8 activities we think Michelle Obama would love to do while she’s in Singapore

Sheila Chiang
Lifestyle contributor
Former US first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she arrives to attend an event for the Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur on December 12, 2019. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – Former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, will be in Singapore on 14 Dec (Saturday) to share about the experiences that shaped her in her public and private life, as well as reflections from her memoir, Becoming.

She is known for her advocacy work towards poverty awareness, education for girls, healthy eating and many more causes. Her husband, Barack Obama, will also be holding a talk on 15 Dec (Sun) to share about his time as a US President.

Here is the list of places and activities we think Mrs Obama will love to go and do while she is here in Singapore. 


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Attend a youth concert 

In her book Becoming, she talks about how her grandfather, Southside filled his house with music and makeshift speakers and merriment. Years later, she would fill the White House with music and culture through live performances and several programmes aimed at children.

Mrs Obama would probably love to attend this 7th WBAS Youth Band Festival Concert on Sunday evening at Esplanade, performed by energetic youth musicians on an adventure with new wind band music.

Maxwell Food Centre. (PHOTO: Amy Wang)

Feast on local food at one of our hawker centres

What better way to learn about Singapore's culture than through our wide variety of local dishes? 

Some of the best hawker food we have can be found at Old Airport Road Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

You may just see her digging into our local favourites from chicken rice, fried kway teow, hokkien mee, bak kut teh, satay, laksa, and chilli crab to the healthy yong tau fu dish.

Visit a community garden 

Obama grew a vegetable garden on the South lawn of the White House back in March 2009. The garden was used to prepare meals for the Obama family and their guests throughout the Barack Obama’s administration.

She also held annual spring planting events which showed her commitment to sustainable gardening and the longevity of the vegetable patch. 

She would definitely approve of our community gardens.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall's visit at the garden last 1 November 2017. (PHOTO: Community Garden at Tiong Bahru)

Take a stroll through HDB and residential areas

What better way to get to know a country than to see how its people live?

The British royalty often get to observe community life and activities. The last time they were here, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Tiong Bahru, where they strolled through a wet market.

Queen Elizabeth also visited Toa Payoh and Tiong Bahru while she was here on state visits on three separate occasions while Prince William observed people doing taichi and children playing at the playgrounds while he was here.

Take a tour of our national garden

Just like the U.S. Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Botanic Gardens houses national treasures. From roses to orchids, rainforests, rare and endangered plants to the latest in home gardens, it is our nation’s pride. 

Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, so it will be no surprise to find Mrs Obama there as she is quite the gardener herself. 

Stop by the Singapore Chinese Girls' School

Mrs Obama is an advocate for quality education for girls and she visited a rural school in Vietnam last week where she encouraged teenage girls “to stay in school”. 

Our very own Singapore Chinese Girls' School has a history of supporting young girls through school when it first started out. 

It is the first Chinese girls’ school founded in Singapore. During its early history, the school provided education in English and Chinese to Chinese girls, at a time when female education in Singapore was neglected. 

(PHOTO: Design Orchard)

Check out local creations at Design Orchard

Mrs Obama is a huge supporter of emerging American designers, wearing Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Naeem Khanin, to name only a few, during her tenure as First Lady. 

If she is in Singapore, she would surely love to see what up-and-coming Singaporean designers have to offer at Design Orchard as it is entirely #supportlocal.

Drop by the iconic Marina Bay Sands

Current US president Donald Trump also visited the iconic location during his visit to Singapore for the Trump-Kim Summit last year June.

Owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Marina Bay Sands is an icon of Singapore and one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Singapore. 

You probably would not catch her swimming in the infinity pool but the resort is definitely a must-visit for any tourist.