This a warning in reverse to all you Singapore guys and gals.
Licorice is very a popular western confectionery made from a sweet root and is best known around the world as the English style Licorice Allsorts.
The Dutch are famous for their salted licorice and make it anything from mildly salted to extreme triple salted.
It is also added as flavouring for drinks such as sambuca and even some beers like Guinness.
When I first mentioned licorice to a curious imstress, it took me a few attempts to explain exactly what this liquorice is. I guess that "liquor" and "rice" in the same breath conjure up all sorts of strange possibilities.
To give imstress a new taste experience I brought some Darrell Lea Soft Eating Liquorice with me to Singapore for her to try.
I need to add that Darrell Lea liquorice is beautifully soft and contains such ingredients as prime Australian wheat flour, semi refined raw sugar, molasses, treacle, natural liquorice extract, glucose and a touch of triple refined pure aniseed oil.
From the look on imstress's face on trying this excellent quality licorice I deduced that it did not appeal to the Singapore palate.
For me, it was well worth the effort of attempting to educate a friendly local and to see that mystified look of wonder on her face.
Singapore is surrounded by water.
Wherever you are in Singapore if u just drive in any direction for 10-40 mins you will hit a shoreline.
Fishing is one of a passtime which is getting more popular with the young.
Fishing at bedok jetty can be very exciting - from huge barramundis to the tiny sardines baitfish or herrings...
More info here http://fishforfood.blogspot.com
Fondest memory: Fishing for Barracuda in Bedok Jetty
Try these Tailors and Dress makers in Singapore... : http://www.singaporetailors.com.sg/ Maharaja's Ladies and Gents Custom Tailor
442 Orchard Road
#01-12A Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade
63 Market Street,
#01-01( Opposite Republic Plaza)
Fondest memory: SMILES
Favorite thing: Roaming around SG streets lets you see many of these buildings with extravagant ornamentation and elements of European architectural styles and features. But more to these beautifully designed buildings, another thing that catches my attention is the style of the windows. If I were to build my own house, I would like my windows to be like this.
The Singapore Postal system is efficient. There are post offices all over including one at Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road.
You can get buy postcards as well. However all addresses must be in English to send out your parcel or mail.
Some of the staff I found are impatience and not so tolerant. So don't worry as long as your mail will arrive back home. So far all my postcards sent from Singapore arrived.
Check the website for the Post office ofyour closest lcoation and the operating hours.
Any visitor to Singapore will be impressed by the cleanliness, orderliness and general working convenience of public facilities.
Singapore over the years has been known for hefty fines for littering, jaywalking, not flushing, no chewing gum, no graffiti, no loitering, etc.
Yet it is still a show stoper to see this sign of no bicycling in this pedestrian tunnel under the bridge. So if you are riding, you must get off and push your bike.
It is a small personal sacrifice for overall public good. So when in Singapore, do as the Singaporeans do. Avoid behavior to avoid the fine because Singapore is a fine city.
Although there are many tall and well taken care of matured trees all over Singapore to bring some green nature into urban downtown Singapore, you can get away from it all by going fo r the Elephant Show at the Singapore Zoo.
The show time is at 11:30am daily and an extra 4pm show on weekends and public holidays.
Do not sit in the first few rows, if you do not want to get slightly wet by a deliberate blow of water from one of the trained elephants at the command of the mahout (elephant trainer).
The elephants are the Asian elephants and you will see how the elephants actually lift and carry timber logs as they used to do in the timber industry in Southeast Asia.
Shows may be cancelled if heavy rain as it will become dangerous for the elephants and trainers to perform.
There are also souvenirs of elephant paintings and paper made from elephant dung.
Highly recommended to relieve urban stress. You will be happy back at the office rather than work like an elephant at the Singapore zoo.
Fondest memory: Singapore Zoological Gardens, 80 Mandai Lake Road.
Introducing the Fort Canning Tunnel (FCT) which is opened in 2007.
Could not help noticing this new and short tunnel which recently opened in downtown Singapore.
It connects Armenian Street to Penang Road and Orchard Road. Now you know!
I really like to go to the Night Safara. But if you go before 9pm prepare for a large crowd and long lines.
Fondest memory: My tip: Go around 9.30pm or 10pm. You might miss some shows but the line is much shorter and you can really enjoy your hikes around the Zoo.
Favorite thing: here in SG, we're not known for our sunsets,but if you happen to live on a high floor,sometimes,evenings do have beautiful sunsets.if you are used to seeing setting sun over beaches and mountains,this will be a totally different kinda sunset for you.
SOMETHING I ENJOY IN ANY PLACE IS SITTING ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER AND WATCHING THE WORLD PASS BY..TO ME SITTING THERE AND ENJOYING THE PEACEFULNESS OF THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS....AND SINGAPORES' RIVERBANKS IS ONE OF THE PLACES TO ENJOY ANY SERENITY...
Fondest memory: WISHING I COULD HAVE SEEN SOMEONE THAT I WANTED TO SEE......
Singapore is a shinning example of many different people coming together in a peaceful and well run country. Most residents are ethnic Chinese, but there are so many workers from around the globe that are not counted. A few facts:
Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (year 2000)
Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8%
Languages (officially English):
Mandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9%
This Is A Picture Of The Causeway Linking Between Singapore & Malaysia. There's Also A Picture Of Singapore Immigrations Checkpoint Building For Your Information.
Traffic Jams Usually Occur Across Both Countries On Friday Nights,Weekends Or During Holiday And Festive Seasons.
If You Drive To Malaysia Via Woodlands Causeway You Have To Pay SGD1.20 At The Checkpoint.
This centre gives you a very good insight into the history of Chinese immigration into Singapore and about every day life in their new country/Chinatown, about the problems they faced etc.. Walk through their homes and hear what they've got to say.
I'm not that much into museums but I really liked this one very much and will definitely pay it another visit next time I'm in Singapore.
If you live in Singapore, you'll discover that there's not much to do in this little country. It's nice to enjoy life's cheap thrills and just go to a friend's place, enjoy the amenities of the private apartment (read my lips... the pool!) and have a blast.
Fondest memory: Went night swimming with friends at Adam Park, where one of my friends stays. We just enjoyed the water and had a fun time. It was a relaxing swim after a long week at work. It was great!
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