Singapore- The Fantasy Island

The republic of Singapore, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula is a small yet greatly urban nation well-known for its artistic landscapes and scenic beauty. All in all it is a fantasy island you will fancy going to.

  • Amusement parks:- When you are on the lookout for amusement parks in Singapore, you will always have the best at your service. Take for example the Universal Studios Theme Park in Sentosa Island. The second of its kind to have opened in Asia, this park had a record two million visitors in the first nine months since its opening in October 2009. It has been projected that the exclusivity of this Singapore Amusement Park will be retained for the next thirty years. But, hold your breath: for this lavish set-up is only a part of the Resorts World Sentosa, the fantasy island, its other attractions being Singapore’s two casinos and a Marine Life Park which houses the world’s largest oceanarium.
  • Marina Bay Sands:- The Resort World is one of the most luxurious casino properties besides Marina Bay Sands. The Marina Bay Sands is unquestionably the most luxurious standalone casino property. Built alongside a resort which boasts of 2,561 rooms and 1,300,000 square foot convention exhibition centre, this casino occupies the central position in Singapore entertainment guide. The Marina Sand bay malls is the ultimate proud home to posh shops, a couple of state-of-the-art theatres, the world’s largest casino ,one museum, an array of celebrity chef restaurants, , an ice skating rink, and floating Crystal Pavilions .
  • Singapore- the Ultimate Alcohol-Abode:- For those who are looking for that ultimate Bacchanalean revelry in Singapore, here’s the good news! You will never run short of options!! Most prominent among them, Atrium-inspired Zouk is the gateway to a definitive bar experience. The 2000 capacity bar laces a spacious dance floor. For art lovers, let it be known that this bar actually boasts of Keith Haring and Andy Warhol originals! When in Singapore, don’t forget to visit Oosters Brasserie and order from an endless list of Belgian Beers and trappist ales. This is the only place where you can order custom-made mussels! Another off-beat entertainment spot is the Archipelago brewery with their definitive Asian-accented beers. They are located at the Y-junction of the slightly sleazy Circular Road! Located at only a ten minutes’ walking distance from the B03 Bus-stop on Holland Road, the Wine Network is a gem of a find in the list of Singapore’s places of entertainment. You can order wine as cheap or expensive, sit inside or enjoy the view and brew of the colonial barracks at the deck of this unassuming place that ironically spells sheer class.
  • Cinema Goer’s Entertainment Guide:- Love Cinema? Get the ultimate gold-class cinematic experience for $25 at Golden Village located on the third floor of the Great World City Mall. With adjustable seats, customized tables and personal chefs catering to your every demand, a cinema going experience could not have been more enticing!
  • Home to Art:- Singapore is the hub of classical and contemporary art. The Arts House one of oldest government building of Singapore, that doubles up as an arts centre. Opened in 2004, it patronizes visual, performative arts and theatre. From national to international artists, you find performances ranging from an impromptu comic piece to avant-garde musical compositions, all happening right here. The Tan Swie Hian Museum, Red Dot Design Museum are also must-visits for art-lovers visiting Singapore. For an off-the-beaten-track experience, you can also visit the Art Retreat which is the repository of rare Chinese contemporary art.
  • So what are you waiting for? Next time you visit Singapore, plunge into its assorted array of pleasures!

    Top 5 things to do while visiting Singapore

    Some Singaporeans says that besides dining, shopping and the movies, there’s not a lot you can do here. Ignore all these talks. The must-see list for the one-day visitor to Singapore, especially the first-timer, is very long. There is very little chance that you’ll get bored while your visit to Singapore.

    We’re here to guide you to the top 5 places where tourists don’t normally go; in short, the places where Singaporeans in the know live and play.

    1. Singapore Botanic Gardens- If you have arrived in Singapore and it’s early morning and nothing really opens for business until around 11 a.m., so how are you going to kill time? The most exciting idea will be to head out to the Botanic Gardens which opens at 5 a.m. to midnight. Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest (the main boardwalk through it is entered from Upper Palm Valley Road) and then take in the National Orchid Garden’s many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. When you’re done and you are hungry you can dive into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.

    2. Artwork at the Ritz-Carlton- Ritz-Carlton is not an ordinary hotel it is considered as one of the Southeast Asia’s finest (and under the radar) collections of modern and contemporary art. There is a massive three-ton Frank Stella installation at the entrance and the pair of Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures that holds both wings of the building. The majority of the pieces were specially commissioned for the public spaces and guest suites. All the great sculptures present over here are free to view, and you even get an iPod-guided tour.

    3. Chinatown Heritage Centre- If you do only one cultural thing during your 24-hour Singapore layover, it must be a tour of the unheralded Chinatown Heritage Centre, where entire sets of bedrooms, kitchens and street scenes from the late-19th century and early-20th century have been faithfully recreated. It’s an authentic slice of Singapore’s history that’s made all the more fascinating by the gleaming skyscrapers just a few blocks away. And if you must, pick up a kitschy souvenir from the gift shop on your way out.

    4. Electronics for Cheap- Tokyo may have the latest in electronic gadgets, but Singapore has the widest range, and luckily for the time-pressed shopper, they’re all clustered in two massive multistory emporia. Handicams, portable DVD players, mobile phones, hi-tech cameras, MP3 players and laptops in just about every imaginable configuration are up for grabs at Funan Digitalife Mall and Sim Lim Square. The prices are usually about 10% to 20% cheaper than at other commercial outlets.

