Singapore

Best Places To Visit In Asia - Singapore - Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

Singapore

Singapore Merlion

South of the peninsula of Malaysia is this tiny island called Singapore. I remember when I was a young lad, and they taught in history classes about how Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore in 1819.

Since then, the city-state has become one of the 1st world countries with skyscrapers, subways, vibrant night life, plethora of tasty local food influenced by multi cultures, some interesting sights, and of course lots of shopping.

Singapore is now one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Continue reading to find out why?



Where is Singapore?

This island country is located one degree north of the equator. As mentioned earlier, it is situated at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula. To the south of Singapore is Indonesia with its Riau Islands.

Most people usually see Singapore as just one island. But she actually comprises of that one island with 62 other islets.

Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade
Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade

Races, Culture & Religion

Multiracial Society in Singapore
Multiracial Society in Singapore

Since young, it was clear to me that we lived in a multi-racial society. There are Chinese, Malay, Indian and many other races here. The Chinese is about 75% of the population. The Malay is about 14%. Indians are about 9%. The rest are an exciting mix of many other cultures such as the Eurasians who are a mix of European and Asian races.

There are also many other people from other countries such as from mainland China, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipinos, etc. Many are here as expatriates, having found work in Singapore.


Festivals and Public Holidays

Due to having so many races in this land, and being multicultural, Singapore is basically secular. At the same time, this island celebrates holidays and festivals from each culture and religion.

Here are some of the public holidays and festivals in Singapore:

1 January, New Year

Singapore celebrates with many parts of the world to welcome the New Year. There are many exciting events in various parts of the island. At the Marina Bay, there is the New Year Countdown. At Sentosa, there are the famous wet and wild foam parties. At these venues, awesome fireworks display announces the arrival of the new year.

Usually in February, Lunar New Year

Lion Dance - Chinese New Year
Lion Dance – Chinese New Year

This is the big festival for the Chinese. Not just in Singapore but anywhere in the world where there are Chinese.

The Chinese calendar is based on lunar cycles. As such, the new year arrives on a different date on the solar calendar for the Chinese. Usually, the Lunar New Year is in Feb but sometimes it arrives earlier in January, and can even be late and arrives in March.

The celebration lasts for 15 days but officially the public holidays lasts only 2 days. During these 2 days, Chinese families will visit each other to wish each other a very good and prosperous new year with the greeting – Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财).

There is so much more to talk about this festival, and I will write a blog post about this in the future.

Also, during Lunar New Year Celebrations are:

River Hongbao

This is one of the highlights during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Held at the NS Square at the Marina Bay floating platform, this lively festival ushers in the Lunar New Year with song, dance, carnival games and more. It climaxes to pyrotechnics display to welcome the new year in bright and auspicious style. If you visit during this time, do not miss this exciting activity.

Chingay Parade

This is a vibrant and colourful parade that you must not miss if you are in town. There are bright lights, dazzling floats, lion dance and dragon dance troupes as well as performers to entertain everyone. This parade showcases the spectrum of Singaporean culture such as the Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians, and many others.

Usually January or February, Thaipusam

Devotee with Kavadi
Devotee with Kavadi

This festival is a traffic stopper. A large and colourful procession of Hindu devotees seek blessings from their Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan. Some participate to fulfil vows or offer thanks to their Lord who is known for virtue, youth, power and also the destroyer of evil. Some devotees carry milk pots, some pierce their tongues with skewers, and some carry a kavadi decorated with flowers and peacock feathers.

Usually in March or April, Good Friday

This is a relatively quiet celebration. Churches in Singapore will hold services that are short and solemn.

Easter Sunday

In contrast to Good Friday mentioned above, there is a little more festive activities during Easter Sunday. Churches would again have special services like sunrise services. Christians will gather for a meal. Hot cross buns, Easter eggs, chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits, and various types of candies are popular during this time.

May 1, Labour Day

This is a public holiday in Singapore that began in 1960 where the workers are remembered for their contributions to the country. Again, it is also quietly celebrated. Most people simply enjoy the day off. At the same time, recently, there are more May Day (another term for Labour Day) celebrations organized for the workers to have fun and enjoy.

Usually in May, Vesak Day

The most significant day for Buddhists. Vesak Day celebrates the birth, attainment of Enlightenment and the passing of Buddha. Temples in Singapore celebrate this important day with devotion and prayers. Festivities start at the crack of dawn. Long ceremonies and chanting the sutra by monks are held to bless all. Devotees offer flowers, candles and joss sticks. At some temples, there are candlelight processions. A beautiful sight to behold.

Hari Raya Puasa

This is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It marks the end of fasting, and celebrates forgiveness, fellowship and food. Muslims wake early on this day to visit the mosques to pray and give thanks for what they have in life. Families in Singapore would visit each other, dressed in beautiful new clothes. Greet your Muslim friends on this glorious day with ‘Eid Mubarak’!

