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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Jan 17, Bringing Food Out of Singapore

by Johnna

Hello, I just want to confirm if bringing food like bakkwa (BBQ meats) to the Philippines - any restrictions?

Hi Johnna

You'll be better off checking directly with your destination airport in the Philippines.


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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Jan 19, 5D5N Family Vacation in Singapore

by Jen
(Reader's Question)

A 5-day-5-night itinerary for a large-family vacation in Singapore!

Hi! We'll be a family of 5 adults and 5 young children (ranging from 3-10 years old) visiting Singapore for the first time during the Holy Week. We need your help to fine-tune our itinerary below.

Day 1: Arrive at 11am. Check in at hotel. Visit Singapore Flyer, Merlion Park, Helix Bridge. Cruise?

Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore

Day 3: Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Day 4: Jurong Bird Park and Science Centre

Day 5: Sentosa Island

We'd also like to see Chinatown, Little India and some of the colonial buildings. When should we squeeze it in?

Thanks so much for your time and attention.


Hi Jen

Here are some suggested refinements for your family vacation in Singapore:

Day 1 - Marina Bay and Singapore River

After checking into your hotel, start with the Singapore Flyer, the Helix Bridge and Merlion Park. From Merlion Park, you could embark on a Singapore River Cruise.

Day 2 - Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios opens at 10am - so arrive accordingly. Allow 6 hours here. You could end the day at Resorts World Sentosa or proceed to Vivo City Mall for shopping.

Day 3 - Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Start the day with something light - such as the Duck Tour from Suntec City Galleria - or just laze by the hotel pool in the morning.

After lunch, leave for Singapore Zoo. This is followed by the Singapore Night Safari in the evening.

(Avoid starting at the Zoo too early Otherwise, the kids to be tired out.)

Day 4 - Jurong Bird Park, Science Centre & Chinatown

Morning: Jurong Bird Park

Afternoon: Singapore Science Centre

Evening: Chinatown

Day 5 - Little India & Sentosa Island

You could spend the morning in Little India Singapore, and leave for Sentosa after lunch.

Important Note

With young children, consider taking it easy. Be prepared to cut down on movements and see "less". This way, the entire group is more likely to enjoy the vacation in Singapore.

Travelling Together During Your Vacation in Singapore

If your budget allows it, consider hiring a licensed Singapore tour guide - who could pre-arrange your tours and take you around in a mini-bus during your Singapore vacation.

This way, your family could travel together and cut down on time waiting for each other. Here's an enquiry form for a customised Singapore travel package.

Have an enjoyable family vacation in Singapore.

Gabriel Tan

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Jan 20, Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011 - A Guide to Events.

A one-stop guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011...
On 3 February 2011, the Chinese around the world usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Here are a few exciting events to look out for if you are celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011...

Jump down to:
[Chinatown Events] [River Hongbao @ Marina Bay] [Sentosa Flowers]
[Chingay Parade] [FAQs]

When: 15 Jan 2011 to 6 Mar 2011, 7pm till late.
Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Garden Bridge and side-streets near Chinatown MRT station.
Switch your camera to Night Mode for those over-street fairy lights and over-sized lanterns. Nightly.
The Chinese New Year Street Light Up will be launched 15 Jan 2011. Expect fire crackers and fireworks.
14 Jan 2011 to 2 February 2011; late afternoon till late night.
100+ stalls along Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Sago Street and Trengganu Street.
Getting here:
Take MRT to Chinatown Station. Take the Pagoda Street exit.

Take a break as you browse the night market and look out for the nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square (beside Chinatown Complex).
In the years past, these have included lion dance competitions, acrobatics, and some enchanting Chinese dances. You can expect the same this year.
After dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve (2 Feb 2011), the vendors at the night market give hefty discounts on their wares - because nobody would buy them the next day. This might be a good time to snag some nice souvenirs or tidbits.
Thereafter, join the crowds near the MRT station for the Chinese New Year 2011 Countdown Concert, which is likely to culminate with fireworks at midnight.
See some photos of the shopping frenzy and performances during Chinese New Year in Singapore (past years).

