Preferred Cocktails of Singapore

If you think that tourists flock to Singapore to just to get atop the ‘Singapore Flyer’ or steer a plane in ‘Singapore Flight Experience’ or simply to shop in its swanky shopping malls, then you’d be in for a surprise. Singapore is a top draw amongst travellers because of its vibrant night life.
If you happen to visit Orchard Road or the Marina Bay Sands area late in the evening and step into a ritzy bar, you’ll find urbane patrons and trendy partygoers gyrating to musical beats and song numbers and sipping on cocktails. Yes, the cocktail scene is not only alive but kicking in Singapore.

The cocktail circuit in this island-nation has come a long way since the time ‘Singapore Sling’ was created by Ngiam Tong Boon during the early 20th century. The top cocktail bars in Singapore employ the best of sommeliers and mixologists who keep coming up with the most stirring and heady concoctions. The cocktails served here contain a variety of liqueurs and fruits.  The following lines lists some of the most popular cocktails of Singapore served in the swankiest bars and restaurants of the city-state.

Fifty Shades of Grey, Quince and For Whom the Bells Toll
Sip from the cocktails served in The Cufflink Club that have names you can easily recall-Fifty Shades of Grey and For Whom the Bell Tolls’. Enjoy the genial ambience while you take your swigs. The Cufflink Club-6, Jiak Chuan Road.

Lover Boy, New Orleans
Catalunya is known to serve some of the classiest of cocktails including the ‘Old Fashioned Lover Boy and ‘Old Fashioned New Orleans’. The cocktails served here are expensive but they’re the best blends that your money can buy. Catalunya-The Fullerton Pavilion, 82, Collyer Quay, Singapore-049327

Sheikh on the Level
For getting a high of the ‘Sheikh on the Label’ step inside The Spiffy Dapper comfortably tucked inside a restaurant in Boat Quay. The Spiffy Dapper has the best collection of gins amongst all the bars in Singapore. The Spiffy Dapper-61, Boat Quay, 2nd Floor

Smoke and Mirrors
This cocktail is served in ‘CUT’-a restaurant that specializes in serving steaks. Furthermore, the blends and cocktails served here are reasonably priced. CUT-2, Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Basement Level)

Bar Stories has been concocting blends when the cocktail landscape in Singapore was still in its infancy. Bar Stories continues to equally attract the connoisseurs and the novices. The bartenders at this joint are kept busy till the wee hours of the night. Bar Stories-57A, Haji Lane, Singapore-189250

The Golden Mile
 You’ll find some delicious side dishes and appetisers to go with your cocktail in Ding Dong. Check out the cocktail menu before you order a concoction.  If the names sound bizarre and quixotic, then settle for the ‘The Golden Mile’ for a safe bet. Ding Dong-23, Ann Siang Road, Singapore-069703

 Drop Je Daiquiri
The Tippling Club indeed lives up to its name.  The clients keep coming back for the amazing cocktails made by the bartenders. Tippling Club-8D Dempsey Road, Singapore-249672

Bitter Chocolate Martini
Office goers after an exhaustive day at the workplace and tourists head to Nektar mainly to guzzle down the Bitter Chocolate Martini. Nektar-31, Scotts Road

Other popular cocktails
Warm Buttered Rum
French 75
Juniper sling
Blood and Sand
Spice Ahoy


Best Airlines of Singapore

Singapore despite its puny size is one of the biggest economies in the world. It is home to the largest number of millionaires on earth and almost every multinational organization worth its name has an office in Singapore. The nation is also the top notch tourist destination in the world. Of all the Singaporean companies and business organizations that have been helped keep the national economy in perfect shape, Singapore Airlines occupies a pride of place. Apart from SIA, there are five other air carriers in Singapore that have the license (as granted by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore). These are the Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir, Scoot, Tigerair, and Valuair. Singapore Airlines Cargo is the only carrier in Singapore operating cargo flights.

About Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines or SIA is the flagship carrier of the country and rated as one of the best airlines in the world.  SIA is the world’s most favorite airlines in terms of quality of passenger service, total number of passengers flown, the number of destinations it flies to, the total number of daily flights it operates, and many other parameters.
Singapore Airlines operates out of its hub at the Changi International Airport which again is one of the busiest airports in the world in terms of passenger traffic. Singapore Airlines flies to almost all major cities of the world. It operates long haul flights, including trans-Atlantic flights and direct flights (with only stopovers for refueling) to many North American and European cities some of which are world’s longest commercial routes. The airline was incorporated in 1947 as Malayan Airways and starting operating passenger flights (civil aviation) from 1972.
Singapore Airlines flies to a total of 62 destinations based in 35 countries that cover all the six continents. The carrier flies to the maximum number of Southeast Asian locations and also operates more flights than any other airlines to Southeast Asian destinations. SIA has a major share of the international air traffic bound for Australia. The carrier flies to almost all major airports in Middle East Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

Jetstar Asia Airways
Jetstar Asia Airways popularly known as Jetstar Asia established in 2004 is a subsidiary of Jetstar Airways which again is an ancillary holding of QANTAS-national airlines of Australia. Jetstar Asia is a low-cost carrier. It mainly operates flights to neighbouring Southeast Asian destinations in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Vietnam and Malaysia. It also flies to select destinations in Japan, China, and Australia.

Valuair is also an economy carrier that presently operates flights only to Indonesian destinations of Surabaya, Denpasar, Jakarta, and Medan. The airlines was founded in 2004 and offers special facilities to fliers like free baggage exceeding 20 Kg, wide seats and high-quality in-flight meals.

Tigerair officially known as Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd is another low-cost air carrier based in Singapore. Tigerair which was founded in 2003 concentrates on flying to destinations in India, China, Australia and some specific destinations in Southeast Asia. It was felicitated with the CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year Award in 2010 and 2006.

SilkAir officially called SilkAir (Singapore) Private Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary holding of Singapore Airlines. It operates flights to 43 cities in Australia, China, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Scoot Pte Ltd better known as Scoot is a low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines and flies to far off destinations in Australia, Japan, South Korea and China like Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney, Shenyang, Qingdao, Tokyo, and Seoul. It also flies to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei. Scoot was incorporated in 2011.  Scoot uses a very arresting catchphrase for its marketing campaigns-‘Get Outta Here! Scoot!

Singapore’s Foreign Policy and Its Relations with Other Countries

Chief tenets of foreign policy of Singapore
If you want to understand the foreign policy of Singapore and its relations with the rest of the world, we have to first understand the chief tenets of Singapore’s foreign policy.  Firstly, Singapore is a small island state; secondly, the prime purpose of Singapore’s foreign policy is to ensure its survival, given its small size and its lack of resourcefulness; and thirdly, practical and power based “realpolitik” approach is active behind its wider foreign policy.

Establishment of ASEAN

Since Singapore got separated from Malaysia in 1965, and became an independent nation, its leaders soon realized that they were living in a world of economic interdependence and there was a need of institution building in the region, which was extremely important to propel the economic and political interests of Singapore.  So, Singapore took the leadership position in the region and became the founding member of ASEAN.  

Close friends of Singapore

Singapore is a member of the United Nations as well and has strong defense ties with US, UK and Israel.  However, it does not allow its military ties with Western countries to instill insecurity in its neighbors, especially Malaysia and Indonesia.  Malaysia, earlier, had a water supply dispute with Singapore, which strained their relationships, but the new leaderships in both the countries have resolved this issue and moved on.

Relationship with Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia

Singapore’s initiative to form ASEAN reaffirmed its regional position and helped in boosting ties with its neighbors, especially with Malaysia and Indonesia.  Today, both Malaysia and Singapore are two rapidly developing nations and they need each other in their quest for progress.  Singapore also has friendly ties with Philippines, which is also one of its neighbors. Philippines Singapore Action Plan covers cooperation on trade, economy, education, tourism, capital market, defense, information technology and culture, etc.

Relationship with Australia and European countries

Singapore also has very good relationship with its neighbor Australia.  Besides maintaining a high commission in Australia, both the countries have signed Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement.  Both the countries have strong ties in trade, defense and security.  Singapore maintains its embassies and high commissions in European countries as well, such as Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Vatican, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

Relationship with UK

Singapore shares special relationship with UK, its erstwhile colonial ruler, as a member of Commonwealth and a defense partner.  Singapore has signed Five Power Defense Agreements (FPDA) with UK, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.

