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Singapore sling cocktail, Raffles hotel

Sling a song! Raffles cocktail celebrates 100 years

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TripTips – Sling-pressions

By James Durston, TripTipping editor-in-chief

I had my first and only Singapore Sling roughly 13 years ago at Raffles. I arrived, in June, sweat itching its way down my face and neck, and made my way immediately to the air-conditioned comfort of Raffles bar. You can always spot the tourists in these types of places. In the Louvre they head straight for the Mona Lisa. In New Delhi they head straight for the bathroom. In Singapore, they head straight for Raffles bar. For a shoestring backpacker it was a flagrant extravagance. My hotel, the most expensive of the six-month trip, cost US$24 a night. I coughed up nearly the same for a single Sling, so fulsome were the Lonely Planet and co-traveler reviews. And I immediately wished I hadn’t. Bitter, bitty and very less-ish, it’s perhaps one of the most over-hyped cocktails on the planet. Save yourself the change.

The iconic Raffles Singapore hotel celebrates two milestones this year – 100 years of its signature Singapore Sling cocktail and the 50th anniversary of the country’s founding. It’s offering commemorative merchandise and food, discounts and experiences in honor of the occasions.

Fans of the Singapore Sling can participate in Singapore Sling Masterclasses taught by the hotel’s bartenders or enjoy the cocktail-inspired SlingaPore cake, pink in color with zesty and honey flavors.

Ah Teng’s Bakery is offering cakes to take home or get a taste of in Raffles Grill restaurant’s special 1950s Elizabethan Grill Degustation Dinner (S$250++) menu.

Throughout August, guests born in 1965 (Singapore’s 50th anniversary) can receive 25% off their bill for up to 10 people when they dine at Raffles Courtyard, Raffles Grill (excluding business set lunch), Long Bar Steakhouse and Tiffin Room (excluding afternoon tea).

Plus, you can find out which famous guests have stayed at the hotel and the filming locations of movies such as Pretty Polly and Hawaii Five-0 through 45-minute tours (S$20 per person) by volunteer guides from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments Division. The tours are available from June 1 to August 28.

During the same period, a 25-square-meter floral rendition of the Singapore flag will stand at the hotel driveway to commemorate the founding of the country.

http://www.raffles.com/singapore/offers/ss100/

Haji Lane photos

Things to do in Singapore by Jennifer Lai

Many call this a fine city, but it is the food, along with a mix of cultures, which truly makes this city an exciting place to visit. Here are a few things to fill up your day in Singapore.

Breakfast

Hawker centres are popular areas for locals to eat. Since I was staying at a friend’s place in Tampines, we made our way to the hawker centre. You can pretty much get everything from Chinese to Singaporean to Indian cuisine. I settled for a bowl of fishball noodles and some roti prata. You can get this for around SGD10. Some hawker centres are 24 hours, which means you won’t be hungry after a night out.

Located at 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 522137

Morning activity

Jurong Bird Park

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If you want a piece of nature, look no further than Jurong Bird Park. We saw some cute colourful birds chirping away happily in the park. If you want to feed the birds, simply purchase some food onsite. There are several areas where you can feed birds, penguins and even flamingoes. I was rather scared that the birds might peck at my hand. However, they seemed to know what to do and dipped their beaks into the little cup of food I held.

Located at 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925

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Lunch

Café Le Caire

We meandered around Arab street and found this small middle-eastern café for lunch. Don’t expect fancy tablecloths, but I’d say the food was definitely good value for money (around SGD12 per person). We had hoummus, an Arabic salad, falafel and pita bread. The portions are reasonable and the atmosphere is comfortable, making us want to sit back and relax after our meal.

Located at 39 Arab Street, Singapore 199736

Afternoon activity

Haji Lane

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If you want to explore boutique stores and enjoy looking for quirky finds, Haji Lane is definitely the right place to be. We meandered around this quiet road, heading into shops for handmade jewellery, clothing and home furnishings. There are also cafes where you can sit down for a coffee or ice-cream when your feet gets tired.