    5. The Singapore Flyer- The 165-meter-high Flyer is Singapore’s answer to the London Eye. For the moment, it is the world’s largest observation wheel. Despite much fanfare and hype, the locals have never really taken to the Flyer, grousing that it’s too far from anywhere and S$29.50 is a lot of money to pay for a 30-minute ride. The best time to hitch a ride is at dusk when the entire row of downtown skyscrapers is softly lit. Back on the ground, head for a dinner of chili crabs at Seafood Paradise.

    10 Singapore foods you can’t live without.

    Singaporeans are simply crazy about eating. They need the best to eat and for this they can even wait or queue endlessly, they will traverse the island, and they will eat at all hours.
    We have heard about lots of Singaporeans who came back just because they can’t live without Singaporean food.
    Much of it is humble but insanely delicious street fare found in food centers and coffee shops throughout the island.

    Here is the list of top 10 Singaporean cuisines that you must try while visiting there:

    1. Chicken Rice: Chicken rice is available everywhere in Singapore, at hawker stalls, food courts, luxury hotels and even at zoo. Singaporeans will never get bored of eating Chicken rice. Some people call it as “national dish” of Singapore”. Atop fragrant oily rice, delicious steamed or boiled chicken, with sliced cucumber. it has various variants also which include roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken. Play out with different combinations to discover new tastes. The famous place to eat Chicken Rice is Tian Tian Chicken Rice (Stall 10, Maxwell Food Centre).

    2. Char Kway Teow: You can’t stop Singaporeans from indulging in this high-fat hawker favorite dish. It is made with flat rice noodles stir-fried with lard (for best flavor), dark and light soy sauce, chilli, de-shelled cockles, sliced Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, Chinese chives and sometimes prawns and egg. The main thing that matters is the qualities and tastes imparted by cooking on a wok using high heat. Char kway teow will always be incomplete without the sinfully rich fried pork lard pieces. The best place to eat Char Kway teow is at a humble hawker center in the east. Hill Street Fried Kway Teow at Block 16, Bedok South Road.

    3. Wonton: Also known as “Wantan mee”, Wonton literally means “swallowing of cloud”. The dumplings with their flowy translucent skins resemble wispy clouds when suspended in soup. Most people prefers the dry version of it. For a perfect taste, the thin egg noodles need to be of the right texture, the sauce has to be well-balanced, and the pork or shrimp dumplings ought to be juicy and meaty. You can try it at your favorite Hong Mao Wonton Mee at 128, Tembeling road.

    4. Carrot Cake: Its not the sweet Western cake loaded with orange carrots but this “carrot” is more of a white radish. The making is quite simple. Rice flour and grated radish are mixed and steamed into large slabs or cakes. These are cut up into little pieces and fried with preserved turnip, soy sauce, fish sauce, eggs, garlic and spring onions. You can have it “white” or “black” (with sweet dark soy sauce added). You can look out for this cake at old stalwart Heng Carrot Cake at Stall 28, Newton Food Centre, Newton Circus Road.

    5. Chilli Crab: Chili crab is one of the most requested dishes for anyone who comes to Singapore. There are more than a dozen ways to make it (black pepper, salted egg yolk, cheese-baked, etc) but chili crab remains the bestseller. The spicy chili-tomato gravy tends to splatter, but crab enthusiasts love it so much, they’ll mop everything up with mini mantou buns. You can find it at Roland Restaurant.

    6. Bak Kut Teh: Literally meaning “pork rib tea”, is most likely coming from Fujian origin. Meaty pork ribs are boiled for hours with garlic, pepper, medicinal herbs and spices. In earlier period this is considered to be a tonic to strengthen bodies and health. These days, bak kut teh is simply enjoyed for its taste. Bak Kut Teh is most famous at Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Eating House at 208 Rangoon Road.

    7. Sambal Stingray: Singaporeans has special affection towards seafood and they love their spices. Sambal is a versatile chili paste blended with spices, shallots, candlenuts and often belachan. Sambal-coated cuts of stingray are wrapped in cleaned banana leaves and grilled to smoky perfection. The sweet, tender flesh is perfect for complex spices and barbeque flavor. Delicious Sambal is available at award winning Leng Heng Seafood BBQ.

    8. Fried Hokkien mee: This dish is yet other one which was favored by hardworking laborers of the past. Thick yellow egg noodles mixed with rice are cooked in a rich seafood stock, and tossed with prawns, squid, small strips of pork belly and deep-fried lard pieces. A small lime is always given should you prefer some tangy juice. Tian Tian Lai (Come Daily) is practically an institution in making this dish.

    9. Rojak: Rojak is actually a Malay word used to describe something made from a random mix of unrelated things. But actually it is fruit salad that bears the same name. Rojak contains mixture of ingredients like, Bite-size pieces of fruits, vegetables, dried tofu, fried you tiao and cured cuttlefish, that are tossed in a prawn paste sauce topped with crushed peanuts. Grated pink ginger buds adds a sensuous fragrance. The result is a wild mix of sweet, spicy, sour and savory flavors. It is available at Balestier Road Hoover Rojak.

    10. Bak kwa: This chewy snack is like salty-sweet BBQ jerky. Bak kwa (dried meat) is made from pork although now halal versions made from chicken exist. These squarish BBQ meat sheets are popular as gifts for friends and relatives at Chinese New Year. Bak kwa can be eaten on its own, with bread or with homecooked food. The king of bak kwa is undisputedly Lim Chee Guan at 203 New Bridge Road.

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