Archive for October, 2011

Oct 31 2011

What not to pack when visiting Singapore

Published by under Practicalities

There’s good reason for Singapore’s nickname “The Fine City”: minor misdoings, from eating on the subway to not flushing a public toilet, are punishable by a monetary fine.  It’s even possible to earn a fine before you’re fully in the country if you attempt to bring a banned item into Singapore. Certain items you wouldn’t … read the full post

Oct 28 2011

Singapore’s spookiest places

It’s no secret that Singapore is a haunted city – there’s a month-long festival devoted to feeding hungry ghosts. Of course, it’s not the gleaming shopping malls and skyscrapers that many Singapore residents consider to be haunted, it’s the old and forgotten places in the city’s outer reaches. These sights are here year-round, but this … read the full post

Oct 24 2011

Singapore’s best microbreweries

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Though Tiger is undisputedly the official brew of Singapore, if you’re looking for a locally-brewed beer with a little more oomph there are some fine options. The obvious choice is Brewerkz and it won’t disappoint. The huge restaurant at Clarke Quay also serves as the factory and on any given day you’ll find more than … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Sentosa’s new Maritime Experiential Museum

Published by under Museums

Every year new attractions open on Sentosa and every time they seem to be more and more random. The most recent additions have been a cable car museum, sky-diving simulator, and the world’s largest dancing animatronics show. Seriously, who comes up with these things? But the new Maritime Experiential Museum is a perfect fit.  It’s … read the full post

Oct 17 2011

Halloween, Singapore-style

Published by under Events

Life in multi-cultural Singapore means that holidays often overlap. I hope you get lots of rest mid-week on the Deepavali public holiday because the days that follow are packed with Halloween activities. Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, most of the activities take place the weekend before. Sentosa Island’s innocuous attractions have been … read the full post

Oct 15 2011

Deepavali celebrations in Little India

Published by under Festivals

Just when you thought Little India couldn’t get any more colourful or chaotic, the biggest festival on the Hindu calendar pulls into town. This year Deepavali falls on October 26 but, like Christmas, half the fun is the weeks leading up to the big day. If you’re in Singapore this month you must come down … read the full post

Oct 10 2011

Where to photograph the Singapore skyline

With gleaming skyscrapers, colonial hotels, the world’s tallest ferris wheel, and a Merlion, there’s no mistaking the Singapore skyline for anywhere else in the world.  If you’re hoping to get some panoramic photos of this dazzling city-state, these viewpoints are where you’ll want to be. Marina Bay Sands Skypark: Singapore’s newest observation point is the … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Singapore’s best heartland hawker centres: Part 2

Today I continue the two-part post encouraging visitors to get away from the city centre to explore the residential areas of Singapore and taste the fantastic hawker food. The money you’ll save on meals will cover the MRT fare to get here – I promise! In case you missed part one, it’s here. Chomp Chomp … read the full post

Oct 03 2011

Singapore’s best heartland hawker centres: Part 1

To outsiders Singapore is one sprawling city, but to its residents there are two distinct divisions: town and the heartlands. Often the only part of Singapore that visitors experience is Orchard Road, Raffles Place to Marina Bay and other central areas where you find five-star hotels and people queuing to shop at Louis Vuitton. A … read the full post