Singapore Flyer – Bringing Panoramic View of the Lion’s City

If you are planning to visit Singapore with your family, then do not miss out a ride on the Singapore flyer. Kids and families are sure to enjoy this fun-filled ride. The Singapore Flyer is located on the edge of the Marina Center at the southeast tip. It is also the largest giant observation wheel of the world and it gives a 360 degree view of the city along the Marina bay and you also get to see the glimpses of Malaysia and Indonesia. This flyer is built over a three storey building that has bars, shops, restaurants and a view of the city centre. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Singapore that gives a good income to the country.

History behind the construction

Conceived by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa and DP Architects of Singapore, the flyer was designed during the early 2000s and the formal planning began in 2002. The plan was officially announced in 2003. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in Sep 2005 and was launched in the year 2008.

Features of the Giant Flyer

The Singapore flyer is 150 metres in diameter with a height of 165 metres. This huge flyer covers 33,700m2 or 363,000 ft2 area. Each capsule measures 4 metres x 7 metres and it has 28 such capsules. Each capsule carries 28 people and travels at a speed of 0.24m per second. There is no worry about how to board the capsule of this huge flyer since it has the step on platform. It has two doors on the side with a platform for each, hence it is easy to board or get down the capsule.

Flying experiences

The entire joyful ride is for 32 minutes. The flyer has been designed in such a way that passengers experience a smooth ride due to its precision wind engineering. Unlike those old Ferris wheels, this Giant observation wheel does not have cramped carriages that hang on the air and terrify you. Since each capsule is as large as a bus, you can peacefully watch the view of the city without any fear. The flyer coves a view up to 45 kilometers, which means the flyer, gives a view of extra 3 km that does not come under the island city. Some of the significant landmarks that you can see from the flyer are – Changi Airport, Sentosa Island, and glance of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Safety Precautions

Passenger’s bags and handbags will be scanned thoroughly before boarding the flyer at level 2. Also, there are two cameras within each capsule in order to watch the movements within the capsule. As a safety precaution, the flyer will be stopped when the wind is above 10m per second, in order to prevent any unfortunate accidents. This 10m speed of wind occurs only at very rare cases. In case of any emergency, they have evacuation procedures to make you land safe.

Audio guide

To make the ride more interesting, a portable in-flight audio-guide has been introduced to passengers.  It is provided to all the Flyer ticket holders. This audio guide gives the passengers an insight into the past present and the future of the Singapore throughout their ride. Starting from the arrival of Sang Nila Utama to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the audio provides knowledge in a clear voice.

Indian Cuisines in Singapore

India and Indians have a long association with the native Malay civilization of Singapore that goes back to the ancient ages. But the systematic migration and influx of Indians in large numbers started and became consistent when Singapore became a colony of the British. The ethnic Indian Diaspora mainly comprises South Indians, particularly Tamils which is best mirrored in the potpourri of hot, tangy, and spicy dishes-the hallmarks of Indian cuisines.

The popular components of Indian cuisines

Since Tamils form a majority of the Indian population (approximately about 9% of the total population), most of the variety of Indian dishes available also happen to be Tamil. Since the late nineties of the last century, North Indian cuisines have started making inroads courtesy the setting up of some high-class and chic restaurants by successful Indian chefs like ‘Punjab Grill’ by Jiggs Kalra.

Owing to intermingling with the Singaporean culture for years on end, the dishes have become hybrid containing a blend of local spices and condiments yet the flavor is unmistakably Indian. The main elements used in Indian cuisines here in Singapore are Indian pickles, saffron (used in biryanis and pilaos), Rojak-an assortment of fried ingredients including eggs, tofu, and mashed potatoes, indigenized Chinese noodles, mughlai paranthas, and so on. Other signature dishes and elements include rotis, chapattis, Murtabak, curries, and chutneys.

