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.
In Singapore, you will find Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian Communities living harmoniously together, their long established cultures forming a unique backdrop to a clean and modern garden city.
Singapore's multicultural society of just over four million is reflected in its major ethnic groups: the Chinese (76.8%), Malays (13.9%), Indians (7.9%), and Eurasians and smaller minority groups (1.4%). Despite rapid industrialisation, the majority of Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions.
The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living here. Singapore's principal religions are Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. The majority of Chinese Singaporeans follow Buddhism, although Daoism (Taoism), and more recently Christianity, are also popular. Malay Singaporeans are predominantly Muslim, while more than half the Indian Singaporeans profess Hinduism.
There are four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. English is spoken everywhere and it is the common business language of all.
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
NEW YEAR January 1 (Sat)
HARI RAYA HAJI January 21 (Fri)
CHINESE NEW YEAR February 9 & 10 (wed & Thu)
GOOD FRIDAY April 25 (Fri)
LABOUR DAY May 1(Sun*)
VESAK DAY May 22 (Sun*)
NATIONAL DAY August 9 (Tue)
DEEPAVALI November 1(Tue)
HARI RAYA PUASA November 3 (Thu)
CHRISTMAS December 25 (Sun*)
(sun*) - the following Monday will be a public holiday
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.
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.
Majulah Singapura (sung in Malay)
Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Onward Singapore (English translation)
We, the people of Singapore
Together march towards happiness
Our noble aspiration
To make Singapore a success
Let us all unite
In a new spirit
Together we proclaim
Favorite thing: It seems that around every corner in Singapore lies a food market of one type or another. Invariably, these are the places you should eat, if you are after true, typical, local cuisine. I know this, because all the locals eat here, and I had a hard time ordering food. That means its the real deal to me. Everything from seafood and weird soup combinations I had never seen before to noodles and fried cakes, you will find something to your liking. Most places are in Chinese only, but they thankfully come with a picture! Its the only way I survived!
At just S$1 (0.40 GBP / 0.60 Euros), coconuts are excellent value!
I bought a coconut from a street seller in "Little India", who proceeded to cut out a hollow in the top with a little axe and gave me a straw with which to drink the coconut milk.
Once you've finished drinking the milk, you can take the coconut back to the seller and he will hack it to pieces allowing you to eat the actual coconut.
A refreshing drink and a snack - and all for just S$1.
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!
Yes, there are plots of vegetable farms. Local Singaporeans who have done their National Service have been to all over the "rural" areas of Singapore and guide you to vegetable farms and tracks of more "under developed" parts of Singapre where they have done their military camping and training.
For me it was an eye-opener. Anyway, I came to Singapore the Orchard Road and bright lights. But just to show that there are many unexplored places even in a place that one have been to so many times. We tend to go the same places until someone take us to their different "same places".
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..
With the climate that Singapore has, it is perfect for many different types of plants and flowers. This is completely evident walking around the city's streets or, as I would suggest, walking around one of the city's three main gardens. The Japanese and Chinese Gardens are located together, but are inferior to Singapore's Botanical Gardens.
Check out my "Must See" tips for info on each.
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.
In a city of great smells, the air wafting around the flower markets are utterly awesome. This market was my first real Singapore "moment", as I had emerged from my hostel after a long sleep the day of my 2 AM arrival. It struck me as beautiful then, and it still does through this picture and my mental images.
There are many around the city. Go create your own mental images!
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