Located at Haji Lane, Singapore

Dinner

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria is decked out in blue chairs and tables, giving it a homey, non-pretentious atmosphere for diners. My friend asked a few of her friends to join us. I ordered the rigatoni with cream and mushroom while we shared a few starters. The pasta was cooked just right (not too hard or too soft). The service is also good. But a meal here will set you back about SGD50 per person.

Located at 87 Club Street, Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069455

Snow City

Things to do in Singapore by Mai Flores

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Singapore, an independent city in Southeast Asia, is considered one of the most progressive countries globally. The city (also known as the City in a Garden) is also one of the most entertaining places in Asia, given its array of sumptuous food, exciting nightlife, picturesque structures and more. Because it’s such a popular destination, there are plenty of things to do in Singapore.

 

Breakfast

 

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There are plenty of fast food joints at the airport terminals of Singapore if you happen to fly in the morning. For familiar food chains, you can eat at Burger King, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or Carl’s Jr. If you have more time to spare, going around the terminals for other dining options can also be an experience. You might even find yourself dining at Subway at T1 or even at Toast Box at T2.

 

Morning Activity

Science Center

 

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As soon as you’re settled at your hotel, a nice start-up activity is a visit to the Science Center. It’s an educational and very entertaining place where both young and old can enjoy. There are plenty of interactive exhibits that display current global situations, historical backgrounds, and art & science presentations.

15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081; Opening Hours: Daily (10 AM – 6 PM / Last admission at 5.15 PM); Tel: (65) 6425-2500

 

Afternoon Activity

Snow City

 

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The Snow City (a man-made snow hill) is just across from the Science Center. Here you can experience a cool time while you slide down a mountain of snow. Even if you came without any snow wear and gear, Snow City offers their stuff for a minimum rental fee. Picture taking isn’t allowed inside. But there are photographers on site who can take your pictures. You’ll find their snapshots being sold at the reception area.

Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Building, Singapore 609433; Opening Hours: Daily (10 AM – 6 PM / Last admission at 5 PM) / School & Public Holidays (10 AM – 7 PM- Last admission at 6 PM).

 

Early Dinner

Bongo Burgers Night Safari

 

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Have dinner at Bongo Burgers Night Safari, where you can order a platter of their quality-made decadent burgers, jumbo hotdogs, fries and more. Meals are typically combined with the freshest ingredients, while served in very hefty portions. They also serve some of the coolest looking drinking glasses. You can also chill at the Night Safari plaza where dancing and fire-blowing performances usually take place. So do watch out for that.

80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826 (Entrance Plaza); (65) 6269 3411 / Opening Hours: 5.30 PM – 12.00 AM (Daily)

 

Evening Activity

Singapore Night Safari

 

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A trip to Singapore will not be complete if you haven’t tried their guided Night Safari tour. The trip itself will take you into an open tram adventure while driving through a dark trail of wildlife habitats (inhabited by nocturnal animals). It’s a different and unique experience that is worth doing at nightfall.

80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826; Opening Hours: 7.30 PM to 12.00 MN daily

 

Singapore

Things to do in Singapore by Christopher Rivera

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From great food to unbelievable shopping choices, Singapore truly is the Lion city. The former part of Malaysia is now a diverse and stable country to explore, conquer and live. What’s good about Singapore? Mother Nature must love the city because it has no earthquakes or storms.

Breakfast

Toa Payoh Hawker Center

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The best place to start the day is to have breakfast in one of Singapore’s iconic spot, the Toa Payoh Hawker Center. There are so many hawker centers in Singapore, but I’m a big fan of Hawker Center in Toa Payoh. This is the perfect place to eat wide varieties of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Singaporean dishes. The best of it, it’s super cheap! The must try dish is the signature Singaporean Hainanese Chicken Rice and the Soup Tulang.

Toa Payoh Hawker Center, Blk 75 Toa Payoh Lorong 5, Singapore

Morning activity

Chinatown

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Singapore has two weather extremes, rain or shine. Where’s the best place to explore the Lion City early in the morning? Chinatown. Singapore’s subway is easy to navigate, just like in Hong Kong or other cities. It’s easy to go to Chinatown as long as you have the MRT guide which you can get at EZ Link customer service. Explore the place where you can find Chinese restaurants and unique items at souvenir shops.

