Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Heart of Orchid Hybridization

Singapore Botanic Gardens is the heart of orchid hybridization work in Singapore. Whenever I visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, I look forward to seeing the orchids on display at the National Orchid Garden. There are so many varieties of shapes and colours. The Gardens is an important place where research and conservation on plant diversity take place. It is also the place where orchids are bred. Orchid hybridization mixes and matches different orchid breeds to create new beautiful blossoms. I am very proud that Singapore Botanic Gardens is a pioneer and is one of the top centres for orchid research Continue Reading

Singapore Property Market New Launches – Boutique Condo Developers’ Gimmicks

I noticed a slew of new Singapore property launches recently – the Central Suites @ geylang lor 25 and Centra Studios @lor 25a, Belle Calista, Loft@Rangoon, Viva Vista@ Pasir Panjang (launching soon)and the list goes on. I dug in more and noticed a few trends. FIRST, the developers are pushing out smaller units in the range of 360 sq feet to 460 sq ft to entice property investors. Why? Because the quantum are all much lower – from 500k onwards and hence more affordable for those of us without the deep pockets. 🙂 That is both good news and bad Continue Reading

Am I a patriotic Singaporean?

National Day is drawing near. The local radio stations saw it fit to start a ritual of broadcasting the “famous” National Day songs, like a countdown to the actual day. This morning, over the radio, I found out that the most popular National Day song, in a recent vote, is Stand up for Singapore. My God! I hate that song. As the song started to play over the radio, I saw myself in my school uniform, standing in line with the rest of the school singing this song in the school auditorium. Not out of patriotism or of my own Continue Reading

Eventful evening at Choa Chu Kang Park Connector – collision between cyclist and rollerblader

It’s started off as a leisure evening stroll along pangsua park connector (in Choa Chu Kang vicinity) on a Sat evening. I was making my way back home when the accident occurred. Actually I didnt notice the accident as I was too preoccupied with listening to the music on my iPhone. An elderly man on a bicycle gestured to me that something has happened behind me. I turned back and saw a guy lying in the middle of the pathway amidst a pile of fallen bicycles. It must have been a collision and a man was down, so I ran Continue Reading

Photos of G Hotel Singapore

Part of my weekend activity is to visit interesting places in Singapore, and the beautiful old architecture littered around China town and older parts of Singapore has always caught my attention. Some old shop houses are converted into boutique hotels – one of them is G-hotel. A contemporary looking boutique hotel located on one of the streets in the Chinatown area. It’s reception area is clean and cozy. The receptionist was friendly and kind enough to let me view one of the guest rooms, which is the standard room. I was surprised at how small the guest rooms are though. Continue Reading

Looking for last minute hotels? Singapore offer some of the Best Deals

Here are some Tips on how to find last minute hotels in Singapore and more. First Stop: Hotel Review Sites Finding the best deal for a hotel is not that difficult but it does take up a bit of your time to research. But for those last minute vacations, you might want to go to websites such as TripAdvisor that already has an extensive database of reviews of hotels in Singapore. You can quickly get a sense of what are the more popular hotels (usually they are the ones with the most reviews or comments). I use TripAdvisor for planning Continue Reading

Stockholm Syndrome in Singapore :)

Just finished reading a very interesting article titled “Stockholm Syndrome and Hostage Mentality” which describes the bonding that occurs between a hostage and his or her hostage-taker as a survival mechanism. The author George Kohlrieser highlighted several cases of real-life hostage situations whereby the hostages not only bonded with their captors during the ordeal but continue to demonstrate loyalty and emotional attachment towards these people who meant them harm even after being rescued. They bond to their captors in order to survive, but once the ordeal is over, some immediately try to reassert their power and sense of self. But Continue Reading

Boutique Hotel, Singapore – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

When it comes to Boutique hotel, Singapore has it all! And if you are looking for last minute hotels, Singapore offers many more choices. Read on! What’s so “Boutique” about the hotel? Boutique hotels are typically unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection. It is a popular term that describes intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. This hotel concept began appearing in the 1980s in some major cities. But now it has spread throughout the world, including Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong in which boutique and design hotels are becoming increasingly popular. Boutique hotels distinguish Continue Reading

Singapore Postal Codes – revealing the meaning behind the codes

What’s in a number? You may ask. Well, the Singapore postal codes – a 6–digit string of numeral is the backbone of efficient postal delivery by the Singapore Post. For those of you wondering, Singapore postal codes started off life as humble 2 digits. Over the years, it has evolved to keep pace with the growing urban society, helping to enhance mail processing and delivery by the Singapore Post. Its development is in tandem with the growth and expansion of the city. Evolution of the Singapore Postal Codes Singapore postal codes were initially 2-digit codes that denoted the 28 postal Continue Reading

Wontons and Pork Dumplings

Elsie and I cooked up a small storm of wontons and pork dumplings over the weekend. I met her at Square 2 after work on Friday for dinner and some shopping. We went up to the MMMM! store on the 4th floor. This place sells different types of meat and fish. The other time we bought some brazilian beef cut bulgogi-style and had some wonderful meals with them. This time, I caught sight of the frozen minced pork…on offer. Time for some wontons and pork dumplings (aka siew mai)! 1. Homemade wontons Ideal for the basic pork wonton recipe on Continue Reading

How is the Singapore Weather?

