To hit the required quota of cultural activities, one interesting museum deserving of a look is the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street. In two hours you can explore the rich history of the descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, also known as Straits Chinese. The museum is divided into thematic galleries providing information on the various aspects of Peranakan culture, from wedding ceremonies to funeral traditions and the ins-and-outs of spirituality and feasting, there’s a wealth of knowledge to obtain. Thankfully, a wander through the museum doesn’t feel like work, and if your stamina for reading is a bit low, there’s an array of intricately detailed costumes on display alongside some impeccable beadwork. Further facts can be found sifting through the books available in the museum shop where replica embroidery can also be bought.If the tourist predilection to shop still takes hold after one too many cultural affairs, a place deserving of your last few dollars is Kinokuniya, the mega-bookstore at Ngee Ann City. It’s hard to imagine a wider selection of books – you can find practically any title there and discover books you’ve never heard of available in almost every language. It truly is a bookworm’s paradise, and even those not so enamoured by the written word will find the sheer range of novels, comics and magazines impressive.Yes, Singapore can seem like a millionaire’s paradise given the intimidating amount of shops, restaurants and bars filling the streets. However, with one destination, you can easily travel the world within Singapore’s borders by darting between the districts of Chinatown and Little India to truly immerse yourself in the many cultural zones dotted around the city. If none of these suggestions peak your interest then there’s one last treat to dangle before your eyes – a sleepy cat café on Boat Quay with fine hot chocolates and even finer feline friends.All photos by Eva Griffin.