Singapore Insight

Sep 24th, 1998, 11:16 PM
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Charles Yap
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Singapore Insight

Planning a vacation to Singapore?
Why not understand Singapore from a Singaporean's perspective?
Go to the local markets, attend local festivals, savour the best local food leave Singapore knowing that you've had a most insightful travel experience ever.
Feel free to post a question.
 
Nov 29th, 1998, 09:38 PM
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Roxie
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Have freinds arriving in Singapore for a few days in December. They are asking me to surf the web for the best buys in Singapore and the favorite local spots. They tend to stay away from most touristy things. Anyone got any information. Thanks.
 
Nov 30th, 1998, 06:14 PM
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erwin
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I just wanna know the best Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
 
Dec 1st, 1998, 04:22 AM
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Veronica
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Must try the Chicken Rice in Mandarine Hotel.
 
Dec 1st, 1998, 07:17 AM
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ruth
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My husband and I will be in Sinagpore for 2 days in Feb. Any suggestions for that time? What you said about a Sinaporean perspective sounds very interesting. We are also thinking of going to Johore Bahru in Malaysia. Any suggestions there?
Thanks
 
Dec 11th, 1998, 01:29 PM
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Singapore is great. Try Orchard Street. Most of the shops and bars are located on this street. Also try Clarke Quey, lots of bars there also, and you can take a river boat ride.
 
Dec 13th, 1998, 12:37 AM
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I am sorry to say that this Chicken rice in Mandarin Hotel is a tourist trap. At S$16.00 per person it is grossly over priced. You can get better chicken rice at any of the food courts or hawker centres for S$5.00 per person.



>Author: Veronica >([email protected])
>Date: 12/01/1998, 8:22 am ET

>Message: Must try the Chicken Rice in >Mandarine Hotel.
 
Dec 13th, 1998, 10:42 AM
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Would appreciate a recommendation for a hotel in Singapore -- comfortable, well located and unique (not typical western chain). Thank you.

John
 
Dec 13th, 1998, 10:43 AM
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John Pitcairn
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Would appreciate a recommendation for a hotel in Singapore -- comfortable, well located and unique (not typical western chain). Thank you.

John
 
Dec 13th, 1998, 08:35 PM
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If budget is not a concern then try Raffles Hotel. It is conveniently located in the Historic District and it's near Raffles City Shopping Center and Suntec City Shopping Mall. Boat Quay and Clark Quay are also nearby and Orchard is just 5 bus stops away.
 
Dec 15th, 1998, 01:51 PM
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Doc Chang's in Raffles was wonderful and not as expensive as you'd think. Lunch at Sarjits family rest in Little India. Restaurants at Boat and Clarke Quay but Clark seemed to have better selections. Whatever you do DON"T go the Johur it was horrible a nightmare except for the Palace. But as we were taking the bus in we noticed there were more people leaving than entering, once we got there we knew why.
 
Feb 16th, 1999, 11:08 AM
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Here are my impressions of Singapore:

Singapore is a multi-faceted beast. One face is commercialism, and in Singapore it runs rampant, with the tourism and technical industry. The word sterile comes to mind. It is joked that women in Singapore won't date men unless they have the 5 C's (cash, credit card, condo, cell phone, and car)...and judging by the social scene in Singapore (which was one of the worst I've ever seen), it may as well be true (although I won't believe stereotypes).

Another face is the ethnic makeup of Singapore, and I thoroughly enjoyed the many different tastes of the Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures. It seemed silly having a Chinatown in Singapore, seeing as how it is 76% Chinese anyway. That's like having a Little Italy in Rome. But I enjoyed all of the temples, mosques, shops, and retsaurants there. the hawkers' stalls were great and I loved to eat good food for really cheap.

The one thing that I pondered over a lot was Singapore's cleanliness and reputation for being safe. Before we arrived there, I was even scared that I would be arrested for any minor detail (chewing gum, after all, is banned in thsi country). However, after being there for a while, I noticed many of Singapore's rules and cleanliness were on the surface. For example, in a bathroom in one of the shoppng malls, I almost vomited from the disgusting smell emanating from the room. The entire room (walls, stalls, toilets, floor) had been washed with a hose, forming a cesspool of filth on the floor at my feet. Then a man walked into the stall next to me and started vomiting, making me even more nauseated. Then a beggar sitting at the door demanded some money on the way out.
I noticed men spitting on the street constantly, even though I saw that you could get fined for it.
Pickpockets were at the Singapore Zoo.
I saw drug-users at a certain hostel by Orchard street.
I saw Chinese making fun of some Indian people, treating them like dirt.
Basically, I wondered if the way that Singapore was cleaned up was through a "Sweep under the carpet" method. I also couldn't get around the fact of how sterile the social scene was. Bars in the Clarke and Boat Quay were almost deserted on a Saturday night and all people did were eat. Friendliness was only found in the airport. Good service was especially nonexistant. EVERY body out there had a cellular phone, and I've never seen so many BMWs in my life. People seemed to be more concerned with talking on the cell phone rather than to the people with whom they were dining.
The macaques in Bukit Timah were spoiled by people feeding them food, killing their natural "wildness". They would come fearlessly up to people.
Although I must praise Singapore for their public transportation system. I would never buy a car if I lived in Singapore. I loved being able to get around to anywhere!

Daniel Lee
 
Mar 11th, 1999, 05:02 AM
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Christine
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What about Sentosa Island - we want a "island holiday" that you can get to easily from Singapore.
 
May 7th, 1999, 12:39 PM
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daniel lee
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christine,

singapore itself is an island holiday, and will give you much more cultural things than touristy-disney-world sentosa island.

daniel
 

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