When: 1-13 Feb 2011.
Festive bazaars, cultural performances and fireworks. Fireworks on the nights of 1 & 2 Feb 2011. Schedule of Fireworks!
The Floating Platform @ Marina Bay.
Getting here:
Take MRT to Esplanade or Promenade Stations and follow the directions to Esplanade Theatres. Thereafter, just follow the crowds.
There's always a great atmosphere at the River Hong Bao.
Watch a demonstration of Chinese cooking, or Chinese papercraft. Then join in the fun.
Watch the acrobats contort on stage. And the enchanting dancers in their beautiful costumes.
Then walk among the super-sized lanterns: animals of the Chinese zodiac, the god of fortune and other mythical beings. Photo opportunity.
And be sure to watch the fireworks displays (see schedule above).
See some photos of past River Hong Bao events.
The much-loved Sentosa Flowers Festival is back in 2011. On display were very enchanting light displays, including the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and the specially-lit Merlion.
This was a nice way to round up a day during Chinese New Year in Singapore 2010.
When : 3-13 Feb 2011, 10am-10pm.
Sentosa Boardwalk, Resorts World Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout, Merlion Walk
Getting here:
Take the MRT to Harbourfront Station, followed by the Sentosa Express (monorail) from Vivo City Level 3 to Imbiah Station. Sentosa Flowers 2011 was free but admission to Sentosa Island applies.

A stilt-walker during the Chingay Parade.
Singapore F1 Grand Prix Pit Building @ Marina Bay
Friday, 11 Feb 2011, 8.30pm
Saturday, 12 Feb 2011, 8pm
It started off in the 1970s as a street parade to 'raise the volume' during Chinese New Year.
Today it has become Asia's grandest street parade. Participants for Chingay 2011 come from almost every continent.
You can watch Chingay 2011 for free along the parade route. But the best views are from the ticketed seats.
Don't miss this if you plan on celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011!
When in 2011: (to be confirmed!)
Where: Read Bridge at Clarke Quay; Singapore River.
Getting here: Take MRT to Clarke Quay Station.
Performances at Read Bridge: Stilt-walkers, acrobats and calligraphers entertain on Friday and Saturday evenings. Lion Dance on Boat: Lion dancers perform on a Chinese New Year boat as it sails down Singapore River. Evenings of Friday and Saturday. Fireworks on Saturday evenings. Watch from riverside locations at Clarke Quay.
Please note that these events at Clarke Quay may not be held in 2011. Watch this space for updates!
Chinese New Year in Singapore - FAQ!
Q. Does everything shut down during Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011?
A. Most shops do close on the first 2 days of Chinese New Year (3 & 4 February in 2011). You might want to avoid Chinatown on these 2 days.
But if you go to Little India or Kampong Glam Malay-Arab Quarter during these 2 days, it's business as usual.
Also, the major attractions such as the Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Sentosa are all open.
So there's still a lot to see and do.
Enjoy a great Chinese New Year in Singapore 2011.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in the Heartlands.
Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performances.
Past fireworks during Chinese New Year in Singapore.
Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page created 3 January 2010. Updated 2 Feb 2011.
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Jan 23, 4-Day Singapore Tour for Young Couples

by Lacie

A fun 4-day Singapore tour plan for young couples...

Hi, my fiance and i will be visiting Singapore this January.

We will be arriving wednesday late night and will be leaving Sunday evening (7pm).

I have the following itinerary in mind.

day 1 (Thur)
Universal Studios (am)
Sentosa (mid-pm)

day 2 (Fri)
Jurong Bird Park (am)
Singapore Zoo (pm)
Night Safari (pm)

day 3 (Sat)
Malacca day trip (is it advisable?)

day 4 (Sun)
need advise

I would appreciate it if you could pitch an idea for day 3 and 4.

I have the following in mind...merlion, haw par villa.

Hi Lacie

Your plan looks do-able for Day 1 and Day 2.

However, it can be quite tiring to visit the Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari in one day - lots of walking. So if you are planning on doing that, I suggest you use the taxi for transport, and as a way to let your legs rest.

Given the short duration of your holiday, I recommend that you sight-see just Singapore and leave Malacca for another trip.

So here's a suggested Singapore Tour itinerary Days 1-4:

Day 1 - Universal Studios & Sentosa Attractions

Universal Studios (am)
Sentosa (mid-pm)

Day 2 - Animal Parks

Jurong Bird Park (am)
Singapore Zoo (pm)
Night Safari (pm)

Day 3 - Singapore River & Clarke Quay

Singapore River (Day)

Clarke Quay Singapore (Evening)

Day 4 - Shopping in Orchard Road or Bugis

a) Shop in Orchard Road


b) Check out Bugis / Kampong Glam

Check out the shops at Bugis Junction, Bugis Street Bazaar and the Waterloo Street area. If time allows, walk down the road to Kampong Glam.

Enjoy your Singapore tour.

Gabriel Tan

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Mar 21, Singapore F1 2011 - Secure the best seats, hotels and flights.

23-25 September 2011. Remember these dates for Singapore F1 2011.
Then secure the best seats, hotel rooms and airfares
Pit BuildingStart and finish of the race. Some seats offer views of garage and podium. Turn 1 Cars jostling to get ahead; braking from 290km/h. Turn 2Views of first 3 turns in circuit. Rapid changes in speeds. RepublicRapid changes in speeds. Cars rev up for the street section of circuit. StamfordCars negotiate multiple turns, requiring skillful, rapid braking. PadangGreat views against heritage buildings. Near main entertainment stage. Connaught Clear views of Turn 14, where cars have a chance to overtake each other. Esplanade Multiple turns with hard braking. Near the outdoor performances at Esplanade. BayGreat views of the cars against the city skyline. Cars exit below the stands.
* Early Bird Prices valid till 8 May 2011.
Also available are:
the less expensive Walkabout and Premier Walkabout tickets.wheel-chair accessible tickets.
Here for more information and to get your Singapore F1 tickets online.

During the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix (23-25 Sep 2011), you'll expect hotel
rates to go up.
This is especially so for those hotels near the Singapore F1 circuit. But these
hotels do offer a clear advantage - they are only a short walk to your F1 seats
the fringe entertainment venues.
Here are the best-rated hotels near the Singapore F1 circuit, classified as
5-star, 4-star and budget:

These luxury hotels offer F1 fans great convenience - they are closest to the best
and most expensive F1 seats
More about these 5-star hotels at Singapore Marina Bay.
These 4-star hotels provides fairly luxurious comfort, at lower costs than the
Marina Bay luxury hotels. They are especially close to the seats at Padang and
Connaught Grandstands
More about these 4-star hotels in Singapore city.
If you plan on keeping your costs in check, these budget hotels are within
walking distance of the Singapore F1 circuit
and offer decent value.
More about these budget hotels in Singapore city.
Whether you plan on booking a full-service airline or a budget flight to Singapore,
the options are quite bewildering. Here are some tips and a great comparison tool
to help you secure a good, cheap flight to Singapore.

Save time and money with a F1 ticket/hotel/airport-transfer deal. Check out this All-in-One Singapore F1 Package. If you are in the mood to splurge and absolutely pamper yourself
during the Singapore Grand Prix, your money will be well spent on a couple
of ultra-luxurious heritage hotels:
Both are walk-able to the F1 circuit.
If you are on a tight budget, consider staying in one of the budget hotels
outside the CBD.
The budget hotels in Singapore Little India provide good value and are only
2 MRT stations to the Singapore F1 area.
Farther out, there are a few decently cheap hotels on Balestier Road. It's
a longer bus journey to the F1 area, but you may be surprised by the
facilities at these hotels.
The F1 races take place only from 8pm to about 10pm each night. What are
you going to do beyond those hours?
The areas around the Grand Prix circuit are full of history and worth exploring.
You could easily spend a day visiting the museums and entertainment spots
around the Singapore River. Nearby, the party is expected to go into overdrive
at Clarke Quay.
For something quite different from F1, consider taking a Singapore farm tour. And here are more Singapore tour ideas.
Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page updated: 21 March 2011.
Page created: 4 April 2010.

