Nov 13 2013

Getting online on the go in Singapore

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Here's what the wireless network list in your mobile might look like at the end of your Singapore stay - free wifi via Wireless@SG and some local malls.

While many hotel and hostel stays in Asia are bundled with free WiFi nowadays, we all know the feeling of being outdoors needing to desperately check for that restaurant phone number or museum location. For travellers in Singapore wishing to stay connected, we’d suggest investing in a prepaid mobile SIM card with a data plan … read the full post

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Oct 31 2013

Books to read on Singapore

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Tradition remains a part of life in Singapore, even as it modernises -- fiction writers capture this beautifully.

If you’re planning a trip to Singapore, besides the usual travel guides and of course our very own, we’d suggest tucking in to some meatier reading, either ahead of time or once you’re here. Here are some books we’d suggest reading to get you intimately acquainted with the complex city-state. Most can be found at … read the full post

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Sep 10 2013

Eurasian Singapore

Published by under Art & culture

Quentin's is one of few Eurasian restaurants in Singapore, if you wish to try the food but don't have Eurasian friends who love to invite people over for celebrations.

Eurasians are among the ethnic groups in Singapore that make up that cryptic official “others” category of the local population. Travellers typically know little about them, but the Eurasian Association in Singapore, founded in 1919, is the perfect place to learn more. A Eurasian of course is a person of mixed European and Asian descent; … read the full post

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Sep 02 2013

Watching Indian movies in Singapore

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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