Universal Studios Singapore
No trip to Sentosa Island is complete without spending an entire day at the Universal Studios, a Hollywood themed park which is an experience like no other. The 24 fun rides will thrill you in unparalleled ways and you might just feel like a part of an elaborate action movie. There's a reason why Singapore tourism uses this park as a major drawcard.
Chinatown: Your first stop should be this place. I know that Singapore is about Marina Bay Sands but trust me you should save the best for last. Chinatown is a MRT station and soon as you disembark you will be welcome by hoards of stalls selling souvenirs, apparels etc. This is the cheapest place to shop souvenirs and save yup those dollars from other costly outlets. From the shoppes, head to the Hindu temple a few steps away. Here you will require head to toe clothing. This is a traditional Tamil temple with many Hindu deities to worship. Next head to the amazing Buddha Tooth Relic temple. This is a must visit place and is open only until 7 PM. It is a museum as well. The Buddha residing at the first level is mesmerising and it’s not just one of it! Explore other floors of the museum while you are there.
Esplanade: Esplanade is the arts and cultural entertainment of the city. From far off, the roof of the structure appears to be akin to a golf ball dipped half into the waters, but essentially, is a wire frame structure. What gives the structure its appeal is the spiked honeycomb design. This complex has been designed to meet the needs of a full scale musical and entertainment event.
Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore
Event in SingaporeSri Mariamman Temple (China Town) is the site of Thimithi celebration in Singapore. Devotee walk 4 km from Perumal Temple in Little India to Sri Mariamman temple every year to participate in this celebration.A 2.7m long pit is filled with burning red hot charcoal. Initially when fire is lit up, flames as high 4 meter makes it difficult to manage. Priest who volunteer to manage the pits are cooled by water poured over them by other priests. Thereafter, the fire is sustained, sometimes reaching such high temperatures that the temple walls need to be cooled with water. All devotee of Goddess Drapuati have to cross this pit bare footed. At the end of pit, a pool of cow’s milk is created to cool down feet. Cow’s milk is considered sacred in Hindu mythology. Many priests stand along the pit to make sure no devotees fall in the pit while crossing.A devotee running across the pit. It is advised not to run over the pit to minimize the burns. The more you pressurize the feet (to run), more charcoal it digs into.After this ceremony, there is a chariot procession in the evening. Although firewalking is the apex of the whole ceremony, the Theemithi cycle only comes to a close two days later. The final chapter of the Mahabaratha is read and the victory of the war is depicted by the lowering of the battle flag and the crowning of Yudishtra, the eldest Pandava brother.Science says, time duration of contact made by human feet and embers is not sufficient enough to sustain burns. Also embers are poor conductors of heat so less heat is transferred to human feet. Devotees are high on enthusiasm so they tend to cross the pit without much trouble. All these factors explain the scientific side of firewalking.Goddess Mariamman is considered by many to be the South Indian Incarnation of Goddess Kali. If Goddess is mother of all devotees, how can she be pleased by hurting her sons? Or is it just that people blindly follow religious gurus in search of enlightenment and it is these gurus of religions that inflict people with pain staking processes? Whatever be it, if one can find peace in inflicting burns so be it. At the end what matters is a peaceful and satisfied mind! isn’t it?This post was originally published on UltraWideLife.
Arab Street Singapore
This is one of those few places in Singapore where i was able to get the joy of street shopping. The street walls have funky artworks done on them and there is a whole lot of open air cafes serving scrumptious Turkish food along with hookahs. There is a big mosque also which was under going some renovation i guess but there is one. This is a really nice place for shopping in streets, enjoying a drink or for having dinner. The Arab street surprisingly makes you forget that you are in Singapore and feels more like some authentic street of Turkey or Morocco. My tips: 1. Checkout the boutiques here they sell some really nice designer stuff at reasonable prices. 2. If you like to shop for fabrics and textiles then this place is for you.
Everything about Marina Bay screams opulence. The kind that courts the senses even if only for a short while. The 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade offers breathtaking views of the Marina reservoir and the skyline, especially at dusk. Whether you spend the evening taking a romantic stroll along the boardwalk or treating yourselves at one of the open cafes, you’ll be surprised at how much time you can while away here. For an unmatched view of the city, head to the Sand SkyPark Observation Deck high up above the 57 storeys of Marina Bay Sands. It looks out over the reservoir and the financial district on one side and Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s harbor on the other. Go there after 5pm, when it’s a little cooler. When you have finally had your fill of wandering about hand in hand, enjoy the setting sun at the famous Ku De Ta, a stunning rooftop bar right, while downing its signature cocktail.