Relationship with India

Singapore also shares extremely cordial relationship with India.  The historic ties between the two countries and a 300,000 strong Indian community in Singapore are responsible for high level cooperation in economy, technology, security and culture.  Singapore is the largest foreign direct investor in India.

Relationship with US and Canada

Singapore shares excellent relationship with North American countries such as Canada and US.  Singapore has strong defense ties with the United States and it backs almost all the US military campaigns worldwide.  The US has its naval and air force base in Singapore and the two countries also share good bilateral relationships in health, education and economy.  United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement is the only agreement of its kind the US has with any eastern nation.

Relationship with China, Japan, and Taiwan

Singapore also has very good relationships with China, Japan, and Taiwan, etc.  Despite some stalemate with China over Taiwan, both China and Singapore share strong trade relationships.  The head of the states of both the countries keep visiting each other’s capitals.

Relationship with Other countries

Singapore also has good relationships with Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Egypt and Pakistan.  Apart from defense ties, Singapore and Israel share warm relationships as far as culture, technology, healthcare and arts are concerned.

Overview of Singapore Economy

The top rankings is the world
Singapore rose from a sleepy colonial city in the 60s, (when it got independence,) to a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant economy in the 90s. It is also been hailed as one of the most competitive economies in the world, where it is easy to do business.  It has also been honored as the number one country in the world to do business. In this matter, it is far ahead of even New Zealand and Hong Kong. 

Surprisingly, the tiny island state ranks third in the global competitiveness report prepared by the World Economic Forum; in this report Singapore comes just after Switzerland and Sweden, which occupy the top two spots.

Huge influx of FDI and MNCs in the 80s

The boom in the manufacturing sector in the 70s, led four small economies to explode and these were South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  Consequently, it attracted huge FDI and multinational companies in the island state.  It became the steppingstone for Singapore to grow as one of the most advanced and technology oriented economies.  Tourism grew in Singapore as the byproduct of industrial revolution, as more and more business persons poured into the city.  Therefore, hotel industry grew parallel to manufacturing sector.

Third fastest growing economy
Recently, Singapore was ranked as the third fastest growing economy in the world with a GDP growth rate of as high as 14.5%.  Singapore is one of the best examples of a mixed economy, where the free market is complimented by the government controlled factors of production, such as capital resources, labor and land.  This is called famous Singapore Model of economy.

The Singapore Model

There were obvious reasons for the development of the Singapore Model.  First of all, for a tiny country like Singapore, it became inevitable to integrate its economy with the external markets to boost its capacity and avail the global resources.  But, the unexpected events and the upheavals in the global markets exposed the vulnerability of this tiny country, which was largely dependent upon foreign capital, foreign companies and foreign resources.  The rulers of Singapore therefore developed a mixed model, in which the government had an active role to protect its industries and economy.  The government encouraged homegrown industries to survive and thrive, so that they can meet the demands of the global markets.

Singapore Inc.

Interestingly, Singapore is also referred to as Singapore Inc., the concept where the country seems to run as a corporation rather than a country.  The government has its interference in housing, media, and transportation, apart from social policies, which is seen as supplementary activities for the development of economy.  So, it is natural that the city state is called Singapore Incorporation.

An inspiration for many countries

Singapore Model has been a tremendous success so far.  Singapore Model has been an inspiration for many other states, both big and small, such as Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius and Denmark.  It is because of this model that Singapore successfully survived the 1997 Asian financial crisis and global recession of 2008. 

The best country to do business

It still has AAA credit ratings and it also has the honor of being the only Asian country to have such ratings by the international agencies like Standard & Poor’s.  It is also been awarded the second freest economy in the world and has the reputation of one of the most corruption free states in the world.  You can start a business in Singapore in just three days as compared to the average 34 days in other global locations.  Singapore is blessed with highly skilled workforce, excellent infrastructure, favorable tax structure and the most conducive environment for the companies to grow and do business.