Archive for December, 2011

Dec 29 2011

Tips for exploring Singapore by public bus

Published by under Transport (local)

One of small blessings of life in Singapore is its world class public transport system. Most visitors quickly become acquainted with the MRT which is a direct line into must-see neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Little India, but don’t overlook the public buses. Not only will you feel less like a sardine during peak hours, the … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

(Relatively) affordable celebrity chef meals in Singapore

Published by under Food

With the opening of Singapore’s new casinos has come a slew of celebrity chef restaurants. If you’re a foodie or fan of ‘Top Chef’ you’ll certainly recognise names like Wolfgang Puck, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy. While Singapore is already an expensive city for a formal meal, these restaurants take fine-dining to a new extreme … read the full post

Dec 20 2011

Singapore hawker dishes: A tale of two rojaks

Rojak is a Malay word meaning ‘mixture’. But if you hear it used in conversation in Singapore, it’s probably referring to what’s for lunch. Rojak is the name of not one but two hawker dishes, and both are delicious and completely different. First up is fruit rojak, also known as Chinese rojak, which is best … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

A tropical Christmas Day in Singapore

Published by under Festivals

If you ignore the stifling heat and monsoon rains, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Singapore. Orchard Road is the centre of festivities with Christmas trees, lights and fake snow, plus on Christmas Day itself there will be carolers and parade floats. Maybe it’s because I come from a ridiculously cold city, … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Guide to Singapore museum discounts

There’s no denying that Singapore is an expensive city, which is why I try to regularly write posts with the potential to save Travelfishers some money. I’ve recently covered budget places to stay like Singapore’s cheapest hostels and family rooms under S$120, and now I turn my focus to the city’s diverse and world-class museums. … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

Christmas in Singapore

Published by under Festivals

Don’t be fooled by the balmy climate and the non-Christian majority: Singapore goes crazy for Christmas. Like festive celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Christmas time in Singapore is largely a secular event that takes place not at home but in malls and restaurants around the city. Singapore’s “Christmas in the Tropics” events are full swing now … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Family rooms from S$120-250 in Singapore

Published by under Accommodation

Last month I wrote about family rooms under S$120, but in Singapore’s over-priced hotel market this gets you little more than four walls and two beds. Small luxuries like 24-hour air-con and your own bathroom can be indispensable when travelling Southeast Asia with children, but for these comforts you need to venture into mid-range accommodation. … read the full post

Dec 01 2011

Photo: Singapore shophouses

Published by under Photos

Singapore wants to be famous for its glassy skyscrapers and and gravity-defying swimming pools but it’s often the simpler, down to earth shopfronts that are, if not the most beautiful, then at least harbouring the most character. These twins in Little India were among a mishmash of newer, uglier shopfronts and note that, save the … read the full post