Chek Jawa – Reminisce your childhood and have an outdoor picnic at Chek Jawa. The serene environment teamed with rich biodiversity makes picnicking at this spot, one of the top free activities to do in Singapore. Pack your picnic baskets with everything fun and lots of food and beverages. And hey, don’t forget to carry loads of sunscreen; you don’t want a bad tan for sure! [travel triangle]

Stroll around the bewitching Gardens By The Bay – These gardens are the most green of free attractions in Singapore. A great example of human’s creativity and scientific knowledge, they look fantastic with waterfront views and varied collection of exotic flowers and plants. Preferred Time: Night. When the monstrous Super Trees aglow with their acquired solar energy, it is truly a sight to behold. [travel triangle]

Walk around the meandering Southern Ridges – The trail is stretched between Mount Faber and National University of Singapore (NUS). Not an arduous walk, it is suitable for people even with mild medical conditions. Breathtaking views and perfect places for selfies, make this place popular among people of all age group. Carry extra water bottles. [travel triangle]



Fireworks on National Day – See Singapore put on her finest patriotic display on 9th August. Fireworks light up the sky above The Float at Marina Bay – a huge floating stadium – after a day of proud military marches, acrobatic performances and children’s choirs celebrating the country’s independence. [hotels]

Singapore Arts Festival – May and June evenings are packed during this month-long cultural fair with international dance ensembles, music and art installations. Singapore shopping centres, playing fields and museums transform into theatre and gallery venues as the island embraces the contemporary and avant garde. [hotels]

Singapore River Festivals – For a week in June the bars along Boat Quay serve cocktails from dusk until dawn for the Singapore River party while traditional Chinese bumboats parade the waters. In the same month, international dragon boat crews descend on the Marina Bay shores for the high-octane Dragon Boat Festival races. [hotels]

Spicy evenings for Deepavali – Little India’s main street Serangoon Road has its own auspicious Festival of Lights in October, when the Hindu community parties for Deepavali. Join walking tours that point out the best henna artists and sweetmeat shops, or see shrines garlanded in the temples. [hotels]

Temple visits on Vesak Day – Monks meditate in Singapore’s flower-scented Buddhist temples to celebrate Buddha’s birthday in May. This public holiday is the best time to visit the Feng Shui layout of the Lian Shan Shuang Lin monastery in Toa Payoh district where chanting sessions are in full swing. [hotels]

Thaipusam Hindu festival of faith – This Hindu procession in February is a unique test of faith for the devotees. Ornate, colorful frames – Kavadis – are borne from temple to temple in the middle of the day, carried by the faithful attached to body piercings. [hotels]

The Lantern Festival – Lion dances entertain locals who head to Chinatown to stock up on seasonal moon cake pastries during this colorful mid-autumn festival. The pagoda and bridges of Chinese Garden in Jurong are covered in novelty and animal lanterns that all ages will adore. [hotels]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Go-Ahead Singapore will commence the operation of 24 services in two tranches. 13 bus services will begin on 4 September 2016, while another 11 on 18 September. Another route will be introduced in 2017, and details of the route will be announced closer to the implementation date. [wikipedia]

Mass Rapid Transit – The Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT, is a rapid transit system forming the major component of the railway system in Singapore, spanning the entire city-state. The initial section of the MRT, between Toa Payoh and Yio Chu Kang, opened on 7 November 1987, making it the second-oldest metro system in Southeast Asia, after Manila’s LRT System. [wikipedia]

Taxis – Taxicabs are a popular form of public transport in the compact sovereign city-state of Singapore, with fares considered relatively low compared to those in most cities in developed countries. [wikipedia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

BigData.SG & Hadoop.SG –  Platforms & Technologies to implement scalable analytics systems: Graph databases, NoSQL databases, etc. Hadoop helping Hadoop users share experiences, problems and solutions, as well as learn new skills for building large-scale Hadoop-based systems and related technologies. [meetup]

Digital (Web) Analytics Wednesdays Singapore – Digital (Web) Analytics Wednesdays is an informal monthly meetup for like minded professionals who are involved or interested in everything Digital with a primary focus on web analytics. We will aim to host a monthly session with 1-2 talks covering digital analytics, marketing and optimization. [meetup]

Docker-Singapore – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. [meetup]

Singapore Ruby Group – A group of programmers and engineers with a love for Ruby and or Rails. Building & shipping is how we roll. [meetup]

Singapore Scala Programmers – I’ve started this group because I know a few people in Singapore who are either programming in Scala or are interested in learning the language and there wasn’t a meet up group. If enough people are interested I think it would be great to get together and do a bit of fun programming and talk about the language, frameworks etc. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expats & International Friends Club. 17,540+ Members  – Make New Friends From Different Countries & Know Different Cultures In Nice & New Venues. [meetup]

EXPAT FRIENDS SINGAPORE – Welcome expats and expat friends, who like to have a chat after work, going to restaurants, would like to know more about Singapore and its programs. [meetup]

Japanese Meetup @Singapore –  A meetup for Japanese natives, locals, visitors in Singapore, who are interested in Japan & Japanese culture – anything Japanese. Also for language & cultural exchange. [meetup]

Serious Language Learners Club – Hi, Welcome to the Serious Language Learners Club!! I’m serious when I mean I want to learn a second language. I bet some of you are as passion-driven as I am, and some expats from the western countries in Singapore are as hungry in mastering some Chinese or other languages skills as well. [meetup]

Singapore International Ladies Group – This is a ladies only group, for women of all nationalities and ages living in Singapore. Its for Expats and Singaporeans – everyone is welcome. The purpose of the group is to give women in Singapore a chance to make new friends, enjoy social outings, increase their social circle and discover Singapore. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Gay Geeks Singapore – Are you gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, a friend of the LGBT community, a geek, like the occasional drink or socialising with like-minded individual? If the answer to just one of the 7 is yes, then come along! Join us and enjoy an evening discussing the latest trends in web development, smart phones, Babylon 5, D&D, or Once Piece. [meetup]

Over 40’s – Singapore Lesbians, Bi Women and Trans Women – For 40+ years, professional lesbian, bi-sexual women and trans-gendered women (who identify as lesbian or bi-sexual) in Singapore, who want more than drinking and clubbing… this is for you! Expats and locals all welcome. [meetup]

SG LGBT Club for Discreet Professionals – This is a Group for discreet professionals who are people like us. There are times when we can’t meet in big Group or make more friends in the circle due to the nature of our profession. Memberships will be screened through to ensure you only meet new friends at your level. [meetup]

Singapore Lesbian Meetup – Lesbian+transgender/bisexual/femme/butch, SG meetup group Singapore LGBT-friendly, we have meetups either weekly or monthly and contributions are welcome, feel free to email me at for any details. Non-profitable org. Mutual respect and understanding. Come join us to meet new and awesome friends. [meetup]

Singapore LGBT Networking – Do you want to widen your social circle and network with like-minded gay and lesbian? Join our monthly Sunday High-Tea Networking, happy hour session, dining out, BBQ party, bowling, entrepreneurship session, cooking classes etc. Don’t be shy come and join us, I will try my best to make you feel at home and enjoy our meetup. [meetup]

Singapore LGBTQ – Women’s Xchange – We are an LGBTQ meetup group that caters to the female community. We organise leisure activities ranging from learning a new skill to social events. Events may include sports and games, arts and crafts, cooking sessions, cafe/bar hopping and even singles events. [meetup]



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