Archive for December, 2012

Dec 31 2012

Singapore’s best public parks

Published by under Outdoors

Nothing beats East Coast Park at sunset.

Singapore isn’t called “the garden city” for nothing – you’ll find a shady green refuge in nearly every neighbourhood. Here’s a rundown of our favourite public parks offering everything from open-air concerts to cycling along the coast. With its man-made beach and family-friendly activities, East Coast Park is a destination in itself. The park stretches … read the full post

Dec 24 2012

Weather in Singapore

Published by under Practicalities

Not every day in Singapore can be perfect beach weather.

The weather in Singapore can be summed up as hot and humid year-round. Here are a few more details about the city-state’s climate to help you decide when the best time of year to travel here might be. Singapore has a tropical climate and the temperature is quite predictable. In general, you can expect a … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

New Year’s Eve in Singapore 2012

Published by under Festivals

Expect a spectacular fireworks display at Marina Bay (image via www.marinabaycountdown.sg/)

Singapore may be the most straight-laced city in Southeast Asia, but it makes a memorable place to ring in the new year. Here’s a wrap-up of the best New Year’s Eve 2012 events in Singapore from spectacular fireworks at Marina Bay to all-night beach parties on Sentosa Island. If you want to ring in 2013 … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Review: Samy’s Curry, Singapore

Published by under Food

So many curries, so little tummy space.

Serving up South Indian specialties in a casual colonial setting, Samy’s Curry is a Singapore institution. The fact that Samy’s has been around for 50 years is a testament to how good the food truly is. You’ll find a browsing copy of the menu by the entrance, but the way to order at Samy’s Curry … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Singapore hawker dishes: Thosai (dosa)

Thosai make a complete meal for a couple dollars.

Thosai (also spelled dosa) is a savoury pancake served with a slew of spicy dipping sauces. Like so much of the Indian food popular at Singapore hawker centres, thosai are cheap, tasty and 100% vegetarian. The recipe for thosai was brought to Singapore from South India, a region where being vegetarian is the norm. The … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Christmas in Singapore 2012

Published by under Festivals

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in the tropics).

The people of Singapore must be confident that Santa’s bringing them something good, because they really get in the Christmas spirit. Here’s where to go for turkey dinners, Christmas trees, caroling, church services and – of course – shopping for presents. Since you’d have to be crazy to cook a turkey at home in the … read the full post

Dec 03 2012

Review: Sentosa Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom

Can I keep it as a souvenir?

If your kids have a fascination with the creepy-crawly, the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom deserves a spot on your Sentosa Island itinerary. Even if they don’t, this mini-zoo is a lifesaver if the monsoon rains wash out your other plans. The first exhibit you encounter at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom is also … read the full post