Archive for September, 2011

Sep 30 2011

A drink with a view: 1-Altitude

On the rooftop of the tallest building in Raffles Place, 1-Altitude isn’t just the highest bar in Singapore it’s the highest al fresco bar in the world. The bar is completely uncovered and there’s nothing but a five-foot glass wall to keep you from walking off the edge and plummeting 282 metres onto a banker. … read the full post

Sep 26 2011

Peninsula Plaza: Singapore’s “Little Burma”

Published by under Food,Shopping

As the economic hub of Southeast Asia, people from across the region are drawn to Singapore to try to make a buck. These groups add to Singapore’s colourful cultural diversity and, as the communities grow, they establish their own restaurants, temples, and even shopping malls. Golden Mile Complex is the domain of the Thais, Lucky … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

Singapore in photos

Published by under Photos

With its gleaming skyscrapers and smoke-filled temples — often on the same street — Singapore is a photographer’s paradise. Whether you’re doing a walking tour of Little India or hitting a hawker centre for a cheap meal, don’t forget your camera!

Sep 19 2011

How to get to Sentosa Island

Published by under Transport (local)

One of the 63 islands that make up Singapore, Sentosa has been developed as an island resort with thrill rides, white sand beaches, hotels, restaurants and a casino. Getting to Sentosa has become an attraction in itself and, though the island is less than 1km offshore and connected by road, there are currently five ways … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Favourite Singapore freebies

It’s no secret that it can be expensive to be a tourist in Singapore.  I recently did a run-down of the city’s cheapest accommodation, but even if you’re on a shoestring budget there’s no need to stay in your hostel killing time on the guest computers and sipping the complimentary coffee. Beyond the price of … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Published by under Outdoors

Singapore is constantly changing. Massive new attractions like Marina Bay Sands and Universal Studios open every year and, due to land reclamation work, the island is actually getting bigger. It’s unlikely that Singapore’s founders would recognise what their tropical trading post has developed into, except maybe if you took them to the Botanic Gardens. The … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Singapore’s best vegetarian restaurants: International eats

Published by under Food

In a previous post I covered where to get the best vegetarian Indian, Chinese and Peranakan cuisine. In this post I’ll tackle Singapore’s other vegetarian culinary offerings. Japanese food is practically defined by its use of fresh fish and at Zen Vegetarian Restaurant sashimi is still on the menu – it’s just made from gelatin … read the full post

Sep 02 2011

Singapore’s best vegetarian restaurants: local eats

Published by under Food

In many Southeast Asian countries being a vegetarian limits you to a boring diet of fried rice with veggies. This couldn’t be further from the case in Singapore. As many Hindus are vegetarians, the easiest place to go for a meatless meal is Little India. Modest restaurants along Serangoon Road, particularly around the temples, have … read the full post

Sep 01 2011

A Singapore Sling at Raffles

Published by under Bars & nightlife

It’s taken me three years of living in Singapore but I finally did it – I had a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. Sipping this cherry-red cocktail in the place where it was invented in 1915 may be the most iconic thing to do in Singapore, but it’s also exceedingly expensive … read the full post