Some dishes, recipes, and ingredients that were brought along when Indian contract laborers and coolies were indentured to work in the rubber plantations of erstwhile Malay have been assimilated with the national cuisines. These include mutton chops, Mulligatawny soup, mince meat of potatoes and peas, and fish moolie.

Street food culture and upmarket restaurants

If you think tucking into street food is the best way of getting an insight of the gastronomic culture of any ethnicity then head straight to Little India. You’ll find an eclectic spread of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Race Course Road gives stiff competition to Little India as it has some of the most admired restaurants like Muthu’s Curry, Anjappar, and Mustard Restaurant.

Little India can boast of having a more varied spread of both North and South Indian cuisines. If you’re a strict vegan, you don’t need to look beyond Ananda Bhavan restaurant which has been serving delectable vegetarian fare since 1924. You’re familiar with the Masala or Sada Dhosa- the homebred varieties but don’t forget to check out their ‘thosai’ ensemble.

You can head to ‘Annalakshimi’ for a pan-Indian buffet spread.  Just pay $ 5 Singapore dollars and have your fill of yoghurt, dhals (Indian lentils), rotis, Papadis, soups, curries and lassies.  Sample some original Malvani fare at Gajalee that include clams peppered with coriander and coconut paste, grilled tandoori lobster, curried New Zealand oysters. And yes, you can also ask for a mouthwatering preparation of Bombay duck. And if you’re not much into seafood, you can go for the usual vegetarian or non-vegetarian fare.

If you want to wine and dine in a more exclusive and upscale environ, then you can try a few restaurants and bistros at the Marina Bay Sands enclave like the Punjab Grill and the Rang Mahal. The ‘Song of India’, Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant’, and the ‘Tadka Indian Kitchen’ are some other high end addresses serving authentic Indian cuisines.

Indian Festivals in Singapore

The aroma of Indian culture, tradition and festivals has surpassed the nation’s paraphernalia! And this time it’s Singapore!

History says that Hinduism crept into the mainland of Singapore due to the immigration of the Southern India, mainly the Tamils. This reshuffled the existing culture of the nation and a perfect blend of tradition, which had stints of Hinduism incorporated within it came into existence. Like the Indian subcontinent, Singapore soon got its multi secular status.

This region has some very identical Indian temples (nearly in the sense, they are built in the Dravidian style of architecture). One can clearly imagine the mass of immigration, with the large number of Hindu temples all around the place. The “gopurams”, paintings and murals give the feeling of being in India even in a far away land. Hinduism at Singapore is mainly limited within the culture of the Southern Dravidians or the Tamils.

Singapore gets more colorful and vibrant during the celebration times of Indian festivals: Deepavali, Thaipusam, Pongal and Navrathri. What makes the celebration more unique is the eagerness, happiness and interest with which these are celebrated at a place far away than the own country. Unless and until you get the experience of celebrating any of these festivals at Singapore, one can’t figure out the exceptionality of these celebrations at Singapore.

Deepavali: It isn’t just the “festival of lights” when you are at Singapore! Indian communities at Singapore light sacred lamps for a month. Oil lamps are lit and people seek the blessings of Goddess Laxmi for ushering bliss to the family in terms of health, wealth and prosperity. Festive shopping, colorful streets and new clothes clad people move around the market celebrating the festival.

Thaipusam: It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamils and Indians at Singapore. Blessings are sought from Lord Murugan. Devotees follow stringent procedures for pacifying their God, like piercing of face, tongue and body parts. In a general practice kavadis (semi circular wooden or metal arches) are pierced to the bodies of the devotees with spikes and hooks. The word “Thaipusam” is derived from two different words: “Thai”, the name of the month which is January/February in the English calendar and “pusam” meaning full moon. The festival is celebrated in the month January/February in a full moon day. People have a belief that any rituals performed during “Thaipusam” makes them cured from all sorts of diseases. Meditation, fast, prayer is done throughout the day. 

