10 Interesting & Whacky Things to do in Singapore: From Botox to Shopping!

Singapore is a delight for not only all the shopping aficionados but also for all those who love good food. It is a popular spot for gourmets of all shapes and sizes, as it caters to a cosmopolitan crowd with its global cuisine, which is infused with its own secret twists and tricks.
Here are the 10 interesting and whacky things, which should not be missed in Singapore at any cost:
1) Get your art fix at Hotel Ritz-Carlton: 
Yes, you read it right! This hotel is known for its huge Frank Stella installation placed bang at the entrance, which will mesmerize you with its depth and detailing. The wings of the hotel building are also anchored in place by Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures. The hotel houses some magnificent pieces of contemporary art, which will leave you wanting for more!
Indulge in some delicious food

Indulge in some delicious food

2) Be one with nature at the Singapore Botanic Gardens:
Singapore is a treat for all the nature lovers and what better place to experience this, than to head to the beautiful and serene Singapore Botanic Gardens. You will get to see some amazing varieties of plants and some of them may not be available elsewhere. Do check out the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and the National Orchid Garden as well.
Botanic gardens

Botanic gardens

3) Wine & Dine at Tiong Bahru:
Have some exciting time at Tiong Bahru, which is Singapore’s hotspot for a night of fun and frolic. It has numerous restaurants, shops and bars, which will cater to all the shopping connoisseur and the foodies out there!
4) Fine-Dine at Quayside Isle:
Tired after shopping and sight-seeing incessantly? Then just head to Quayside Isle and take a well-deserved breather. Also, enjoy the delicious and the fantastic food at Sabio By the Sea and Blue Lotus.
Mouth-watering food to tempt your tastebuds!

Mouth-watering food to tempt your tastebuds!

5) Observe the amazing sights of Singapore at Singapore Flyer:
Tourists get to view some amazing 360-degree views of the beautiful city through the Singapore Flyer. Get ready to be awed by the sheer beauty of Singapore with the most amazing panoramic views.
6) Become Young again!
Come for a vacation to Singapore and take back a younger self. Yes, Singapore is the home for some tummy-tucks and even Botox surgeries. Camden Medical Centre is the hot spot and surgeon Woffles Wu is well-known and respected for his expertise.
7) Shop, shop till you drop at Orchard Road:
Orchard Road has more than 20 malls and houses more than 5,000 brands for you to shop from. They have almost everything to cater for even a diehard shopaholic. Keep your credit card ready and shop away to some amazing retail therapy.
Have fun shopping in Singapore!

Have fun shopping in Singapore!

8) Offshore Islands, Here we come:
How about heading out to the sea to the Offshore Islands and taking a break from the maddening frenzy of the shopping malls. Do explore the picturesque and the pristine beaches of Saint John, Sister’s, Kusu and Lazarus Islands.
9) Marina Bay Sands SkyPark:
How about a bird’s eye-view of Singapore through the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark? It has a beautiful observation deck along with an infinity pool and you can gaze at the beauty of Singapore from high up in the sky! 
10) Get Geeky in Singapore!
This is not a well-known fact but Singapore is one of the top destinations when you want to buy electrical gadgets. And what’s more, you can get them all together at the Funan Digitalife Mall and Sim Lim Square. They also some good discounts and interesting deals for the discerning customers.

Singapore in 4 Days – Couples Choice

Planning to travel to Singapore but unsure which attractions to head to? No idea which eateries offer a fulfilling meal? This guide may help you to plan your holiday in such a way that it is ideal for couples. Read more to find out!

Day 1: Discover the Singapore’s Wildlife Reserves

Morning: Kick-start your day off by tasting our very own traditional local delicacy Kaya Toast with Hard-Boiled eggs topped off with a cup of coffee. We suggest you to have it over at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. After fueling up your tummy with yummy breakfast, board the SAEx® bus service which brings you straight to the Singapore Zoological. Alternatively, you may also wish to take the fastest and most convenient route– cab. Do note that taking the cab might cost you a bomb.

Check out the wonderful animals at the zoo

Check out the wonderful animals at the zoo

Upon arrival at Singapore Zoo, purchase the ticket at the counter or online. Opt for Park Hopper which allows you to visit the Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and even Jurong Bird Park at the price of oneClick here for further information on parks and many more! Look forward for the fun yet thrilling adventure with the animals! Be sure not to miss our own iconic animal, Ah Meng.

Afternoon: After completing the Zoo trip in the morning, now let’s move on to the exciting River Safari. Spend your afternoon by going for either Amazon River Quest or River Safari Quest or even both. These 2 rides are priced at $5 (Adult) and $3 (Child age 3-12 years old). Be sure not to miss Singapore’s Giant Panda– Jia Jia and Kai Kai. Don’t forget to pay a visit to 6 different rivers which will definitely awe you. Feeling famished? We suggest you to have lunch/early dinner at Mama Panda Kitchen and be pleased with their cutesy Panda Pau!

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Night Safari: Unlimited Fun

Evening/Night: Make an early admission to the Night Safari. You may also have your dinner over at Bongo Burgers and be enthralled with Thumbuakar Performance— a cultural dance performance by the Thumbuakar dancers who will perform their fire-sparking stunts. After the performance has ended, walk your way to the Wallaby Trail where you will get to explore further on Australasia’s animal– the Wallabies and the Possums. Next, catch the Creatures of The Night Show which offers a spectacular night where most nocturnal animals will excite you and your partner with their talents and skills. This extravagant show is surely not to be missed.

Day 2: Gateway to Sentosa Island

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Universal Theme Park in Singapore

Morning: Let’s start the day with Universal Studios Singapore (also known as USS in short) in the morning where the crowd is less and you will not get caught up with the heat. USS offers 7 different zones movie magic filled with joy and adventure for you and partner to venture. Be sure not to miss any of the 7 zones. In case you have yet to have your breakfast, and have been a fan of Sesame Street since you are a kid, why not have a Breakfast Buffet with The Sesame Street’s characters! The price of breakfast buffet inclusive of the One Day Admission fee. Click here for more information. Do note that each zones offer variety of dining eateries for you to choose from. it’s so flexible! Check out their website for further details.

To reach USS, simply take the MRT and alight at Harbourfront Station (NE1|CC29). Upon reaching, follow the direction which leads to Vivo City Level 3 (Lobby L). Purchase a Single-Trip admission ticket (via Monorail) to Sentosa Island (worth $4.00) at the Ticketing Machine. Alternatively, you may also use your Ez-Link card for admission to Sentosa. $4.00 will be deducted in your Ez-Link card instantly. Finally alight at Waterfront Station and make your way to USS!

Afternoon: Take a lovely stroll with your partner at Siloso Beach— Singapore’s only hippest beach. There are a number of activities for you to choose from during your afternoon stay at Siloso Beach. Along the way, you may get a chance to witness the local youths who may be gathering around for team bonding session. Head down to Wave House Sentosa where you can master your wake-boarding skills or you can even ride the Banana Boat at SeaBreeze Water Sports— also located in the Wave House. If you’re looking for some outdoor activities under the scorching sun, we suggest The Flying Trapeze and MegaZip Adventure Park. You may dip in the water or work your tan and lay above the fine sand. Don’t fret as the Beach Patrols are always on the look out for everyone’s safety at the beach. Hence, seek emergency help from the Beach Patrols.

Evening/Night: Surprise your partner by having an intimate dinner in the Singapore Cable Car while witnessing the breathtaking scenery. Yes, you heard me right! You can even propose to the love of your life here. Be sure to book the on-board dining experience at least 1 month in advance. From now (Jan 2015) to June 2015, the Cable Car offers a DC Super Heroes theme! If your partner is a fan of Superman, this is the one-time opportunity for you not to be missed. To experience Singapore Cable Car, simply board from Imbiah Lookout, next to Tiger Sky Tower. Admission fee applies. Visit here for more information.

Day 3: The City of Tourist Attractions 

Morning: Rise and shine folks! If you are thinking of trying something new for breakfast, we suggest you to have Roti Parata with their savory Fish Curry and go along with a cup of Teh Tarik (Indian’s version of Milk Tea). Have it at Al Tasneem Restaurant (North Bridge Road) where they sell Roti Prata at an affordable rate. Next, head down to Gardens by The Bay. Take the MRT from Bugis Station Downtown Line (DT14) and alight at Bayfront Station (DT16). Board the shuttle bus which is available at Bayfront Station (DT16). Upon arrival, visit their cooled conservatories– Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Check out the exotic plants and vibrant florals, which are imported from various countries. Tickets can be purchased online or even over the counter.

