I have a confession to make. I have never had a proper picnic (meal outdoors in a picnic basket and fully clothed) in Singapore. As a child I’ve had snacks in my swimsuit on a mat by the shore, mostly in Malaysia, but I never quite thought of those as picnics, but just a meal after a swim. Read about glorious picnics in books and it always seems wonderfully romantic in the movies where the climate is cool and the picnic spread is always so pretty, but somehow the heat in Singapore has put me off so far.
Well, maybe if you don’t count the time when I was a kid and my two little cousin prepared sandwiches for us to have a picnic at the East Coast beach. They were so eager and excited. We took a bus there with my little cousins gleeful and chirpy all the way. When we reached our destination it was packed with people. We put down some old newspapers in a small corner we found beside the throngs of people, but soon after we all started getting bitten by red ants. At that point my older cousin announced that we were leaving and my young cousin, the one who painstakingly prepared the sardine sandwiches, looked like she was going to burst into tears. My older cousin promised her that we would come back another day to pacify her and it kinda worked, but I think the poor mite was still upset. That picnic was not a success and since then I have never been on one in Singapore, always associating picnics with disappointment, great discomfort due to sweating in the scorching heat, and getting bitten by ants.
Today I thought, perhaps I should give the experience another chance. This new thinking was prompted by Notabilia. She intrigued me when she pointed out that she loves having picnics in Singapore and that many people picnic in Singapore. This prompted me to seek out where people actually have these picnics and how do they do it in our heat and humidity. Maybe there’s something I’m overlooking. Maybe I could avoid the heat with an evening picnic under a tree. If you’ve had a Singapore picnic or blogged about it, would love to have your thoughts and links in the comments below. Here are some links I found and Botanic Gardens by the lake, seems the most inviting at the moment:
So it is Singapore: Picnic at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Angry Angmo: The 5 Best Places for a Picnic in Singapore
Alvinology: Mass Picnic at Fort Canning