Raffles Place Singapore
Who would have thought that a walk around Raffles Place is actually a walk down Singapore’s history? Raffles Place was formerly called Commercial Square and was designated for commercial activities by Sir Stamford Raffles himself back in 1822 as part of his Raffles Town Plan. The rectangular centre of Raffles Place was often referred to as Raffles Square. It was the first reclamation project in Singapore as it was swampy land next to the Singapore River. Part of the history of this place resulted in the naming of the streets such as Market Street and Chulia Street (know earlier as Kling Street) were named after Dr Jose D'Almeida, the surgeon, who had his dispensary and his business firm of Jose D'Ameida and Sons in Commercial Square.” Singapore’s very own (and oldest department store) John Little started their operations here in Commercial Square back in 1845. During World War II, and on 8 December 1941, Japanese planes made Raffles Place one of their targets of destruction. On 12 December 1987, Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station was opened with accesses from each end of Raffles Square. The station's entrance has detailing reminiscent of the John Little Building's facade dated 1911 which was fashioned in a Spanish style.
Peach and I said good-bye to Ate Menchie and then headed to Chijmes, which used to be a Catholic church and is now converted into an events place. No band was playing so we thought it wouldn’t be worth paying for a beer. Good thing there was this place where we just had our usual conversation about life. :)
Ikoi Japanese Restaurant Havelock Road Singapore
Who doesn’t love Japanese Food? I dont know anyone who does not have Japanese on their top 3 favorite cuisines – it sits comfortably next to Italian Cuisine on my list. Ikoi Japanese Restaurant offers good quality Japanese ala carte buffet at a very reasonable price. Located at the ground floor of Hotel Miramar in Havelock Road in Singapore, Ikoi is a relatively small restaurant that can only accommodate less than a 100 people per seating – so, early reservation is a must! The interiors of Ikoi is very simple and exudes a homey ambiance or something like you are in a traditional izakaya in Osaka, Japan. For the 2nd time, reservation is advised because if you don’t book early, you’ll only have the bar counter and it doesn’t have enough space for all the food you’re going to eat. We started our meal with a bowl of edamame, vegetable slices and this gorgeous salmon sashimi in plum sauce. The sake or salmon is fresh & juicy and the plum sauce complemented it with a sweet / salty kick. On top of the items for the ala carte buffet, our table also got complimentary dishes. First is the Salmon cooked in Paper which is moist, juicy and sweet. And second, we also got some takoyaki balls! I’d definitely go back for the very affordable price and good quality food at Ikoi Japanese Restaurant.
Furnished like a classic chateau in France, Antoinette in Penhas Road, Singapore offers a chichi high-tea venue with delicious, delicately-concocted sweets and savouries. Named after the last queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, the restaurant boasts fine French food in the heart of Jalan Besar. Antoinette showcases the luscious dishes that are carefully crafted by Chef Pang Kok Keong. The moment you enter Antoinette’s door, you will be greeted by enormous meringues and other sweets! The interior of Antoinette is filled with dainty and chic furniture – it kind of transports you at a different place and time. We started off the crepe’s thicker counter part, the Blini. The French Thick Pancakes were paired with some smoked salmon and sour cream. It could’ve been better if they were more fluffy. Next was one of Antoinette’s savoury crepe – Concorde. Light crepe filled with roasted chicken and bacon, served with a creamy morsel mushroom sauce on the side. It has bacon and mushrooms – what’s not to love? Desserts are definitely one of Antoinette’s strength. Antoinette (photo on top) is a milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea and a raspberry coulis encapsulated with a red and glittery membrane. We also had the Chocolicieux (photo above) which is a 66% dark chocolate cream with hazelnut nougatine.
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Outram Road Singapore
A very good stay at an economical price, equivalent to a 7 star stay. Great ambience (Yusuf I cant forget you my friend)
Located on the 70th floor (Equinox Complex) of Swissotel at The Stamford in Singapore, Jaan is an intimate 40-seater restaurant that offers artisanal French cuisine. Dining at Jaan is truly a wonderful and unique experience – it appeals to both the eyes and the tongue. Beautifully plated dishes, made with the finest ingredients, that’s what Jaan is all about. You’ll start your meal with rye crisps and lentil hummus. I loved how the lentils were not mashed.And to finish the meal, Petit Four served “smoking” I would have to say that I am very impressed with Jaan and would definitely return in the near future. They took French cuisine to a higher altitude, literally.
