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Butterfly House

Next week, a couple of members of Team Something You Said are spending some time at Changi Airport, Singapore. We have a stopover there. Usually, airport stopovers are pretty dull. You’re tired and smelly and all you want to do is get back on a plane and reach your destination, but instead you are forced to wander around looking in shops or fruitlessly trying to find a seat which is comfortable enough to sleep upon.

Safe to say we weren’t exactly looking forward to this part of the journey. But then someone told us that there is a Butterfly Garden at Changi Airport.

Wait… what? A Butterfly Garden?

Yup, Changi has the world’s first Butterfly Garden in an airport, with over 1,000 tropical butterflies from as many as 40 species.

We’re big nature lovers, at Something You Said. Indeed, anyone who has been in the company of our editor when a butterfly flutters by will have seen him raise his arms and implore them to “land on me.” It’s a moderately pathetic sight and, as yet, not a single one has done so. Needless to say, we know where we will be heading as soon as the plane’s wheels touch the tarmac in Singapore.

The fact that Changi has a Butterfly House is indicative of how Singapore is very much one-of-a-kind. You don’t get that kind of thing at Sydney Airport. They also have a movie theatre at Changi. It illustrates a global city that thinks outside the box and is pretty much a destination in its own right.

If, unlike us, you are actually leaving the airport, you’ll discover a city that juxtaposes the old and new, that mixes the traditional with the contemporary. It combines intricate carvings and painting in local precincts with breathtaking modern architecture. You can sample cuisine from numerous cultures, shop in the boutiques on Haji Lane and at the silk merchants of Arab Street. You can drink craft beers and check out countless attractions, such as the S.E.A. Aquarium and Singapore Zoo. And don’t forget the Grand Prix swings by too. On top of all this, Singapore Botanic Gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So, if your flight goes through Singapore, you should totally spend a couple of days there. If you don’t have time for that, then we’ll see you in the Butterfly Garden!

One last thing. If you follow our Facebook page or newsletter, you’ll know we love a good fact, so we’ll leave you with this one: Many Singaporeans have a habit of adding “la” to the end of their sentences, such as “okay-lah.” The result is Singlish, a unique blend of English and colloquial words.

You can find out more about Singapore here.

This post is sponsored by YourSingapore and Changi Airport Singapore but our thoughts and words are our own.