Another Day in Downtown Singapore

Downtown Singapore, the heartbeat of the island. It is a hive of activity every weekday and turns into a ghost town over the weekends. Here are some pictures from a regular work day in the city. Cars packed at the small round loop at Church Street. The Quadrant at Cecil a heritage office space may…

Makan Place – Yazawa Yakiniku

This, according to Japanese expatriates, is one of the best Yakiniku restaurants in Singapore. Yazawa Yakiniku in Robertson Quay was full of Japanese people when I was introduced to it. The people in front of us were Japanese, the people I was with were Japanese and the people behind were Japanese too. Even some of…

Eat, Drink and be Merry at Robertson Quay

You’ve got so many choices to eat, drink and be merry in Singapore: Holland Village, Dempsey Hill, Chip Bee Garden, Emerald Hill, Rochester Park, ORTO, Ann Siang Hill & Club Street, Clarke Quay, Prinsep Street among others (I’m just naming as many to link to other posts really)… If you are a little more mature…

Evening at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Sunsets are beautiful, and you don’t have to pay for them. The Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a great place to enjoy the sunset. Take a look and bring a loved one there to enjoy the evening. How to get there

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

There are three main schools of Buddhism, Theravada, Mahayana and Vajyarana. Schools of Buddhism (Source) While Sri Lankan and Burmese Buddhism follow the Theravada tradition and Tibetian Buddhism follows the Vajyarana tradition, Chinese Buddhism follows the Mahayana tradition. What teachings distinguish each group? Theravada Buddhism is centred around the ancient Pali scriptures transcribes from the…

Makan Place – Sin Ming Coin Prata

The best prata in Singapore, that’s what many online polls say. After trying it for the first time, I’d say this – it’s food is all round superb. We went there for lunch on a weekend. The stall is housed in a coffeeshop just before the Sin Ming Industrial Estate (where New Ubin Seafood is)….

Seafood in Batam – Fresh, Cheap and Sinful

I was in Batam for seafood. Fresh, cheap and sinful was what I was told to expect. And boy, it didn’t disappoint. It seems like a great idea for an indulgent day of seafood. The first place we went to was Rezeki Seafood Restaurant in Batu Besar on the eastern tip of the island. Batu Besar…

Nagoya Hill, the Centre of Life in Batam

Wait aren’t we going to Indonesia, why is it called Nagoya Hill? That was the question that consumed me as we took a taxi to Nagoya Hill, the shopping district of Batam. A bit of internet sleuthing later and the answer appeared. The Japanese called this played Nagoya, after taking over the island during World…

Batam City Indonesia’s Boomtown, an Introduction

Batam is one of the boomtowns of Indonesia. A growing city, transport hub and manufacturing centre Batam represents the future of Indonesia’s economy. The island was first occupied by settlers around 231 AD. It’s proximity to Singapore and Bintan meant that it was usually governed in concert with the two and was one a island…

Off to Batam? Go to the Harbourfront Ferry Terminal

Another weekend, another day trip from Singapore. Located next to Singapore are Johor Bahru, Pulau Bintan and Batam City. Johor is accessible by land and sea, while Bintan and Batam are reachable by sea. To get to Bintan, you need to head eat to the Tanah Merah Fery Terminal. Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, for traveling…

The Singapore Stone and the Story of Badang

The Singapore Stone is perhaps the first thing I recall learning about in Secondary School History class. A portion of the stone is the first thing a visitor comes across at the National Museum. The Singapore Stone is a fragment of a larger stone, that originally stood at the mouth of the Singapore River. This…