The Mecca and Medina of Muslim Fashion in Singapore

The idea of Muslim fashion conjures up images hijab or burqa wearing women in drab black clothes, with everything else seeming to be forbidden. That cannot be further from the truth. Muslim law requires that only the hand, feet and face be visible. But that seems to be about it. And for Muslims in Singapore…

Makan Place – People’s Park Roasted Delights

It was evening and I was in People’s Park (and here). I was in two minds what to have for a quick dinner and was swayed by an article from Makansutra hanging on the ledge. KF Seetoh described People’s Park Roasted Delights on his blog as follow: “A hawker from Ipoh, Malaysia, now based and…

Satay by the Bay

It was inspired by the Satay Club previously located at Queen Elizabeth Walk, in front of Victoria Concert Hall, which closed in 1995. Since its closure, the only remaining Satay Club in Singapore was at Lau Pa Sat. The bay area was pushed further south with the opening of the Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands,…

Sentosa on a Budget 4 – The Nature Trail

Sentosa is full of fun, but it’s not always so friendly on the wallet. But is it really impossible to enjoy Sentosa on a shoestring budget? I decided to find out. Here’s part 4 of 4 – Sentosa Nature Discovery. Sentosa may be mostly about Adventure Parks and Beaches, but that’s not all it has….

Sentosa on a Budget 3 – History Class at Fort Siloso

Sentosa is full of fun, but it’s not always so friendly on the wallet. But is it really impossible to enjoy Sentosa on a shoestring budget? I decided to find out. Here’s part 3 of 4 – Fort Siloso. Located a short walk away from Siloso Beach is Fort Siloso. Once one of twelve coastal…

Sentosa on a Budget 2 – Three Beaches in One Stretch

Sentosa is full of fun, but it’s not always so friendly on the wallet. But is it really impossible to enjoy Sentosa on a shoestring budget? I decided to find out. Here’s part 2 of 4 – the beaches. From the Merlion and the Merlion Walk you will next encounter an open vista flanked on…

Sentosa on a Budget 1 – Splash Goes the Merlion

Sentosa is full of fun, but it’s not always so friendly on the wallet. But is it really impossible to enjoy Sentosa on a shoestring budget? I decided to find out. Here’s part 1 of 4 – the Merlion. There are many ways to get to Sentosa. You can take the monorail, Take a bus,…

Makan Place – Nam Hua Chang Fishhead Steamboat

This was the place that started it all. Nam Hua Chang at Jalan Sultan was the first to bring Fish Head Steamboat to these shores in 1927.  Since then many other companies have started including Tian Wai Tian, Whampoa Keng and Chye Lee. But Nam Hua Chang has managed to continue to thrive in the…

Eurasian People and the Heritage Centre

A pair of eyes followed me as I walked into the atrium. There he was in his navy blue shirt. His eyes betrayed a weary look… or was it wary? I couldm’t tell. He stood up and walked nonchalently to the security post. The security guard was assidious in avoideding my eyes. It was a…

Resorts World Sentosa

This was the star of the show, the place that was meant to give a life to Sentosa and return excitement to that island. Officially opened in 2010, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is a baby of Malaysia’s Genting Group. At its peak, RWS employed some 10,000 people directly. Most of them working for the casino….

From Pulau Blakang Mati to Sentosa Island

The island at the back where people die  – that was what Sentosa Island was once called. Sentosa aerial view facing south (source) It is today the “State of Fun” Sentosa aerial view facing north (source) It is home to the Integrated Resort (A Casino plus somemore), Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Development Corporation, that runs…

Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church

Four years after the first Methodist missionary arrived in Singapore (Dr Wlliam Fitzjames Oldham in 1885) another missionary, medical doctor Benjamin West arrived in Singapore to set up a home and dispensary in present day Boon Tat Street. To evangelise to the mostly opium smoking Chinese labourers, West started a small home church in a…

Makan Place – Teck Hin Porridge

The weather gets cold at night and after working for 20 hours at the office, the first thing I needed was to fill my stomach with something warm. It’s a good thing the office is located near Ghim Moh Food Centre. Ghim Moh Food Centre in the afternoon Ghim Moh food centre is well known…

Beautifully Restored, Church of Sts Peter and Paul

The air was stuffy, the paint was peeling, the walls were dull and the tiles were uneven. That was the poorly state that the Church of Sts Peter and Paul was in when I last went in to blog about it. The church was in bad need of repairs and the priests in charge were…

Punggol Finally Fulfills its Potential, 20 years after it began

Before there was grand plans for the Jurong Lake District, there were plans for Punggol 21 – Singapore’s Venice of the Northeast. Punggol 21 was announced in 1996 when the Punggol region was just about to be developed. The MP put in charge (I reckon) of overseeing the new town was Teo Chee Hean the…