Afternoon activity

Marina Bay Sands

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Singapore is booming a cool place to visit if you love nature and art, especially the Garden by the Bay located just across the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It’s the perfect place to chill out while strolling and checking out different kinds of flowers, plants and architectural towers which are fantastic to see during the sunset. Going there is easy, either taking their cheap cab or take the orange line to Marina Bay station. If you are wary of the sun, strolling inside the Marina Bay Shopping Mall is the best place to hide. Try the ice cream in a wafer or loaf sandwich near Merlion Park.

Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

Dinner

Makasuntra

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Makasuntra is the best place to eat for dinner. It’s a hawker center but with great views especially at night. It’s just in front of the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands view. The best food to order is the Cereal Prawns. You can get there by train from the Esplanade station.

Makansutra, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore

Evening activity

Clark Quay

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Don’t be afraid to explore Singapore at night, either visit Clark Quay for alcoholic drinks or the famous Mustafa which has a  24/7 department store. If you want to party, head to W Hotel in Sentosa Island. It’s a good place filled with great people and gorgeous ambiance to chill out. If you want to shop, Orchard road has a lot to offer especially the Ion Orchard Mall.

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Things to do in Singapore — Day 2 by Yenny Suryadi

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Let‘s continue on our day in Singapore, where there is still plenty to see.

Morning Activity

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Merlion statue

Well, you can’t go to Singapore without seeing the famous icon, the Merlion. You can start your morning there. It is best to go there early; you will have the best view all to yourself and take a nice photo shoot without many people in the background. You also can take your morning coffee. There is a Starbuck stand at the corner of the bridge connecting the Merlion to the Esplanade.

Esplanade

After seeing the Merlion statue, you can continue your journey walking the bridge connecting to the Esplanade. I call it “Durian building” because the roof is really look like a durian (some kind of fruit that famous in Asia, but the odor is really strong). You can also take a great picture before arriving at the building. The Esplanade is a home to many music or festival events. I didn’t go inside, because it was still early morning, but the front view is lovely.

17 River Valley Close, Singapore 238434, +65 6828 8389

Day activity

Singapore Flyer

Standing high above the ground is the Singapore Flyer, the giant Ferris wheel. You can see the city from 165 meters above. The Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. You won’t forget what it feels like to be on the top of the wheel. Before entering the capsule, the officer will give you a complete headset. You can listen to the story of Singapore from it. Try to get there early morning, because you can have one of the capsules for yourself. There is no queuing line then.

30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803, +65 6333 3311

Lunch

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Chili Crab at No Sign Board

The name of the restaurant says it all. The name was given by the customer, because back then there is no signboard on the restaurant. The famous food from this restaurant is the Chili Crab, a fresh Sri Lanka crab cooked in robust chili sauce flavored with prawn paste, garlic and many other spices. You can dip the sauce with traditional Chinese bread called “Mantao”.

If you don’t like spicy food, there are other menus as tasty as the main dish. Try the fried oatmeal shrimp.

414 Geylang Rd, +65 6842 3415

Afternoon activity

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Orchard Road

Orchard Road is the most famous road in Singapore. It is the home of retail and entertainment mall all along the 2.2 kilometers. The street is really wide and clean.

You can see big shopping mall along the way. The famous one will be the Takashimaya, Wisma Atria and ION Orchard. The street is really popular for shopping. In summer time, there is a special sale on branded merchandise here. Also, don’t forget to taste the famous Macedonia’s Ice cream here, for only one dollar.

Dinner

Food Republic at Vivo City Mall

Vivo City Mall is connecting Harbour Front with Sentosa Island. The mall itself has a diverse lifestyle and retail. Food Republic is a food court with more than 20 stalls. You can pick your own dinner. Try to taste the Chicken Hainam Rice. It is a traditional Chinese food, where the rice is cooked with white garlic and the chicken is steamed.