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival

An exciting festival filled with zest and cheer! At the beat of drums, dragon boat racers in long and narrow boats race to the finish line at the roar of crowds. This is an exciting spectacle not to be missed. It is held during the Dumpling Festival. The legend goes that a patriot in ancient China, called Qu Yuan, died in despair when his country was defeated. He cast himself into the river and died. The villagers rushed out in long boats to search for his body, and they threw rice dumplings to feed the fish so that they would not eat Qu Yuan’s body.

Hungry Ghost Festival

During the 7th Lunar Month, the Chinese believe that the dead return to roam the earth. To appease the dead, people burn paper money and other paper versions of material such as cars, watches, gold, etc. Some would also offer food and burn joss sticks. There are also Chinese operas and live acts to entertain the ghosts.

August 9, National Day

In 1965, Singapore gained independence. To commemorate this day, a parade is held with performances by various groups, and a firework extravaganza at the Marina Waterfront. There is even flypast by the air force with commandos parachuting down to the site. In all, it is a spectacular event.

Hari Raya Haji

This religious day marks the end of the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca. In mosques, prayers are said and sermons given. There are also sacrifices of cows, goats and sheep. At the end of the day, Muslims visit parents and families to celebrate over a big meal.

Singapore F1 Grand Prix

This is not so much a festival or public holiday. It is a major event that is worth mentioning here. Singapore has managed to be one of the venues for the FIA Formula One World Championship. Today, this event attracts tourists from all over the world. Famous entertainers hold sold out concerts during this time.

Mooncake Festival

Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this is a delightful and sweet night when families get together to enjoy foods and snacks, especially mooncakes. The origin of this festival is that Chang Er, wife of a merciless king, took an elixir of immortality. This magic potion floated her to the moon, and she became the Moon Goddess.

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

This festival welcomes the Nine Emperor Gods and devotees worship them for nine days. It begins on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. As part of the celebrations, long processions with colourful lion and dragon dance troupes and sedan chairs to go to a designated river and invite the Gods. On the 9th day, the same procession goes back to the same river to send off the Gods.

Usually November, Deepavali

Diwali - Festival of Lights
Diwali – Festival of Lights

Deepavali is sometimes also called Diwali. It is known as the Festival of Lights because this festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Hindus all over the world light up their homes with candles and electric lights. On this day, gifts are exchanged and feasts are ravished. Devotees perform puja, which is a type of prayers to deities such as Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility and prosperity.

December 25, Christmas Day

All over the world, Christmas is celebrated. In Singapore, this used to be a major event with even stores competing to win the best Christmas display. Sadly, today the lights are minimal and the festivities are a little boring. Nevertheless, there is a little bit of magic in the air as people go about quietly excited with gifts and Christmas dinners.


Dress Codes & National Dress

There is no official dress code in Singapore. But at certain venues, there is acceptable dress codes that you should be aware of. For example, at a temple, do not wear revealing clothes, shorts or slippers. The same can be said for any place of worship.

Other than that, you can wear comfortable clothing. Especially during the hot season.
There is also no National Dress. Instead, people will wear traditional clothes that represent their culture. For example, the Chinese ladies wear the cheongsam, better known as the QiPao.


National Sport

There is no actual National Sport of Singapore. Most Singaporeans participate in sports for recreation. Some do it for competition.


Currency in Singapore

The currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dollar. It is sometimes symbolized by S$. The currency code is SGD.

The Singapore dollar is used everywhere in Singapore. No other currency is accepted for purchases here. So, please do change your currency and get some Singapore dollars to spend.


Weather in Singapore

monsoon

Being so close to the equator, the weather here is usually hot and humid. The temperature is usually around 30°C by day. Although, it does get cooler during the year end when the monsoon arrives.

It does rain throughout the year. During the monsoon season, which is usually from November to January, latest February, there is more rainfall. During this period, it rains almost every day. It would be heavy rain, sometimes with lightning and thunder.

Travel Tip: If you like water sports, year-end monsoon is not a good time to visit Singapore. Also, the frequent rain can dampen your plans to tour the city.

Another period of time can sometimes be not ideal for visiting Singapore. This is between May and October. There are forest fires in the neighbouring country, Indonesia. The result is haze. This is unpredictable. Some years the haze is really bad. Some years, it is quite mild, and even to the point of none at all.

Travel Tip: If you have chronic heart of lung conditions, or simply do not want to suffer unhealthy pollution situation, then avoid this period.

Other than the above, Singapore can be said to be a great place to visit almost any time of the year. What you can do is check the local weather before planning a visit here.


Things to See in Singapore

Singapore is a small island. And yet, there are many things to do here, many Things To See In Singapore.

