48 Things To Do In Singapore

48 Things To Do In Singapore
Most of the attractions here are temporarily closed because of Covid-19. Meantime, do take note of these 48 Things To Do in Singapore for when you finally arrive here.

Singapore has been named as the most expensive city in the world. It is also famous for being exceptionally clean and efficient. While many people may say Singapore is quite sterile, this city state actually has quite many interesting places to see, and entertaining stuff to do. In fact, today I present 48 Things To Do In Singapore.

Many regular readers of Asia Travel Gems know that I live in Singapore. Even though I have lived here most of my life, I still find there are so many fascinating things to do, and sights to see. All of which I am proud to present in this article.

There is the extraordinary greenery at Gardens By The Bay, the breath taking view from the rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, the fascinating world of nocturnal animals at the Night Safari. And so many more attractions.

And don’t forget the fascinating history and culture places of interest. As a multi cultural nation, Singapore is melting pot of various religions and cultures that created structures that would have you enthralled for hours.

Note – the numbers are not to indicate any ranking. They are just to count the number of featured attractions here.

ArtScience Museum

#1

The first time I saw this lotus-shape structure at the side of Marina Bay Sands, I was intrigued. My curiosity led me to find out more about this unique museum.

It is called the ArtScience Museum because it showcases exhibits that weaves art and science together. Something that, to some, seem to be contrasting entities. And yet, it has been achieved here.

MUST SEE – Future World. Award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab brings you stunning digital artworks

Asian Civilisations Museum

#2

I feel that the Asian Civilisations Museum is so aptly situate. It is in a 19th century building near the Singapore River. Inside, you get to see exhibits that expore the culture and history of the Asian subcontinent, China, South Asia and the Islamic World.

I spent many lovely afternoons here. I find it such a valuable experience to immerse in the world of the past. When I see the artefacts, I feel as if I had visited a part of history.

MUST TRY – Guided tours conducted by the museum

Botanic Gardens

#3

Every time I visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, I would have a really enjoyable time. It is so nice to simply walk around this place, and appreciate the wide variety of flora and fauna.

There are four areas in this garden – the Central Core, the Tanglin core, the Tyersall-Gallop core, and the Bukit Timah core. So, you can imagine it takes quite a bit of time to explore everything. And it is worth every minute.

MUST SEE – National Orchid Garden that is inside. Features thousands of orchid and hybrid species.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

#4

Singapore is actually a very flat piece of land. The highest natural point is at the top of a small hill called Bukit Timah. And at this hill, there is a 403-acre nature reserve. People come here to get away from the city, and immerse themselves in the lush greenery.

MUST DO – Hike along the easy trail, and enjoy being back in nature

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

#5

When I travel, I love to visit religious and holy sites. They fascinate me with their beauty and tranquility. And I have visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum many times.

There are four storeys, a basement, a mezzanine, and a rooftop courtyard. Make sure you see it all. Of course, at the fourth floor, is the Buddha tooth that you must see, too.

MUST SEE – The 11,111 Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at the pavilion, situated at the rooftop garden

Changi Airport

#6

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain
Changi Airport Kinetic Rain, Click image above to read more

Many people are surprised when they hear that I enjoy going to Changi Airport. And why not? It is more than an international airport. There are lots of retail, cafes, restaurants, and even entertainment spots. I could spend hours here.

And so will you. Besides the mall like experience, there are also fun activities like the giant indoor slide, the butterfly sanctuary, and even a rooftop pool.

MUST SEE – Check out the world famous Jewel, the latest Singapore shining gem (see more details further down)

Chinatown

#7

When I have only the morning class to teach, and when I am in the mood, I would drop by at Chinatown. One main reason is to enjoy really good Chinese food, and good old local coffee. At times, I would visit again some of the attractions there.

The old and new have co-existed in a beautiful way here. You can see elderly playing chess. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is here. Also, the Chinatown Heritage Centre. And don’t forget to try all the great food, such as the Michelin Star Liao Fan Hawker Chan.

