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...
Singaporeans, like most Asian, eat non-stop, although not in large single quantities and portions as westerners may do. We nibble throughout the day, snacks, soups, sweets, fruits etc. Singaporeans talk about food, where to go next, swap ideas on good spots.
You don't want to be zipping by some cute shophouse-lined street or pocket-sized temple. Nor do you want to rush by the tucked-away shop with great deals and miss out on spending time with the locals chilling and filling up on yummy hawker centre snacks.