For a start, when you land at Singapore Changi Airport, there is a lot to see at the airport. There is the famous Kinetic Rain Moving Sculpture, just to name at least one.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain. Click Image to See More
Things To See In Singapore – Changi Airport Kinetic Rain. Click Image to See More

As you enter the city, there are many areas of interest. There is Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street, and many places where you can find interesting things to see and do.

There is also the Singapore Zoological Gardens, which I personally find is one of the best zoos in the world. There is also the enchanting Botanical Gardens. And let’s not forget the popular Sentosa island, just south of Singapore. It is where you can visit the Universal Studios, and enjoy sun, sea and sand. It is also where many foam parties are held.
There is plenty more. And I will add them as I blog about each of these great and fun things to do in Singapore.


What to eat in Singapore?

Singaporeans love to eat. Well, most of them, including me. And that is why there are many delicious foods to eat in Singapore. Also, the many cultures in Singapore has created a vast variety of cuisines.

The Chinese offers chicken rice, fried kway teow, seafood dishes, bak kut teh, kway chap, duck rice, mee pok, laksa, yong tau foo, and plenty more.

Nasi Lemak, Nasi Padang, Mee Siam, Mee Rebus and many more piquant dishes are by the Malays.

Then there are the spicy Mee Goreng, Roti Prata, Indian Rojak, Thosai and more from the Indians.

Added to the above, there are dishes from the Eurasians, Thais, Vietnamese, Filipino, and many more others that add to the culinary offerings.

All above can be found at food courts around Singapore. There are even food courts that has dessert stalls! Check out this one that sells the most divine chocolate cakes in a food court!

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Divine Chocolate Cake in a Food Court - click the image to find out where?
Divine Chocolate Cakes in a Food Court – click the image to find out where?

And if you are vegetarian and love organic food, try the New Green Pasture Cafe.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Rainbow Salad with Charcoal Noodles -  The Best Organic Vegetarian Cafe in Singapore - click image to find out where?
The Best Organic Vegetarian Cafe in Singapore – click image to find out where?

When in Singapore, must eat. Check out the Best Places to Eat in Singapore.


Shopping in Singapore

In almost every district, there are shops and there are malls. So many that some people may wonder if they are all necessary? And they have a point.

Today, the crowds at the malls are gone. Most people shop on the Internet. Retail shops are struggling. Still, it is a nice leisure activity to walk around and simply look.


How to get to Singapore?

Singapore is an island. As such, there are many ways to get to Singapore.

By Airplane

Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines

Singapore’s national carrier is the Singapore Airlines. SilkAir is a sister airline that covers routes which Singapore Airlines do not, and at a lower price, too. Scoot is its sister carrier that is no frills and is a budget airline.

All airlines land at the famous Singapore Changi Airport. The airport is well known and has been rated high every year. It is not just an airport, it is also a place where locals and tourists go to shop at the numerous retail stores, and dine at the food and beverage outlets.

By Train

Sadly, the old train system that used to travel to and from Malaysia has been closed down. There has been plans for a new train system that comes from neighbouring Malaysia, but that has been shelved till further notice.

By Bus

There are many buses and coaches that travel from Malaysia to Singapore. There are many transportation companies that provide this service.

One of the best bus operators we have experienced so far is Aeroline. We have used this luxury bus service often from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and back. The experience is very good. We will share about it in a blog post soon.

By Road

Cars are another mode of transport to and from Singapore. Do note that you will need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) in order to drive into and around Singapore. Do check with your car rental company for more details.

By Boat / Ferry

There are ferries that sail over the seas to Singapore from Malaysia and Indonesia. Most of them arrive at Harbourfront. You can also take these ferries to Malaysia or Indonesia. A popular destination is Batam, where many Singaporeans go to for a quick weekend getaway. They take the ferry from Harbourfront to Batam. The ride is only about 40 to 50 minutes.

There are also luxury cruises that can take you from Singapore to different parts of Southeast Asia, and back. These cruises offer a more comfortable journey with all the facilities, amenities, great food and entertainment.

Do check out the ferry and cruises sites for further information.

On foot

Walking on foot across the causeway bridge to or from Malaysia is not permitted. Please do not try this as it is illegal.

Visas

All foreign visitors must ensure that they meet or possess the visa as required by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

Depending on the country you are from, the length of stay permitted can be 14, 30 or 90 days.

To know whether you require a visa to visit Singapore or not, please confirm with the Singaporean Embassy in your country. Better still, visit the Immigration Department of Singapore website and the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for confirmation.

Do note that when you overstay in Singapore, you are subjected to a possible fine. The fine is dependent on the type of stay you have been given, and the length of overstay. Again, the best is to visit the Immigration Department of Singapore website to get accurate information and details.


How to Get Around in Singapore?

