Archive for the 'Art & culture' Category

Mar 24 2012

Raffles Hotel Museum

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Note: The Raffles Hotel Museum closed permanently in February 2013. Raffles Hotel is the one place in Singapore where nostalgia about the British colonial days seems to be encouraged, and only then because it’s a serious money maker. A night in the cheapest room at this luxury heritage hotel costs S$700 and even a Singapore … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Guide to Singapore museum discounts

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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

Nov 16 2011

Singapore’s Mint Museum of Toys

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When you were a kid, how did you treat your toys? Did you tear into a new toy and play until it broke, or were you the type who kept your favourites in mint condition with the original box? The Founder of the Mint Museum, Singaporean Chang Yang Fa, was definitely the latter and his … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Sentosa’s new Maritime Experiential Museum

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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

Jun 12 2011

Public sculpture on Singapore’s Orchard Road

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It’s pretty easy to take cheap shots at Singapore and its near manic shopping scene. It’s not just the quantity of department stores and high-end outlets that can grate, but the sheer volume of shoppers can overwhelm too. I realise some Singaporeans do have a job, but on most visits I’m struck by how it … read the full post

May 31 2011

Discover how to grow a city at Singapore’s URA Gallery

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If you’re curious how a backwater trading post blossoms into a high-tech metropolis of more than 5 million people, you can get some insights at the URA Gallery. With so many people in so little space, every detail of Singapore’s growth needs to be carefully planned and the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) are the people … read the full post

Apr 06 2011

New series on National Geographic: “Every Singaporean Son”

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There’s a new reality series about Singapore on the National Geographic channel.  “Every Singaporean Son” follows 14 young men as they trade in their iPhones for assault rifles and begin their mandatory national service. Singapore has an imposing armed forces and every male citizen spends two years in full-time military training once they turn 18. … read the full post

Feb 27 2011

The Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore

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A museum showcasing luggage, iPod stereos, and thermal underwear? The Red Dot Design Museum’s collection may seem oddly mundane, but if you’re familiar with the award of the same name it makes a lot more sense. Established in 1955, a prestigious German design centre awards the “Red Dot” to everyday products with trendsetting or exceptional … read the full post

Feb 11 2011

The Picturehouse: Singapore’s Art House Cinema

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Catching a movie is one of the best ways to beat the sticky heat of Singapore and a relatively affordable form of entertainment. Since English is the dominant language among Singapore’s youth, it’s the big American blockbusters that tend to dominate the silverscreens. But if Hollywood’s latest doesn’t appeal to you there is an alternative … read the full post

Jan 26 2011

On Singapore’s WW2 Trail: The Battle Box

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Sometimes I get the feeling Singapore doesn’t want visitors to know about places like the Battle Box. Maybe it’s because the events that happened here aren’t exactly a high point in local history or maybe it’s simply because most tourists come to Singapore to eat at hawker centres and shop, but the Battle Box remains … read the full post

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