May 07 2013

Review: Forty Hands Cafe, Singapore

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Forty Hands does coffee right.

Tiong Bahru is quickly becoming known as one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Singapore, and one of the reasons is the presence of cafes like Forty Hands. This Melbourne-inspired cafe has an artsy atmosphere, fantastic fair-trade coffee and makes one of the best breakfasts in Singapore. The cafe’s name comes from the fact that, on … read the full post

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May 02 2013

The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge, Singapore

The Pinnacle @ Duxton is the world's tallest public housing.

While exploring Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood it’s impossible not to notice the massive Pinnacle @ Duxton looming in the distance. This is the world’s tallest public housing building and its 50th storey observation skybridge is open to the public. With an entry cost of just S$5, you can think of it as a poor man’s Marina … read the full post

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Apr 25 2013

Long-term places to stay in Singapore: part 1

Published by under Accommodation

Could you call a dorm bed home for a month?

Given the high price of hotels in Singapore, it’s worth looking for a discounted rate if you’re planning to stay long-term. Here are some options to cover every budget from backpacker to banker. If you contact them directly, many hotels and guesthouses will offer discounts for long-term stays. For example, Betel Box Hostel offers a … read the full post

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Apr 22 2013

Walking tours of Singapore

Published by under Walking tours

The guide does the talking,  you do the walking.

While Singapore is easy enough to explore on your own, you can learn a lot more about the city by exploring with a knowledgeable guide. Here’s a rundown of various walking tours of Singapore covering everything from historical sites to nature reserves to food. The granddaddy of Singapore walking tours is Original Singapore Walks. Their … read the full post

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Apr 18 2013

Review: Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Movie time at the Malay Heritage Centre.

Get a crash course in the kebaya, keris and everything else Malay at the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore’s historic Kampong Glam neighbourhood. This museum recently reopened after total overhaul and is bigger and better than ever before. The centre is also known as the Istana Kampong Glam as it served as the Sultan’s palace … read the full post

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Apr 15 2013

Singapore’s best independent bookstores

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Pick up a book by a Singaporean author.

Singapore’s an ideal place to stock up on fresh English-language reading material. You will find bookstores in the shopping malls, but true bookworms will want to support these independent bookstores specialising in quirky reads and works by local authors. Singapore’s hands-down best independent bookstore is Books Actually in the hip Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. Opened in … read the full post

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Apr 12 2013

Singapore hawker dishes: wonton mee

Singapore-style wanton mee.

A Singapore hawker dish of Chinese origins, wonton mee takes two of our favourite things – noodles and dumplings – and combines them into one steaming bowl of goodness. Add a generous serving of roasted pork and you’ve got a delicious meal that will set you back only S$3-4. Noodles with wontons is a dish … read the full post

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Apr 08 2013

The best malls not on Orchard Road

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112 Katong - I want 2 shop here

Maybe Singapore is a nation of shopaholics – or maybe Singaporeans and visitors here just love free air-conditioning – but the city-state has more than its fair share of shopping malls. Most can be found along Orchard Road, but there are mega-malls in every area of Singapore. Here are our top picks for malls not … read the full post

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Apr 04 2013

Review: 5footway.inn Project, Bugis

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Make yourself at home in the cosy lounge.

Named for the covered passageways along Singapore’s traditional shophouses, 5footway.inn offers contemporary budget accommodation in restored heritage buildings. Since opening in 2011 they’ve expanded to four locations in traveller hotspots like Chinatown and Boat Quay. Here’s a peek at the Bugis branch. 5footway.inn Project Bugis is set in a sprawling white shophouse on Aliwal Street … read the full post

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Mar 30 2013

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore

Got sharks?

Just when you thought Sentosa had reached the limit for the number of family-friendly attractions you can fit on one island, they go and open the world’s largest aquarium. Opened in December 2012, the S.E.A. Aquarium houses more than 800 species of aquatic creatures including dolphins, sharks and giant manta rays. To help navigate this … read the full post

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