As an island, it should be easy to get around Singapore, right? Strangely enough, before the advent of MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), it was not. During the pre-MRT days, people had to take the bus and that can be tedious and require long hours of waiting and traveling. The alternative to faster travel was (and still is today) via taxi or your own car.

By MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

The MRT system is getting to reach more places. It is now the main public transport that most Singaporeans and tourists take to get to many places. In fact, many of the places of interest or attractions can be reached via the MRT.
Check the MRT website for more information on how to travel around Singapore using the mode of transportation.

Travel Tip: There is a card ticket for tourists. You pay less for travel on the MRT and the card ticket lasts for days.

By Bus

The bus system in Singapore is quite good. It can reach certain places that the MRT cannot. There are a few bus operators in Singapore, but that does not really matter.

How you take a bus is to look up the bus guide for buses to your destination. The bus guide will also tell you which bus stop or terminal to board the bus you require.

There is a website where you can find out this information, too. Also, an app is available.

By Taxi

Taxis go by the meter in Singapore. When you board a taxi, simply state your destination. You can either wave down a taxi or go to a taxi stand to hail a cab. There are laws regarding where a taxi can stop. So, make sure the area you are hailing a cab allows the taxi to stop legally.

There are some taxi operators that work with Grab. See Grab below.

By Grab

This is a service where you can get a cab or a Grab driver (for example an owner of a private car) to drive you to your destination. It is exactly like Uber.

All you have to do is download the app, and fill in your details. Then use the app to ‘hail’ a vehicle to get you to your destination.

By Foot

Most people get around in Singapore using the above modes of transportation. Occasionally, some like to walk from one place to another. Even if it is over a great distance. And that is OK.

In Singapore, it is quite easy to walk about Singapore. And when after a long walk, take a break and enjoy the local coffee.



If you have ANY questions about Singapore, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Places To Eat in Singapore – New Green Pasture Cafe

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - header

Best Places To Eat in Singapore – New Green Pasture Cafe

“Let’s go and enjoy great organic food!” Even today, in Singapore, such a suggestion for lunch or dinner with my friends would be greeted with “Ewwww” or “Er …” or straight up “No”. And I can’t blame them. Organic food is often perceived as nutritional but far from tasty; some even say tasteless

But after much encouraging, my friends relented. And guess what? They loved the food here! In fact, they love it so much that all of them have returned and brought their friends to enjoy the delicious dishes too. This is why I have anointed New Green Pasture Cafe as one of the Best Places To Eat in Singapore.


New Green Pasture Cafe – The Overview & Rankings

Name: New Green Pasture Cafe
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Sushi, Vegan Options – MSG-Free, Low Fat, Minimal Salt, Free from Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides.
Meals Served:  Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 5.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.5 out of 5.0
Value: 5.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 4.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 Five Stars Rating



About New Green Pasture Cafe

The story of how New Green Pasture Cafe began along the shopping belt in Singapore known as Orchard Road. A petite designer named Ms Sophia Teh found the vegetarian food served in many eating places to be oily and lacking in true nutrition. Most of the dishes were deep fried and actually unhealthy.

After years of consuming the typical vegetarian food served at food centres, cafes and restaurants, Sophia began to suffer in health. One of the many afflictions was gout, which brought her much pain for over 7 years. Parts of her body were swollen. There were times when it was even difficult for her to hold a simple pair of chopsticks.

Determined to not use western medicine, she attended talks and workshops to learn from doctors on how to heal one’s body through natural methods. In 1984, she made the choice to eat only organic food. She began to cook and eat her own organic meals, and soon her health started to improve.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Sophia Teh, Owner of New Green Pasture Cafe and Asia Travel Gems' Timotheus Lee
Sophia Teh, Owner of New Green Pasture Cafe and Asia Travel Gems’ Timotheus Lee, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Some of the knowledge she gained were, for example, how Apple Cider Vinegar can help to detox our bodies. She also learned about the benefits of enzymes. Hence, one of the popular drinks at her cafe is the ABC Juice (see photo and description below in Delcious Organic Food section).

As she continued exploring the organic world, she noticed that her body healed. All her afflictions were gone. She was also less tired as she found herself more energetic. Today, when you visit New Green Pasture Cafe, you will notice how spry she is for her age.

Over the years, Sophia experimented on how to cook organic food in such a way that is very palatable. Today, a lot of her dishes include more raw foods and most are lessed cooked and less processed. All food at New Green Pasture Cafe are MSG-Free, Low Fat and contains Minimal Salt. Of course, being that all of the ingredients are organic; they are Free from Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides.


Delicious Organic Food

This is my favourite dish – Rainbow Salad with Charcoal Noodles. It used to be the Penang Laksa, which is still very good. But I only have one stomach. If I can eat more at one meal time, I would have both this dish and the Penang Laksa. Yes, greedy me.