Navrathri: It is one of the heavily celebrated rituals in India. At Singapore, the rituals and practices are same as that of the Indian culture and devotees worship Goddess Laxmi, Durga and Saraswati ardently for nine days. Prayers and fast are the important aspects of this festival. And the tenth day is celebrated with much pomp and show: it is the win of good over evil. Goddess is placed on a wooden chariot and paraded all around the temple for being victorious against the demon king Mahisasura.
 
This brief review of Indian festivals at Singapore is all about the global acclamation of the rich Indian custom in a foreign land!

Valentine Day Travel Ideas in Singapore

Valentine’s Day is an important occasion for the lovers and couples to express and reassert their affection and feelings towards each other.  It is an occasion, where you can refresh and rejuvenate your romantic alliance.  Singapore is an exotic destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most memorable and enjoyable way.  Here are some ideas that you would love to explore to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Singapore.
Valentine’s Day in Singapore

The southernmost point of Continental Asia offers exotic theme parks, food outlets, entertainment and recreational facilities, and serene waterfront, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner with your spouse or lover.  Sentosa Island offers a lot of entertainment facilities, beachfront restaurants and a gorgeous sunset, which is a perfect place to spend your Valentine’s Day evening.  

Valentine’s Day Ideas in Singapore

Singapore offers some of the best places and facilities to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candlelit dinner, romantic excursions, theme parks for unwinding, and much, much more.  Surprisingly, all of this comes to you in a not so expensive manner.  14th February is an occasion, when husbands and boyfriends take the initiative to offer a host of surprises and parties to their female friends.

Some Exotic Day Ideas

You can visit a place in the vicinity of Singapore taking a short trip to enjoy, relax and unwind in a romantic neighborhood. NATAS Fair, which is held in the month of February every year in Singapore, offers unmatched options, deals, holiday packages and vacation trips all around the world for the Singapore citizens.

Book an evening for a romantic candlelit dinner in any of the Singapore hotels or restaurants in Sentosa, Mount Faber or any of the places of your choice.  It would be a fantastic time spent with the love of your life, as all of the hotels and restaurants in Singapore offer exotic food, flowers and light music, on this occasion.  You can also take a romantic ride on Singapore Flyer.  The other idea would be to spend the day in the ocean on a yacht enjoying the tumbling waves of the blue water ocean and tropical hot winds.

Enjoy “London Eye” in Singapore

Singapore Flyer, the great Ferris wheel and Singapore’s version of London Eye, is the best place to enjoy some romantic moments with your loved one.  The ride is an amazing experience as the location of the Wheel is a surprisingly attractive place as you’d be able to see the skyline of Singapore, with glitzy lights all around from here.

A Romantic Day in the Ocean and Candlelit Dinner at Beachfront

Singapore offers amazing ocean experience such as a yacht ride in the tumultuous waters and tropical hot winds.  However, it would be wise to check the weather conditions prior to your sea excursion.  This is an entire day’s extravaganza, which comes to at much affordable rates.  The entire day at yacht should be followed by a candlelit dinner at Marina beach.  These facilities are available at SAF Yacht Club and Raffles Marina.

Enjoy Two Wheeled Ride at Sentosa

it is also a good idea for Valentine’s Day to enjoy a two wheeled ride at Sentosa World’s open beach.  These are personal transporters, which move on two wheels with the help of one vertically attached handle.  It is a fun ride, which would provide you an amazing and entertaining experience with your loved one.   

Chinese New Year in Singapore

Introduction to Chinese Lunar Festivities
Chinese New Year is based on lunar calendar.  It has become extremely popular and widely celebrated festival across the world because of the increasing Chinese populations.  In Singapore also, this Spring Festival is celebrated with traditional fanfare from the first to the 15th of the first month of Chinese calendar.

