Singapore

OMFG KFC Is Now Selling A Pizza With A Fried Chicken Base

It’s like Pizza Hut and KFC had a beautiful baby.

February 9, 2017

16 Next-Level Ice-Cream Concoctions Worth Traveling For

Save up so you can travel the world to eat ice-cream. 

July 4, 2016

Say Hello To The Most Hipster Hotel, Ever

This place has Instagram-worthy written all over it.

March 22, 2016

How To Spend 24hrs In Singapore Like A Local

There’s a lot you can do with just a day to spare…

January 28, 2016

Why You Should Travel To Singapore In 2015

Lonely Planet recently named Singapore its top country to visit in 2015. The nation, which gained its independence from Britain in 1965, will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee, making it the perfect time to get that bit extra out of your travel experience. The city will be full of celebrations and specials marking this important anniversary, but in case you’re not convinced, here are five reasons you should visit this burgeoning urban paradise.

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Multicultural cuisine

Singapore is known for its multiculturalism. Its population hails from Malaysia, India and China and one of the largest expat communities in the world. This mix of cultures results in an delicious range of eateries, from market-style street food, to cosmopolitan brunches in hip cafes. You must try laksa in Katong or the Tian Tian Hainanese chicken and rice in the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.

Why should travel to Singapore in 2015

Hip and trendy

This young city is at the forefront of trendy bar and nightlife experiences, with a number of alternative neighbourhoods to explore. Plan a day as a local hipster with brunch and boutique shopping in trendy Tiong Bahru, then make your way to Katong for a night out. There are also plenty of arty spaces in Singapore but a brand new National Gallery will open in 2015, set to house unique and historic art works from across the continent.

Why should travel to Singapore in 2015

Family fun

Singapore has a breadth of tourist attractions to please the whole family. If you’re travelling with kids – or even if you’re not – there are plenty of fun tourist sites to keep you occupied. Take a trip to Sentosa Island and Universal Studios, wander around Merlion Park, visit the world-famous Singapore Zoo, or spend the day at Marina Bay. If you’re into sports, Singapore is one of the oldests hosts of Formula 1 Grand Prix events and, in 2015, will also host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Games.

Why should travel to Singapore in 2015

Green city

Singapore is the cleanest city in the world. It is notorious for its strict laws on pollution, like being in possession of chewing gum (illegal) and the abundance of public, open-air no smoking zones. However, this small sacrifice means the rest of us can enjoy an eco-friendly experience of Singapore and take in its pristine green spaces and gardens.

Why should travel to Singapore in 2015

The high life

Be forewarned that Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, the price tag comes with the lifestyle. There are great luxury hotels and resorts, as well as shopping and dining opportunities. Stay in style at the ship-shaped Marina Bay Sands or historic Raffles Hotel, or try one of the many hot new editions, including the Sofitel So Singapore or the Patina Capitol Singapore, set to open mid-2015.

Why should travel to Singapore in 2015

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November 5, 2014

3 Stopover Destinations On The Way To Europe

Are you looking forward to your European vacation, but dreading the long flights? Most airlines will let you break your trip for a few days at no extra flight cost, so make it easier on yourself and explore another country by adding a stopover to your itinerary. Here are three places that I’ve stopped at and I’d love to go back to…

Hong Kong

A city of contrasts with something for everyone. Modern skyscrapers and traditional Chines markets. Lively shopping and Buddhist temples performing ancient rituals. Mountains and beaches. There’s even Hong Kong Disneyland for the kids (and the big kids). You will need a few days to visit all major sights and soak in the city’s unique atmosphere, but there’s a lot you can do even if you only have a short time. I managed to visit the markets, see the Giant Buddha, climb Lantau Peak (the highest publicly accessible summit in Hong Kong) and visit Disneyland all in one day.

Singapore

Singapore is my personal favourite stopover destination. It’s another big city that combines the modern and the traditional, technology and nature, bustling life and tranquil gardens. Singapore is often called the ‘Garden City’ and for good reason. If you look at it down from the plane, all you see is the colour green. The Botanic Gardens with their main attraction, the National Orchid Gardens, were the highlight of my stay in Singapore and a nice change from being stuck on a plane for hours. I also loved mingling with the locals and trying traditional food at China Town and Little India.

Langkawi

If big cities are not your thing, you may need to do some extra travelling to get to a more pristine destination. Langkawi is a short flight away from Kuala Lumpur (at extra cost) and it’s an archipelago of small islands with beautiful beaches and forests. It’s not overly touristic and once you walk away of your resort and the main strip of shops, often you may have a hard time finding someone who speaks English. Even so, everyone I met there seemed to be very friendly and welcoming.

You can spend your stopover relaxing at the beach, admiring the amazing views of the island from the Skybridge or taking a boat tour to the mangrove forests. Another place I really enjoyed that was different from anything else I’ve visited was Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman, a beautiful folklore-themed park portraying Langkawi legends. There was only a handful of people there and I felt like I was walking in a fairy tale.

Other options

Depending on your airline, other stopover options include Tokyo, Soul, Bangkok or Dubai, just to mention a few. If you have some destinations on your bucket list, check with your travel agent if there’s any way to add them to your itinerary without too much extra travel and cost.

Image by William Cho via Flickr (Singapore River view)

By Tatiana Apostolova

August 2, 2014

World Food Malaysia & Singapore

World Food Malaysia & Singapore

DON’T MISS SINGAPOREFood is a national obsession in Singapore, and many of its truly idiosyncratic dishes were invented by innovative local chefs. Dishes such as chilli crab, fish-head curry and raw fish salad have become so much a part of Singaporean cuisine that few people realise they evolved from dishes that enterprising chefs concocted and added to their restaurant menus.

Fish-head curry – Go on, it tastes fabulous, especially the soft muscle around the eyeballs.

Durian – Sure, the fruit isn’t cultivated on Singapore island, but the experience of digging into the spiky shells alongside locals at tables lining Geyland Road is a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

Singapore Laksa – A couple of years back, a veritable war broke out between a handful of competing laksa stalls in Katong. Find out what the fuss is about!

Chilli crab – Dig into the scrumptious local speciality with your fingers, then mop up the

eggy, thick sauce with French bread or deep-fried man tou (plain Chinese buns, a northern Chinese staple).DON’T MISS KUALA LUMPUR

Kuala Lumpur remains unrivalled in the variety of food it offers. You’ll find region-specific Chinese, Malay and Indian eateries offering Cantonese, East Malaysian or South Indian specialities.

Diverse dining – Kuala Lumpur has it all, from street-side fare packed in paper pyramids to sophisticated silver service.

Inche kabin (fried chicken – An unusual, Hainanese-style fried chicken served with Worcestershire Sauce. Found only in old colonial haunts like Coliseum Caf? on Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

Appam (hoppers) – Taste these Indian fermented rice cakes freshly made. You’ll recognise an appam stall by its row of tiny woks, each just big enough for one appam.

Maggi mee goreng (fried instant noodles) – Just the speciality to hit the spot after a night of partying. Instant noodles are softened in boiling water before being fried and topped with an egg fried sunny-side-up.

from World Food Malaysia and Singapore

1st Edition

ISBN 1 74059 370 7

Tan Su-Lyn

288pp, full colour

15 maps

A$22.00

Lonely Planet Publications

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October 7, 2003