As you can see in the photo below, there are lots of veggies – carrots, beetroot, purple cabbages, bean sprouts, etc. Truly a rainbow of vegetable delights. The charcoal noodles are hidden below the layers that also include a zesty mix of salad sauce that is slightly sweet and tangy. Together, the combination brings so much pleasure to the taste buds.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Rainbow Salad with Charcoal Noodles
Rainbow Salad with Charcoal Noodles, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

My next favourite is the Rojak! A mix of slices of cucumber, pineapple, turnip, bean sprouts, apples, mangoes and tau pok. The latter is a type of fried beancurd that is flat and square. The outer layer is brown and crispy and the inner is soft and spongy. The sauce used is purely organic and vegetarian. No prawn paste at all (of course, right?).

You will be amazed how Sophia has managed to make it taste so much better than the usual rojak sold at food courts, using just organic sauces. The result is a light and appetizing side dish.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Rojak
Rojak, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Whenever I visit New Green Pasture Cafe, I MUST HAVE a glass of ABC juice. It contains Apple, Carrot and Beetroot that have healthy enzymes. Also, great for detox.

On top of it, the ingredients are organic. So you know you are really getting the really good stuff without fertilizers and pesticides leftovers that many fruit juice bars have. The taste is delicious and refreshing!

Tip: Drink it all as soon as you can. It is pure organic and leaving it out too long will cause the precious cargo to oxidize and not be as valuable as when freshly served.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - ABC Juice
ABC Juice, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It is wonderful to dine with friends at New Green Pasture Cafe. We can order a few dishes and share. This way we get to taste new fares from the menu. There was one time I had the chance to try the Ginger Vinegar Set with my friends.

Tip: The flavor of the Ginger Vinegar is strong. If you dislike strong flavors, then do not order this. Other than that, it is a really well designed meal.

The Ginger Vinegar balanced well with the brown rice and side dishes. Also, the ginger with vinegar is really beneficial for the digestive system. Totally cleansing.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Ginger Vinegar Set
Ginger Vinegar Set, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Another time, during dinner with friends at New Green Pasture Cafe, we shared the Sri Lanka Roll. After we had it, we understood now why this is one of the most popular dishes here.

Tip: It is a little spicy. So only try if you can take spicy food or willing to try.

Go ahead. Order this. You won’t regret it.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Sri Lanka Roll
Sri Lanka Roll, img src: IG: greenpasturenew

I have not personally tried the next few items from the menu. But have heard rave reviews from other diners. Do try them when you can. I surely will.

Below is the Bamboo Rice with Mushroom, Tofu and Salad. This does seem like a popular meal. Once, when I sat near the order counter, I noticed many people ordering this dish.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Bamboo Rice with Mushroom, Tofu and Salad
Bamboo Rice with Mushroom, Tofu and Salad, img src: IG: greenpasturenew

The Super Golden Pillow Toast looks so enticing! These days I rarely eat sandwiches or anything with bread. But this looks so good that I may try it on one of those days when I feel like having something with bread.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Super Golden Pillow Toast
Super Golden Pillow Toast, img src: IG: greenpasturenew

Sophia personally shared with me that the Quinoa with Buckwheat Porridge is a hidden gem on her menu. It is rich with nutritious ingredients and absolutely healthy. She said that if we have this at least once every day, you can see the difference in your body’s health. Sounds great right?

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Quinoa with Buckwheat Porridge
Quinoa with Buckwheat Porridge, img src: IG: greenpasturenew

There are many choices of delicious organic food at New Green Pasture Cafe. I wish I could feature them all but it is not possible. What I can do, instead, is to point you to their Instagram account – @greenpasturenew.

Follow their account as Sophia does her best to update her followers on the awesome food she offers at her cafe.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Instagram Account
New Green Pasture Cafe’s Instagram Account, img src: IG: greenpasturenew


Inside New Green Pasture Cafe

The interior of New Green Pasture Cafe is simple and unassuming.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Inside New Green Pasture Cafe
Inside New Green Pasture Cafe, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Not sure what to order? Take a look at their Menu Wall. Photos and names of the dishes are shown for easy reference and selection. You can ask Sophia and her staff for more info about each of the dishes to help you decide.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Menu Wall and Soup Counter
Menu Wall and Soup Counter, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Further in, the Dining Area is simple and clean.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Inside Dining Area
Inside Dining Area, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

For those interested to try cooking their own organic meals at home, there is a Retail Section inside.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe - Retail Section
Retail Section, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Enjoying your meal and feeling a little thirsty? There is a counter offering free water. It is self service, so help yourself to as much water as you like.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe offers Free Water
New Green Pasture Cafe offers Free Water, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems



New Green Pasture Cafe – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

Five Points RatingSince the day I first experienced the awesome food at New Green Pasture Cafe, I have shared this hidden gem to many through word of mouth, and via my Facebook account.

