Aug 06 2012

Are you supposed to tip in Singapore?

Published by under Money & costs

A 10% service charge is added to restaurant bills in Singapore.

To tip or not to tip? When dining in a foreign country, that is often the question. In Singapore, the short answer is no – the country does not have a tipping culture. For the long answer, keep reading. Restaurants & bars: If you’re eating or drinking at the kind of place where a server … read the full post

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Aug 02 2012

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

You don't want to anger this goddess.

In many religions women are considered to be the gentler sex. To see why this definitely isn’t the case in Hinduism, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, which is dedicated the fierce goddess Kali. Although she looks peaceful on the temple’s entrance sign, the statues inside show the Hindu goddess Kali … read the full post

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Jul 30 2012

Woodlands Train Checkpoint

Take a seat on the Malaysia-bound train.

With the closure of Singapore’s historic Tanjong Pagar railway station in 2011, all trains out of Singapore now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Here’s everything you need to know about leaving Singapore by train. Getting to Woodlands Train Checkpoint Woodlands Train Checkpoint is located in the northern part of Singapore near the Causeway that … read the full post

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Jul 26 2012

Singapore’s best attractions for families, part 2

The safest way to meet a shark.

With Singapore commonly described as clean, safe, and modern, it’s no wonder the city-state is a popular choice for family holidays. In a previous post I discussed family-friendly attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo, and Science Centre. This post will cover Sentosa, Singapore’s island playground, which is bursting at the seams with fun places … read the full post

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Jul 24 2012

Singapore’s best attractions for families, part 1

Learn about physics while having fun at the Singapore Science Centre.

With its squeaky-clean streets and English-speaking population, Singapore is a hassle-free destination for a family holiday. It’s also home to some world-class attractions that kids will go crazy for. In fact, there are so many family-friendly attractions in Singapore I’m breaking this post into two parts. This one will cover the Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo … read the full post

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Jul 19 2012

What are some popular souvenirs in Singapore?

Published by under Shopping

The gift that keeps on giving. Dinner, that is.

Finding a souvenir that sums up the Singapore experience can be a bit of a challenge because there aren’t many locally-made products (other than the hawker food you ate for lunch – burp!). Some may be quite cheesy, but these are the most popular souvenirs of Singapore. Spice packages to make Singaporean food: The highlight … read the full post

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Jul 16 2012

50% off selected Singapore hostels and hotels!

Published by under Accommodation

No time to read the paper - book your 50% off room now!

We’ve written at length about just how expensive Singapore can get, but we’ve just this afternoon stumbled upon some very good 50% off deals for both hotels and hostels in Singapore through our reservation partner Agoda.com and while some of these deals are winding up in the next couple of days, if you’re passing through … read the full post

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Jul 16 2012

Hop-on hop-off bus tours of Singapore

Published by under Transport (local)

Although Singapore has excellent public transport, there’s still something appealing about exploring a new city via a hop-on hop-off bus service. There are multiple options for these bus tours, so here’s the low-down on how they differ. Duck & Hippo Tours operate two sightseeing bus services. The Original Tour bus drives a loop between the … read the full post

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Jul 09 2012

Singapore’s Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)

Uhm.... why?

Despite what the glossy brochures tell you, Singapore isn’t all glitzy shopping centres and perfectly manicured gardens. See the darker, more dilapidated side of the city with a visit to the bizarre cultural theme park known as Haw Par Villa. Originally known as Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was founded in 1937 by Aw Boon … read the full post

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Jul 05 2012

Singapore hawker dishes: Barbecue stingray

Don't worry - the cook will remove the stinger!

It’s wise to keep an eye out for stingrays when you’re swimming in shallow water, but you should also watch out for them at Singapore’s hawker centres – they’re delicious! Though it may seem exotic, stingray (also known as skate) is available at any hawker stall specialising in fresh seafood alongside the squid, prawns and … read the full post

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