South East Asia 1

Isabella Grandic
6 min readJan 13, 2023

A filtered list of my favourite moments/places/insights as a first-timer in Asia (📍Singapore) — Week 1!

  • @koreanair impeccable experience for my first 12h flight! Details + simple luxuries that shaped my entryway into Asia (especially ultra-mini toothpaste, slippers, guava mousse and pineapple juice)
  • After 35h of travelling, I got myself a cozy hotel room. It was right across Changi’s indoor waterfall. Absolutely incredible… maybe my best’s night’s sleep.
  • Then, I took my first real stop outside of the airport… to @ikea. IKEA does a great job of keeping its brand consistent across markets and localizing in the restaurant. Always nice to visit my favourite fortune 500 company!!
  • @nus is the most beautiful campus I’ve seen. I made new friends in the canteen and ate a tasty $3 meal with them while organizing a spontaneous plan to go to China Town. We ate at the first Michelin star street food spot, indulged in an inappropriate amount of free mochi, jelly + fruit samples and befriended a pair of 70-year-old brothers. This agenda is how I beat my jet lag on day 3.
  • My personal favourite to-do has been memorizing the landscape of Singapore (I’m so lame, I know). I take the subway (the ‘mrt’) everywhere. I’ve enjoyed getting off at different stops and just looking around. I then compare what I see to the model of the map. It’s like a city-sized version of fill-in-the-blanks!
  • Little India + Arab street + China Town were certainly visual highlights. All of them…



Isabella Grandic

Aspiring healthcare infrastructure designer, technologist and scientist.