MUST EAT – Michelin Star Liao Fan Hawker Chan. The soya sauce chicken is tender and delicious!

Clarke Quay

#8

During the day, Clarke Quay is a colorful sight of warehouses restored in bright colors of the rainbow. They now house bars, clubs and restaurants. It is nice to enjoy an afternoon, starting from lunch, and watching the river and people walk by. As night falls, the place becomes alive, transforming into a vibrant party zone.

MUST TRY- G-Max Reverse Bungy Catapult

East Coast Park

#9

Ahhh, I spent much of my youth here. The sun, the sand, the sea. A potent mix that draws many to have picnics by the sea, cycle or rollerblade along the paths, and even camp and have a barbecue.

The park stretches from Fort Road to the Changi Airport area. My friends and I have actually cycled that entire route. And enjoyed watching the planes fly in and out of this city.

MUST TRY- Glamping. It is a form of camping but with all the perks like fairy lights, wine and balloons.

East Coast Road

#10

Just a stone’s throw away from East Coast Park is East Coast Road, where you can experience the colorful heritage shophouses. Plenty of good food here at local eating places, cafes and restaurants. After a sumptious meal, take a walk around to enjoy the Peranakan – Straits Chinese – culture that is part of the identity here.

MUST EAT – Katong Laksa. If you are not sure which one to try, go for the 328 Katong Laksa.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

#11

This is the home to performance arts. There are spaces for concerts, plays, and musicals. The building is a recognizable spiky design that has been lovingly named as the durian by Singaporeans.

MUST WATCH – Local bands playing at the spacious outdoor theater every Sunday

Gardens By the Bay

#12

At Gardens By the Bay, you can admire the flowers and plants from all over the world. Visit the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, the Floral Fantasy, and especially the Supertree Grove.

MUST WATCH – The Garden Rhapsody, a light and music performance at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm daily

Gillman Barracks – Contemporary Arts Cluster

#13

A military barracks has been converted into a contemporary art haven. Dozens of galleries featuring art from locals and overseas artists. Spend a lovely afternoon here, viewing all the art and sculptures.

MUST VISIT – Supermama for art, food and drink to refresh

Haji Lane

#14

I have been here. It is interesting. Filled with indie shops, cafes, hip bars, and restaurants. Do check out the boutiques. They carry unique merchandise, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in Singapore.

MUST VISIT – Supermama for art, food and drink to refresh

Haw Par Villa

#15

There is no other place like this. I am pretty sure of that. This is a theme park. And the theme is Chinese history and mythology. There are installations that are gory and detailed. A word of caution – the hell scenes can be very graphic.

CAUTION – Can cause nightmares

Hay Dairies

#16

Take it slow for a few hours, and visit Hay Dairies. The goats here eat hay that is shipped directly from the USA. They also get to eat special feed from Australia. It is because of the food they eat that the goat milk tastes so great.

MUST DO – For families, great education opportunity

Helix Bridge

#17

A short bridge next to Marina Bay Sands. Walk through the bridge to marvel at the unique and intricate design that was inspired by the structure of the DNA.

MUST DO – Walk out to the extensions and get one of the best Instagram shots of Marina Bay Sands

The Intan

#18

One of the most extensive collection of all things Peranakan are here at The Intan. Objects from the Peranakan culture are proudly on display; such as the kasot manek (ornate beaded slippers) worn by Straits Chinese women.

Other artefacts include antiques, and rare gems. Definitely the right place to learn about the Peranakan culture.

MUST DO – Book for the tour – includes Peranakan history, culture and embroidery craft

Ion Sky

#19

This is a hidden gem. Even I was not aware of this until some years back. It is a modern indoor observation deck at ION Orchard. Because it is on the 56th floor, you can get magnificent bird’s eye very of various parts of Singapore.

TRAVEL TIP – It is free. So, must visit!