Everyone I introduced to love the food here, and kept coming back for more.

When I started Asia Travel Gems, I had every intent to share this hidden gem with my readers and followers. Finally, today is the day.

The food here is truly amazing. And deserves the 5.0 rating. Every dish is crafted from the heart and love. Each meal is unique with its own special taste and flavor.

I highly recommend everyone to try the food at New Green Pasture Cafe as I do feel it is really one of the Best Places To Eat in Singapore. If you are hesitant or averse to organic food, you will surely change your mind about organic cuisine.


How to Get There?

Address

190 Middle Road #04-22 Fortune Centre Singapore 188979

Operating Hours :

11am to 8pm
Closed on Mondays

Contact Number:

Phone – 6336 8755
Handphone – 9451 2799

MRT

Go to Bugis MRT Station. Walk from Bugis Junction to Bugis+. Exit from Bugis+ to Queen Street. Walk down Queen Street towards Middle Road.

Walk along Middle Road to Fortune Centre.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Fortune Centre
Fortune Centre, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Front of Fortune Centre facing Bencoolen Street
Front of Fortune Centre facing Bencoolen Street, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Enter Fortune Centre and take the escalator to the Fourth (4th) Floor.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Escalator to New Green Pasture Cafe
Escalator to New Green Pasture Cafe, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

When you reach the 4th Floor, you will then see New Green Pasture Cafe. You can’t miss it!

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Shop Front of New Green Pasture Cafe
Shop Front of New Green Pasture Cafe, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


If you have ANY questions about this review, about Best Places To Eat in Singapore – New Green Pasture Cafe, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Places To Eat in Singapore – Chocolate Cake in Food Court

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chocolate Cake in Food Court - Pancake King

Best Places To Eat in Singapore – Chocolate Cake in Food Court

Chocolate Cakes in Food Court? This was unheard of in the past. It is not something usually seen or something people would consume at a food court in Singapore. But with this addition, Bras Basah Food Court has just become one of the Best Places To Eat in Singapore.


Pancake King – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Pancake King
Cuisine:  Pancake (traditional local style) filled with Peanut, Red Bean Paste or Coconut, Local Delights such as Curry Puff & Kuehs, Pastries (Chocolate Delight, Apple Pie, Brownies, Butter Cake, and more
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 3.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 2.5 out of 5.0
Prices: $ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0   Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating



About Pancake King

Pancake King started in 1998 in a little known coffee shop at a lesser known area. What made them stood out was the promise of money back guarantee.

All their pancakes were freshly made on the spot with the freshest ingredients. They do not add any MSG, artificial flavoring or preservatives. Should any of their pancakes be found not fresh or with any of the additives or flavoring, they guarantee money back.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chinese Pancakes
Traditional Pancakes, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Today, this policy continues and includes their new food offerings such as cakes, pies and pastries.


Pancakes and Pastries

It had been a long and tiring morning and half of an afternoon. And we definitely deserve a break. We remembered a quaint little coffee shop at Bras Basah Complex that serves good local coffee.

When we reached there, we were surprised by a new food stall selling cakes! Not a wide range but a good range indeed!

We immediately made a strategy. First, the coffee. Oh, the good and strong local coffee. Then, the cakes!

The Chocolate Delight caught our eye. Looks good, yes?

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Coffee and Chocolate Cake
Coffee and Chocolate Delight, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Chocolate Delight truly lived up to its name. An awesome delight!

It was not too sweet. Just right, without overwhelming the taste buds. The cake was moist without being too much. And the chocolate icing … oh yum!

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Delight Cake, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We wanted to try the Chocolate Walnut Cake. We wondered which to choose – this or the Chocolate Delight?

We asked the person serving over the counter, and he advised us that if we wanted a cake that is just pure chocolate, the choice is Chocolate Delight.

But if we liked our cakes with a little something inside, it would be the Chocolate Walnut Cake. He further explained that there were bits of walnuts inside the cake, too.

Very tempting! We will surely try this next time.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

If you are not feeling like having any chocolate, there are other choices like this Banana Butter Cake. We must say, there are days we do feel like having some other types of cake. And this truly would be ideal.

The word butter promises so much, don’t you think?

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Banana Butter Cake
Banana Butter Cake, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Back to more chocolate choices. They have these brownies that would look good to have with ice cream. Hmmm … wonder if they do serve these with ice cream. We will find out next time.

 

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate Brownies, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

And of course, how can we not show their flagship product – the Traditional Pancakes. There are a few choices. Those filled with Peanut (and sugar), Red Bean Paste or Coconut.