Vivo City Level 3 (next to Sentosa Express Monorail), 1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity #3, +65 6276 0521

Evening Activity

Songs of the Sea

Songs of the Sea is situated at Siloso beach on Sentosa Island. You can get there by the Sentosa express train at level three from Vivo City. There are two shows every night. Get there the earliest, so you can queue up front and get the best spot to watch the performance. Songs of the Sea is a mesmerizing show using a live cast, water jets, flame bursts, lasers and a lovely music. The show is a story telling of Li, who uses his extra ordinary singing voice to wake up Princess Ami. The climax is really spectacular. The combination of colorful laser, the burst of fires, and the dancing water are creating a perfect performance for the night.

If you still have more time in Singapore, I suggest you visit the China Town, Marina Bay Sands and Universal Studio.

Merlion: Singapore as “Lion City”

Things to do in Singapore by Sophia Fu

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Singapore, an island country, is located south of Malaysia. The Lion City is made up of a majority of Chinese, some Malay and Indian. Thus, Singapore has four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. It is always interesting to hear the broadcasting on MRT in four languages.

As a leading financial hub and a busy harbor, Singapore is also a hot tourism destination. Let’s start our day at East Coast, a region about eight kilometers from the airport.

Breakfast

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Fu Lin To Fu Yuen

In Singapore, you must try Yong Tau Foo. Basically, it is fried vegetables and Tofu products with a special and delicious sauce. “No Pork, No Lard” is the slogan of Fu Lin, which is an ideal destination for all ethnicities. Located at 721 East Coast Road, Fu Lin To Fu Yuen has about 20 years’ history of offering high-quality Young Tau Foo and signature rice noodles. Homemade plum juice and icy lemon juice are good choices to get rid of your sweat in stifling hot Singapore.

Morning Activity

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East Coast Park

After a healthy breakfast, it’s time to walk off the food, and East Coast Park is just within 20 minutes’ walk from Fu Lin To Fu Yuen. Different from the commercial and well-developed Sentosa, which many tourists know of, East Coast beach is mainly enjoyed by local residents. You cannot visit East Coast Park without exploring a diversity of giant tropical plants.

Divided into different zones of recreational areas, the peaceful East Coast Park is an ideal place to walk, to jog, to cycle, and most importantly, to refresh your mind. From the beach, you can have a good view of the steamboats in the distance, which is a good reflection of the busy port.

Lunch

The Cheesecake Cafe

Located at 685 East Coast Road, The Cheesecake Café offers a variety of cheesecakes up to 20 choices, such as Cappuccino Cheesecake, Mocha cheesecake, and blueberry cheesecake. A cup of freshly brewed coffee and a piece of cheesecake with a thick fragrance of cheese is the best companion of your daze at this small café. What’s unique about this café is that the owner collects oil paintings, bronze statues and other antiques about Renaissance and western culture, which will probably make you feel you are in Italy.

Afternoon Activity

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Singapore Zoo

Claimed as the world’s best rainforest zoo, Singapore Zoo had a Michelin 3-star rating. It adopts a naturalistic approach by displaying animals in open exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors. Thus, it is a great place to get close to both the nature and lovely animals.

You can arrive at the zoo by transferring the Bus No. 927 from MRT Choa Chu Kang interchange station. There is a diversity of animal zones, such as Wild Africa, Gibbon Island, Reptile Garden, Primate Kingdom, Elephants of Asia and Otter.

Personally, I would strongly suggest go to visit the “Fragile Forest”. Stepping into the enclosed forest means that you will share the same space with these forest animals. Ring-tailed Lemur will even greet you with shaking hands with you.

You will be surprised to find that despite the different life routines, various animals, such as two-toed sloth, butterflies, Malayan Flying Fox, create a peaceful living environment. Here, you can observe closely how these animals live their everyday life, and how they “co-exist in this breathtaking ecosystem.”

Dinner

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Master Crab Seafood Restaurant

You can’t visit Singapore without having a crab feast. Passing several residential buildings, Master Crab is just within 10 minutes’ of walk from Buona Vista MRT station. A local friend from National University of Singapore recommended that this restaurant offer the most delicious crab that local Singaporean students would agree on. Chili crab, steamed Red Garoupa and fried shrimp with oatmeal are highly recommended.