Jewel Changi Airport

#20

This is currently the sparkling gem of Singapore. A majestic dome that is home to the tallest indoor waterfall. There are fun activities to do, fine shopping to enjoy, and plenty of great food at food court, cafes, and retaurants.

MUST DO – Take Instagram photos. Lots of spots to choose from.

Kampong Glam

#21

A friend of mine from Australia had a great time here. She spent the afternoon here chilling at one of the hip cafes. And I agree with her that Kampong Glam is like another world in Singapore.

This historic Malay and Arab district has retained its roots while evolving into a hipster hub. Places to see include the Malay Heritage Centre, Gedung Kuning, Pondok Java, Madrasah Alsagoff Al Arabiah, and the famous Masjid Sultan Mosque.

MUST DO – Take selfie with Sultan Mosque in the background for your Instagram

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

#22

I grew up in a kampong, which is a traditional village. It was the most wonderful time of my life. Today, urbanisation has reduced these kampongs to just a few in Singapore. The most famous is this – Kampong Lorong Buangkok. Visit to get a glimpse of this city’s past.

TRAVEL TIP – Be respectful. These really are people’s homes.

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

#23

Whenever I am in the Bugis area, I would drop by this temple to pay my respects. I would light 3 incense sticks, and give thanks to the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Im. Sometimes, I would do divination to get some insights. That is what thousands of devotees do, too.

On the first and fifteenth day of every lunar month, this temple is packed. It is also very crowded during Chinese New Year. There are many testimonials of people who received blessings or wishes come true after praying to Kwan Im at this temple.

TRAVEL TIP – Be respectful. Observe the house rules; e.g. no photography allowed inside the temple

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

#24

Do you like natural history? Then this is the place to see. The museum has at least 10,000 species of dinosaur fossils and zoological specimens. There is even a sperm whale skeleton.

TRAVEL TIP – Don’t miss the four gardens, entry to gardens is free

Little India

#25

A charming neighborhood where Mustafa, the massive shopping store that is popular with locals and tourists, is located. Out on the streets, there is the heady scent mix of incense and fragrant foods. Together with shops selling flowers and gold, you are bombarded with color and brilliance.

Most people visit this area for the religious sites such as the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Leong San See Temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, and a few more.

MUST EAT – Go to Tekka Centre where you can try many local dishes

MacRitchie Reservoir

#26

When I was a young boy, my school would organize long distance runs at this place, our country’s first reservoir. As you can tell, I did not enjoy that. Running and out of breath, I could not appreciate the beauty of our oldest and most popular nature park.

Years later, when my friends and I visited to enjoy the lush rainforest, I had a better appreciation of all this place has to offer. As long as I did not jog or run, and it was a lovely stroll.

MUST SEE – HSBC Treetop Walk – a 250 meter suspension bridge, see panoramic views across treetops

Malay Heritage Centre

#27

This is the Malay Heritage Centre at Kampong Glam that was mentioned earlier (#21). Here, you can learn the history about the Malay community that lived in this place. The building itself is 160 years old. And used to be the royal seat and palace of the last Sultan of Singapore.

There are 6 galleries filled with the Malay culture and heritage. And for more, check out the special events, dance performances and other festivities held here.

MUST EAT – Many Malay restaurants around here serving delicous Malay cuisine that you must try!

Marina Bay Sands

#28

This is one of Singapore’s most recognizable buildings. It is a posh high-end hotel with top restaurants (one of them Michelin-starred) and bars, luxury rooms, a SkyPark that is 57 storeys high with an infinity pool that offers the best view in the city.

Along with this, there are the ArtScience Museum, a convention center, and a beautiful and large mall designed by Moshe Safdie.

MUST DO – Take a dip in the infinity pool that has appeared in so many Instagram photos

Merlion Park

#29

I have witnessed the changes of the Merlion from the 70s when it was first erected till today. Still magnificent, the half fish and half lion statue shoots water into the bay.