We liked them all! They were really good! The crust was crispy. The outer layer was firm and some parts a little crispy too.

The inside was soft and filled with just the right amount of filling. Too much can be overkill, and too little can be dissatisfying. Their pancakes? Totally pleases our palate.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - One Chinese Pancake
A Traditional Pancake, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Pancake King – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating

This is another review where the scores do not seem to add up (just like the one for Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – the Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong.

Why 4.0 out of 5.0? Why that rating when the service was mediocre and the atmosphere was lacking?

Just like for Shek Kee, it was because they delivered on what matters most – the food. Also, the money for value. At such low prices, we are getting really our money’s worth!

So we do recommend our Asia Travel Gems readers visit this place and try the cakes.

Here is a photo of how the stall looked like. Simple and unassuming. But delivers in spades.

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Pancake King Stall Front
Pancake King Stall Front, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Address

Bras Basah Complex
Coffee Express 2000 Foodcourt
231 Bain Street
#01-79
Singapore 180231

Operating Hours :

7am – 10pm

Contact Number: +65 9728 8225


How to Get There?

MRT

Go to City Hall MRT, and exit to Raffles City Shopping Centre. Walk through the shopping centre towards Bras Basah Road.

At the traffic junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross over to North Bridge Road, along the side where Carlton Hotel and Asia Grand resides.

Walk a little further down, and you will reach Bras Basah Complex. The food court is on the ground level. Walk into the complex to find the entrance to the food court. If unsure, ask the friendly locals for a little further directions.



If you have ANY questions about this review, about Best Places To Eat in Singapore – Chocolate Cake in Food Court, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Places To Eat in Singapore

Best Places To Eat in Singapore

When you visit Singapore, you are never lack of choices for food. There is laksa, rojak, chicken rice, roasted meats, and wanton noodles. Just to name a few. We feature some places with really good food, and some that are hidden gems. This section is growing, and we will be adding more Best Places To Eat in Singapore soon. Come back and visit! Or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates.



New Green Pasture Cafe – Really Great Tasting Organic Dishes!

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - New Green Pasture Cafe
Best Places To Eat In Singapore – New Green Pasture Cafe

Of all the places where I tried organic food, this is the one that is the best! Every dish is delicious. Of course, I have my favorites, too. The menu ranges from local delights like rojak to fusion dishes like the Charcoal Noodle Salad (also known as the Rainbow Salad – see photo above). Sophia, the owner and chef, has poured her heart and soul over the years to creating meals that delight anyone. Even the hardcore friends of mine who were averse to eating organic food has converted. Read More


Divinely Delicious Chocolate Dessert in a Local Food Court

Best Places To Eat In Singapore - Chocolate Cake in Food Court - Pancake King
Best Places To Eat In Singapore – Chocolate Cake in Food Court – Pancake King

There was a time when desserts like cakes and muffins were a rare sight in the hawker centers and food courts of Singapore. Today, there may be the odd stall selling muffins. But cakes like these? A rare sight indeed. Cakes like these chocolate cakes are a more common sight in cafes and restaurants in Singapore. This is truly a gem in a local food court. Read More



If you have ANY questions about the Best Places To Eat in Singapore, or any of the articles about Singapore, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To See in Singapore – Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

Things To See in Singapore – Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

This article is about a really beautiful moving sculpture that is the Changi Airport Kinetic Rain in Singapore. It also includes a video that went viral on Facebook. So don’t miss watching it. And see why many people have given praises like awesome, mesmerizing, meditative waves of lovedrops, and very amazing. This moving sculpture is surely well liked and is one of the Things To See In Singapore.

This viral video started as an innocent request from one of my Facebook friends. He told me that he read on the Internet about a sculpture that moves. It was located at Singapore Changi Airport. He asked if I could take a photo or video of it, and show it to him.

Actually, I knew and have always loved this modern sculpture. For years, I wanted to capture the contemporary sculpture in video. In 2014, I had the Sony Xperia Z1, which enabled me to take great photos and videos. Now, with it, I could finally do the sculptor justice.

I promised my Facebook friend to do it, and on September 14, 2014, I took the MRT train to Tanah Merah station. Then I switched to another train that took me to Singapore Changi Airport. Next, I walked to the SkyTrain station, hopped on a SkyTrain and arrived at the departure hall of Terminal 1 at Singapore Changi Airport.

It was easy to spot the Kinetic Rain. It is a large installation, and can be seen from almost anywhere in the departure hall of the airport’s Terminal 1.

The moving sculpture was definitely a sight to behold. Something you only see here. The way the ‘raindrops’ slowly floated down from above, the patterns the ‘droplets’ created, it was mesmerizing! Below is the video I took of the Changi Airport Kinetic Rain. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.

* Tip: Watch the video ‘HD’ (high resolution) with sound on. Switch on subtitles if you like to learn more about Changi Airport Kinetic Rain.


