Sep 02 2013

Watching Indian movies in Singapore

Published by under Art & culture

The historic Rex Cinemas screens Tamil movies from South India - but check for English subtitles before you go.

If the malls of Orchard Road are too bland, and you’ve had your fill of Singapore’s nature-based activities, why not catch an Indian movie in Singapore? Almost 10 percent of Singapore’s population identify as Indian, so Bollywood looms large over the cinematic landscape. Here are some suggestions of where to head. Bollywood Hindi films, usually … read the full post

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Aug 28 2013

Singapore’s Grand Prix

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The cars zip by too fast to be scrutinised anyway, that a walkabout ticket for the budget conscious might just be a good deal to consider.

Who says Grand Prix motor racing is only for the rich and famous? Not in Singapore, where you can catch the only F1 night race in the world and first street circuit in the region every September at the Marina Bay circuit. Here’s how to do it on the cheap – well, relatively. The three-day, officially named Formula One … read the full post

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Aug 19 2013

Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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Reflections at Bukit Chandu is housed in a charming colonial bungalow, the last remaining in this area.

Tucked away on a peaceful hill off Singapore’s Pasir Panjang is a stately restored colonial bungalow housing World War II exhibit titled Reflections at Bukit Chandu. One of many sights in Singapore that showcase the city state’s role in World War II, today’s calm belies the bloody hand-to-hand combat that took place here over two … read the full post

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Aug 12 2013

Tampines Eco Green, Singapore

Published by under Outdoors

The park is popular with both fauna and joggers alike.

Tampines Eco Green is a 36.5 hectare park in Singapore’s east boasting grasslands, freshwater wetlands and secondary rainforest — right in the midst of a high-rise, high-density township. This might be the only place in Singapore where you can stand right beside a swamp, yet see a public housing dweller on her balcony and an above-ground … read the full post

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Jul 15 2013

Ramadan in Singapore

Published by under Festivals

Sultan Mosque is the focal point of Arab Street

Around 15 percent of Singapore’s citizens are Muslims, meaning the city-state, along with much of Southeast Asia, celebrates the month of Ramadan. This year the period runs July 10 to August 7; it’s a great time if you’re in Singapore to get a flavour of the Malay culture here. Singapore’s Arab street and Kampong Glam area, historically … read the full post

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Jul 09 2013

Singapore hawker dishes: Lor mee

Published by under Food

Lor mee tastes much better than it looks - don't be deceived by the black gooey appearance.

Lor mee is a hawker dish of Hokkien heritage. The lor or gravy is simmered for hours, with spices, meat stock, egg whites and corn starch to give it its sticky consistency; served with flat yellow noodles and some crunchy additions, it’s dish worth seeking out while you’re in Singapore. (You’ll also find lor duck, … read the full post

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Jul 04 2013

Senoko fish market, Singapore

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The Senoko fishery port is a hive of activity, even after midnight.

Seafood aficionados love Singapore for its barbecue stingray, black pepper crab and cereal prawns — and with the city-state surrounded by water, the seafood here is as fresh as you can get. But where does your seafood come from, between the sea and your table? Enter Singapore’s fish markets. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of … read the full post

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Jun 19 2013

Zi char: The hearty food of Singapore’s kopitiams

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A new zi char favourite, prawns, squid or chicken fried and coated with a salted egg paste.

Kopi and Tiger beer flow as Singaporeans sit back and loosen their belts after a day’s work. The auntie-in-charge hustles about, spare change clinking in her fanny pack. Sizzling ‘wok breath’ fills the air as white-clad chefs saute with an agility that rivals the pro footballers on the house TV. The drink stall may be … read the full post

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Jun 14 2013

Review: Seacare Hotel, Singapore

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A standard room in the Seacare hotel.

From the outside, Singapore’s relatively new Seacare Hotel looks like a cross between an office building and a condominium. Don’t be put off though, as it’s got a great location between Clarke Quay and Chinatown, and well-furnished rooms that go for under S$200 if you book online. Open since September 2012, the 103-room hotel was designed by … read the full post

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Jun 06 2013

Review: Hock Lee fishball noodles

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Hock Lee's fishballs in its delicious soup.

Fishball noodles are a Singapore staple found in almost every hawker centre and coffee shop. The simple combination of noodles in soup or chilli oil and balls of minced fish means that there is little variation for a stallowner to make their dish a cut above the rest. Hock Lee Fishball Noodles, however, has made that … read the full post

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