The fish is symbolic. It represents the early days when Singapore was a fishing village. The lion part symbolizes the original name of Singapore, i.e. Singapura, which means lion city.

TRAVEL TIP – Watch the water and light show at Marina Bay Sands from another perspective here

Mint Museum Of Toys

#30

A haven and heaven for all who love toys, and those who admire them. M.I.N.T. specializes in vintage toys and collectibles. Four levels of space houses thousands of them for your viewing pleasure.

MUST SEE – Festive toy exhibition for the season

Nagore Dargah

#31

In the past, I passed this shrine many times, when I happened to be in the Central Business District. In 2019, I finally decided to enter and take a look. It was like a mini museum.

There were artefacts and photos of the Muslims from southern India. It was a very entertaining and eduational hour. Amazingly, the space had a quiet calm that offered a respite from the busy and hectic world just outside their doors.

TRAVEL TIP – Speak with the friendly staff. They are more than happy to share about the history and stories of this beautiful shrine

National Gallery Singapore

#32

Home to the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia, the National Gallery Singapore is not to be missed. Over 8,000 works are displayed at the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings.

TRAVEL TIP – Do not miss the inaugural exhibit – Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore Since the 19th Century

National Museum of Singapore

#33

Whenever I visit this neoclassical building, I experience this feeling of being awed. This is the largest museum in Singapore. There are a few galleries to slowly walk and appreciate. And they are the Singapore History Gallery, the Singapore Living Galleries, and the Modern Colony Gallery. See the past and present of Singapore in one place.

TRAVEL TIP – Look out for special events. They are usually very entertaining and inspiring.

Night Safari

#34

A night safari in Singapore? Yes, there really is. And it is the world’s first for nocturnal animals. Take a ride on the tour tram and see over 2,500 animals from 130 species such as the striped hyena, mountain deer, tiger, tapir, and lion.

All in their natural habitats. And if you prefer a slower exploration, go on the four walking trails to get closer to the animals.

TRAVEL TIP – Creatures of the Night show.

Peranakan Museum

#35

The Peranakan culture is unique. The people are the Straits Chinese. And this museum presents all things Peranakan. There are exhibitions in this heritage building that shows their traditions, food, wedding, religion and even how they mourn.


Pulau Ubin

#36

Another one of Singapore’s kampongs. Take a trip to the past, and see how life was in the 60s. Also, ideal for nature lovers. There are lush forests and interesting wildlife.

MUST SEE – Chek Jawa Wetlands

Raffles Hotel

#37

Famous for guests like Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II, and even Michael Jackson. A visit to this hotel can enchant you the same way it has for these famous people.

I know it does for me. The colonial architecture with such fine details enraptures me whenever I visit. Shopping and dining are delightful experiences. Don’t forget to take a selfie with Narajan, the world’s most famous doorman.

MUST TRY – Go to the historic Long Bar and ask for the iconic Singapore Sling

River Safari

#38

Just like the Night Safari, this is another wildlife park that you must visit when in Singapore. The theme is the river, and is recognized as the world’s biggest freshwater aquarium.

There is are over 5,000 creatures of the river here, from the Amazon and the Nile. You have a choice to take the boat tour or take an adventure walk with your friends and family.

MUST SEE – The Giant Pandas – Kai Kai and Jia Jia

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

#39

I like to visit the St. Andrew’s Cathedral during the quiet hours. During those moments, it is so peaceful to sit in the largest cathedral in Singapore. And simply enjoy the gorgeous tinted glass windows, lovely statues and architecture. Truly, a sanctuary in the middle of a busy city.

TRAVEL TIP – The park grounds are also a delightful place to relax

Singapore Flyer

#40

The Singapore Flyer claims to be the world’s largest observation wheel. You have to be there to see if this is true. It is 165 meters high. And it travels at a speed of 0.21m per second. At its peak, you can get a panoramic view of Singapore.

