Archive for February, 2012

Feb 27 2012

Great meals in malls: Orchard Road foodcourts

Published by under Food

Singapore may be a shopping mall nation, but that means you’re never far from an easy, affordable foodcourt meal. If you’re from the West the word ‘foodcourt’ may evoke images of burgers and pizza slices, but in Singapore this couldn’t be further from the truth. Singaporean foodcourts mostly serve Singaporean food – think of them … read the full post

Feb 23 2012

Cooking classes in Singapore

Why just eat chilli crab and chicken rice when you could be learning how to make them? For the souvenir that keeps on giving, enrol in one of these cooking classes to learn the art of making Singapore’s mouth-watering cuisine. Cookery Magic is Singapore’s most highly recommended cooking school and offers separate classes for Chinese, … read the full post

Feb 20 2012

Boat tours of the Singapore River

Whether you’re on a tight schedule or just have aching feet, a cruise along the Singapore River is a great way to sit back and soak up Singapore’s sights. Regular boat tours last about 30 minutes and cruise past the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. Two companies operate boat … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

Meet Singapore’s Merlion

Half-lion, half-fish, the Merlion is the trademarked mascot of Singapore. No, this absurd creature isn’t from a local myth or children’s story; it was dreamed up by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 to use as their logo. The fish body represents Singapore’s long history as a port and the lion head is a reference … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

On Singapore’s World War II trail: Fort Siloso

Think Sentosa Island is all fun and games? Before it was Singapore’s playground, the island was home to military fortresses, which protected the Singapore Harbour from pirates during the colonial days and the Japanese navy during World War II. Fort Siloso, the only surviving fort, is now a military museum open to the public. According … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Photo essay: Thaipusam in Singapore 2012

Published by under Festivals,Photos

For one day each year, the streets of central Singapore are blocked off to make way for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, a celebration of spirituality through self-sacrifice. This year it took place on February 7, 2012. Thousands of people walk the four-kilometre Thaipusam pilgrimage route carrying flower garlands or milk pots to give as … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Internet cafes in Singapore

Published by under Phone & internet

With free WiFi in many public places and practically every Singaporean wielding an iPhone, internet cafes are quickly becoming a thing of the past in Singapore. Thankfully, if you need to do some impromptu web surfing, printing, or Skyping a few internet cafes survive in all of the city’s central neighbourhoods. Little India is home … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Photo: Graffiti in the botanic gardens

Published by under Photos

Singapore’s wonderful botanic gardens boasts many attractions — we’ve always been particular fans of the orchid garden and simply that there’s such a lovely rolling splash of greenery so close to the centre of town. Near the orchid garden you’ll find a graffiti strewn tree decorated with everything from “Dave was here” through to melodramatic … read the full post