Maybe the “how’s the Singapore weather” question should be re-phrased to… how HOT is it in Singapore? Some have said there are only 3 seasons in Singapore, hot, hotter and hottest! It’s not an overstatement to say that it is summer all year round here. And it is not just hot, it is also humid. Singapore is very close to the equator and the humidity is often above 90%. At its peak, it can really sap your energy and make you irritable. It can be unbearable sometimes. But quick relief is at hand… just duck into any of the air-conditioned Continue Reading

Singapore flag, Flag of Singapore

The Singapore flag consists of two equal horizontal sections, red above white. In the upper left section is a white crescent moon and 5 white stars forming a circle. I used to stare up at the flag of Singapore flapping on a flag pole for most of my school days during the school assembly. We sang the national anthem and recite the pledge. It’s the daily rite of passage every school-going child in Singapore goes through. But I didn’t really know much about it. Since I am writing about it, I gotta find out. Its Meaning Each feature of the Continue Reading

Homeless in Seoul

Homeless in Seoul is a thoughtful post written by my sister after she visited Seoul. I was in Seoul early this year and was a little disappointed. Not that the city was not a vibrant fun place. But I was looking for something with a starker contrast to Singapore. You know, getting out of the urban setting for some fresh air. I was looking for something that reveals a bit of the soul of a place. The Old Seoul Train Station It was on the last day of my trip that I spotted this beautiful colonial train station. Right next Continue Reading

Cycling At Changi Park Connector

Elsie joined this meetup group online known as the Singapore Adventurous & Nature-Lovers and they organize outdoor activities like hiking, biking, camping etc. They organized this cycling for beginners session meeting at Changi Village on Sunday. The plan was to rent a bike and ride to East Coast Park and back. 20km in total. Sounds doable. Elsie signed up for both of us. We were a little late but we made it. Then, I had a little problem finding a bike small enough for me. I knew I needed a bike that I could sit and still stand properly, not Continue Reading

Pandan Reservoir – Piece of nature in the industrialized west

Green Belt of the West I was once told during a biology class that research has found fewer insects living in the West zone in Singapore compared to the rest of the island. The reasons? It was not clear cut, but the implied cause is the less than desirable air quality in the west due to the concentration of industrial operations there. That little fact stuck to my mind because I was living in the West then. Since then I realized that to mitigate the over-industrialization, the urban planners have put in something I would call a greenbelt….. And one Continue Reading

Singapore East Coast Park – Getting There

Getting to East Coast park The park is accessible via public transport in the form of bus services, available on East Coast Park Service Road. Underpasses also link the park to the nearby Marine Parade housing estate and the Bayshore condominium. 1. Take SBS Transit bus no. 16 from town (River Valley, Orchard or Chinatown; check the bus guide at bus-stops or ask the bus captain) and alight at Marine Terrace. 2. Use the underpass to cross the East Coast Park (ECP) expressway and you arrive at the park. Or 1. Take bus 401 from Bedok Interchange (which is next Continue Reading

Singapore East Coast Park – Fun Things to Do at Affordable Prices

Fun Things to do at East Coast Park BBQ away! During weekends, you will be hard pressed to find any available pits, but no worries, you can BYOP! (bring your own pit). Look out for signboards indicating sites you can bring your own BBQ equipment and not be left out. Every time I walked past a group BBQ, the lure of the aroma of BBQ chicken wings and sausages is so hard to resist. Feel like party-crashing sometimes, or pretend to be a friend of a friend maybe… BLADE over! Watch out for those speed monsters on their rollerblades whizzing Continue Reading

Singapore East Coast Park Quirky Attractions – some of my favourites

Must see attractions at East Coast Park The Bedok Jetty The most non eye-catching stretch of the park has to be the Bedok jetty where anglers make a beeline for. There are old bus-stop shelters mysteriously dotting the jetty. It is a weird sight because bus-stops are normally found along roads. I have always wondered why they are there. Maybe someone from the transport authority had a spark of inspiration and rescued the old bus-stop shelters and moved them to the jetty for a “second career”. No matter why they are there – they do provide much welcomed shelter from Continue Reading

Singapore East Coast: park or beach?

Let’s get the fact straight, