You may be spending only a few days in Singapore. But at some stage during your stay, you’ll probably need a supermarket, and convenience , though very convenient, have less than the bare essentials. NTUC Fairprice, a Trades Union coop, is the fairest supermarket in Singapore and a household name.
Finding clean food stalls in Singapore is relatively easy. Unlike our friends in neighbouring countries, we’re lucky to be able to drink water straight from the tap without fear of ghastly stomach upsets or worse.
I, Ah Choy (Alias Warren Wee) am waiting at the Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of the world famous cocktail named Singapore Sling. If you want to try a bit of history in suave decorum, the Long Bar is the place to try a Singapore Sling prepared to tradition.
The kaya we are talking about is neither an actress nor an anime character; we are talking about the sweet delicacy common to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and a few other Southeast Asian countries.
As one of the smallest and most densely populated nations in the world, Singapore is running out of space. Singapore's solution to its stifling population density has been to grow bigger by dumping sand and rocks into the surrounding seas.
Singapore's real estate is among the dearest in the world. Few of us can actually afford to own real estate. hus, accommodation is priced accordingly and tends to reach skywards. Visitors to the island can expect to pay among the highest room rates in Asia, less than in Tokyo, and certainly more than in Hong Kong.
Hawker centres are open air food courts where family operated stalls offer a variety of local dishes at local (inexpensive) prices. Hawker centres were developed in the 1960s with the rapid growth of Asian cities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and were initially located at transport hubs or near public housing.
Singaporeans are usually articulate in the English Language. Visitors can get by without uttering a single local phrase. However, to express wit and sarcasm, a number of idioms should be inserted at judicious points of the conversation.
Kampong Glam is filled with interesting and picturesque stores lining Arab, Muscat, Bussorah, Baghdad and Kandahar Streets. Most of them sell beautiful fabric and are owned by enterprising Indians who will help you mix and match. Buy "ethnic" materials at reasonable prices and have them transformed into whatever you want.
Shopping madness, shopping fever, shopping as a national pastime, shopping as a sport, shopping as a delusion... all hold true in Singapore. Everywhere you look... a store, a stall, a hawker beckons. Great deals, liquidation sales, closing sales, opening sales...