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Old-School Snacks All Singaporeans Grew Up With

Bring up the likes of Mamee Noodles, Haw Flakes, and ice gem biscuits, and we’ll instantly be transported back to when we were kids. We all have memories of sharing these old-school snacks with our friends during recess time, and saving up whatever little pocket money we had to purchase them from the school canteen or nearby mama shops.

Take a trip down memory lane with these childhood old-school snacks that we Singaporeans all know and grew up with:

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1. Coris Fue Ramune Whistle Candy

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If your attempts to whistle just end up puffs of air then the Whistle Candy might be of help. This was a teacher’s greatest enemy as any student eating it was bound to disrupt the flow of the class.

2. Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet

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Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet might have a strong smell, but it’s only got a mild cuttlefish flavour. Although the strips are hard to bite, they’re very addictive with their unique texture and slightly salty taste.

3. Biscuit Piring wafers

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Red, yellow, and green are the colours of traffic lights, but they are also the colour of Biscuit Piring wafers. These flat, paper-thin treats are usually sold in neighbourhood bakeries.

4. Ice pops

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We’re always looking for ways to keep cool in Singapore’s hot weather and back in the day, Ice Pops were the way to go. These refreshers are filled with different flavours of syrup and frozen. Ending a day of play with friends with these popsicles was simply shiok.

5. Kumquat candy sticks

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Kumquat candy sticks can truly be described as an acquired taste. The first burst of sourness might take some time getting used to but the sweetness that comes after makes up for everything.

6. Wheel crackers

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Wheel crackers are one of the must-have snacks at every pasar malam. Typically contained in see-through glass containers,  these crackers are crispy and great for snacking on in between games of darts or ring toss. Thankfully they have fewer calories than a bag of potato chips, making them good Netflix-and-chill snacks which you don’t have to feel guilty munching on.

7. MomMom Eyeglass Candy

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MomMom Eyeglass Candy is the grandfather of M&Ms and Smarties. The eyeglass packaging just made it doubly fun to eat them because we could place them over our eyes and pretend to be Batman.

8. Muruku Ikan

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Muruku Ikan is a fish cracker that has a subtle fishy taste. They are hard but pack a satisfying crunch, hence making easily addictive. You might’ve also come across the chicken flavour where the crackers are covered with a sweet glaze.

9. White Rabbit candy

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White Rabbit’s chewy milky candy were real happy pills, not forgetting the edible rice paper that the sweet is wrapped in. Besides their most well-known milk flavour, they’ve since also created other flavours like coconut, lychee and matcha.

10. Push Pop Candy

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Push Pop Candy’s lipstick-like design came in handy by letting us store our candy for later if we couldn’t finish it at one go. Although they would sometimes melt and become a big sticky mess, this messy ordeal was really part of the fun of eating it.

11. Ice gem biscuits

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As tiny biscuits with a blob of hardened icing on them, ice gem biscuits might not look like much were an iconic part of our childhoods. Especially when they sparked the dispute of whether the icing or the biscuit portion should be eaten first.

12. Great Monster sweets

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Sneaking a sweet or two in class was a grave crime many of us committed back in primary school. But as much as our fake-cough-and-pop-in-your-mouth trick worked with most sweets, it sure didn’t with Monster Sweets. These are fruit-flavoured, and come with a strong dyeing effect on our tongues and lips which was what got us busted each time.

13. Pola Snack

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With a hollow centre, Pola Snacks animal crackers are extra crispy and coated with a salty seasoning. Get past that, and the sweetness of the biscuit will come through. Its sweet and salty flavour combo and addictive crunch is why it ranks high on our list of childhood snacks.

14. Snek Ku Tam Tam crab crackers

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Snek Ku’s Tam Tam crab-flavoured snacks come in mini packets – great for kids who have no notion of what it means to have portion control when it comes to snacking.

15. Pig ear biscuits

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Pig ear biscuits can be difficult to bite through because of how hard they are but the crunch makes up for it. These delicious traditional crackers even our parents used to eat have an eggy fragrance and taste.

16. Panda Seasoned Seaweed

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Among all the snacks we consumed as kids, this might be the healthiest one yet. Packaged in bulk, Panda Seasoned Seaweedwas real value for money – they used to cost only $0.10 per individual packet at most school canteens, and each one contained multiple strips of seaweed.

17. Apollo chocolate wafers

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Apollo’s thin wafer biscuits with chocolate filling one of those cheap thrills in school. Nothing fancy, but they sure did the trick of satisfying us during recess time.

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There’s also a wafer block version with a thin coat of chocolate on the outside. Either one of the two snacks always found their way into our Children\’s Day goodie bags.

18. Striking Popping Candy

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Popping candy is essentially rock candy that pops in your mouth. The candies came in different flavours and we would devour an entire pack at one go just to hear them sizzle on our tongues continuously. This would’ve been such a big hit with the ASMR community, had ASMR been a thing then.

19. Haw Flakes

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Haw Flakes are made from hawthorn fruit, and are stacked and packed cylindrically. These sweet and sour slices were so thin that they could be easily slipped into our mouths without our teachers noticing.

20. Animal biscuits

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We’re all too familiar with these animal biscuits which our parents made us identify before eating them. They have a mild milkiness to them, and the fact that they’re shaped like cute rabbits, birds, and bears just make them taste so much better.

They now come in different flavours like Chocolate as well as Spelt and Oats
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Many of us got them from traditional biscuit sellers who sold them in large tins, but there was also the more atas version, Leibniz Zoo Biscuits.

21. Wang Wang Xiao Man Tou biscuits and Xian Bei rice crackers

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The Wang Wang brand is synonymous with childhood snacks. Their Xiao Man Tou snacks have a honeyed, milky flavour to them and melt in the mouth.

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The Xian Bei rice crackers have been a long-time favourite for many kids. Typically these come doused in a sweet and salty powder, but other versions include cheese powder, seaweed, and icing sugar.

22. Cup jellies

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These cup jellies were birthday goodie bag essentials. We would always struggle to open the airtight tops, careful not to spill the jelly syrup all over ourselves. Following this would be a loud slurping noise as we tried our best to consume the jellies whole.

23. Super Ring

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You can never go wrong with a packet of cheesy Super Rings. We’ve all put them on our fingers before consuming them at one point or another.

24. Mamee Monster Noodle SNack

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Our parents all warned us about the Mamee Monster Noodle Snack because of the potential hair loss that we would face if we consumed the sachets of MSG powder that came with the noodles. But to us kids, this crunchy salty treat was the mother of all snacks. You can either eat it by crushing it into smaller pieces and pouring it into your mouth, or just bite into the whole chunk.

Nostalgic Singaporean old-school snacks

Nostalgia can hit us in multiple ways but the most tangible way has got to be through food. From crispy crackers to tongue-dyeing candy, these treats are symbols of happier and more carefree times where the simplest of things could make us so pleased.

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Originally published on 5th July 2019. Last updated by Renae Cheng on 18th June 2021.

5 old school confectionaries in Singapore for traditional local snacks and candies

There’s much to love about old school snacks and candies, and it probably has something to do with the sweet, sweet memories they bring. To take a trip down memory lane and find those delicious goodies you may have consumed excessively as a kid, simply head down to the following old school confectionaries still doing what they do best here in Singapore.
 

99 Nonya Kueh

 

Located at two popular heartland malls including Rivervale Plaza as well as Our Tampines Hub, 99 Nonya Kueh is one of the best places to visit for quintessentially Singaporean snacks. Besides delicious childhood eats like toasted seaweed rings and wafer biscuits, this spot also sells kuehs, cakes and sacred food offerings.
 

The Biscuit Shop

 

Vending exactly what its shop name suggests, The Biscuit Shop is the perfect place to find a wide variety of biscuits and crackers. If you’ve always loved iced gem biscuits, get them here by the kilogram; alongside others like the melt-in-your-mouth small bun biscuits and love letters. Too busy to head down to Tanjong Pagar Plaza to locate their outlet? Just order directly from The Biscuit Shop’s online store and have your treats delivered directly to your doorstep.
 

Munch Munch

 

To be served old school snacks that’ll fill you up with nostalgia, head down to either Guillemard Road or Chinatown Point to check out Munch Munch. Here, grab the Apollo milk chocolate wafers, ABC and 123 biscuits, haw flakes and even the White Rabbit Creamy Candy which will transport you back to those simpler days had on the school playground.

Nelly’s Retro Snacks
 

Boasting over 500 varieties of retro sweets, biscuits, keropoks and toys, Nelly’s Retro Snacks that’s tucked away in Yishun Junction 9 will set you on a shopping spree. With cookies stowed in golden tins packed across the humble store, just get your fill of delicious goodies here. Fish biscuits, stick biscuits as well as jam-stuffed cookies await.
 

Teck Leong Lee Kee

 

Established since 1968, this long-time wholesale chocolate and candy confectionery is situated within Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park and is never short on uniquely Asian sweets like the Asam Seed with Malt Candy and Kopiko Cappuccino Candy. And in case you’re looking to throw a ‘90s-inspired soiree, also grab boxes of the Bestman Balloon to blow up vintage balloons, as well as the Styrofoam Paper Plane to toss around with friends.

Newly-opened snack shop at Northpoint City sells old school biscuits & snacks from S$1.20/100g – Mothership.SG

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SnacKING Retro Biscuits, a store selling a variety of old-school biscuits and snacks has opened at Northpoint City on Mar. 28, 2021.

The outlet is located on the second level of the mall, at South Wing.

Here’s a look:

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Old school biscuits

A wide variety of old school biscuits and snacks are available and are priced from S$1.20/100g.

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

These include:

  • Pineapple jam
  • Cream sandwich biscuits
  • Chips and crackers
  • Cookies
  • Nostalgic snacks and sweets

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Best sellers

Here are some of their best sellers:

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Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Photo via snacKING Retro Biscuits

Details

To get to the outlet, look out for Owndays on the first floor and take up the escalator up. The store is right ahead.

