A Journey into the Heart and Soul of Singapore

Travel websites often cite Singapore’s lush greenery and shopping district as reasons which make the Lion City stand out.

While true, many Singaporeans would also argue that their home is much more than that.

Through the SIF’s Journalist Visit Programme, 10 journalists from India and Indonesia had the opportunity to see that side of Singapore as they met individuals from our country’s people, public and private sector.

Their visit helped them gain a deeper understanding of Singapore as a compassionate, innovative and culturally vibrant city.

“It was an enriching experience interacting with various government and non-government bodies in the city. It gave a deeper insight into what makes Singapore a world-class city. The innovation and involvement of younger generation in daily life is something that every city should emulate.”

- Devparna Acharya, Firstpost, India.

 

“The JVP has built cross-cultural understanding among us, particularly through the sharing of perspectives, insights, and experiences. In fact, the highlight of the visit for me was the exchange of ideas with Singaporeans, as well as the media participants from India.”

- Ridwan Aji Pitoko, Kompas.com, Indonesia

Docent Bhajan describes Singapore’s physical transformation over the past 50 years. The tour at Singapore City Gallery included elements which highlighted Singapore’s development into a modern city state.
Our media friends capture a light moment at Punggol, an area selected by Singapore’s Housing Development Board to be Singapore’s first eco-town. The residential project focuses on multiple initiatives for sustainable living through effective energy water and waste management.
The journalists visited a host of iconic locations including Fort Canning Park and the former Parliament House as part of the Jubilee Walk, a trail which connects the past, present and future elements of the Singapore Story together.
Docent Liane explains our public housing system to our friends over a lunch which included local delights such as chendol and roti prata.
Docent Millie shares about the culture, heritage and history of the Malay Singaporeans at the Malay Heritage Centre in Kampong Glam.
A journalist testing an MRT simulator at Tech Able, Enabling Village, which aims to help those with disabilities better integrate into society.
The journalists attempting latte art at Better Barista, a social enterprise which aims to use their business as a force for good. Their Better Holistic programme supports marginalised women and youth at risk to become better versions of themselves whilst pursuing a professional coffee career.
The group had the opportunity to network with staff and Citizen Ambassadors of the SIF at Food for Thought. Food for Thought is part of The Thought Collective, a group of social businesses seeking to build the social and emotional capital of Singapore.
The journalists interacting with our changemakers at the Young Social Entrepreneurs workshop. The YSE workshops nurtures a network of social entrepreneurs, where the power of ideas, know-how and resources can be harnessed to enrich lives and effect positive change for a better world.
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