TRAVEL TIP – Ride in the day and also in the night for contrasting scenes of Singapore

Singapore Zoo

#41

There is so much to see at the Singapore Zoo that a few hours or half a day visit is not enough. I highly recommend dedicating an entire day to this world’s first open concept zoo.

Start in the morning, and have breakfast with Ah Meng, the famous orangutan. Then spend enough time for each enclosure to really experience the open concept of this zoo. There are more than 2,500 animals from all over the world. To see them all, it would take a whole day.

MUST DO – Breakfast with Ah Meng, the famous orangutan

Sentosa

#42

Whenever I visit Sentosa, I would enjoy the island resort so much. I would love walking around amidst the lush greenery, walking on the sands of the beach under the sun. Many times, I have been lucky to spot the peacocks that roam this island!

And there are the attractions like Universal Studeios Singapore, Resorts World, Tiger Sky Tower Observatory, Mega Adventure Park, and more. Love to golf? the Senotsa Golf Club has two award-winning courses.

MUST DO – Walk to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia for a stunning view

The Southern Ridges

#43

I was surprised and delighted by the Southern Ridges. It is a recreational trail that connects five parks along the southern ridge of Singapore. You can actually walk this long trek that takes you to Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park, and Labrdor Nature Reserve.

It is a five plus mile trail. So, make sure you carry enough water to hydrate, and some snacks, too.

TRAVEL TIP – Instagram opportunity at the Henderson Waves, an undulating canopy walkway above the forest

Sri Mariamman Temple

#44

This temple is right in the middle of Chinatown. It is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. And is ornately decorated with colorful sculptures of Hindu mythology figures. Many believe that their goddess Mariamman can cure illnesses.

I attended a wedding in this temple before. And it is truly a very beautiful temple. As I walk about the temple, I found the colors and design impressive. It was a night I will always remember.

TRAVEL TIP – Watch the annual fire walking festival

Sultan Mosque

#45

This is the largest center of worship for Muslims in Singapore. And the structure is eye catching. After exploring Kampong Glam, stop here to admire its beauty. Get inside to view the intricate decor. An interesting fact is that the base of the dome is made from glass bottles.

TRAVEL TIP – Capture the beautiful Sultan Mosque for your Instagram

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

#46

The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is designated an ASEAN Heritage Park. It is a sanctuary with mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests. A home for mudskippers, crabs, water snakes, monitor lizards, and the famous otters. This site is also recognized internationally for migratory birds to stop over.

TRAVEL TIP – Spot a migratory bird and post on your Instagram

Thian Hock Keng Temple

#47

This is another site that I enjoy visiting when I am at the Central Business District. It is a haven from the busy scene outside the temple.

Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Singapore. And the architecture is elaborate. Full of color and images. This is the traditional southern Chinese style of design. Interesting fact – the entire temple was built without a single nail.

TRAVEL TIP – Take your time to really look at all the beautiful design and art

Universal Studios Singapore

#48

This is a major attraction in Singapore. Many tourists flock to this theme park and enjoy the rides and attractions. There is the Battlestar Galactica, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey, and more.
For movie buffs, look out for the Jurassic Park, The Mummy and Transformers attractions.

TRAVEL TIP – Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks that are on display every day

More Things To Do in Singapore >>>


If you have ANY questions about the 48 Things to Do in Singapore, or any about traveling in 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 Do In Singapore

Update 31 May 2020 – Added 48 Things To Do in Singapore

Singapore is a small island. A really small place. Just a dot on the world map. And yet, there are many Things To Do In Singapore.

Here is a list of them. As you will see, there is a wide variety of things to do. There are some fun activities like going in the Night Safari. Some cool activities like going on the edge of the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands. And educational activities like the National Gallery of Singapore.

Each of them appeals to different people in different ways. So, take your time go look through the list, and see which ones you are interested in.


48 Things To Do in Singapore

48 Things To Do In Singapore
48 Things To Do In Singapore

Looking for a list of things to do in Singapore. Here are 48 of them. All guaranteed to keep you interested and have a great time in Singapore.


Changi Airport Kinetic Rain

Things To See In Singapore - Changi Airport Kinetic Rain
Changi Airport Kinetic Rain. Click image above to Read More about this popular attraction.

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 Do 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

Singapore

Singapore Merlion and Marina Bay Sands
* The content on this page has been updated on 16 April 2020 to include more videos as well as more information about Singapore.

Hi there. Once again, I would like to give you a warm welcome to Asia Travel Gems, where you can find the Best Places To Visit in Asia. This article is about Singapore, where I am currently based at.

I was born here, and can share with you as much as I know, from a local’s perspective. Anything that I did not cover here, and you would like to find out, feel free to leave a comment below. I will be happy to help.

Meanwhile, here is a video to give you a quick overview of Singapore.


About Singapore

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.

Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade
Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade

Over the years, I have witnessed this place grow and prosper. Today, Singapore is now one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.


Where is Singapore?

During my Geography lessons, I learned that my beloved country is located one degree north of the equator. What I found fascinating was the fact that we are just below the Malaysia Peninsula. And to the south of us, there is Indonesia with her Riau Islands.

And here is another fascinating fact for you. Most people usually see Singapore as just one island. But she actually comprises of that one island with 62 other islets.

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Who Are The People 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.


What Is The Culture In Singapore?

I feel so lucky to be a Singaporean. With such a diverse mix of races and foreigners, I get to experience a rich variety of cultures.

When you visit Singapore, you too will see the diversity here. It is evident in the festivals we celebrate, the food we enjoy, and even in the way we talk.


What Are The Religions In Singapore?

During my youth, I was exposed to many different major religions. This is because Singapore is a country that has people following different religions such as Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and many more.

The best part of this is I get to see a wide range of religious holy sites, practices and celebrations. Further down this article, I share more about these.


What Is The Common Language Spoken In Singapore?

Everyone in Singapore speaks English. We are taught English in school as the first language. And our mother tongue is the second language.

For example, my ethnicity is Chinese. I am a Chinese Singaporean. In school, I was taught the Chinese language as my second language.

For the Chinese in Singapore, some of us also learn to speak a dialect. For example, my family speaks Cantonese.

More about the languages we speak in Singapore in the video below.


What Are The Festivals and Public Holidays In Singapore?

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:


What Are The Public Holidays 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 January or February, Lunar 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.

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.

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’!

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.


Here is a video of my favorite National Day song, sung by the lovely nightingale Kit Chan.

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.

Usually November, Deepavali

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.


What Are The Festivals In Singapore?

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.

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.

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.

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.


What Is The Dress Code In Singapore?

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.


What Is The National Dress In Singapore?

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.

Best Places to Visit in Asia - Cheongsam
The Cheongsam or Qipao

What Is The National Sport Of Singapore?

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


What Currency Can I Use 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.


How Is The Weather In Singapore?

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.


How Is The Haze Situation In Singapore?

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.


Which Hotels To Stay At In Singapore?

There are so many hotels in Singapore. And a wide range of the types of hotels, from budget to mid-range to luxury. You will be spoilt for choice.

Locals in Singapore also get to enjoy the hotels here. Many hotels sell staycation packages to entice patronage from locals.

It succeeded. I am one of those who love staycations here. And will share my experiences soon. Meanwhile, check out the offers below.

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What Are The Things To Do 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 Food 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.


Where To Shop 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’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.

In 2019, Singapore opened the now famous Jewel. It is truly a sight to see.

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 Car

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.

By Foot

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

Do You Need A Visa To Enter Singapore?

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.


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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

“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

Five Stars Rating

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 


 


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 Rating

Since 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

We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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

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

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

Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating

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   


 


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.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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Timotheus

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 Do 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.

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

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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.

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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.



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Timotheus