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Mar 14, Guided Bugis Street Walking Tour - This is the real Singapore!

On this Bugis Street Walking Tour, get up close with the locals. Yes, feel the heartbeat of the real Singapore...

At first glance, the Bugis/Waterloo Street area is just a busy place - full of buying and selling. But look carefully and you'll realise this: it's a great place to understand ordinary Singaporeans.

It's true - the shopping here is good. But you see that some things are sold more than others. Why? You see a frail old woman donating generously at the temple's donation box. Why? You see folks run their hands all over The Laughing Buddha. Again, why?

On this guided Bugis Street Walking Tour, the guides from Summer Footprints take you to a place that is often called the 'Real Chinatown'. They tell juicy stories from the area's past; and they de-mystify everything you see in the present.

The Dark Past of Bugis Street. Transvestites used to ply their trade on Bugis Street. As did Japanese prostitutes before World War 2. Theirs were not just money-for-sex transactions. On this Bugis Street Walking Tour, allow your guide to re-live their stories of loyalty, betrayal and heart-aches.

The Largest Street Bazaar in Singapore. Do not hit the stalls and shop like mad straight-away. First, let your guide point you to a few oddities in this maze of 600+ stalls. Then armed with the necessary knowledge, return at the end of the tour to snag the bargains.

Sure, you'll find the odd handphone cover here and there. But many shoppers have got their hands on one-of-a-kind, home-made creations - stuff which you can't find elsewhere...

One of the '1000 Places to See Before You Die'. Patricia Schultz listed this as one of 1000 places you must see before you die. Yet Singaporeans are so lucky that they can go there everyday! Find out what this place is on this Bugis Street Walking Tour.

The Street of Faiths. Within 250m on this little street, you'll find:

Singapore's Most Powerful Chinese Temple? The Japanese WW2 pilots didn't dare to bomb this temple, even as they ravaged everything else around it. Childless couples come to pray for breakthrough here. Terminally ill people come to plead for healing. Why is there such a buzz in this place? Find out for yourself. Not-Just-Any Hindu Temple. But a Hindu temple that houses a Buddhist deity and accepts joss-sticks offerings from Chinese devotees. Religious harmony or what? You need to see it. The Malay Church. Self-explanatory. A Jewish Synagogue. Yes, Singapore is more diverse than you think.

Temple Rituals De-mystified. Why is the lotus flower a best-seller outside the temples? Why do some devotees offer only red lotus flowers? What does it mean when a believer runs her hands over the belly, or the lips, or the ears of The Laughing Buddha? After a devotee has finished praying, how does she get answers from the gods? Get explanations from your guide.

Visit this authentic part of Singapore. See the real Singapore on this Bugis Street Walking Tour.

Your Guide for Bugis Street Walking Tour
Chiep Ping or Sharon, from Summer Footprints Pte Ltd.

Tours run on Wednesday, departing at 9.30am and ending about 12.30pm.
(A booking is essential for the tour to run. Use the form below.)

Meeting Point: Bugis MRT Station (Exit C)

Online Price: S$30 per adult.

For the tour to run, a booking is essential (minimum of 2 adult participants).Please book at the latest 3pm on the day before the tour date.Children below 12 years of age join for free with paying adults.

1) The guidance and commentary of a STB-certified tour guide.
2) Complimentary local coffee and local snacks to sample.

All personal purchases along the route of the walking tour.

To register your interest in this Bugis Street Walking Tour, fill in the form below:

Guided Little India Walking Tour

Guided Singapore Chinatown Walking Tour

Bugis Street Walking Tour as Part of Travel Package

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