Sep 12 2011

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Singapore is constantly changing. Massive new attractions like Marina Bay Sands and Universal Studios open every year and, due to land reclamation work, the island is actually getting bigger. It’s unlikely that Singapore’s founders would recognise what their tropical trading post has developed into, except maybe if you took them to the Botanic Gardens. The … read the full post

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Sep 07 2011

Singapore’s best vegetarian restaurants: International eats

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In a previous post I covered where to get the best vegetarian Indian, Chinese and Peranakan cuisine. In this post I’ll tackle Singapore’s other vegetarian culinary offerings. Japanese food is practically defined by its use of fresh fish and at Zen Vegetarian Restaurant sashimi is still on the menu – it’s just made from gelatin … read the full post

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Sep 02 2011

Singapore’s best vegetarian restaurants: local eats

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In many Southeast Asian countries being a vegetarian limits you to a boring diet of fried rice with veggies. This couldn’t be further from the case in Singapore. As many Hindus are vegetarians, the easiest place to go for a meatless meal is Little India. Modest restaurants along Serangoon Road, particularly around the temples, have … read the full post

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Sep 01 2011

A Singapore Sling at Raffles

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It’s taken me three years of living in Singapore but I finally did it – I had a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. Sipping this cherry-red cocktail in the place where it was invented in 1915 may be the most iconic thing to do in Singapore, but it’s also exceedingly expensive … read the full post

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Aug 30 2011

Mid-Autumn mooncakes and lanterns

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As Hungry Ghost Month draws to a close, Singapore shifts from feeding the spirits to feasting on Mid-Autumn Festival treats with family and friends. This fall festival is second only to Chinese New Year as the most colourful time of year to visit Chinatown and runs from August 30 to September 25. The Mid-Autumn Festival … read the full post

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Aug 25 2011

Singapore’s cheapest hostels

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How do you choose a hostel in Singapore? Do you research which one has the friendliest atmosphere or is closest to the MRT, or do you just book the best deal you can find? As a budget traveller myself, I can empathise that sometimes it all comes down to the numbers, especially in Singapore where … read the full post

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Aug 22 2011

Singapore Formula One Night Race

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In about a month’s time every speed freak in the world’s focus will be on Singapore for the one and only Formula One Night Race. Now in its fourth year, the event takes place September 23 to 25 with downtown Singapore shutting down to create a street circuit that passes local landmarks like the Singapore … read the full post

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Aug 17 2011

A walk down Singapore’s Temple Street

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A historic street in Chinatown named for its Hindu temple? Temple Street is more than just an exemplary example of Singapore’s multiculturalism – it’s the perfect stretch for a quickie walking tour. I’ll assume you’re coming from Chinatown MRT station and start where Temple Street meets with New Bridge Road. Near the beginning of the … read the full post

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Aug 15 2011

Changi Airport’s best free attractions

Whether you’re stuck in transit or just checked in waaay to early for your flight leaving Singapore (90 minutes is plenty), there’s no reason to be bored at Changi Airport. Save that Bill Bryson novel for the plane – a ton of fun and completely free things to do beckon within the secure departure area. … read the full post

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Aug 10 2011

Singapore’s Hungry Ghost Festival

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While many people in Singapore are fasting this month for Ramadan, the city’s ghosts are feasting! The seventh lunar month is the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and this year it falls from July 31 to August 28. But Hungry Ghost month isn’t really a celebration – it’s a downright spooky affair. Chinese Taoists believe … read the full post

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