About Jovel C
Lives in Sierre, Switzerland
Since Jan 2015
18-24 year old female
My name is Jovel and I am currently in my final semester in Switzerland studying International Hotel Management. Born and raised in Singapore, I spent my whole life seeking out the best places to eat, stay and have fun. I am a serial thrill seeker and absolutely enjoy discovering off the beaten path activities such as hidden escape rooms, indoor batting stadiums and speakeasy bars. I also enjoy travelling and have lived in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Paris and Switzerland. On top of enjoying engaging in local cultures, I speak a variety of languages from English, Mandarin, basic French and Thai. My travel style revolves around off the beaten path routes and itineraries. From Couchsurfing to engaging in local transportation instead of private transportation, I mostly find myself with my Sony A6 camera wandering around the city and talking to locals and other solo travellers and backpackers. I do also throw on a fancy dress and dine at delicious restaurants being a serious foodie.
Sacred & Religious Sites, Speciality Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
Situated in Chinatown, Yum Cha Restaurant serves up a great, local dim sum in the midst of a popular tourist area. Chinatown in the morning is quaint and quiet, offering a glimpse of olden-day Singapore. Spend some time soaking up the unique atmosphere while enjoying traditional Chinese breakfast food.
This stunning temple may be a newcomer to historic Chinatown (and Buddhism), but that doesn't make it any less spectacular. It was built in 2007 to house the sacred relic that gives it its name: a tooth that is said to be the left canine of the Buddha, which is on display inside a gold stupa on the fourth floor. Singaporean Buddhists come here to pay their respects, and it is rather a humbling experience to witness this local ritual, which involves the burning of incense and offering token items as a mark of appreciation.
With more than 2,530 residents and 11 immersive habitat zones, from Frozen Tundra to Reptile Garden, the Singapore Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world. Rare and magnificent white tigers roam a jungle enclosure, and under the Fragile Forest biodome, a rainforest thrives, replete with tree sloths, flying foxes, and even artifacts from the Asmat tribe of Irian Jaya.
Named after one of the zoo's former orangutan residents, Ah Meng Restaurant has a distinctly 'Jungle Book' feel to it, and is fun for families in particular. Though the food is on the expensive side, it's authentic and there's a great selection of local dishes on offer.
Situated between the zoo and Night Safari, River Safari is a truly unique wildlife theme park that allows visitors to experience the habitats of seven world-famous rivers. You can meet alligator snapping turtles along the mighty Mississippi, giant catfish in the Mekong, or frog-faced softshell turtles on the Ganges. The Giant Panda Forest is home to rare red pandas in addition to the park's two famous pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
From humble beginnings as an unnamed road lined with (you guessed it) fruit orchards and nutmeg plantations, Orchard Road was slowly populated with cemeteries, temples, and markets, until it became what it is today: a glitzy high street and entertainment hub. Here you can join the well-heeled in shopping, take in an art exhibit, grab a swanky bite, or simply stroll and take it all in.
Filled botanical gems from every continent except Antarctica, Gardens by the Bay takes the botanic garden concept to a whole new level. At this flower sanctuary, you can stroll in a tropical Cloud Forest, take in the colors and heady scents of the Flower Dome, or marvel at the massive 'supertrees,' large concrete structures supporting vertical gardens.
Situated in the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, Pollen is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Singapore River. The Singapore outlet of chef Jason Atherton's acclaimed London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, Pollen serves up innovative Mediterranean fare in a serene, flower-festooned environment.
Perched atop the prestigious Marina Bay Sands building, swanky KU DE TA offers stunning night views of Singapore. The cocktails are delicious, the DJ beats inspire dancing, and the glittering city stretches out before you.