Alternatively, you may wish to order directly from their website and have the snacks delivered to you.

snacKING Retro Biscuits (Northpoint City, South Wing)

Address: Northpoint City, 930 Yishun Ave 2 #02-155, Singapore 769098

Opening hours: 11am to 9pm, daily

Other old school snack shops in Yishun:

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A trip down memory lane

Back when the Internet was still an unknown concept, our only forms of entertainment were trips to the playground, the library, and the mamashop. For the luckier ones, we would own a Nintendo or SEGA gaming consoles that other children could only dream of having. As we grow older, nothing ever seems better than the food, games, and books of our childhood.  

Join me as I re-visit the artefacts that were a part of the good old times, when everything was much simpler: all we did was read, binge on snacks, and play with our friends.

Old School Treats 

Featured snacks: Iced gem biscuits, ABC biscuits, Apollo wafer biscuits, Pola biscuit snack, spin crackers, round biscuit wafers, and pig ear biscuits.

Since old school snacks are no longer widely available in Singapore, it can be easy to forget the joy and happiness they brought you as a kid. We looked for these in the oldest mamashops we could find to present you some of the best bite-sized nostalgia:

Pola Biscuit Snack

The Pola biscuit snack is definitely my favourite – a cheap yet amazing indulgence to buy in school even with just $1 pocket money. I’m still not sure why it is considered a healthier snack in schools’ canteens, considering the amount of salt in it. 

  • Spin crackers and pig ear biscuits
  • Iced gem biscuits

Commonly found in biscuit shops, these old-school tidbits could be easily purchased in bulk – after which, you and your friends would share the haul and proceed to munch on until you were stuffed. Fun times, indeed. 

One of the few hidden gems left in Singapore to reignite the child in us. Childhood heaven in the form of biscuit tins

Who else remembers the hottest kid in town? It is none other than the Wang Zai (hot kid), which mainly comes in the form of xiao man tou (literally translated as small buns) and milk.

  • The sweet tidbits like haw flakes, chocolate and white rabbit candy are not to be forgotten
  • These treats satisfied our sweet tooth, yet always left us wanting more. 

Old School Books 

As a child, the library was definitely one of the places I frequented often. While my love for reading has died down significantly, I still have fond memories of borrowing books to the limit, then spending the rest of the week just reading (happiness is when the limit for borrowing doubles from 6 to 12 books!).

Back when superheroes like Batman and Wolverine were still just drawings, many might remember reading and being fascinated by the endless comic books about the Marvel or DC universe. The colour scheme, drawing style, and fonts simply scream retro, and it is something we may no longer find in magazines or comic books.

An 80s-90s comic book collection courtesy of an avid collector and good friend, Zoe.

Need a dosage of scaaaaaaary horror? As a kid, irresistible books like Mr Midnight and True Singapore Ghost Stories would inevitably make your child self shiver in fear, yet you are unable to pry yourself away from them.

One of the most iconic book series with the most disturbing cover arts (Gave me quite a few nightmares, actually).

Other lighthearted book series included Geronimo Stilton, The Wimpy Kids, Harry Potter and Nancy Drew, which are few of the must-reads during your morning assembly reading time. We would even exchange books with our friends!

The colourful words and adorable drawings within each Geronimo Stilton book added the right amount of magic to keep every child in awe and engaged.  

Old School Games and Collectibles

Back when smartphones did not exist, we relied on cards and board games to pass time. This includes games like the Old Maid, Uno, and of course, Snap. These group activities were bound to evoke lots of triumphant screaming and frustrated groans. 

These probably fueled the overly-competitive Asian trait in us.

Of course, there are games targeted more for boys, like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! battles. I cannot relate, but the impressive collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokemon cards from my colleague, Jeremy, certainly left me in awe.

Apart from card games, we also collected huge amounts of folded stars, origami cranes, and even endless stickers stored in cartoon sticker books. Though they are now collecting dust in the deepest part of our homes, looking at them still brings back many fond memories. 

My excessive spending on cartoon and name stickers drove my parents crazy, but it was a hobby that made me the happiest child in the world.

Old School Electronics

Gaming consoles like the Nintendo DS, Gameboy and PSP were the peak of electronic entertainment from the late 90s to the 2000s. The pixel art aesthetic accompanied by iconic sounds like the Gameboy start-up screen and the Mario soundtrack simply screams nostalgia. 

Who still remembers saving Princess Peach from the evil Bowser, or giving your virtual puppy a bubble bath on the Nintendo DS? Recognise any games from this 90s ad? Don’t forget to feed your pet on Tamagotchi!

While we cannot time travel to the good old days, it is still nice to reminisce the past every now and then. Perhaps you might find hidden gems tucked in the corner of your room or pass by a mamashop in your neighbourhood selling your favourite childhood flavours. For now, we can only relish in the nostalgic memories from the most carefree and innocent part of our lives.

Photos by Goh Jing Wen of the DANAMIC team.

Old Provision Shop Sells Cheap Old-School Snacks Like Apollo Biscuits at $0.09 Each

Good things must share because we need the clicks we’re kind like that.

Now, forget $2 Daiso snacks and choc spot. This is where the really cheap and good snacks are!

A retro shop in Bedok North called Teck Leong Lee Kee is the place to get your snack supply. Their wide array of snacks will also remind you of the good times when you were a child.

And as usual, we’ve Facebook Page Singapore Atrium Sale to thank for. Pretty sure the admin has a teleporting device that can teleport to places like this:

Source: Facebook (Singapore Atrium Sale)

These shops are far and few between these days. I am not sure how much longer they will be around.

7-11 has already been taking over all our old school mama shops. So do visit them and support them while you can!

Good price 

The prices go for as low as $2.70 for a pack of 30 chocolate wafers! I’ll do the math for you because I need to hit my word count we’re kind like that: That is $0. 09 for one wafer!

Source: Facebook (Singapore Atrium Sale)

This is just one example; head on down for more!

And here are some that could jolt back some memories.

Milton Candy 

Source: Facebook (Singapore Atrium Sale)

A special memory of me and the Milton sweet is from when I was in primary 4. I remember that I had discovered this sweet at the mama shop near my primary school and fell in love with it.

When the exams came around, I wanted to eat during the exam. So I would feel the thrill of reaching in to my pocket and opening the box to put a tablet in my mouth.

Why is this so difficult to find nowadays?

Mommom Chocolate 

Source: Facebook (Singapore Atrium Sale)


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Mommom is the distant cousin of M&Ns. I love this packaging because you can feel the satisfaction of cutting through the thin aluminium foil without having to eat real medicine.

Although, I would caution not eating too many, or you might find yourself needing to eat real medicine. (Diabetes is real. 1 in 3)

Deets 

  • Location: Blk 122 Bedok North St 2 #01-111 Singapore 460122
  • Opening hours: 10 am to 4.30 pm (Mon to Fri) / 10 am to 2 pm (Sat & Sun)

Even the opening hours are rather old-school, eh? When people had life instead of working 24/7 #justsaying

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14 Old-time Snacks to Try-out with Your Little Ones (And Where to Get – BYKidO

Many of the candies, chocolates, and biscuits that you ate growing up has most likely become obscure today. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 14 Old-time Snacks to Try-out with Your Little Ones!

Take a walk down your childhood and bring your little ones with you with these snacks!

1. Whistle Candy

Japan Centre

Whistle Candy, a circular candy with a hole in the middle that comes in different flavors such as Cola and Grape. You’ve probably tried it sometime in your life, if not for anything, simply out of curiosity.

It does take a certain skill to hold the candy in your mouth and blow through the hole, oh the number of times it has popped out of my mouth! However, when you do master it, the Whistle Candy can be an absolute delight!

Where to get them? You can find Whistle Candies at Munch Munch, U Stars at Honestbee, Teck Leong Lee Kee and most other old school provision shops.

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2. Push Pop Candy

Candy Time

Back in the day, kids used to pretend the Push Pop Candy was a lipstick, or at least the kids around me did. Alright, maybe it was just me.

A sweet hard candy, the Push Pop Candy or the Ring Pop Candy is almost impossible to find these days. If you do find them, grab them and give it a try with your little ones before they completely vanish!

Where to get them? You can find Push Pop Candies at Munch Much, Teck Leong Lee Kee and at certain old school provision shops. 

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3. White Rabbit Creamy Candy

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I used to hate the White Rabbit Creamy Candy but see, how was I to know the rice paper covering the candy was edible? When my eyes opened to the marvel that was edible candy wrapper, I couldn’t stop eating it.

Did you know that aside from the original vanilla flavour, these days you can also find flavors such as matcha, red bean, chocolate, strawberry and yoghurt?

Where to get them? You can find White Rabbit Creamy Candies at FairPrice, Prime, Munch Munch, Teck Leong Lee Kee and can be easily found at supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores.   

4. Fruit Candy Breath Spray

Teck Leong Lee Kee

Boasting flavors such as Watermelon, Grape, Apple and Strawberry, the Fruit Candy Breath Spray jolts the senses with a sour taste with every pump. This strangely addictive mist version of candy is almost obsolete today.

Where to get them? You can find Fruit Candy Breath Spray at RedMart, Teck Leong Lee Kee and at a very few old school provision shops.

5. Bangle/Eyeglass Chocolate Candy

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More fun than yummy, the Bangle/Eyeglass Chocolate Candy is a great tool to be used when pretending to be a doctor or pharmacist prescribing medicine or as an eyeglass, as the name suggests.  

Where to get them? You can find Bangle/Eyeglass Chocolate Candies at Munch Munch, Teck Leong Lee Kee, and at selected old school provision shops.

6. Treasure Box Chocolate Gold Coin

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Chocolate Gold Coins? Indeed that’s a treasure worth having! I bought it for my little niece and she promptly fell in love with it.

Where to get them? You can find Treasure Box Chocolate Gold Coin in most supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores.

7. Bee Bee Snack

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Bee Bee Snacks were almost everywhere. Is it someone’s birthday? Here have a Bee Bee Snack. Is it your birthday? Here have a Bee Bee Snack. Is it Children’s Day? Here have a Bee Bee Snack.

Packed in a tiny packet, you can finish eating these orange sticks faster than you can say ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.

Where to get them? You can find Bee Bee Snacks at Prime, Teck Leong Lee Kee and at selected provision stores.

8. Mamee Monster

Mamee

Grab a packet of Mamee Monster, break up the noodle, pour in the seasonings, shake the bag to distribute the seasoning evenly and you’re good to snack your way home!

This flavoursome snack comes in two flavours—Chicken and BBQ.

