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SINGAPORE

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SINGAPORE T he True Loving Home

Welcome to the beautiful Singapore!

Singapore is a beautiful, open, green and clean city. Sounds typical, but it’s true and you really stop taking it for granted once you visit other major cities around the world. Singapore has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century. The city is rich in culture which blends of Malay, Arab, Chinese, Indian and English religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sight seeing and culinary opportunity from which to choose. Its combination of Western style development and Eastern style calm seems to present the best both hemispheres: It’s a modern metropolis where you feel safe walking the streets, and it’s an Asian business center that is a model of efficiency. In addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great shopping!

Introduction

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JUNE-JULY 2012

CONTENTS THIS ISSUE FEATURES

The Great Singapore sale

WHAT? WHEN? AND WHERE? To go - to shop - to eat

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TOP 10 FAVORIT E LOCAL SPOTS

05-06 SINGAPORE CULTURE IN FEST IVAL

If the colourful ethnic various races in Singapore have enthralled your senses, then be sure to get your very own bargain pieces during the Great Singapore Sale from the exclusive boutiques in the various ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Kampo

You should not be missed out these 10 places which are offering the best price in a year during the Great Singapore Sale that save your pocket money but make your holiday the most fabulous and memorable one.

Special Features

HOUSE RESTAURANT

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2 MUST-STOP SHOPPING PARADISE

Don’t miss your chance having a pleasure meal at HOUSE - one of the most striking and beautiful fine dining restaurant at Dempsey, Especially offer up to 35% off food and beverages FREE $50 Voucher with minimum $400 spent in a single receipt during this Great Singapore Sale season.

These 2 famous shopping belt is a shopper’s dream come true. Flanked by malls on both sides of the road, novice and seasoned shoppers alike will be enthralled by the endless shopping here.

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MISSED FOOD Beside from shopping, don’t forget to finish up your trip by having these 6 delicious and can not be missed food in Singapore. Try all them out with special offer from every food stalls in this season.


Cultures

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Cultures

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Little India Experience a slice of Indian culture in Little India where jasmine flowers scent the air and stalls selling floral garlands line the streets. Cacophony of car horns, bicycle bells and the vibrant chatter of its residents with saris (traditional Indian outfits), trinkets and gold jewellery add colour to this famous ethnic precinct. From variety stalls and shops offering stuffs at irresistible prices, you will be dizzy from the choices available at Little India. The must-stop Mustafa Centre and Tekka Centre, which are two popular shopping departments that sell everything from casual clothing, to traditional Indian fashion, or electronics appliances and household items.

Culture in Festival With its variety and colourful fusion of races, Singapore always represents as a treasure island of ethnic finds. At these locations, you’ll find a lot of stunning stalls of value-for-money steals and unique offers that will be hard to find anywhere else in the world.

China Town Chinatown is now made up of exotic pre-war shop houses, home to merchants who have been hawking the same wares for years. Steep into Chinese culture and charm, Chinatown has an inimitable style of mix shops sell everything from exquisite silk cheongsams, traditional handicrafts, and gold and jade jewellery. Make a visit to the large Chinese emporium Yue Hwa, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. It is fully stocks with all authentic Chinese products such as tea, medicinal herbs, foods,

household items, antiques and traditional Chinese costumes. Last but not least, be sure to stop by the new Chinatown Visitor Centre, located at 2 Banda Street, behind the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. Here, you can learn about Singapore’s humble beginnings, pick up some souvenirs and even go on a walking tour around Chinatown.

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“The festive periods are the best time to visit Singapore as they present you with the perfect opportunity to truly experience Singapore up-close culture.”

KAMPONG GLAM Discover the Malay cultural precinct of Kampong Glam - a historic seat of Malay royalty in Singapore that worth exploring for its depth in architecture, exotic ornaments and palatable pleasures. Have a leisurely walk will take you to small shops selling an eclectic mix of trendy fashionwear, carpets, textiles, crafts and rattan baskets. And check out Bussorah Mall where colourful skirts, scarves and homeware beckon from old shophouse windows.

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Top Favorites Places

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01.FLYER

Top Favorites Places

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is the world’s largest observation wheel. The Flyer is about 165 metres high.It is a great experience to take a breat taking panorama views either during the day or at night.

06.ZOO

TOP FAVORITE

is a modern and huge open concept wildlife park which houses more than 2,500 animals from 315 species in a large rainforest environment.

Local

02.BIRD PARK

07.UNIVERSAL STUDIO

SPOTS

is the largest and most remarkable open concept bird park in Southeast Asia, houses more than 8000 birds of 600 different species from all over the world. This is the place where you can see the most beautiful birds in the world.

03.MARINA -BAYSANDS is a uniquely designed architecture, the most dramatic landmark in Singapore where there is a boat or surfboard alike pool on the top of the 55 stores buildind and the largest casino in Singapore that operates 24-hours.

ENJOY UP TO 10-35% OFF FOR ANY PASS/ ENTRANCE FEE OR FOOD/BEVERAGE IN THESE PLACES

is a exotic playzone with a total of 24 attractions that includes seven uniquely themed zones, this place has became tourist’ favorite destination spots from all over the world.

08.GARDEN BY THE BAY

is Singapore’s most unique and iconic garden attraction, is a destination not just appealing to tourists but also to locals. The dedicated garden in the midst of the city makes a great place for families and couples to spend a day together.

04.BOTANIC GARDEN

09.SENTOSA BEACH

is a pleasing attraction for those who are in love with nature. Not only is this among the country’s popular tourist spot, but also a prominent venue for botanical education and study.

is the famous theme-park-like recreation island which is hugely popular with both locals and tourists. The island offers a great numbers of attractions to tourists.

10.CLARKE -QUAY

05.ESPLANADE

is a highrise tower noticeable for its one of a kind architecture and interesting exterior and something tourists can view from a distance. It is the perfect location to see the country’s various tastes in arts and cultures, along with different exhibits and museums.

is mix of modern and traditional nighlife in Singapore. You can find plenty of bars, discos and restaurants here. This is the perfect place to have your hangout, enjoy the peaceful environment. Page 7

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Shopping Spots

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Shopping Spots

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ION Orchard A luxury feast

The imposing and majestic ION Orchard is the newest addition to the famous Orchard Road shopping strip. Amongst the largest in Singapore, this shopping mall has more than 300 food and retail outlets.

OrchardRoad

Paragon

Loving luxury Ideal for designer and luxury items, Paragon is an upmarket shopping mall with 200 stores and six levels.

Ngee Ann City

Something for everyone

Being one of the most popular entertainment and shopping haunt of Singapore, Orchard Road is aslo a perfect destination to look for impressive restaurants offering a wide selection of exquisite delicacies, exemplary service and high quality food. with harmonious blending of contemporary style and unique ambience.

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“This tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, is a fashionista's paradise. “ by Daven Wu, Time magazine

Ngee Ann City is a staple of Orchard Road, with something to delight everyone for sure. This mall has seven levels and more than 100 specialty stores and enrichment centres, 30 food and beverage outlets. Check out the wide array of exciting buys ranging from branded goods, apparel and accessories to toys, household and interior products at discounts of up to 50%! Orchard Road, would be the most popular and commonly heard name if anyone mention about shopping paradise in Singapore, especially in this Great Singapore Festival. This is the central hub, also known as the 'city' of Singapore, and it is well known among tourists. Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, super markets, movie theatres, restaurants. famous hotels and other entertainment outlets.

Hajilane Haji Lane’s best shop recommend: Salad Shop

25 Haji Lane Tel: +65 6299 5805 the-salad-store.blogspot. com

PLUCK

31/33 Haji Lane Tel: +65 6396 4048 www.pluck.com.sg

The Blog Shop

35 Haji Lane Tel: +65 6396 6170 www.theblogshop.sg

Know It Nothing

51 Haji Lane Tel: +65 6392 5475 www.knowitnothing.com

Beside the busy and crowded shopping mall, Haji Lane has join the Great sale season in a pretty quite atmosphere. Haji Lane is located within Arab Street, a lively district that is rich in Islamic history and culture. This street is hosting many cool shops that will definitely tickled your curiosity and make you willing to stayed there all day peeking in and stopping by every single store and shops. Those small lovely and unique boutiques are stocked with full of offbeat labels and stuffs that you won’t find in any Singapore shop and retailers. Page 10


Dining & Restaurant

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“Take a seat and make yourself at home.”

HOUSE, Spa Esprit Group's first venture into the F&B arena, opened in 2007 as an ambitious 17,000 sq-feet venue that combines an indoor and outdoor café, four multi-function rooms, and a bar. Nestled in the forest of Dempsey Hill, the former British military barracks has been re-fashioned into a whimsical dining space.

If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant in Singapore, here we arerecommend for you ‘HOUSE’, a sweet combination between a cosy cafe and dining place, a mordern bar lounge as well as elegant spa area.

House is a casual cosy cafe with a fine dining touch. Sit indoors in vintage chairs or dine out at the adventurous outdoors, alfresco style. Choose from communal table seating or themed private dining room, including the retro-futuristic ubrick and fully functioning Greenhouse. Dempsey House 8D Dempsey Road Singapore 249672 6475 7787 Page 12


Dining & Restaurants

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Chilli Crab Chilli Crab is probably the most famous Singapore food. This tasty Chilli-egg paste fried Crab is the face of Singapore Cuisine, the must try food for tourists.

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

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04 Laksa

This true-Singapore-taste soup is about as perfect as you can get. It’s an authentic dish which its base is made up of prawn paste and coconut gravy, with prawns, cockles, and fishcake added to the mix enhancing the flavour.

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Char Kway Teow

Chicken Rice A simple meal that always bring to you a traditional and peacful taste of the Singapore’s home: steamed white chicken, fragrant rice, dark soy sauce, and a delicious ground chilli and ginger paste.

Singapore Flyer Food Trail

03 Satay

Newton Circus Food Centre

328 Katong Laksa@51 East Coast Road

One of the most famous Malay dishes in Singapore, satay is a must-try. This tasty skewer meat often served spicy and sweet peanut sauce, onion, cucumber and ketupa (Malay coconut rice cake) Page 13

“What food do you miss the most when you are away from Singapore?” The answer is definitely Char Kway Teow. The stir-fried noodle is artery clogging, but it is very, very tasty!

Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre

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Roti Prata The wonderful thing about prata is how flexible it is as a meal. Ranging from soft and chewy to super crispy texture, and with a large variety of choices and flavours, all are worth trying.

Prata Wala @ NEX Serangoon Centre

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