US Vice President Kamala Harris is in Singapore! Here's what we think she should add to her itinerary...
Kamala Harris made history in 2020 when she became the first woman Vice President, and a person of colour at that, of the United States. Yesterday, she touched down at Paya Lebar Air Base for her first official visit to Singapore. Despite her high ranking, she and her crew were subjected to standard Covid-19 tests and wore masks in line with measures set by the Singapore government.
As expected, she already has a series of formal engagements lined up. Today, she met with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana where a ceremony was held. And of course, they named an orchid after her, a tradition in Singapore to honour visiting heads of states and other distinguished guests.
But if Vice President Kamala had some extra time and wanted to wander off, or perhaps keep in mind activities for her next visit, we’ve put together a list of things just for her.
5 things US Vice President Kamala Harris should do in Singapore
1. Cycle along routes with stunning views
During the campaign period, Kamala said she works out every morning to take care of her mental health. So how about sweating it out by cycling along the best routes in Singapore? All she has to do is rent a bike, hop on and enjoy the local sights!
2. Learn how to cook local cuisine
It’s no secret that Singapore is a melting pot of different cuisines. As Ms Harris loves cooking, we suggest she don her apron, wield the ladle, and learn how to make a local dish or two. If she needs ingredients, where else to get them but Mustafa Centre (or any of the supermarkets in town)?
3. Have a feast of the best Indian food
In case you didn’t know, Kamala’s mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a Tamil Indian who moved to the US sometime in the 1950s. So we think it’s only fitting that she samples top-notch Indian food in Singapore. PS: If she’s got a different craving, here’s a list of the best American restaurants in the city.
4. Shop at eco-friendly businesses
Since she acknowledges the climate change problem and is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the coming generations, we bet she’d enjoy hitting up local businesses that are all about stylish yet eco-friendly fashion and zero-waste supplies.
5. Chill at hidden bars
Being in the spotlight can get a little too stressful, so if she opts for a lowkey night out at one of Singapore’s hidden bars, we wouldn’t be surprised. Ms Harris, may we recommend you try our iconic Singapore Sling?
We hope you enjoyed your brief stay in the Little Red Dot, Madam Vice President!