Where to get them? You can find Mamee Monster at almost all hypermarkets, supermarkets and provision stores.

9. Rice Crackers

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Crispy, light and subtly sweet is the Rice Cracker. You can never stop at one, you’ll find yourself reaching for just one more.

Where to get them? You can find Rice Cracker at most hypermarkets and supermarkets. They come in various brands and types.

10. Satay Fish Sticks

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A little bit of spicy and sweet, the Satay Fish Sticks are absolute chewy goodness.

Where to get them? You can find Satay Fish Sticks at most hypermarkets and supermarkets.

11. Seaweed

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If you put one piece of Seaweed into your mouth, you’re going to put another and another until you finish the pack. That is the delicious pull of Seaweed. 

Where to get them? You can find Seaweeds at almost all supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenient stores and provision stores.

12. Little Bobdog Candy

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We’ve all probably pretended to smoke with this sweet candy once.

Little Bobdog Candy comes in unique shapes of white circular sticks instead of the usual button shapes. While the candy comes in three flavours, you can most commonly find Cola and Strawberry flavors, both of which have a subtly sweet taste.

Where to get them? You can find Little Bobdog Candy in most convenient and provision stores.

13. Plum Candy

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The Plum Candy, with its combination of sweet and sour was the beginning of my love for anything plum-flavoured. I loved rolling it around in my mouth and even now, I end up buying it every time I see it. 

Where to get them? You can find Plum Candies at selected convenience stores and most old school provision shops.

14. Ice Pops

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Personally, I believe Ice Pops are god’s gift to Singaporeans. This scathing heat is nothing if you have an Ice Pop in your hand and you could get it for just 10 to 20 cents, an unbelievable price in today’s economy.

In case you were wondering, I used to get the plum flavoured Ice Pops.

Where to get them? You can find Ice Pops in certain old school provision shops or you could make them yourself, they’re really easy to make.

 

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Singapore street food added to Unesco heritage list | Singapore holidays

One of Singapore’s most-loved institutions has been given a timely boost, with the country’s hawker culture being added to the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The award took place at a virtual ceremony on 16 December and it sees the culture join the likes of yoga in India and the tango in Argentina. Hawker culture refers to the community of vendors who cook and sell meals in the 114 hawker centres across the city-state. The verdict could not have come at a better time for the vendors, providing invaluable protection after a precarious year.

The food halls are considered the nation’s dining rooms, where people from all walks of life mingle and eat cheap, freshly cooked dishes from morning to night. Hawkers sell many things, from whole roasted ducks and steamed pork buns to pig’s trotters and fish-head curry. As Anthony Bourdain wrote during his 2017 visit: “The hawker centers are wonderlands of Chinese, Indian, and Malay specialties [sic]. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel making food porn in Singapore.”

Bourdain’s praise added to the increasing respect hawker food has gained internationally. Last year, of the 58 places to eat in Singapore that made it on to the Michelin Bib Gourmand list, 33 were hawker stalls. Several of the stalls even have Michelin stars, which makes Singapore home to some of the cheapest Michelin-starred food in the world. The first hawker to achieve this feat was Liao Fan Hawker Chan in the Chinatown Complex Market, in 2016. For three Singapore dollars (around £1.65), diners can get a plate of Chef Chan’s soy sauce chicken rice – if they are prepared to embrace the long queues.

Liao Fan Hawker Chan, where diners can eat Michelin-starred food for around £1.65.

Each stall tends to have its speciality, usually perfected over years of hard work. In Ghim Moh Market, Kelly Ng, 50, sells laksa (noodles in a coconut-shrimp soup) using his grandfather’s recipe. He serves one size, in one style, at one price ($2.50/£1.40) – dishing it out in small blue-and-white ceramic bowls.

“The ceramic keeps the broth the perfect temperature, and the size of the bowl means it’s just enough but not too much,” he says.

Despite the accolades and local love for hawkers, though, the culture has faced challenges in recent years. Hawkers are ageing – the average vendor is 59 – and there are few young Singaporeans keen to adopt a profession that entails 14-hour shifts. The cost of raw ingredients is also rising, but the average dish price is kept low so that people of all incomes can afford it – meaning profit margins can be small.

Laksa, noodles in a coconut-shrimp soup. Photograph: Olivia Lee

The coronavirus pandemic only made matters worse. In April, when Singapore went into circuit-breaker restrictions, all dining at hawker centres was halted. Though takeaways were permitted, some hawkers had to cease trading because they were losing money by staying open.

For those who continued trading, business was bad. Chong Yuen Har, 64, owns a stall in Hong Lim Food Centre, near the finance district. She has been working there since 1979, making bak kut teh (pork rib soup) from 5am until 8pm, seven days a week. Overnight, she saw her business drop by about 80%. Even now, with the virus largely under control in Singapore, her business is still making half of what it did pre-Covid.

“It’s been hard,” she said, “but I intend to keep doing this for as long as I can. I don’t want to worry about it; we are all facing the same situation.”

When the circuit breaker was announced in Singapore, social media groups popped up in recognition of the hawkers’ hard work. One Facebook group, Hawkers United, had 25,000 members within a few days of launching. Other people have used the hashtag #thankyouhawkers on Instagram, posting messages of appreciation for their long hours and tireless commitment.

Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Photograph: Philip Ingram/Alamy

Two Singaporean friends, Elroy Lim, 33, and Tai Zhang Kai, 30, saw some of the older hawkers struggling at the start of the pandemic and decided to help.

“Younger sellers could modernise quickly, getting business through delivery platforms and social media publicity,” says Lim, “but the older aunties and uncles [the affectionate name for senior Singaporeans] didn’t know what to do.” In April, the pair founded Hawker Heroes SG, a commission-free delivery service that supports the hardest-hit hawkers.

Unlike with some delivery platforms, every cent of the food cost goes back to the hawkers, so Lim and Tai do not make a profit: in fact, they operate at a loss.

“It’s worth it, though,” says Lim. “We’re able to help the hawkers who need it the most.”

Alongside the community-led initiatives, Singapore’s National Environment Agency has plans to safeguard hawker culture, including a new programme called the Hawker’s Succession Scheme in the first quarter of 2021. Veteran hawkers will be paired with aspiring vendors to pass on their skills, recipes and business knowledge – with the intention for them to take over the stall when they retire.

These plans, together with Unesco’s recognition, signal a brighter future for the trade – especially in the wake of a challenging year. As Lim says: “The hawkers sacrifice their time, their margins and their energy for us to be able to enjoy and afford their food. They’re the real superheroes: it’s time they finally got that recognition.”

Five hawker centres to visit when travel resumes

For those who’ve watched the film Crazy Rich Asians, the leading couple’s first night in Singapore showcases the colourfully chaotic Newton Food Centre – the hawker centre most tourists visit during a trip to Singapore. While Newton is great fun, the prices tend to be steeper and touts try to rope you into their stalls (uncommon across the rest of Singapore). For a more “traditional” hawker experience, try these places.

Old Airport Road Food Centre

This huge two-storey building is one of the country’s oldest and largest hawker centres, opened in 1973 on the site that was once Singapore’s first civilian airport. It’s hot and sticky and the constantly whirring fans do little for airflow, but it’s about as authentic as it comes. Last year, it was voted Singapore’s best hawker centre by local radio station 96.3 HAO FM, with twice as many votes as its nearest competitor. There’s so much food to choose from, the best bet is to just join the longest queue: you know it’ll lead you to something good.
51 Old Airport Rd, no website

Changi Village Hawker Centre

By leafy Changi Beach Park – not far from the international airport – this hawker centre is one of the furthest from the main city, but it’s well worth the journey. Split across two open-sided halls, it’s known for its many nasi lemak stalls (a Malay dish of fragrant coconut rice, usually served with cucumber, eggs, peanuts and deep-fried fish or chicken). You can cycle the 25km from Marina Bay, following the tree-lined “park connector” cycleway that runs through Singapore’s East Coast Park. City bikes can be rented through apps like Anywheel and SGBikes.
2 Changi Village Rd, on Facebook

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Sambal stingray at East Coast Lagoon. Photograph: Olivia Lee

Standing in the aforementioned East Coast Park, this hawker centre is always busy at weekends thanks to its breezy beachfront location – a popular place for a walk after eating. It’s great for satay washed down with a Tiger beer. Wait times can be long, but the satay stalls use a buzzer system to notify you when your dish is ready. The sambal stingray (stingray grilled on a banana leaf, topped with spicy sambal sauce) is another great dish to try.
1220 ECP, no website, reopens February 2021

Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Smith Street Taps in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Photograph: Joel Lim

Entering this dimly lit place, on the edge of Chinatown in an old building that resembles a car park, can feel a little intimidating at first. The ground floor is home to a wet market and an array of knick-knack stands, but upstairs you’ll find more than 250 food stalls in a maze of corridors and connecting rooms. You can get pretty much any food you’re craving here (including Liao Fan’s Michelin-starred chicken rice) – and for something to wash it down, head to Smith Street Taps (stall #02-062) for a selection of more than 20 local and international craft beers on tap.
335 Smith Street, on Facebook

Ghim Moh Market

Ghim Moh Market during the Covid circuit breaker. Photograph: Olivia Lee

Ghim Moh Market is about as local as it gets. Aunties and uncles linger on benches by their favourite stalls – many of them live in the surrounding housing blocks. The market is fairly small but the queues can be long, especially in the mornings when the food is at its freshest. The crowds tend to die down by late lunchtime and it remains quiet in the evening. Saturday morning is the best time to visit and wander around the connecting wet market, where locals jostle to buy the freshest vegetables, meat and fish.
20 Ghim Moh Road, on Facebook

Food in Singapore – Thoughts aloud – LiveJournal

I must say right away that I in no way claim to be the proud title of “connoisseur”, but just want to tell how we personally ate in Singapore, perhaps someone will be curious, but to someone it is useful.
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As you probably remember, we booked ourselves an apartment with a kitchen with an eye on what we will cook if the local food does not go well.Even though we already had the experience of eating in Hong Kong, we still had doubts, and the first-aid kit weighed about a kilogram on the road 🙂 True, in real life only a refrigerator was used in the kitchen (fruit and juice were stored there) and a kettle (we drank tea in the evening because we were fed breakfast. , which is built above the Novena metro station, turned out to be a Japanese cafe.The mechanism of all these establishments in the shopping centers of Singapore is quite simple: come up, look at the menu with prices and pictures, if the price suits you, nod to the waiter, who will take you to the place and give you the menu. In addition to the menu, a leaflet with a list of dishes and a pen are given, it is supposed to put down a checkmark that you will eat. Choose, eat, then go to the checkout at the exit with these pieces of paper, which the waiter gives you and pay. In addition to the actual cost of food, you will be charged VAT and service fees, only about 20% of the cost of food.In such places, we spent about 30 Singapore dollars on 2x (1 SD was approximately equal to 26-27 rubles).