Paulaner Brauhaus Raffles Boulevard Singapore
I had a nice time at Paulaner Brauhaus (recommended by a chauffeur) and for the first time I tasted Paulaner beer, but I can’t say whether I liked it or not as I was completely lost. :) I also spent a nice evening at an open Japanese restaurant, surrounded by beautiful candles. Don’t forget to enjoy Singapore’s nightlife though it could be racy.
Serangoon Avenue 3 Singapore
I Stayed at my cousin's place in Singapore at Lorong Chuan, thus reducing my travel expense. However, there are a of of budget and lavish hotels in Singapore which you can opt for. But as I suggest, avoid spending much on stay, instead, prefer a cozy comfortable hotel room, because the city outside is much much more beautiful and receptive than the hotel room. You can check out at the below link. http://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsList-Singapore-Cheap-Hotels-zfp10541.html
Saveur (Purvis St) Singapore
You’ll get everything in a very affordable price in Saveur. Originally from a hawker place in Joo Chiat, Saveur has grown (and moved) to a cozy cafe in Purvis Street, still offering delicious french fare at wallet friendly prices. Be sure to arrive early in Saveur or else you’ll be greeted by a long queue. We waited for almost an hour before we were able to get seats. They also have an open kitchen concept that gives you a peek as to how they prepare your meal. We started of with a Confit of Salmon With Apple and Fennel Salad. It’s delicious! The sweetness of the salmon was highlighted and was cooked just right, moist and juicy. Saveur is a nice place with good food, the long queue can be quite a turn-off, though.
It was the fact that there were so many huge standalone department stores there, and until we visited and browsed we never knew which one was worth the visit – we walked until we were dead on our feet, visiting dozens of stores, before we got to the one really worth visiting – Takashimaya.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden.This is the place where one can spend some peaceful time. It includes National Orchid Garden, Rainforest, Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden, Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.
Ann Siang Hill Singapore
Ann Siang Hill, located off South Bridge Road, was the site of the house and estate of Chia Ann Siang (谢安祥; 1832–1892), a wealthy Malacca-born Hokkien Chinese sawmiller. Located beside the former Telok Ayer Bay, it was one of 3 hills (the others being Mount Wallich and Mount Erskine which were eventually leveled) collectively known as Telok Ayer Hills. The Chinese used to call this area qing shan ting. The early Chinese immigrants visited Ann Siang Hill when they wanted to send money home to their families in China, as it was the traditional site of remittance houses. Letter writers and calligraphers also had their businesses at the five-foot way of the shop houses to help the illiterate immigrants write letters home. Most of the houses in Ann Siang Hill and along Ann Siang Road were built between 1903 and 1941. Ann Siang Road, which has elegantly restored shop houses today, was once the traditional home of clan associations and exclusive social clubs.
Woke Home Capsule Backpacker's Hostel South Bridge Road Singapore
It’s quite affordable or Php 1,000.00, considering that it’s Singapore. And, the amenities were something I could work with (they had clean toilets and bath and they had bidet, woohoo!). The bed I had was comfy, too! So, it was a good deal for me.
Ann Siang Hill Singapore and Clarke Quay
The areas of Ann Siang Hill and Clarke Quay really come alive at night, even on weekdays. We spent a fun evening at Club Street on Ann Siang Hill (a short walk from China Town), which is closed to traffic from 7 pm onwards. Tables brimming with people flood the street and there are so many watering holes to choose from-we headed to Gem Bar for a couple of drinks. Clarke Quay comes highly recommended, too, especially by the locals. It’s located along the Singapore River, so pick an open-air pub and you’ll get a riverside view. See clakequay.com.sg for a list of restaurants and bars to visit in this former fishing village.
National Museum Singapore
For those in the know, Singapore is actually a fabulous place for museums. Frankly I didn’t know this even though I stayed here all my life until it was pointed out by an overseas cousin. Then I discovered that there are many many museums in Singapore – something like 15 or so (large and small). That’s quite some for a tiny island country. I got my “Friends of the Museum” card earlier this year (entitles me to free entry to many of the museums) and explored a few of the known ones like National Museum, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Asian Civilisation Museum and not so known ones like Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (long way down to National University of Singapore), Singapore Philatelic Museum and Mint Museum of Toys.