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Navigate in Singapore, My Home

Welcome to the City State, Singapore! Singapore gained independence in 1965, and achieved this city in 50 years. Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and others make up the diverse multi ethnicity nation. English is the first language.


Arriving in Singapore

You would need a transport card called “EZ Link”. This can be used for the busses, trains and also accepted in convenience stores and restaurants. Unused amount will be reimbursed at the control station. There is a good connectivity for trains and busses. They will go to most of the places. Google map is a great guide. All taxis are metered by default. Grab & GoJek (think Uber) are active and legal here


Eat Your Way - Food Recommendation

Here are some food recommendations from a local to a local. You can also check out Instagram: EatInSg to find more food recommendations.


Chicken Rice

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Maxwell Market, 1 Kadayanallur St

Nearest MRT: Chinatown

http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/tian_tian_hainanese_chicken_rice_maxwell/

Briyani

Allauddin's Briyani

#01-297 Tekka Centre

Nearest MRT: Little India

http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/allauddin_s_briyani/

Chilli Crab

No Signboard

414 Geylang Rd

This is located in the red-light district of Singapore. Great food. You could try either the Chilli Crab or Salted Egg Yolk Crab (or both).

Nearest MRT: Aljunied

http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/no_signboard_seafood_restaurant_geylang/

Satay & Local Food

Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay

In the evening, the roads are closed, making space for dinner. Sit outdoor just beside Sofitel So. Order Satay (Meat grilled on Skewers) from stall 7. Touting is common here - be careful. You can order from multiple stalls there.

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place

http://sparklette.net/food/best-satay/

Craft Beers

Level 33, Marina Bay Financial Center Tower 1

Skip the bar at Marina Bay Sands. Just round the corner is level 33. It is known for a good selection of craft beer and amazing view. You can see Marina Bay Sands from here. Catch the sunset and enjoy Happy Hour before 8pm on weekdays. Food is overpriced.

Nearest MRT: Downtown

https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g294265-d2011973-Reviews-LeVeL_33-Singapore.html

Gay Bar

Tantric, 78 Neil Rd

This gay bar is young and vibrant. Expect a good mix of locals and foreigners. Known for double shots drinks at reasonable price. $12 for standard drink and $18 for Long Island. LGBT bars are located along Neil Road.

Nearest MRT: Outram Park

https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g294265-d8489539-Reviews-Tantric_Bar_May_Wong_s_Cafe-Singapore.html


Places to Visit

Singapore is relatively small and most of these places are near to each other. I would strongly recommend you to map them out to maximise you time in the city.


Sultan Mosque

Arab St, Kampong Glam

The mosque is considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. The prayer hall and domes highlight the mosque's star features. Look up, glass bottles are used to hold the dome. You can enter the mosque. The management will provide you with a sarong to ensure you are properly attired.

Nearest MRT: Bugis

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

288 South Bridge Road

You’ll find sacred artefacts of the Buddha, such as bone and tongue relics, at the Buddhist Culture Museum on the third floor. Rumour has it that the followers buried gold under the temple for everlasting wealth.

Nearest station: Chinatown

Sri Mariamman Temple

244 South Bridge Road

This is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Due to its architectural and historical significance, it has been gazetted as a national monument and is a major tourist attraction

Nearest station: Chinatown


Other Modern Attractions

Gardens by the Bay (Bayfront)

Tips: Instead of paying for the attraction ticket into flower dome, get a drink at a restaurant called "Pollen" instead. Patrons of Pollen will get free access into the flower Dome. Zoological Garden (Mandai)

Tips: Buying multiple tickets for different parts of the zoo, as a package, is cheaper than getting them individually. (Zoo + River Safari + Night Safari) is a package which you can buy online.


Marina Bay Sands (Bayfront)

Sentosa (Harbourfront)

Tanjong Beach Club (Sentosa)

Merlion @ One Fullerton (Raffles Place)

National Art Museum (Esplanade)

UNESCO Botanical Garden (Farrer Rd)