Here is food from Japanese noodles (filmed by phone). The noodles on the plate are Sichuan, deliciously extraordinary, take it and don’t even think you’ll like it.

The next day we ran (I even fell asleep in the park) and also did not go to look for different nutritious places, but stupidly went to an Indian institution in our mall (the cost of dinner is the same).Here, however, for the same money, there is a little more food, and in both places water is free. By the way, it was in the Indian restaurant that the system turned out to be reminiscent of our favorite restaurant in Hong Kong – in fact, a “set” of food is sold, which includes salad, soup, rice, an appetizer (marinated squid), but you choose the second one yourself, to taste … We came across meat in batter and fish (they are visible in the photo).

Speaking of local food, I can’t help but show the abundance of food market in Chinatown : we came here early in the morning, and we still had to walk all day, so – alas – we didn’t buy anything, because to carry the whole day with you fish and seafood is wrong in relation to others 🙂 But looked with pleasure, yes.I was especially struck by the excellent quality vegetables are sold and that you can take the fish with your own hands. By the way, the fish row is wet and slippery, put on something like crocs, like me, otherwise you will wet your ballet flats (like a couple of tourists in front of my eyes). Conclusion: if you want to cook local products – build the route in such a way that you can then return to the rooms with food and store them in the refrigerator.

In addition to Chinatown, there is another national enclave in Singapore – Little India .On our third evening, we just came there for a walk, well, and decided to dine there. I must say right away that I like Chinese food (and East Asian in general) much more than Indian food, although I have a positive attitude towards curry. The food in the restaurant we came across (and there are quite a few of them in the enclave) turned out to be delicious, but I did not like the service – I got the impression that they did you a great favor, although I fully admit the thought that the waiter simply did not like that we did not order liters of beer, like the Americans next door.Those who have not tasted Indian food before should pay attention to the menu: usually there are three icons in the form of peppers for spicy and very spicy dishes. Denis ordered from the section very spicy, to which the waiter drew our attention three times to these pictures, they say, it is very spicy! “This is not a problem,” Denis told him confidentially. The waiter brought everything ordered, but until the end of the dinner he watched us – if we could run to pour a fire in our mouth to the bar 🙂 young coconuts ($ 1 each).You pay money, you are given a coconut, the top of which is cut off with a special device and a drinking tube is inserted there. Coconut milk is very refreshing, and there is a lot of juice, we barely drank together. Then you return to the same counter, and the empty coconut is cut in two on the same device resembling a guillotine, giving out a plastic spoon – you can crack a tender center of the coconut.

Directly at Sentosa (in Universal Park) we also had lunch somehow. The establishment opposite Jurassic Park was not crowded and quite accessible, and besides, there was no service fee.The food there was Chinese and Hong Kong, how they differ there, I did not really delve into it, but simply poked the image I liked on the poster. Delicious!

Please note that here, too, not a dish is sold, but a whole complex. Noodles with some kind of sprout – yum-yum!
In a small jar with something white – something like yogurt, slightly sour, to improve digestion.

On the third day in Singapore we finally got to the coveted food courts ! All I had to do was go to Sentosu Island 🙂 Near the Harbor Front metro station, there is a huge VivoCity mall (it is considered the largest in Singapore, and, believe me, for Singapore, in which there are a lot of these shopping centers, there are a lot), from where they leave cable car and monorail to Sentosa, and from here you can start a walking tour (about 800 m) to the island.There is a whole food field on the top floor of the mall – see for yourself.

At the entrance they take fruits, freshly squeezed fruit juices, desserts. Further – a whole field of tables and chairs, where you come with a tray and sit down. In some food courts, a cleaning lady walks around and takes away dirty dishes, wipes the tables, in some places there are counters-counters where they ask to take the dishes away. Along the entire perimeter of the “field” there are numerous shops selling various food, usually it is indicated which cuisine is Chinese, Cantonese, Hong Kong, Singaporean, Malay, Japanese, Korean, etc.p. Only cash is accepted. You come up, you choose, you show what you need, you get 🙂

Food courts usually don’t give you napkins, so ideally you should have your own, I wore a pack of wet and dry ones, plus a liquid sanitizer.

At prices: prices are different, on average, we spent from 14 to 22 local dollars for 2x. Sometimes it was 2 dishes, sometimes it was a whole tray with rice, soup, spices and salad, plus a second.

They eat in bulk with chopsticks, for soup and noodles they also give short “ladles”, so it’s easier to eat.If you don’t want sticks, spoons, forks and knives are always available. There were locals who also ate with European appliances. By the way, in any food court there is at least one, but a shop with “European” food: burgers, french fries, salad, and every time I saw local residents who proudly ate it, for them it is probably the same exotic as for us Sichuan noodles 🙂

From where there is food in the Angio shopping center buses to the zoo.

In general, the concept of “developed infrastructure” for Singapore is a ubiquitous phenomenon: in any, even a distant sleeping area, there is at least one large shopping center, usually combined with a metro station, in which there are all the same shops on several levels, drogeries, pharmacies, cafes and restaurants, so residents of one area do not really need to go to the same center for shopping, everything can be easily purchased near their home. This is especially convenient for travelers, who thus get the opportunity to settle where it is convenient for them from the point of view of the objects planned for inspection, and not the location of shops.

As soon as we discovered food courts, we ate in them. But on the last day, mindlessly walking around the city, we decided to look for something even more “local” and went to eat in Chinatown. The bulk of the catering establishments are located there along the street, the main contingent are Chinese, and it is very crowded, cramped and noisy (cars are in a stream, plus the Chinese themselves are noisy). Therefore, I refused to go there, and we went into a nearby shopping center – and immediately came across a sign of a local food court.

It turned out to be much simpler than food courts in huge shopping centers, but more authentic: only locals, no tourists. The food sellers looked at us with the same interest as we did at the food they were selling 🙂

The prices here are generally low: from 3-4 dollars per dish, like this

And the most important thing is that everything is freshest and fantastically tasty.
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Traditional Singapore Breakfast “kopi” or “teh” (coffee or tea) with “kaya toast” (toast with kaya – (coconut jam), butter and eggs suddenly became very popular in Singapore.Every tourist had to try it. And the local network Ya Kun, where they have been preparing these breakfasts all their lives, has already branched out in foreign countries. All in all, if you want to plunge into Singapore’s culinary past, then you should head to these cafes:

Local chains “Ya Kun”, “Killiney”, “Wang Cafe”, “Good Morning Nanyang” and “Toastbox” are the most nostalgic (for locals, of course, for us, it’s just a pretty cafe). The first two on the list are the oldest. Cafe Killiney opened in 1919, while Ya Kun in 1940, near Far East Square, on China Street – and are still run by relatives of the founders.Today “Ya Kun” can be seen on almost every corner. Look for Killiney at 67 Killiney Rd.

Other cafes, Wang and Toastbox do not have this reputation, but everything is in the same style – coffee and toast with kai and butter. A unique tradition is that kopi is served in a china cup and saucer – some Singaporeans generally refuse to drink coffee or tea in any other dish. These cafes also offer a range of Singaporean delights such as laksa (spicy noodle soup) and Malay dishes mi rebus (noodles with various additives) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk ).There are a lot of Wangs and Toastboxes around the city.

Dong Po Colonial Cafe (56 Kandahar Street) prides itself on its vintage furniture, collection of old magazines and its downright nostalgic atmosphere. While Western cafes offer tons of greasy cakes and sweets, their Singaporean counterparts have adapted the recipes for hot climates – all very light and almost nutritious – almond biscuits and light muffins.

“EatPlayLove” (28 Aliwal Street), a café in the Arab Street area, offers foods and dishes that were and are very much loved by those who grew up in the 1970s or earlier.And there are also old toys everywhere. We don’t know them, but old Singaporeans drop off at Old Chang Kee also serves simple breakfasts and lunches. This place was opened in 1956. Today it is best known for its pies filled with hard boiled potatoes and eggs plus curry, where mushrooms and sardines have also been added. There are also plenty of these restaurants throughout the city. Also in this cafe you can try pancakes, as well as classics like squid and fish balls with carrot pie and fried spring rolls.A “relative” of this restaurant, Curry Times serves up local food and promises to help “bring back memories of the good old days.”

I would also like to note about one interesting dish that can be purchased on the street. Chaoshan rice porridge or “muay” is such a healthy food that it even somehow stands out from the ranks of street food. Virtually every food court or street stall in Singapore offers meat, fish and vegetable dishes, all with a ration of rice.But not every store will offer this porridge. What makes this porridge different from regular rice? Actually, the latter is usually served with chicken and stews with fatty gravies that go well with dry rice. Chaoshan porridge is usually very watery, so it goes well with “dry” dishes, often very salty, so that the porridge is not too bland – mustard, salted eggs, salted fried anchovies and pickles.

Many dishes for this porridge are steamed – squid, fish, fish cakes – thus, with more salty additives, the dish as a whole turns out to be balanced.That is, they eat it very willingly with pickled sweets, but there is no special variety of additions from fresh vegetables and herbs.

This porridge is often eaten in the morning for breakfast, and by the way, porridge is not cheap by street food standards. If you choose seafood for porridge, and without sauce, then porridge can cost upwards from S $ 20 for two. Some stalls even offer crayfish and crabs for porridge (you guessed it, steamed).

For those who prefer to eat more, can opt for several bowls of this white porridge with simple vegetarian side dishes – $ 6 should be enough, in theory.Better yet, order all sorts of side dishes and marinades with the whole group and try a little of everyone. This porridge, most often, can be found on the street, but sometimes it is included in the menu of restaurants.

And here is where you can, presumably, try Chaoshan porridge.

Teo Heng Porridge Stall (Hong Lim Food Center, open Monday to Saturday, 07:00 to 14:00).

Teck Teochew Porridge: (Joo Chiat Road, 300; open every day except Tuesday (sometimes).11: 00-22: 00).

Ah Seah Teochew Porridge: (Teck Chye Terrace, 31; every day 11: 00-00: 00).

Another interesting street food – Kway chap – something like a soup with flat wide sheets of rice flour dough, with soy sauce, served with pork, beans, pickled vegetables and hard boiled eggs. Like many street food in Singapore, kway chap also has Chinese roots. ‘Kway’ – Rice noodle sheets served in a bowl with pork offal.By-products – usually skin and stomachs. By the way, in order to cook and thoroughly clean these parts into soup, the tray workers begin this process in the predawn hours of the morning, earlier than the workers of most other kiosks. After the “meat” is cleaned, they are stewed in a broth made from soy sauce, meat broth, and various aromatic Chinese herbs.

This dish will not be as easy to find as others – this is due to the fact that there is a lot of hassle with it. At least three people should work in such a tray, and this opportunity is not always available.And yet, these offal is a necessary ingredient, but also the most expensive one. Mustard, fish cakes can also be served with this dish. Some add pork ears or duck meat. Such a meal can cost around S $ 4 – $ 5 per person. You can try this dish here:

Blanco Court Food Center (Old Airport Road Food Center, Tue-Sun 11: 30-03: 30)

Garden Street Kway Chap (Serangoon Garden Market and Food Center, Tue-Sun, 08: 00-15: 00)

Guang Liang Cooked Food (Blk 630, Bedok Reservoir Road Food Center, Tue-Sun, 05: 30-12: 30)

90,000 Tiong Bahru Walk – Unique Singapore

As we continue our series of stories about unique neighborhoods in Singapore, next in line is Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, dating back to the 1930s …

When you start talking about Tiong Bahru, the locals immediately say that this is one of the most fashionable and popular districts of the city. This residential area is filled with art deco shops as well as the city’s hottest establishments, not to mention historic sites. Exploring Singapore in detail, devote at least half a day to this place and you will receive unparalleled food, uncommon shopping and a piece of Singapore culture as a reward.

Art-project Gray Projects

More than just an art gallery, it is also a work studio, a library and a place where they support creative experiments, suggestions, exchange experiences and share creative secrets.

6B Kim Tian Road
www.greyprojects.org


Strangelets Store

A real kingdom of interesting trinkets, designer interior items and stylish accessories. Get inspired with handmade items and interesting designs. All girls must visit!

7 Yong Siak Street
www.strangelets.sg


Books Actually

Store

Let yourself be lost among the bookshelves of this small shop, full of books by Singaporean authors, classical and contemporary literature. Books Actually publishes books under the Math Paper Press label and sells handmade knick-knacks and stationery.

9 Yong Siak Street
www.booksactually.com


Restaurant Bincho

No self-respecting foodie will be able to pass by this conceptual yakitori restaurant, serving mind-boggling grilled food and divine cocktails in a traditional kopitiam (food court) setting.Chef Asai Masashi offers the most interesting Japanese cuisine, each with its own unique flavor.

78 Moh Guan Terrace # 01-19
www.bincho.com.sg


Tiong Baru Market

In the heart of the district is the food market, where you will find the famous Singaporean chweekueh (steamed rice muffins with pickled radish) and lor mee (stewed noodles), as well as the freshest fruits, vegetables and other products.Such a walk will be useful not only to replenish food supplies, but also to see how the locals live.

83 Seng Poh Road
www.facebook.com/TiongBahruHawkerCentre


We Need A Hero

We need a hero! This beauty salon, which hosts exclusively men, will take care of your hair, eyebrows, unwanted hair, shaving or laser hair removal.

57 Eng Hoon Street # 01-86
www.weneedahero.sg


The Dispensary

Once a Chinese medical center, now a café-bakery specializing in cakes, cupcakes and now fashionable macaroons. However, traditional Chinese home furnishings have been preserved so as not to disturb the atmosphere of antiquity.

69 Tiong Bahru Road
www.thedispensary.com.sg


Curated Records Store

If you’re on the hunt for indie records (the Laneway festival comes to mind), this tiny little shop is your best bet with over 1000 records including mainstream artists.

55 Tiong Bahru Road # 01-53
www.curatedrecords.com


Tiong Bahru Bakery

Perhaps the best place in town for French pastries.It is always full of people, waiting for the perfect croissants. If you are a sweet tooth, don’t miss kun aman , layered crepe with butter and sugar, and don’t forget to try (or take out) a variety of eclairs, pies and muffins.

56 Eng Hoon Street # 01-70
www.tiongbahrubakery.com


Ki Tiangong Temple

The temple is dedicated to an ape-like god and has existed since the 1920s.In the first and eighth lunar months, festivities are held here in honor of the birthday of the deity.

44 Eng Hoon Street
www.qitiangong.com


Bistro Open Door Policy

A trendy bar where noisy companies like to gather. Immerse yourself in the indescribable atmosphere of Manhattan, order snacks that are great to share with friends, ask the bartender to make a drink especially for you, and simply, forgetting about all the problems and worries, enjoy the evening!

9 Yong Siak Street
www.odpsingapore.com


PS. Café Petit

Walking around town can be exhausting, so there is no better idea than grabbing, on the go, a slice of freshly baked pizza with a glass of wine, or great coffee with blueberry muffin. Believe me, you will immediately feel your strength returning!

78 Guan Chuan Street
www.pscafe.com

History

Tiong Baru is the first municipal housing estate built in Singapore (Queenstown is considered the first satellite city).This project was initiated in the 1930s by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT), founded by the British government in 1927.

The name Chiong Baru (中 峇 鲁) comes from two words from different languages. Here, the Chinese “Tiong” means “burial” (over time, the same Chinese character 中 began to mean the word “center”), and “Baru” in Malay means “new.” Before people were resettled here, there was a cemetery on this place.

Buildings in Tiong Bahru are typically less than 5 stories tall, and the architecture clearly shows the features of Nanyang architecture and Art Nouveau, which was popular in Singapore in the 1930s.Its distinctive feature is long horizontal lines coupled with rounded corners. In addition, most buildings are painted in light colors, with spiral staircases, flat roofs and underground bomb shelters. Similar residential buildings in the 60s continued to be built by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), which replaced SIT.

At first, Tiong Bahru was considered an area for the rich: financial tycoons bought apartments here for their mistresses.But soon after the end of World War II, development continued (it was then that the outskirts of Lim Liak Street were built, and more people began to move here. Thus, over time, the population began to be dominated by the middle class.

In order to somehow streamline trade and collect all grocery stores in one place for the convenience of buyers, in 1955 SIT builds a large market, Tiong Bahru Market. This is the same market that residents still enjoy today, although in 2006 the old structure was completely renovated.The famous Tiong Bahru Hokkien Mee and Jian Bo Shui Kueh stores have been serving their customers for over 60 years. Another famous local delicacy store in old Tiong Baru – Bak Kut Teh – has been in existence for 20 years. It is located inside “kopitiam” ( kopitiam ) on Seng Poh Road.

Another interesting feature of Tiong Baru is that all the streets in this area are named after the first Chinese settlers.Many of them were successful entrepreneurs who made a fortune from scratch and also brought great benefits to society. For example, Yong Siak Road and Yong Siak Court are named after Tan Yong Siak (1831-1914), a merchant and philanthropist from Chaoshan province, and at the same time a Chinese leader who actively supported the revolutionary Sun Yatsen during his stay in Singapore.

In block 78 Guan Chuan Street, you can still see the shelters and warehouses built there during the Second World War.Now no one uses them, and the doors are locked, but you can see small ventilation holes in the thick walls. There is nothing like this anywhere in Singapore, and block 78 is the only residential area in the country equipped with such a shelter.

In January 2012, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the battle and surrender of Singapore in World War II, the National Heritage Board (NHB), responsible for the preservation of cultural monuments, organized guided tours of the dungeons. Being in these cramped, damp rooms, it is easy to imagine how frightened and depressed the people who hid in them during the days of the Japanese offensive were.According to official figures, the shelters can hold up to 1,500 people, but they never filled to capacity.

The red brick used in the construction was mainly supplied by Alexandra Brickworks, but it was not the only one of its kind. Until the 70s of the last century, many brick factories operated near Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah. Another major supplier, Hock San Brickworks, competed with Alexandra Brickworks, both of which were involved in the construction of many residential areas, as well as the famous building of the old National Library.

Thong Baru was once famous for its songbird festivals. Hundreds of musical bird owners gathered in the park at the intersection of Tiong Bahru Road and Seng Poh Road to listen to each other’s birds singing, sipping mines (local coffee) and having leisurely conversations. This entertainment became so famous and popular that Western journalists began to come to Singapore specifically to cover it in their newspapers. The Link Hotel is located in the same place now, and next to it there is a renovated park, where bird lovers still gather.But, unfortunately, the former scale of these gatherings seems to be in the past.

Tiong Baru has existed for almost 80 years, and during this time it has practically not changed its appearance. During the construction boom of the 70s and 80s, many residents moved into the new HDB neighborhoods, and the Tiong Baru massif became obsolete.

In 2003, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Urban Infrastructure Development Committee selected 20 pre-war residential areas between Seng Po Road, Tiong Poh Road and Moh Guan Terrace and declared them a conservation area. …However, the old housing estates, their architecture and nostalgic charm, seem to have become attractive to young Singaporeans again, and in recent years, the Tiong Baru quarter has once again been filled with signs of boutiques and shops.

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Singapore has many faces – ultra-modern skyscrapers coexist here with colonial corners. Most of the cultural attractions are located in the capital, especially in the colonial center and ethnic quarters.Despite the fact that Singapore is a large industrial and urbanized center, natural resources are carefully preserved here in numerous parks. Among them are the National Park, Jurong Bird Park, Mandai Orchid Park. A characteristic difference between Singapore and other Asian cities is its absolute cleanliness, neatness and order. To all this, it is worth adding the breathtaking spectacles of numerous bright national and religious holidays of different peoples of Asia.

Singapore is a fantastic city where the East is fancifully intertwined with the West, the heritage of Asian antiquity peacefully coexists with modernity, and nature easily coexists with the fruits of scientific and technological progress – a real oasis of harmony and happiness.Discover unique and unexpected opportunities for relaxation and entertainment in this amazingly vibrant and energetic cosmopolitan city. Nowhere else in the world can you enjoy a Broadway musical and a banana leaf meal, an exciting shopping trip on air-conditioned streets and a rainforest stroll in the heart of the city, overnight. Guests from all over the world come here for extraordinary entertainment and excellent cuisine, stunning shops and famous attractions, rush to enjoy life and have a lot of pleasure.

Singapore is a fairy tale! If you want to understand and feel. What is Singapore, you definitely will not be enough for a short vacation – there is so much to see and do: start with tasting famous national dishes, and end with a mandatory trip to Sentosa Island and the Singapore Zoo. You will never believe how clean and green Singapore is until you see it for yourself. Everything in it is the way your relatives and friends told: on any highway there is not a single spot, and the nature around is extraordinary.Huge skyscrapers rise in the downtown area, trade in shops and shops on Ochid Road (Orchid Road) rages, Singaporeans chatting amiably, hurrying about their usual business. It’s amazing how many things, worries and entertainment are raging day and night on this island charged with amazing energy. The most tempting thing is that you can come to Singapore at any time of the year: thanks to the tropical climate, the sun shines here all year round.

Geography

The Republic of Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia, part of the Commonwealth led by Great Britain.The country’s territory includes the small island of Singapore (42 km long and 23 km wide), as well as several neighboring islets located at the southern tip of the Malacca Peninsula. Population 3 million 164 thousand people (1998). Singapore is a relatively wealthy country; the annual per capita income is approx. $ 22.5 thousand, and the country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves exceed $ 97 billion (1996).

The island of Singapore is separated from the Malacca Peninsula by the Johor Strait just over 1 km wide. The straits are connected by a bridge.The area of ​​Singapore is 581 sq. km. About 40% of the territory is occupied by parks, nature reserves, plantations and forests. Almost half of the land has residential, commercial and industrial status. The relief of the island is flat, there are no places exceeding 180 m in height. The coastal areas are low-lying, often swampy. The southwestern shores have coral reefs. The Kalang and Singapore rivers flow through the island.

Time

Leads Moscow by 4 hours in summer and 5 hours in winter.

Climate

Singapore’s climate is hot and humid, with no distinct dry and rainy seasons. Sharp transitions from rain to bright sun are characteristic. The weather is mostly clear all year round. The air temperature ranges from 30.6 degrees at noon to 23.8 degrees Celsius at night. The heat of the day is softened by the sea breeze and strong mixing of the air currents. It rains all year round, but from November to January, when the northeastern monsoon blows, Singapore is hit by showers lasting about 10 minutes.As suddenly as it begins, the rain stops, leaving behind cleanly washed sidewalks, fresh greenery and wet umbrellas that now protect from the sun.

There is no dry season in Singapore. The amount of precipitation in any month exceeds 140 mm. About 2500 mm of precipitation falls annually. Their maximum number (about 300 mm) falls on December, the minimum (140 mm) – in June. Thunderstorms are frequent, with the largest number occurring in May and averaging 19 days per month.

Language

In Singapore, almost everyone understands and speaks English, and most of the signs and signs here are also in English. English-speaking tourists will not have any problems with this. In addition to English, the Malaysian language, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil, the native language of the local Indian population, are also widely used here. Some Chinese dialects are also found in Singapore.

Religion

More than 42% of Singapore’s population is Buddhist, about 15% is Islam and 14% is Christian. Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism are also widespread. A significant portion of Singaporeans, especially among educated people, are atheists. On a national scale, the authorities are making significant efforts to neutralize the growing weight of religious movements, especially Islam. Since small Singapore is surrounded by two large Muslim countries – Indonesia and Malaysia, the issue of religion and loyalty from the Muslim minority is key for it.

Population

The indigenous inhabitants of the island are Malays. After the founding of the British colony, thanks to the development of trade, a large number of immigrants from Europe, China, India and other countries settled here. Currently, 76.7% of the population are Chinese, 14% are Malays, 7.9% are Indians, 1.4% are Pakistanis, Sri Lankans and others. Almost the entire population lives in the capital of the country – the city of Singapore

Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.The population density is 4884 people per 1 sq. km. In the early 1960s, there was a very high birth rate, but thanks to the family planning program carried out by the government, the birth rate was almost halved (15 per 1000). The population as of July 2003 was 4609 thousand people. Population growth – 3.42%. The birth rate was estimated at 12.75 per 1000 inhabitants, and the death rate at 4.31 per 1000 inhabitants. Life expectancy in Singapore for 2003 is 77.46 years for men and 83.6 years for women.

Electricity

220V, 50Hz

Emergency telephones

Ambulance and Fire Service – 995
Police – 999
Tourist Information Center – 330-04-31, 330-04-32
Taxi order – 250-07-00

Communication

Singapore has telephone connections with almost all countries of the world.The cheapest way to make calls is from public telephones, which can be found everywhere. They work both on coins of 10 cents (old-style telephones) and on telephone cards in denominations of 2, 10, 20, 50 dollars.
To call from Singapore to Russia, dial 005 – 7 – area code – phone number; for a call from Russia to Singapore, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 65 – the phone number.

Currency exchange

The monetary unit of Singapore is the Singapore dollar.USD exchange rate: USD1 = SD1.8.

Currency exchange offices are located in most banks, hotels and shops. Street points and those that are in stores are all licensed and it is absolutely safe to change money in them. Many of them will be able to offer you a better rate than banks. Most banks are open from 09:30 to 15:00 Monday to Friday, and on Saturday from 09:30 to 11:30. Credit cards American Express, Visa, Diners, Visa Electron, Master Card, JCB are widely used throughout the island.Hotels, restaurants, shops and even taxis will gladly accept them.

Visa

Russian citizens have the right to stay in the country without a visa for no more than 36 hours if they have return tickets with a fixed date. For a long stay, an entry visa and a passport are required. To apply for a visa, the following documents are required: a foreign passport, a passport validity period of at least 6 months and 2 photographs.Visa processing takes 1 week.

Customs regulations

There are no restrictions on the import and export of currency. Passengers over the age of 18 can import duty-free up to 1 liter of wine, up to 1 liter of spirits and up to 1 liter of beer, up to 200 cigarettes, confectionery and chocolate products worth up to 50 Singapore dollars, personal items, and others. goods totaling 300 Singapore dollars (if the tourist stays in the country for less than 48 hours – no more than 150 Singapore dollars).Chewing gum and tobacco products must be presented to the customs authorities.

It is prohibited to import drugs and psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, lighters in the form of weapons, drugs in marketable quantities, counterfeit products, toy coins and banknotes, pornographic literature and video tapes, meat and meat products, as well as animals and plants listed in the Red Book, and products from them. A permit is required to export weapons, explosives, animals, poisons, medicines, telecommunications equipment, video discs, photographic and video tapes, precious stones and jewelry from the country in excess of personal needs.

Passengers departing on an international flight are charged an airport tax of USD 8-12. It does not apply to passengers who do not leave the transit area and children under 2 years of age. The death penalty is imposed for bringing drugs into Singapore. At Singapore Changi Airport, the rule is strictly observed: one person – one piece of hand luggage.

Holidays and non-working days

Holidays and significant dates celebrated in Singapore reflect its multinational nature, diversity of religious concessions.The dates of many holidays change from year to year, as they are based on the lunar calendar. Non-working days in Singapore are:
New Year – January 1
Chinese New Year – January / February
Hari Raya Puasa – April / May
Good Friday – Easter Week – March / April
Labor Day – May 1
honor of Buddha) – 6 May
Hari Raya Haji – 1 June
National Day – 9 August
Divapali (Indian Festival of Lights) – October / November
Christmas – 25 December

Transport

An excellent bus network covers the entire island.On most buses, you can pay with coins by throwing them into the driver’s box. As a rule, bus drivers do not give change, so Singaporeans pay with the exact amount that will cost them. Buses start “running” at 5.30 and finish at 24.00.

Taxis are considered convenient and public transport in Singapore. The city has more than 18,000 air-conditioned taxis from 4 companies, and their main difference is color, but not price.

Singapore is also home to the Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT – pronounced “EM-AR-TI”).Metro opening hours are from 6.00 to 12.00. It is a quick and inexpensive way to get anywhere in the city. Trains run every 3 to 8 minutes. The price of the trip depends on the distance and is on average $ 1.

“Local transport” – “cycle rickshaws” are popular among tourists. Although the Singaporeans themselves do not like him. Cycle rickshaws can be found in Chinatown and some other old areas of Singapore. Of course, they do not have meters, so the price for a ride on a pedicab should be negotiated in advance, and it is best to use the services of a driver who has an official license to drive a pedicab.A rickshaw is not a means of transportation, but is considered a kind of attraction for tourists, and it costs an order of magnitude more expensive than a taxi ride.

Tips

Tipping is not customary in Singapore, especially at the airport and hotels. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is often included in the bill.

Stores

Singapore deserves the title of “shopper’s paradise”.The well-established assertion that “tourist shopping is buying souvenirs” is refuted here in the bud – buyers are offered an incredible variety of goods that can satisfy almost any request. Perhaps one can understand those who travel to Singapore not so much for the purpose of recreation as for shopping. Here you can find everything, except, perhaps, clothes of large sizes. And there is plenty of time for your favorite activity: large shopping centers are open from 13.00 to 22.00 seven days a week, and only small shops in Chinatown are closed on Sunday.Goods are brought here from all over the world. Leading manufacturers and small, little-known trading firms have been able to enter the Singaporean market thanks to the government’s preferential trade policies. As a result, the country managed to become a leader in tourist shopping among other Asian cities (Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai). According to the monitoring service Euromonitor, about 70,000 tourists a year come to Singapore to make purchases. However, of course, it is worth considering the fact that profitable shopping in Singapore is successfully combined with a great vacation.

Orchard road runs through the entire city center. It has a myriad of all kinds of shops and much more. If, among other items on your tourist list, there is an item “shopping”, then you are there. It makes no sense to buy well-known companies in Singapore – world brands are even more expensive there than in Europe. But they have many local brands that are of good quality and very attractive prices.

National cuisine

West meets East at Singapore tables, the result of which is New Asian cuisine.It finds expression in artful dishes, a blend of Indian, Chinese, Malay and European culinary styles. Singaporeans love food from all over the world, which is especially noticeable in their taste preferences for British High Tea and Indian Dhosai. Street vendors and Michelin chefs serve a wide variety of dishes that are served both on the street counter and in the five-star restaurant. The traveler can enjoy Singapore’s culinary delights with the confidence that the strictest hygiene is maintained in the preparation of food.

Most of the Hindus living in Singapore come from the south of India. However, the Indian cuisine of Singapore reflects all the diversity of the Indian nation. Fire curries eaten from banana leaves, less spicy Kashmiri dishes and Punjabi yogurt treats are all available here. Indian Muslims have also found their niche in the culinary market. They sell delicious “Nasi Briyani” (saffron rice with spicy chicken or lamb curry) and “Murtabak” (Asian-style pizza with minced meat and onions wrapped in crispy dough).The most determined should definitely try the aromatic fish head in curry sauce with Okras and Brinjal (eggplant). In Little India, you can find many vegetarian restaurants serving divine dishes from vegetables.

Most Chinese Singaporeans come from the Fujian province of China, but the predominant culinary style is Guandon or Cantonese. Shark fin soup and roast piglets are favorite snacks at sumptuous banquets. Another classic Cantonese dish is Dian Xin (Dim Sum), stewed or deep-fried mouth-watering slices that are usually served with dinner.Simple grilled noodle dishes or double-boiled herbal soups, with original names such as Buddha jumping over the wall, are seasoned with light, subtle Cantonese seasonings.

The spice of life is the symbol of Malay and Indonesian cuisine. By it is meant, however, not always just a chili-pepper seasoning. Soft curries, rich coconut-based sauces and baked goods make Malay and Indonesian cuisines especially tempting.Most Malay and Indonesian dishes include large quantities of peanut paste, such as Gado Gado (salad with peanut sauce) and Tahu Goreng (fried tofu with peanut sauce). Satay – a shish kebab made from juicy spicy meat or chicken, grilled with charcoal is a favorite food of tourists and local people. Satay is seasoned with a thick peanut sauce.

International Singapore offers a full palette of European cuisine, from hamburgers to fine dining.The choice of restaurants is very rich, from a small diner to elegant restaurants serving dishes from all over the world.

Attractions and resorts

The most popular street in Asia, Orchard Road , may not have such a rich and colorful history as China Town or Little India. Orchard Road was home to gardens belonging to wealthy noble families. Now Orchard Road is a multitude of shopping centers, a modern area of ​​Singapore.Walking along the street, tourists can observe a mixture of different architectural styles. The most interesting historical site is Istana Negera Singapore or the Presidential Palace.

The History Museum of Singapore and the Museum of Asian Civilizations are among the few museums in Southeast Asia with collections and structures of extraordinary value.

Singapore Botanical Garden as if through a kaleidoscope shows all the luxury, richness and diversity of the island’s flora.The garden is located near the city on a large area of ​​52 hectares. Beauty lovers have at their disposal hundreds of back paths among a real tropical forest and well-groomed alleys leading from pond to pond, a kind of “open-air exhibitions” – the Ginger Garden and Palm Valley, Swan Lake with its graceful inhabitants. Since all plants are supplied with illuminated name plates, here you can repeat the basics of botany at the same time. The first Botanical Gardens appeared in Singapore in 1822.The founder of the state and great amateur naturalist Sir Stamford Raffles created it mainly to cultivate economically profitable crops such as nutmeg, cloves and cocoa. However, working in this mode, the garden quite quickly – after seven years, ceased to exist and passed into state ownership. Subsequently, the Horticultural Society of Singapore founded another park – no longer agricultural, but decorative – with paths, terraces, a stage and even a small zoo.Gradually, it developed into the leading equatorial botanical garden. Today it is already 148 years old and has consistently attracted tourists from all over the world. Inside the botanical garden is its main pride – Orchid National Park . It opened on October 20, 1995 at the initiative of the Deputy Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.

Statue “Merlion” (sea lion) was designed in 1964 by designer Mr. Fraser Brunner, member of the Souvenir Komittee and trustee of Van Kleef Aquarium as the emblem of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).The Merlion is a statue with a lion’s head and a fish body sitting on a wave. The lion’s head symbolizes the discovery of Singapore, as described in the Malay historical record.

A fifteen minute drive from Singapore is located Sentosa Island , connected to the island by a fill bridge. Coming here is tantamount to visiting another country, where tall trees and peacefully murmuring waterfalls in parks replace skyscrapers and bustling streets. Sentosa means “the island of peace and quiet”.The paradox is that now it is one of the main attractions of Singapore, the most popular entertainment island. You can get here by cable car from Mount Faber from where an amazing view opens up. Sentosa welcomes tourists with beautiful beaches, hospitable hotels, and opportunities for water sports.

In the north, at the Seletar reservoir, surrounded by a picturesque “jungle”, is the Singapore Zoo. Natural paddocks of water, cliffs and plants separate animals from visitors and create a wilderness experience.The zoo has 2,000 animals (Malay tiger, golden tamarins, cheetahs and sea lions) housed in landscaped pens. At the zoo, you can have breakfast with an orangutan, admire animals that have almost disappeared in the wild: the Sumatran tiger, pygmy hippo and golden-clawed monkey.

The Fountain of Wealth is located in downtown Santec City. The fountain was entered in the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world. The fountain is designed in the form of a huge palm, attracting and preserving harmony and well-being.Four 45-storey buildings form the fingers and one 18-storey tower – the big giant finger of this “palm”. And in the center lies a precious ring – “The Fountain of Wealth”, into which “luck flows”!

Visit Ubin Island, which is still considered the last “wild border” of Singapore. The name of the island comes from the word Zubin meaning “granite”. Granite quarries, shrimp farms, villages and lush vegetation combine to create the simple rural flair that distinguishes Ubin from an ultra-modern city.Tourists can rent a bike to explore the island, admire the birds, sample seafood at the rustic restaurant, or simply have a cup of coffee at the local cafeteria.

90,000 Lee Seung Gi holds first fan meeting in Singapore as part of Vagabond Voyage

Incredibly talented actor, singer and host Lee Seung Gi traveled to Singapore to meet with fans as part of the Vagabond Voyage tour.The title is related to his current project, the drama “The Tramp,” in which he played the main character, a stuntman.

See also: Published photos from the filming of the drama “Tramp” + canceled broadcast

This tour marked the 15th anniversary of Lee Seung Gi in the entertainment industry. All night long, he ruled the audience with the maturity and ease of an accomplished artist. His singing, acting and stage skills were fully revealed at the fan meeting.

He performed his old hits for the guests of the evening, including “Because You’re My Woman”.Dressed in an elegant white suit, he looked like a charming prince.

In the first part of the event, there was a segment in which Lee Seung Gi talked about recent projects, as well as what has been happening in his life lately. Speaking about his pet, the dog Perrault, the artist noticed that his popularity was higher than that of the owner. He constantly receives numerous gifts for Perrault, so he asked fans not to send him anything else, otherwise he would have to move to a bigger house just for the sake of storing gifts.

The actor stated that despite finishing his drama “The Tramp” a year ago, the memories of the filming days are fresh in his mind. Most of all, he remembered filming in Morocco, because fans prepared snacks and drinks for him and the crew. This even impressed the local manager who worked with Matt Damon on The Bourne, which was also filmed in Morocco. He was curious about Lee Seung Gi , who received such attention and honors, after which he began to treat him differently.

Lee Seung Gi added that since the projects he worked on were in Korean, puns and storylines were permeated with his native culture, so he was surprised and amazed that he has fans from all over the world who were able to understand them.

In the next part of the event, attention was paid to the funny moments from the filming of The Butlers / Master in the House. As he showed off his impressive basketball skills during one of the broadcasts, he was asked to throw a mini-ball into the ring 10 times in a row to give fans autographed posters.Despite the complexity of the assignment, he successfully completed it.

Speaking of Vagrant: “There are a lot of action scenes on the show. My favorite scene from the released episodes is the chase scene in the first episode, which was filmed from the air. The most frightening scene was the one in which I had to break the glass. Despite the fact that it was a thin sugar imitation of glass, I was afraid that the fragments would cut my face, which must be protected. I didn’t worry about the injuries at all, but I was afraid of hurting my face. ”

An episode of the drama’s main characters, Cha Dalgon and Go HaeRi, performed by Suzy , are already on the air. When asked what he felt while filming, the actor replied: “This is different from kissing in real life. The on-screen kiss should be simple and graceful, so there is little real emotion in it. ”

Also in the second part of the event, more time was devoted to the interaction of the artist with the fans. Lee Seung Gi showed them his culinary skills that fans rarely see live.His Korean-style toast looked delicious, although the host said it was a little too salty. One of the best moments of the evening was the appearance of the lucky lady who was chosen to taste the toast, to whom her husband, with the support of Lee Seung Gi , several years ago proposed marriage at a similar fan meeting. They got married and gave birth to a son. When the couple took a picture with their idol on stage, the audience could not hold back their enthusiastic sighs.

After the final game with fans, Lee Seung Gi performed with “Return”.Despite his admitting that he was worried about his own singing, the audience was captivated by his performance of “Delete”. The artist, who made his debut on stage as a solo artist, asked fans to wait a little longer, hinting at his return as a singer.

He ended the meeting with energetic performances with “Smile Boy” and “Let’s Go On Vacation”. The audience danced and sang along with him until the end of the evening. After that, the artist went to Kuala Lumpur, where the next event of the tour will take place.

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90,000 What Can Be Done In Singapore?

Visit Pulau Semakau, a landfill site created from two small islands to become a marine ash dump. It usually takes several months to visit the next available slot. It is unique in the sense that although it is literally a dump, it is teeming with biodiversity and is attended by nature lovers and school groups five days a week.With 13,000 visitors in 2010, it is one of the best stargazing spots in Singapore and the only place in the country where the Milky Way is visible from the ground.