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Gorgeous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Afternoon: Let’s move on to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) where various indoor activities can be done such as betting over at the Casino, view masterpieces at Art Science Museum, catch the latest musical shows at MasterCard Theatre, try out Ice Skating at the Skating Rink and even ride The Sampan. Oh! Not to forget to window-shop at Marina Bay Shoppe. If you or your partner have been dreaming to watch the eye-bird view scenery as tall as 65 level, grab your chance by dropping by at the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck.

Evening/Night: Be dazzled by witnessing the 360 degree view of Singapore’s City in Singapore Flyer’s capsule. This is also another alternative for you to have a candle-light dinner with your partner and held the proposal to your partner. You can also try out local foods from the foodcourt at Level 1. We suggest you to try Ice Kachang as a dessert. To get to Singapore Flyer, walk across the Helix Bridge from MBS and walk your way down– just a 15-minute walking distance.

Day 4: Shopping Paradise!

Morning: Start your perfect morning by having a morning stroll with your partner or have a picnic over at Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens will let you discover more about variety of plantations around the gardens. Head down to National Orchid Garden (inside Botanic Gardens) where you can simply find Singapore’s very own Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid! Another best point for you not to be missed is to catch 2 swans at the Swans Lake! FYI, Botanic Gardens is the best venue for having pre-wedding photo shoots. Hence, you might stumble upon couples dressing up wedding costumes.

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

Afternoon: Have your lunch at Dempsey Hill where you will find exquisite restaurants to choose from. We suggest you to have your brunch over at P.S Cafe for a scrumptious meal. Afterwards, head to the Museums at the Central area where you will learn more about Singapore’s history and culture. Places like National Museum, Singapore Art Museum or Singapore Philatelic Museum.

To go to Dempsey Hill from Botanic Gardens, take the cab to bring you there. Another way for you to reach is to take bus number 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123 and 178 (opposite Gleneagles Hospital, exit from Tanglin Gate) and alight 2 stops after the bus-stop you board at.

Evening/Night: Shopping Paradise over Orchard Road to shop for branded goods like Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Prada or Gucci. You can also shop at Bugis Street where you can find lots of merchandises available at a cheaper price. You can even bargain too! There are plenty of eateries out there across Orchard Road. On Bugis Street, you can have your dinner at Bugis Junction or Bugis Plus.

If you’re planning to head to Bugis Street from Orchard Road, take bus number 7, 36 and 175.

Tips: Download MyTransport app on your device where you can get timely bus arrival timings at your finger tips! To calculate the taxi fare, click here where it gives you the estimate cab fare. There are various taxi app like Uber, Hailo and Easy Taxi to book cab instantly.

Singapore Shopping:  The Best Guide!

Singapore boasts to be the cleanest and most livable cities in the world with high quality and standard of life.  Most tourists visit the city to look for high-end electronics and there are a number of malls wherein shoppers can find signature clothes, accessories, timepieces, art, antiques and beauty products than other shopping city capitals in the world.

Here are some of the never-to-miss places to go when in Singapore.  Be sure to visit each one of them for your shopping pleasure.  You can find what you are looking for in one of these places so be ready to visit each one while you are in this side of the world.  Take your time to enjoy your vacation and shopping spree.

Get exciting bargains in Little India

Get exciting bargains in Little India

  1. Little India – a place wherein you’ll be amazed as if you were in a different world.  It is gleaming with streets famous for its antiques, art, music, textiles and of course, jewelry.  If you’re looking for Indian gold like bangles or ankle bracelets for an Indian wedding then you are in the right place.  The place is also swarming with stores with silverware and brassware for specific festivities.  This is also one place to find intricately woven saris in different colors, which can be used as bridal ornaments.  Little India is also famous for its homemade spicy Indian curry, which can be bought in take-out packets.  It also houses the 24-hour modern department store, which sells clothing, electronics and your favorite toiletries at reasonable prices like the Mustafa Center.
  1. Haji Lane – it was once a place with pre-war shop houses and signature boutiques, which abundantly opened and closed immediately but is still frequented by shopping enthusiasts.  This is also a place to find cool and fashionable women’s clothing and accessories, men’s wear and multiple home ware stores made by Singaporean designers like Kin.  It also features boutiques by new and up-and-coming fashion designers that have upgraded their styles.  Not to worry if you go hungry or just want to rest your tired feet since it also has cafes and bars.  Also a good place to look for carpet retailers is the Anil Brothers and for high-class fashion stores, visit The Blogshop.
  1. Tiong Bahru Plaza – if you are going for fashion boutiques then this is the place for you.  It houses Bossini, Giordano and Hang Ten stores for the casual clothing.  Beauty stores and pharmacy items can be bought at Guardian Pharmacy, The Body Shop and Watson’s.  For literature and book lovers out there and who wants to spend some time reading a good book, Books Actually is the place to go.  Also lined with cafes and bakeshop like the Tiong Bahru Bakery, you can get a good cup of coffee or tea if you want to relax before heading to another store or after reading.  A famous designer boutique is the Nana & Bird with a mix of European and local fashion designers.