Rituals and Practices
Chinese New Year not only marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar, but is also a symbolic renewal of many household practices and accounting.  Therefore, in line with the traditional practices, Chinese communities use the occasion of Lunar New Year to ward off ill-fortune and welcome good luck.  It is also marked as an occasion for get together and the reunions. 

Get Together
Chinese communities across the world try to be at one place with their relatives and friends to enjoy these festivities. “Hong Bao”, the little red package containing the money is provided to the youngsters and children in the house and is considered the special attraction of the festival and a symbol of blessing from the elders. 

Reunion Dinner
Reunion Dinner is another symbolic practice, which is held on the eve of the Chinese New Year, where some delicious Chinese and Cantonese dishes are served among the families.

Music and Red Lanterns
During the New Year festival season, the entire city of Singapore is enlivened with traditional Chinese music, display of red lanterns and Chinese and Cantonese food stalls in many neighborhoods.

Celebrations in Chinatown and Kreta Ayer Square
Chinatown is the hub of the New Year celebrations, where the street light ups, all night markets, and the stunning declaration creates a high-energy festive mood.  The fire eaters, lion dancers, strange umbrellas and dance troupes of girls offer amazing and unforgettable entertainment at Kreta Ayer Square.

Dragon and Lion Dances
Folklore are the central theme of the entire festival and that is the reason you will see dragon and lion dances as part of the festival.  It adds cheerfulness and festivity, as both these characters are an inherent part of Chinese mythology.

Festivities at Chingay Parade
In Singapore, the heart of the celebrations is Chingay Parade.  This parade displays magicians, fire eaters, floats, and dancers.  The venue for the parade is Formula One Pit Building in front of the Marina bay waterfront.

River Hongbao
This is also a remarkable event of the Chinese New Year held in Singapore on the Marina Bay floating platform.  It also displays red lanterns, games stalls and fireworks in the second and third week of February.

Huayi Festival
Held at the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, it is also another event celebrated in the month of February.  This is actually a celebration to mark the distinguished and elegant Chinese arts.  Displaying both traditional and contemporary arts, including music, opera and theater and visual displays from the prominent Chinese artists, it is an occasion to a heartwarming celebration to honor the creative artists.

So, Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore are actually an opportunity to have a deep insight into the Chinese culture and traditions as a good omen to start the prosperous New Year.  It also presents you with an occasion to enjoy some of the best Chinese cuisines.

Christmas in Singapore

Below listed are some places where Christmas is celebrated with great pomp and show.

Orchard Road
Christmas in Singapore is amazingly festive and gala time for its citizens. The congregation starts thronging the prominent places with the decorated trees all over, right since the mid-November. Orchard Road Christmas Light-up is the most enjoyable and pleasant feature of the Christmas in Singapore. It’s been almost three decades since Orchard Road is being decorated with electric lights giving it a look of a fairyland. You will find beautiful and tall Christmas trees allover and multicolor ornaments adding to the glitz of the place. It’s a place where locals and tourists can’t resist themselves from singing and dancing on Christmas.

People prefer to come here again and again according to a regional tourist survey. For people from Northern hemisphere, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy Christmas. Singapore is a tropical island and it’s hot and humid, so you can also enjoy ice creams and other cold drinks on this occasion. There is also no need to wear overcoats and woolen clothes; you will find it much comfortable to roam in your shorts and tees.

In 2011 alone, around 7 million visitors thronged Marina Bay and Orchard road. This prominent road has also been awarded the Merit Award for Events and Programming by the International Downtown Association for the glitzy decorations of the road during Christmas in 2011.

Sentosa Harbour Front
Sentosa, the erstwhile home to world famous Fantasy Island, is also home to Christmas celebration at harbor front. Not only it offers thrilling decorations, but it’s a place where several programs are organized by harbor front center. The other organizers include Mount Faber Leisure Group, Sentosa. Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and VivoCity also turn the Island into a paradise of entertainment on Christmas.

