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

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Mar 16 2012

Irish pubs in Singapore

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No matter where on earth you travel, you can always find two things to quench your thirst: Coca-Cola and Guinness beer. In Southeast Asia Coke is served in all manners including plastic bags filled with ice, but the best way to enjoy a Guinness remains at a traditional Irish pub. With St Patrick ’s Day … read the full post

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Mar 12 2012

Singapore hawker dishes: Roti prata

Sometimes simple is best. Roti prata, a popular Singapore hawker dish imported from South India, is a deliciously buttery flatbread served with a bowl of curry. It’s equally popular for breakfast or a midnight snack, and is one of the few hawker dishes that is easily made vegetarian. Roti prata (called roti canai in Malaysia) … read the full post

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Mar 08 2012

Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu, Singapore

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No, I’m not about to reveal that Singapore is Southeast Asia’s most underrated dive destination, nor that it really compares with some of the best. Of the sixty-some islands that make up Singapore, only one called Pulau Hantu is frequented by local scuba divers and snorkellers. About 30 minutes south of Singapore by boat, Pulau … read the full post

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Mar 05 2012

Happy hour drinking at Clarke Quay

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There are many reasons why Clarke Quay is Singapore’s top spot for an evening drink: the views of the sun sinking over the Singapore River, the eclectic crowd, and the fact that nearly every bar has a happy hour drink special! Here’s a quick guide to finding the cheapest drinks at Clarke Quay. If beer … read the full post

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Feb 27 2012

Great meals in malls: Orchard Road foodcourts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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