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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May 30 2013

Review: Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown, Singapore

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Feel free to stay awhile.

If cheap and central are your main requirements for a hostel in Singapore, the Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown should be on your shortlist. With online booking rates starting from S$20/night in the large dorm, this is as big of a bargain you’re going to find in Singapore. The Backpackers’ Inn has been around for a while … read the full post

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May 27 2013

Review: Kway Guan Huat Popiah, Singapore

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A single perfect popiah.

In most cases Singapore’s delicious hawker food is best enjoyed at open-air hawker centres, but there are rare exceptions to this rule. One of them is Kway Guan Huat, a simple shop in eastern Singapore that has been following the same family recipe to make their popiah for more than 70 years. Kway Guan Huat … read the full post

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May 24 2013

Long-term places to stay in Singapore: part 2

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Live like a Singaporean in a high-rise HDB flat.

Considering the price of places to stay in Singapore, if you’re staying awhile it’s worth looking for a long-term option. We’ve already  covered guesthouses and hotels that offer monthly rates or discounts for long-term guests. Now we’ll look at serviced apartments, flat shares and room rentals. For those seeking all the comforts of home, Singapore has … read the full post

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May 21 2013

Review: Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore

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BBQ stingray with lots of chilli - our favourite!

If you consult a Singapore travel guide to find out which hawker centre serves the best seafood it will likely recommend Newton Circus, which is also known for touting and overcharging tourists. Instead, ask a Singaporean living on the west coast and they’ll point you in the direction of Pasir Panjang Food Centre where you … read the full post

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May 17 2013

Review: Albert Court Village Hotel, Singapore

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A step up from Little India's hostels and budget hotels.

Singapore’s Little India is a favourite haunt of backpackers and budget travellers when visiting this expensive city, but it’s also home to some excellent midrange options. If your budget is S$200-300 per night, consider the Albert Court Village Hotel which offers a touch of colonial charm amid the chaos and curry. The Albert Court Village … read the full post

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May 14 2013

Travel health clinics in Singapore

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Singapore has modern travel clinics with English-speaking staff.

Travel to Singapore poses minimal health risks, but if you’re using the city-state as a launching point for more exotic destinations you may want to pay a visit to one of its world-class travel health clinics for a vaccination or malaria tablets. Here’s a rundown. Singapore General Hospital, the city-state’s largest medical facility, has a … read the full post

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May 09 2013

NEWater Visitor Centre, Singapore

The prettiest sewage treatment facility on the planet?

Are you looking for a uniquely Singaporean experience? Skip the malls and the theme parks and visit the NEWater Vistor Centre for a guided tour of the most high-tech water treatment plant in the world – one capable of turning sewage into drinking water. As a tiny island surrounded by saltwater, natural sources of drinking … read the full post

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