    Have fun shopping in Singapore!

    Have fun shopping in Singapore!

  1. Orchard Road – the shopping boulevard, which stretches 2.2 kilometers of equally fashion and signature stores.  It was originally named after the nutmeg and pepper plantations lining the road in the early 1840s.  Since then, Orchard Road underwent a whopping SGD40 million renovation to unveil the widened walkways with better lighting.  Big malls like the famous Wheelock Place are situated in this strip wherein shoppers will be overwhelmed with more designer shops ranging from the latest women’s and men’s apparel.  For electronic buffs out there, this mall houses Apple and iPod resellers, Marks and Spencer and Nike Shop.  Go to the basement for feminine items and underwear like the Rosebullet brand.
  1. Far East Plaza – women will have a ball shopping for make-up, toiletries and top-of-the-line beauty products from leading and world-renowned brands.  Plus, this is the place to have some relaxation like massages and beauty treatments.  Have a flair for a new hairstyle or a new look?  Then get an extension or head on to the next store, which boasts of different hair colors.  Young women will enjoy the small shops selling branded dresses, t-shirts and accessories in Level One.  Opposite Far East Plaza, is the DFS Galleria Scottswalk for your duty-free shopping on internationally known brands like Burberry, Prada, Mont Blanc and Tiffany & Co.
  1. Suntec City Mall – Suntec City Mall is divided into four zones and is unique as it features a much-talked-about place called the Fountain of Wealth.  This fountain is in the Guinness Book of World Records entered as the largest in the world.  You might not want to miss getting your hands wet in the fountain and visit Singapore again to get instant wealth.  Who knows?  It might come true and with the wealth you’ll have, more shopping is in store for you.  So don’t miss the Entertainment Centre, the Galleria Tropics and the Fountain Terrace.  Specialty shops offer basic items, trendy clothing for women at Lowry’s Farm.
  1. Millenia Walk – people who are looking for signature timepieces flock this place.  It is linked to 5-star hotels like Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton and Pan Pacific.  Go to the Cortina Watch Escape or The Hour Glass for Red Army Watches and other trendy watches.  Plus this place offers fashion outlets like Déjà vu Vintage for dresses for your throwback parties and handmade jewels.  For flowing and brightly colored frocks, try Trixillini.  Stores like Aesop and Senteurs de Provence offers cosmetic, beauty and spa products for women who are vain enough not to have these in their bags.  For electronics and furniture, roam Harvey Norman store which is the electronics giant.
  1. Dempsey Road – this place used to be composed of army barracks, which have been turned into high-end and classy restaurants and cozy bars at night.  During daytime, it is turned into a peaceful street with more antiques, landscaping ornaments and authentic Kashmir carpets at affordable prices.  An array of art galleries line up the road specializing in Indonesian, Chinese or Indo-European work plus showcases local art can be found in Linda Gallery.  Also visit Woody Antique House for other Chinese and Burmese teakware.
  1. Tanglin Road – this road is closer to the town and another great place to hunt and find unique Asian antiques like Persian carpets to precious Japanese pearls.  If you’re into maps, books and postcards or photographs then go to the Antiques of the Orient.  Tanglin Mall is frequented by families with small children as they have shops with kid’s apparel and toys.  Plus it offers a basement food court wherein they serve Indian and Korean dishes catering to vegetarian and Indian food spices as well.  There is also a DIY Store for home improvement and sporting shops for the athletic types.  A CD Store offers an array of music compilations for the music lovers.
  1. Vivo City – an easy accessible from Harbourfront station, one can find Singapore’s largest entertainment, lifestyle and retail destination.  For gambling aficionados, Resorts World is situated in Sentosa Island for some relaxation and to try your luck.  If you’re looking for creative and colorful stationery, try the items from Smiggle, which is an Australian brand.  More branded and designer shops like Denizen, Sasa and Armani Exchange can be found in Vivo City.  This place is the shopaholics’ haven so better not miss this opportunity.
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