Home is where the food is

If you are someone who loves eating, you can't not love Singapore. A place that sure lives up to its reputation of being a food heaven, Singapore boasts a wide range of culinary delights that hail from different countries, cultures and chefs that can be found at high end restaurants or hawker centres sprawled out over the island. These are 3 of our favourites off the top of our heads:

1. 328 Katong Laksa (East Coast Road): A dish with Peranakan origin, Laksa has managed to win over the hearts and tummies of Singaporeans both young and old. Laksa is a noodle dish which selling point is its rich gravy that is cooked for long hours with shrimp paste, coconut milk and cockles! There are different renditions of Laksa: Curry, Assam and Sarawak but we strongly recommend the Curry Laksa here if you're up for some more heat (than what Singapore already offers). 

2. Tian Tian Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre): The people of Singapore love our chicken rice so much, if we had a national dish, this would probably be it! Touted as the best chicken rice in Singapore by local foodies with support from American Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain who was quoted as saying "Chicken rice is so delicious and fragrant it can be had on its own!", Tian Tian's chicken rice is absolutely value for money at just $3.50 for a decent portion of tender, oil glazed chicken with rice accompanied by a bowl of flavourful chicken broth. 

3. Barbequed Sambal Stingray (Chomp Chomp Food Centre): A common sight at open air barbeque food stalls in Singapore, Sambal Stingray is made from stingray being marinated in a sambal sauce consisting of chili, shallots, sugar cane and lime juice. The stingray is then wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled for a second time to absorb the fragrance of the leaf. As a finishing touch to this masterpiece, it is served with chopped red onions with fresh calamansi to drizzle over it, a dish best had shared between friends!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of food that Singapore has, but it is most definitely a good place to start!

7 Fun Facts about Singapore

1. Language: Contrary to popular belief, Singapore’s national language is not English but is Malay instead. The national anthem “Majulah Singapura” and the military commands are both given in the Malay language. However, 85% of the Singaporeans do not comprehend Malay.

2.  Great Digestive System: Singapore has the largest Yakult bottle in the whole of Southeast Asia. Even though we are small in size, our food portion (in this case, it’s Yakult) is not that small after all.

3. Fast Walkers: According to a research conducted by the British Council, Singaporeans walk as fast as bumblebees fly – an average of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds. This makes us the fastest walkers on the planet!

4. High Density: Singapore is the most densely populated country next to Monaco with 6,430 people per square kilometre!

5. Building Height Restrictions: Buildings are not allowed to be taller than 280 metres due to the proximity of any part of the island to Changi Airport. OUB Centre, UOB Plaza and Republic Plaza are the only buildings of this height in Singapore.

6. Baby Month: There are more Singaporeans born in October as compared to the rest of the months.

7. Summer All Year Round: It may be hard for some of you to believe this (especially the International Students) but Singapore experiences summer all year round. The lowest temperature was 19.4 °C but that was in year 1934!

Sources:

http://asiasingapore.blogspot.sg/2011/01/interesting-facts-about-singapore.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/12-mind-blowing-singapore-facts-105500991.html

http://www.amazingandweird.com/facts/41-interesting-facts-singapore-never-knew/

5 Places of Interest in Singapore

1. Sentosa

One simply cannot visit Singapore without going to Sentosa at least once! Given the hustle and bustle of the city life, most Singaporeans like to escape to the tiny island known as Sentosa for a little getaway every once in awhile.

If you like to bask in the sun for a lovely tan, hop on over to the multitude of beaches that overlook the clear water. There are three main beaches along the island’s coastline for you to choose from – Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. Each beach is different in its own way and you’re bound to find one you like!

Not forgetting the array of activities that Sentosa offers for all visitors to choose from! You’ll find yourself being enraptured by the plethora of cool places hidden in Sentosa, ranging from the MegaZip Adventure Park to the Trick Eye Museum.

For more information: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/

2. Gardens by the Bay

Feast your eyes on one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World – Gardens by the Bay! This is The Place for all nature lovers as you get to immerse yourselves in a world full of enchanting plants from all over the world except for Antartica.

The park comprises three gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, where Bay South Garden is the largest of all. Be ready to discover and learn more about the diverse plant life through the Cooled Conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. If that is not enough, the Supertrees are bound to captivate you!

Gardens by the Bay was recently awarded the 2014 International Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement – Botanical Garden by the Themed Entertainment Association and it is definitely one that is not to be missed.

For more information: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

3. River Safari

River Safari is one of the latest additions to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore and is becoming one of the most-raved attractions in the country. It is the home to more 6,000 animals with 40 threatened species and one of them being the giant pandas – Kai Kai and Jia Jia!

If you choose to visit this place, you can wander through the river adventure of the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers, where you’ll discover plentiful of interesting and exotic animals. On top of that, you can also choose to embark on the Amazon River Quest that will leave you wanting more! However, be sure to book your tickets early, as it is available on a “First Come First Serve” basis.

For more information: http://www.riversafari.com.sg/index.html

4. Universal Studios Singapore

Ready to let loose and have some fun? Head over to Resort World Sentosa: Universal Studios Singapore for a fun-filled day with loads of joy and laughter!

The theme park consists of 7 zones – Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. Each of them is charmed in its way and you’ll definitely regret if you miss out on any one of them!

Apart from the cool rides available in the park, you’ll get to experience a variety of shows and attractions that are based on your favourite blockbuster films, such as the Battlestar Galactica and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. In addition, you’ll be amazed by the display and performance put up by Hollywood Dreams Parade and if you visit on a Saturday, you’ll get to enjoy the lovely fireworks as well.

For more information: http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore

5. Adventure Cove Water Park

The best way to beat the heat would be to visit the newly established Adventure Cove Water Park, an aquatic adventure park located at Sentosa! Apart from the water slides, you’ll get to experience close contacts with some of the aquatic animals as well.

This is the perfect place to chill out with your friends as you try out the different rides in the park, ranging from the thrilling water slides to the leisure Adventure River where you’ll pass through 14 breath-taking scenes. If you love to mingle with the sea creatures, you can also choose to snorkel over a coral reef with a spectacular display of over 20,000 fishes. The amount of things that you can do at the Adventure Cove is endless!

For more information:

http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/AdventureCoveWaterpark