Jun 22 2011

Dali, van Gogh (kind of) at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum

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Art fans in Singapore are in for a real treat: the ArtScience Museum is hosting exhibits by Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh until close to the end of 2011. Like the rooftop observation deck and indoor skating rink, the ArtScience Museum is one of the family-friendly attractions added to Marina Bay Sands to prove … read the full post

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Jun 20 2011

What to drink in Singapore

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With the temperature in Singapore regularly hitting 35°C you’ll want to keep hydrated as you explore the city. When it’s time for a drink, try cooling down with one of these quintessentially Singaporean beverages. Kopi: Singapore-style coffee packs a double punch of caffeine and sugar – by default it’s served with lots of sweetened condensed … read the full post

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Jun 16 2011

How to get an Indonesian visa in Singapore

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Whether you plan to grab one of the budget flights to Bali or attempt the overseas route to Java, Singapore is an obvious launching point for travel to the islands of Indonesia. Most visitors (including citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, and India) are eligible for an Indonesian visa on arrival. … read the full post

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Jun 13 2011

Strain your brain at a Singapore pub quiz

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Don’t let your brain turn to mush while you travel – flex those neurons at one of Singapore’s pub quizzes. By my count five bars reliably host a weekday trivia night with prizes and a drink special to accompany it. By the very British nature of pub quizzes there tends to be a UK-leaning to … read the full post

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Jun 12 2011

Public sculpture on Singapore’s Orchard Road

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It’s pretty easy to take cheap shots at Singapore and its near manic shopping scene. It’s not just the quantity of department stores and high-end outlets that can grate, but the sheer volume of shoppers can overwhelm too. I realise some Singaporeans do have a job, but on most visits I’m struck by how it … read the full post

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Jun 08 2011

Golden Mile Complex: Singapore’s Little Thailand

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While Chinatown and Little India are so big they have their own MRT station, Singapore does have other, less obvious ethnic neighbourhoods. Migrant workers from nearby countries like Thailand, Burma, the Philippines, and Indonesia all have their own enclaves where they go for a taste of home on their weekly day off (that’s right, just … read the full post

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Jun 04 2011

What’s up in Singapore this June

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It’s hard to ignore that the Great Singapore Sale is in full force, but there’s a lot more going on this month than just shopping. These are my top picks for June events happening outside the malls on Orchard Road: Music It’s been more than 30 years since Bob Marley smoked his final joint, but … read the full post

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May 31 2011

Discover how to grow a city at Singapore’s URA Gallery

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If you’re curious how a backwater trading post blossoms into a high-tech metropolis of more than 5 million people, you can get some insights at the URA Gallery. With so many people in so little space, every detail of Singapore’s growth needs to be carefully planned and the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) are the people … read the full post

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May 25 2011

Shopping for used books at the Bras Basah Complex

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While a recent post about whether Singapore is an expensive city concluded with a resounding yes, one exception is used books. The supply of used English-language books greatly outweighs the demand (thanks iPhones!) which translates to dirt-cheap prices — from S$2 a book. While you won’t find a cheap bookstore in any of the shiny … read the full post

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May 23 2011

Singapore’s other 62 islands: St John’s Island

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Continuing my exploration of Singapore’s 62 lesser-known islands, I caught a ferry at the Marina South Pier for a 15-minute ride to St John’s Island. After sailing through the busy port and getting my closest look yet at the huge container ships that dock outside of Singapore, underdeveloped St John’s Island felt a world away … read the full post

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