The entire lighting is controlled by a single switch and the lights dance in synch during this season. The Christmas village, grand Xmas trees and Santa along with his reindeers is a visual delight for the visitors.The orchestras and party venues set the island on fire with amazing musical programs and entertainment shows.

Marina Bay
Marina Bay malls and theaters such as Theatres on the Bay, CityLink Mall, Esplanade, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Marina Square, Millenia Walk, and Suntec City Mall announce a grand promotion extravaganza with the prizes worth thousands of Singapore dollars. It includes dining and shopping vouchers to be awarded on the shopping spends of the visitors. Marina bay Sands is also home to the Santa Claus the Musical, a delightful Christmas adventure by Annie. The performances come with live orchestra and special effects making it even more glamorous.

There are around up to 15 meters tall Xmas trees, and you feel dwarfed in front of them. The glowing stars give them a mesmerizing look. They will simply wake up the child in you. Tanglin Mall decorations also attract adults and children alike. Shipping hours are extended here to enable you to visit and shop from the glitzy shops. You can also get great offers and discounts during the festive period. Plus you get a heavy dose of musical entertainment, concerts and dining opportunities.

Singapore Army: One of the Best Armies in the entire Far East

Need of a sophisticated army

Singapore army is also known as the Singapore Armed Forces or SAF. Under ministry of defence Singapore, it is the part of total defence of the republic. Just like other countries it also comprises of land, sea and air divisions viz Singapore Army, Singapore Air Force and Singapore Navy. The strength of regular recruits to its armed forces is around 75,000 and reserve personnel can mobilize around 3.5 lakh additional recruits.

Singapore is strategically located on the southern tip of Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and is a rich coastal town of South East Asia. It’s also very near to Australia. That’s the reason colonial powers and local settlers both tried to capture the city state’s assets. Modern Singapore was basically founded and developed by the British, who were looking to colonize a safe haven in South East Asia against their European rivals, the Dutch. So, during the period before World War I and II, Singapore served the military interests.

History of SAF

The SAF originated from a British armed division called as SSVF in 1920. Prior to this it was referred to as Singapore Volunteer Artillery, which was constituted in 1890. It still serves the artillery division of SAF. SSVF also participated in famous World War II, but aggressive Japanese military crushed this army. In 1948, SSVF was reorganized and was included in the military of the city state. In 1961, when SAF was constituted, it was also transferred to SAF. After the independence of the city state, the government established a much organized military with the help of Israel. They also trained their troops in the jungle combat to counter the challenge from the neighborhoods. Singapore procured modern army tanks even before its sleeping neighbors had it.

Modernization of SAF

Britain evacuated Singapore completely in 1971 and then the era of consolidation of military began here. SAF Day is held on 1st of July every year in Padang. Singapore army has 3 combined divisions, two reserve divisions and three additional divisions to protect the Island nation. The Air Force is also very advanced and it has 17 squadrons. Navy operates from 2 bases and comprises of 8 squadrons.

Hierarchy in Singapore military

The top military commander is called the Chief of Defence Force (CDF), which is equal to Lieutenant General Rank. The chiefs of all the three subdivisions of military, i.e. generals of navy, air force and army report to CDF. The Military Intelligence Organization, the Joint Operations and Planning Directorate, the Joint Logistic Department, the Joint Manpower Department, and the Foreign Military Liaison Branch support CDF to act in coordination to counter internal and external threats. The special operations task force along with its supporting units undertakes the task of securing the nation against the terror threats.

Technologies used by Singapore Army

The SAF uses “force multipliers” technology that helps its various units to act in a synchronized manner. Advanced networks integrate all the three units of the SAF for organized attacks. The state of the art integration technologies make SAF a IIIrd generation combat force. Just on the pattern of Israel, technology replaces the headcounts in the military in Singapore. It is one of the biggest spenders in the entire ASEAN as far as defence budget is concerned. It spends heavily on R&D of its defence systems, weaponry and platforms. SAF has amazing urban combat capabilities.

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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