Things To See in Singapore – Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

Credits: Music in video by Kevin Macleod – Dream Become Real



This Video Went Viral

The video reached 937,000 views on Facebook and 26,957 people shared it. As of 9 August 2017, on YouTube it has reached over 26,000 views and still growing.

Here is a screen shot of statistics:

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain video went viral on Facebook, 937,000 views & 26,957 shares
Screen Capture from Facebook © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It was amazing and such a thrill for me. Before that, I never had any of my content go viral. I am so happy!


About Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

The Kinetic Rain is undoubtedly the centerpiece of Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 1. It is the world’s largest kinetic sculpture with 1,216 raindrops made of aluminium and highly polished copper.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain
Changi Airport Kinetic Rain © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Each of these raindrops weigh 180 grams and is suspended by a thin wire. The wires are moved up and down by computer-controlled motors. The entire group of raindrops’ movements are orchestrated, in a slow and fluid manner, such as to form shapes. These shapes all have meaning related to the topic of flight; for example airplane, kite, hot air balloon and even a dragon.

It took two whole years for artists, animators and programmers to create the Kinetic Rain. The design firm is from Germany called Art+Com. The creators designed it to be something for people to look at, contemplate and reflect.

They indeed fulfilled that goal. I could see people hanging around it, watching, and simply immersing in its gentle dance. Even people who watched the above video gave comments that they felt relaxed as they viewed it.

It was Mesmerizing!


About Changi Airport

I love visiting Changi Airport! Whenever I have free time, and a friend happen to depart for another country or return from one, I would grab the opportunity to drop by. Many times, even without any reason or excuse, too.

These days, many Singaporeans also do that. The reason is Changi Airport is much more than just an airport.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain - Mickey & Minnie Mouse photo op at Changi Airport
Mickey & Minnie Mouse photo op at Changi Airport, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It is like a huge mall with lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and fast food eateries. There are also many points where there are fun activities, and even photo opportunities, just like the photo on the right.

This year, in 2017, air travelers named it the World’s Best Airport at the 2017 World Airport Awards. It earned the honor for the fifth year in a row.


Location of Changi Airport & Kinetic Rain

As you can see from the image below, Changi Airport is situated at the far east of the island. There are many ways to get there. I will just name the more common ways locals and tourists use.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain - Singapore map show location of Changi Airport
Location of Changi Airport on Singapore map, source: Google Maps

How To Get To Changi Airport?

It is easy. Earlier I mentioned one of the ways – via the Singapore train system known as MRT. This is one of the most convenient and cheapest form of travel in Singapore. And the train takes you all the way to the airport.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain - MRT Map
MRT & LRT System Map, source: transitlink

Whichever train line you are on, you can switch till you get on the Green Line.

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain - MRT to Changi Airport
From Tanah Merah to Changi Airport

The Green Line is also known as the East-West line. Go towards Pasir Ris direction.

When you reach Tanah Merah station, alight and take the line towards Changi Airport. It is only 2 stops away from Tanah Merah station.

There are other ways to get to Changi Airport; such as by bus, taxi or even your own car. I prefer the train and that is why I explain more about it here.

If you wish to take the bus, please go to the Singapore Bus Services website to find out more. If you choose by car, taxi or private rentals such as Grab or Uber, that is quite simple and easy. Just follow the signs on the road and around and at the airport to guide you.

How To Get To Kinetic Rain?

Usually, when I reach the Changi Airport MRT station, I will head towards Terminal 3. Note that there is no direct way to Terminal 1.

At Terminal 3, I look for the signs that direct me to the Sky Train. Go to the Sky Train platform, and wait for the shuttle train to arrive. The Sky Train will take you to Terminal 1.

Alight from the Sky Train when you reach Terminal 1. Walk out into the Departure Hall. Walk a little further into the center of the area, and you will surely see the Kinetic Rain.

That is all for this blog about this lovely and mesmerizing moving sculpture. I hope that if you visit Singapore, you take the time to see it.



If you have ANY questions about Changi Airport Kinetic Rain, Changi Airport or Singapore, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this article and watching the video.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To See In Singapore

Things To See In Singapore

There are many Things To See In Singapore. Some are fun. Some are cool. Some are amazing. Each appeals to different people in different ways. Singapore has so much to offer!

Here, on this page, you will see blog posts about them. The first is featuring Changi Airport Kinetic Rain:


Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain
Things To See In Singapore – Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

The Kinetic Rain Moving Sculpture at Singapore Changi Airport is stunning. The way the droplets move in sequence and form patterns, it is simply mesmerizing. In this article, there is a video of this sculpture that went viral. Check it out. Read More



If you have ANY questions about the Things to See in Singapore, or any of the above articles, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus