Sep 17 2012

Singapore’s other 62 islands: Pulau Semakau

Published by under Excursions

"I think we took a wrong turn somewhere around Orchard Rd."

Most of the 62 small islands considered part of Singapore are well off the tourist trail, but Pulau Semakau has a waiting list of eager visitors. Considering this island is used as Singapore’s landfill, why would anyone want to go here? The Pulau Semakau landfill is a unique environmental experiment and one of Singapore’s land … read the full post

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Sep 13 2012

Where to exchange currency in Singapore

Published by under Practicalities

Rupees, rupiahs or ringgit - they've got it all.

After a trip through Southeast Asia you’re bound to have some leftover Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit lining your pockets. Why not exchange it for Singapore dollars at one of the city-state’s abundant money changers? Money changers in Singapore state “zero commission”, but obviously they make a slight profit from the exchange rates. From my … read the full post

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Sep 10 2012

Drop-in yoga classes in Singapore

These people could benefit from a few downward-facing dogs.

Perhaps due to its overworked population, Singapore is bursting at the seams with yoga studios. Most cater to residents with monthly membership packages, but some offer drop-in rates for travellers and other infrequent yogis. Here’s a round-up. For the greatest variety of classes in one place –  including hot yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, pilates-yoga … read the full post

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Sep 06 2012

Singapore’s best party hostels

Published by under Accommodation

Bar downstairs, bunks upstairs.

Singapore’s night life can be a blast when you’re in the right company. If you’re looking for a hostel where the other residents are always up for a pitcher of Tiger Beer, this is where you should be staying. Since it’s more bar than hostel, you can be assured of a boozy time at the … read the full post

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Sep 03 2012

A quick walking tour of Singapore’s Chinatown

Published by under Walking tours

Make a quick detour to India.

With its bustling markets, unique architecture and mouth-watering food, Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood is not to be missed. It’s possible to rush through this walking tour of Chinatown’s highlights in one hour, or you could spend half a day exploring the museums and temples, shopping for souvenirs, and feasting on noodles and dim sum. The easiest … read the full post

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Aug 30 2012

Closure of the Changi Airport Budget Terminal

Budget airlines operations will relocate to Terminal 2.

On September 25, 2012, the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore will officially close to make way for the construction of a new terminal. If you’ll be flying into or out of Singapore after this date on a low-cost airline like TigerAirways this will affect your flight – but in a good way. The … read the full post

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Aug 27 2012

Singapore hawker dishes: Satay

Skewers of happiness.

If there’s one thing that’s universal about the human race it’s our love of barbecue. At Singapore hawker centres, this frequently takes the form of satay – bite-size morsels of grilled meat served with a peanut sauce so good you’ll be licking the bowl. Most satay vendors offer a variety of meats and the usual … read the full post

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Aug 21 2012

Must-try seafood dishes in Singapore

Published by under Food

Grilled squid - extra chili!

No self-respecting food lover would come to Singapore without trying the famous chilli crab, but local cooks have plenty of other delicious tricks up their sleeves for dealing with prawns, squid, cockles and even stingrays. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood, you won’t want to miss out on these. While the Mediterranean has calamari, … read the full post

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Aug 13 2012

Fun free things to do in Singapore

Seeing Singapore doesn't have to be expensive.

It’s no secret that Singapore is the most expensive city in Southeast Asia to be a tourist. But even if you’re down to your last Sing-dollar, it’s possible to sightsee without spending a cent. Here are some suggestions for fun and completely free things to do in Singapore. A visit to see the Merlion, Singapore’s … read the full post

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Aug 09 2012

The bars of Emerald Hill

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Come for great drinks in a uniquely Singaporean setting

Looking for a place to wet your whistle in the Orchard Road area? Skip the bland hotel bars and head to historic Emerald Hill for a tipple among the palm trees and Peranakan architecture. When you detour from Orchard Road onto Emerald Hill, the first bar you’ll see is the 3-in-1 Peranakan Place complex. Multiple … read the full post

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