See the Sultan Mosque and North Bridge Road. It is a beautiful part of the city and one of my favorites.
Masjid Sultan is located in the Kampong Glam and was originally built in 1824 -1826, some years after the Sultan Tengku Hussein and the founder of Singapore, Stamford Raffles signed a contract allowing the British to establish a trading post in Singapore. The Mosque was rebuilt in 1924-1928. It was built near the Palace which is now the Malay Heritage Centre.
Part of the Mosque, at the base of the gold domes, broken bottle bottoms were used. The bottles were donated by poor Muslims and used so that all Muslims were able to contribute to the building of the Sultan's Mosque.
Photo by: Keith Macgregor
This is a pass that allows you to visit the Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, and the Night Safari.
It is excellent value.
Choose which ever suits you. You can buy online or at one of the parks.
Prices for 2013 are.........................
3-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
S$69.00 Adults S$46.00 Children 3-12 years
2-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
S$39.00 Adults & S$26.00 children
2-in-1 Night Safari*
S$49.00 Adults & S$32.00 children
For more deals, copy and paste this website..
This pass we bought at our Hotel. We had a choice of quite a few passes to choose from, depending on how much time you had.
We chose the 2 day pass, this was excellent value, we got to see and do a lot more than if we were paying for it separately.
The cost  $75 Singapore for 15 attractions.
If your pressed for time to see everything in the two days, I probably would choose the "Singapore Sightseeing Pass" on hindsight.
This includes a River Cruise, the Civic District, Orchard Road, Botanic Gardens, Little India, Chinatown & more along the City & Heritage routes.
COST FOR 2 Days (unlimited rides on City Sightseeing) and 1 River Cruise round trip
In  $43 Singapore dollars.
Best to check the website for more information http://www.ducktours.com.sg/sp.php
One of the reasons why Singapore is as wealthy as it is, is because it has managed to attract a lot of banks to the country.
Pretty much all major banks in the world has a branch office in Singapore.
They come because it has over the past few decades been the most politically stable country in the region and because it has very progressive laws for banking and investment which means they get a lot of investment coming though the country and when you are in singapore you can really feel the presence of bankers and investors.
That is also one of the reasons why Singapore is as damn expensive as it is, because it caters very much to people earning big bucks.
The Carlsberg Brand of Beer is known the world over and here in multi-cultural singapore It has a strong presence, capturing 3rd place among the beer drinkers of Singapore after the Number 1 Tiger Beer and Heineken and a close third is Carlsberg Beer! Carlsberg Beer is not made locally by a brewery but is Imported from Malaysia.
Carlsberg Beer is a Danish Beer with a 5% abv pale lager with a global distribution and was founden in denmark. Carlsberg Beer is available eveywhere here in singapore from convenience stores to hawker centers and at bars and nite spots. A 330 ml glass bottle costs $ 4 at convenience stores and $ 12 at bars. They also have aluminum cans and a large 1 liter bottle for avid beer drinkers.
Fondest memory: assorted carlsberg beers with different sizes.
Singapore is known as a culinary center of south east asia as it was a trading port for centuries and plus it has a multi cultural population hence it's cuisine is an amalgam of influences and although the Hainanese Chicken Rice is it's well known national dish, there is another national dish that is distinctly Singapore made, it is the Singapore Chilli Crab. It was invented as a hawker dish in the 1950's at Upper East Coast Road.
according to Infopedia:
Chilli crab is said to have been invented by Cher Yam Tian in the mid-1950s when she, on her husband Lim Choon Ngee’s suggestion, added bottled chilli sauce to her dish of stir-fried crabs which she had normally cooked with bottled tomato sauce. In 1956, the couple began selling the dish from a pushcart along the seaside. Business was good and they eventually opened a proper restaurant in 1962 called Palm Beach, at 514 Upper East Coast Road. In 1984, they sold off some of their shares in the business to migrate to New Zealand.
Fondest memory: Chilli crab sauce is usually semi-thick, sweet and savoury. The base of the chilli crab sauce is usually curry powder and cumin powder. It is thickened with a cornstarch and flavoured with rice vinegar, kecap masin and etc. Beaten eggs are added near the end of the cooking process to create egg-ribbons in the sauce. It is commonly garnished with coriander leaves
The dish consists of deep-fried crabs that are served in a chilli- and tomato-based gravy. Mud crabs are normally used and these are usually Sri Lankan, Burmese, Filipino or Vietnamese in origin.
After the crab has been cleaned and chopped into smaller pieces, it is deep-fried in oil and then deep-fried again in the gravy. Corn flour and beaten eggs are added at the end to thicken the gravy.
As the crab is served with the shell on, the dish is typically eaten with one’s hands.
It is available everywhere in Singapore, from the hawker centers to the classy restaurants alongside the other singapore crab dish, the black pepper crab.
An order at the hawker centers cost $ 15 or more.
There are two separate Immigration Areas at the end of the Johore Bahru-Singapore Causeway and when you are travelling via bus from johore or from kuala lumpur like us, the bus will drop you off the building of malaysian immigration area where you take an elevator to the second floor and have your luggages screened by an x-ray machine then present your passports to Malaysian Immigration and then you will walk along a long corridor with duty free shops along the way then to Singapore immigration counters where you will again present your passports and after clearing the immigration, then have you luggages again screen and finally go down an escalator to a big bus waiting area and then board your bus and it then goes to the causeway and into the bukit timah expressway to Singapore.
Fondest memory: the seemless and efficient transition from Malaysia to Singapore and vice versa.
Favorite thing: If you enter from the north you'll cross the bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore and you'll pass through the border control. If you are a Singapore national you can skip the queue and scan your passport. Make sure you know where to board your bus again as it is a busy border and dozens of buses pass through here, you can easily get left behind.
By the time of writing (april 2012) the old court building in Singapore is undergoing restoration and will in the future be transferred in to a museum.
The new court building is right behind the old one and is the thing on the photo that looks like a flying saucer.
I personally think that both buildings are quite nice and it´s nice that the old courthouse will be used for something good in the future.
this is Singapore's National Dish! this dish orginated from hainan island in Mainland China and was introduced by the Hainanese Immigrants to Malaysia and Singapore but it was tweaked into The Singaporean and Malaysian Versions. The chicken is prepared in traditional Hainanese methods which involve the boiling of the entire chicken in a pork and chicken bone stock, reusing the broth over and over and only topping it up with water when needed, in accordance with the Chinese preferences for creating master stocks. This stock is not used for rice preparation, which instead involves chicken stock created specifically for that purpose, producing an oily, flavourful rice sometimes known as oily rice with Southeast Asian pandan leaves added sometimes.The orginal Hainanese Chicken Rice version is called Wenchang Chicken and is different from the Hainanese Chicken Rice version of Singapore and Malaysia in the the dipping sauces in Singapore include soy sauce and spicy chili sauce while in Hainan is it more of oyster sauce. The chicken is so tender and so flavorful that you would order more hehehe. It is available everywhere in Singapore at food courts, hawker centers, malls, restaurants and it cost $ 5 hawker centers and $ 8 at food courts and $ 10 at universal studios!
Fondest memory: Hainanese Chicken rice everywhere either the Roasted kind or the Boiled, they taste so good!
In its absolute organization and cleanliness, Singapore reaches a strange balance between the preserved colonial buildings and the modern look of the skyscrapers. The Orient looks present everywhere, but the way of life is closer to the west.
What a strange but perfect blending...
Hello,as far as I know,you can drive a car into Malaysia from Singapore but you have to have 3 quarter of a tank full of petrol (not 1/2 tank) to show to Malaysian authorities.
The other thing is make sure you check any medication you may take with you--as they are tough on drugs.
Make sure you have your international licence.
It used to be you could take a foriegn car in for 10 days--but that may have changed.
You can make sure by getting in touch with some of the hire car agencys in Singapore--Hertz is widely used there.
Hope this helps.
Cheers & safe driving
Fondest memory: I have driven into Singapore from Malaysia,but are certain of rules going back into Malaysia.
Singapore is easy to drive in--the roads are very good.
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop is an Ice cream shop! at the SINGAPORE ZOO.
We had been walking and walking, and decided it was time to rest our weary legs before they dropped off!
Located near the Orangutans, was this shop, with a nice choice of Ice - cream, plus a big roomy under - cover area to sit, nice to get out of the Hot Singapore sun!
The position of the shop was a bonus, as it was nearly next door to the Orangutans, and there was also a cheeky Spider Monkey on the loose, who just happened to be hanging around in the trees above ours and other people's heads!
This was a nice spot for food and location!
for 100 pounds per night you should be able to get a decent hotel.. remember singapore is very small and nothing is too far away from each other.. go to asiarooms.com or some other hotel website and choose your hotel. the metro in singapore is quite good and it will take you everywhere and there is also a good bus system. the only thing is 4 days might be too much to be in that claustrophobic city with very little attraction other than shopping, you might want to go to johor bahru by public transport and enjoy the real Asia..rather than the fabicated one..
Fondest memory: The Changi Airport and the lounge and the departure announcement ..
Coffee: Singapore Style
We recently had visited Singapore and found a new way drinking coffee. Basically this is filtered coffee. The way they make it, put a tsp of sugar and then one tbl of condensed milk and top it up with filtered coffee. They serve it in a glass mug. It is cost you 90 cents in Geylang Area. Almost any corner food halls will serve you this coffee. Please do try. It's better to try it in the late evening as the city cools down a bit by then. Even deep in the end of December we found Singapore very hot and humid.
Food wise, we love ethnic food however unfortunately I have to say that food in Singapore was a bit of touch and go. Sometime we had tasty food and then there are other times.
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