Dunman Food Centre – Small Place with a Big Food Punch

Dunman Food Centre is a small food centre at the intersection of Koon Seng Road and Joo Chiat Road. Dunman Food Centre is unique in that it is a very relaxed environment. Unlike the typical rushed vibe in most other food centres there is almost no rush here. It’s small but it sure packs a…

Jurong East, the Second Business District

Where the most important political leaders are determines which area will see larger development plans. From the 1970s to 1980s there was Goh Chok Tong in Marine Parade and Tony Tan in Sembawang, from the 1980s to 1990s there was Lee Hsien Loong in Ang Mo Kio, 1990s to 2000s there was Teo Chee Hean…

Makan Place – Tong Kee Chicken Rice

The stall owner looked at me and beamed, “uncle tell you, got people they come back from overseas take taxi from Changi come here eat my chicken rice!” He sure is confident, I thought to myself as he loaded extra chicken and rice on my plate. I carried my chicken rice to the table. We…

Emily & the Hotel on the Hill

At one end of Mount Emily Park is Emily Hill. The exact history behind this bungalow is still not known. What is known about this bungalow was that it was owned by a Mr Ikeda in 1935 and later as the Japanese Consulate from 1939 to 1941. The location of the Japanese Consulate here was…

The Twin Hills of Emily and Sophia, Brains and Beauty

Located near the Istana are two hills named after two women, Sophia Raffles and Mary Emily Tennyson Prinsep. Sophia Raffles was the second wife of Stamford Raffles. Sophia Raffles (Source) Born Sophia Hull of Irish descent, she married Raffles after the passing of his first wife. She bore him 5 children and was famous for…

Niven Road

Niven Road, full of conserved shophouses and for now mostly free of cafes. What it is full of are small companies from the creative industry, and a Sikh Gurdwara. I can’t find very much about the place. Who is Niven? What was this place previously? I don’t know, I just like the feel. How to…

Makan Place – Selera Curry Puff and Pisang Goreng

The popular food stalls may not always be the best. Very often its down to marketing and how many people know you. This is the popular stall that did not market itself as well as its competitor, like Janggut Laksa and 328 Laksa (with 328 being the more market savvy one). Who was their competitor?…

Village Hotel Albert Court – Before Boutiques were Cool

That column of buildings seem to have been there forever. It’s one of the strangely elegant compounds situated in the wrong place, near the more gritty Selegie Road, with the Ellison Building its direct neighbour, and the Selegie House public flats its adjacent neighbour. This is Village Hotel Albert Court, run by Far East Hospitality….

When Night Falls on Tanjong Pagar Road

Friday night, after work, two friends walk from Tanjong Pagar Station down Tanjong Pagar Road to meet friends for dinner Friend: You remember that guy back in NS* who said he liked Tantric… and you basically embarassed him… Me: Hey, I didn’t know it was a gay club, I don’t even know where Zouk** is……

Makan Place – Hajah Maimunah

Hajah Maimunah is the go- to-place for quality kampong food, according to the Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendations. Established in the 1990s it is a brand name among patrons of traditional malay food. Yet surprisingly, when the Bib Gourmand list came out in July last year, there were barely any articles reviewing the food from this…

Kollywood and Bollywood at Rex Cinemas

Indian Cinema is a huge global enterprise. In 2013, it produced collectively 1969 films in 2014, grossed USD 1.6 billion with 52 billion admissions. Hollywood by comparison produced 819 films grossed USD 10.2 billion from 1.28 billion admission. Just like in the US with the Hollywood dream, many teenagers have their own Bollywood dream. It’s…

The Durian Stall Outside the Art School

A good durian stall is defined as one where the stall owner is sells you fragrant, tasty and fleshy durians. As with all industries, some stalls have build a reputation for selling good durians. It is this guarantee of quality that has customers flocking back and remaining loyal. So people are loyal to their stalls…

Masjid Abdul Gafoor

Passion can bring out the best in people. Passion can inspire people to do great things. Passion inspired the locals in 19th century Singapore to build the Sultan Mosque. Passion also inspired the Tamil Muslims to construct the stunning Masjid Abdul Gafoor at Dunlop Street. The mosque is open to tourist and visitors. The mosque…

Colonial Bungalows and the New Rich at the Sembawang Coast

Served by a lonely block of restaurants and shops, the Sembawang Park and the houses in them are not easily accessible. Those who stay in those houses would do well to have a car. The road here leads up to the Sembawang Park and Jetty which face out to the Straits of Johor and are…

Makan Place – Adam’s Indian Rojak

Pasembor is the Malayan (Singapore and Malaysia) Indian version of rojak. It is also called Indian Rojak and Mamak Rojak. Adam Road Food Centre, popular for Malay and Muslim (Muslim food is not always malay) food serves some of the best Indian Rojak in town. We were there for Nasi Lemak, Nasi Lemak from No…