Pulau Semakau:
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Visit Comcrop @ * Scape
Singapore’s first rooftop water farm right in the middle of Orchard Road, the island’s favorite shopping boulevard, 2.2 km long.
To visit this rooftop farm, leave a message to Comcrop on their Facebook page.

Image source: Comcrop @ * Scape ~ Singapore’s first rooftop farm in the heart of Orchard Road!

Visit the Green Corridor.
The area along which the old railroad tracks from Singapore to Malaysia passed. The train service was stopped and the train tracks were opened to the public in 2011 and will be preserved as what is now known as the Green Corridor.

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Visit Xiao Guilin, the Singaporean version of Guilin in China. It is actually an old granite quarry and part of Bukit Batok City Park, which is 5 minutes from Bukit Gombak Metro Station. This is not a very large area, where you can take pictures for about an hour, but it is a really picturesque place.

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Explore Southern Ridges, 10 km route from connected parks and green spaces. A shorter route – about 4 km – from Hort Park to Vivo town, a leisurely half-day walk while photographing.

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Explore the gardens at Kuo Tek Poit Hospital, about an hour or so to explore.

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Visit the Kallang River flowing through Bishan Park, a concrete canal was demolished and turned into a public stream for people to catch small fish and for families to spend some time.

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You can spot an otter if you’re lucky:
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If you have a dog, take it to a dog racing park, such as a dog park on the West Coast, where you can release it in a fenced-in area.Walk on weekdays so that there are fewer people.

This is where the dogs communicate ..
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See this link for other Singapore dog parks: Amazing Walking and Running for Your Puppy

Dinner at NOX Restaurant – Dine in the Dark in Singapore:

Immerse yourself in an exciting new world of mystery and sensation you’ve never experienced before and join us on a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound in total darkness …Sitting in our all-black dining room, you will be accompanied and served by blind or visually impaired people who have been specially trained to offer guidance and confidence to sighted guests.

This is a truly human experience where roles are reversed and the blind become your eyes, opening your mind to a deeper consciousness. This closeness leads to mutual trust and respect, as well as an understanding of the value of their work and a general ability to complete tasks.

Visit Singapore’s new Sports Center, a 1.3 billion facility with a Sports Museum, a stadium with the world’s largest retractable dome roof and environmentally friendly air-cooled seating, an indoor stadium, an indoor water sports center, an outdoor water sports center. indoor multipurpose arena, water entertainment center (Splash-N-Surf), beach volleyball court, library?!? and, most importantly, the Kallang Wave shopping center.

Since the topic of this issue is not up to date, obviously you are not here to play sports, but to shop and relax in the mall right in the sports center.

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Visit the 4 observation towers of Singapore built in the 1960s:

Seletar Observation Tower on the Upper Seletar Reservoir
(difficult to reach by public transport)

It was built in the form of a rocket in 1969 due to the theme of space exploration at that time; Apollo 11 landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon this year.

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Top View:
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While there, look for the “most photographed tree” in Singapore.

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China Garden Pagoda
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Twin Pagodas Same Location:

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Toa Payoh Town Gardens Observation Tower (The area is infested with mosquitoes, especially in the evenings, be careful..)

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Jurong Hill Tower
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Top View:
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Visit The Pinnacle @ Duxton, the tallest and most prestigious public housing in Singapore. This is not a commercial tower.
Admission to its 50-story Skybridge costs $ 5, is payable only through an EZLink card, and is limited to 200 people per day from 9am to 9pm.

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Top view at night:

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Visit several boutique museums.
Shimano Cycling World located at the Singapore Sports Center.Here you can relax and browse the vast array of cycling books, interact with interactive displays, and get hands-on opportunities to explore the history of Shimano and bicycles.

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Video: Discover the joys of cycling in the world of Shimano cycling!

Museum of Independent Music, Singapore. This museum is located in Kampung Glam, a hipster and classy location in Singapore.It pays homage to the local music scene. Showcased over 2,000 works of musician art, cassettes, CDs, memorabilia, and more. Entrance fees are S $ 4.

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Children’s Little Museum, a pet project created by a group of 3 antiques collectors who wanted to share the nostalgic experience of the carefree old days with as many people as possible.Entrance fee: 2 sing. Doll. USA.

The first floor is a treasure trove of old paraphernalia: radios, gramophones, televisions, jewelry, clothing and home accessories.

The third floor is dedicated to toys from middle childhood in Kampung, which is why the name of the museum arose. Musical toys, tin toys, stuffed animals, plastic pistols, plastic soldiers, and favorite playgrounds such as chapte (a weighted plume of feathers thrown away like a hacker bag) and ghouls (balls) are sorted on shelves just like school supplies, from uniforms to yellowed textbooks.

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Visit the ArtScience Museum designed by Moshe Safdie. This building is shaped like lotus petals. It’s basically a place built by Las Vegas Sands where you spend your entrance money to figure out what art has to do with science.

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Visit Wheeler’s Yard – the coolest cafe in Singapore, they hang bikes everywhere and even put them on tables ! Why hasn’t anyone thought of this ?!

postscript only visit if you think bicycles are cool enough for you. The food is so-so.

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Go Karting on the KF1 Karting Circuit
Good for beginners and people looking for a serious hobby.

You can take your own pocket bikes and make riots there on Wednesdays and Saturdays:
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Play paintball at Red Dynasty Paintball Park.

Shoot arrows at Hometeam NS Srchery Club, Bukit Batok

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Do some Zorbing right here in Singapore!

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Bring back volunteering to the community.Visit SG Cares to see what’s right for you if you’re not already actively involved.

90,000 What to see in Singapore? 15 points of interest

Singapore is the city-state of the future, which gained independence from Great Britain in the middle of the last century, and now this city is one of the world economic leaders in the fields of medicine and banking services. This place is quite expensive by South Asian standards, as prices in Singapore are about twice the prices in the rest of the region.While most tourists come to the city for just one weekend just to see Singapore and tick a box, the city has become much more interesting over the past few years. There is plenty to do in Singapore, such as visiting tropical parks bordering Malaysia, interesting theme parks, incredible beaches, a world-class zoo, or tasting cheap and delicious Indian and Chinese cuisine and shopping. Singapore is great!

Visit Singapore Zoo
This zoo is one of the best in the world.The park covers 70 acres (this place is huge), and contains thousands of animal species: more than 3600 mammals, birds and reptiles. Night safaris in this park are incredible. A ticket for such a safari will cost 71 SGD. There are no restaurants at the zoo, and since you will have to wait until night to start the safari, you will most likely have to sample the overpriced local snacks. It would be better to visit the zoo in the morning, and then return closer to the night for a safari. Entrance to the zoo without a safari costs 48 SGD.The park is open every day from half past nine in the morning until six in the evening.

Spend time (and party) in Sentosa
The small island is popular with locals and tourists alike. There you can visit the Tiger Sky Tower (ticket costs about 18 SGD), which is the highest observation tower in Asia. Also on the island you will find many bars, restaurants and beaches. To get to Sentosa you will need to take the Sentosa Express train, which will cost you 4 SGD.

Enjoy the architecture of the Thai Ho Keng Temple
The magnificent architecture of the Taiyan Ho Keng Temple makes this building one of the best places for photographs in Singapore. The temple was built with the finest materials available in 1840. In 1973, the temple was declared a national treasure. You can visit Ho Kyung any day from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Look at the Merlion Statues
You will see many statues of the fictional creature all over Singapore.The Merlion is a Singaporean mascot that looks like a fish, with a lion’s head. The original statue (and the most impressive Merlion) is located in Merlion Park and is 37 meters high.

Explore Bukit Tima Nature Reserve
Bukit Tima is located in the Singapore rain forest and is the premier ecotourism destination in Singapore. There you can find macaques, squirrels, flying lemurs and many different types of birds. The reserve is located 30 minutes from the center of Singapore, and is open on weekends from 7 am to 7 pm.

Walk around Chinatown
Chinatown encompasses two square kilometers of traditional Chinese life, and is located near the modern Central Business District. It is in this place that you can feel the real Chinese culture in Singapore. The streets are made up of temples, craft shops, stalls and restaurants.

Go to Palau Ubin
This island is located on the northeast coast. It is indescribably different from a modern city: locals still use diesel generators to get electricity and water from wells.Rent a bike or moped and explore the countryside, villages and beaches. Not many tourists know about this place.

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Relax at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Botanical Gardens are located near the city center and comprise 52 green hectares. The main attraction is the National Orchid Garden, which houses over a thousand different species of these wonderful flowers.In addition, there is a ginger garden, rainforest, many waterfalls and warm springs that are worth seeing.

Eating in Little India
Consider that you have not been to Singapore if you have not been able to visit Little India. There you can find great tasty and cheap food, fresh vegetables, unusual snacks and memorable trinkets. Be sure to check out the restaurants’ giant cafeteria and feel free to eat with your hands.

Explore the history of Singapore
For a more cultural experience, visit the former British naval base of Fort Siloso.This fort is the only one preserved on the Singapore coast, where you can learn the complex history of Singapore in every detail. This is a well-built, interactive ride. Entrance fee is 6 SGD, the attraction is open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Look at the futuristic trees in Marina Bay Gardens
This urban landscaping project is located near the Marina Bay hotel and features several artificial “super trees”. The height of the trees varies from 25 to 50 meters, each metal structure includes about 200 species of various orchids and other types of tropical plants, which cover the tree frames with a soft, multi-colored shell.Entrance to the outdoor gardens is free, but entrance to the conservatories, which are located on the top of the trees, will cost 12 SGD, and a ticket to Skyway – 8.

Visit Sri Mariamman Temple
This unusually colorful, ornate building is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It was built in the Dravidian style and is located in Chinatown. The temple is open daily from 7 am to noon and (after a break) from 6 to 9 pm.

Become a Free Concert Viewer
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra hosts many free concerts at various venues throughout the city.Search their website for detailed information and enjoy the art, even for free.

Go to McRitchie Reservoir Park
In this beautiful city park you will find a hiking trail that is 8 kilometers long, with bridges hanging over the treetops. This is one of the best natural spots in the country.

Queuing at Universal Studios
The amusement park is very popular with tourists (much like its US counterpart), so you will have to queue for 15 to 80 minutes to experience the exciting attractions.

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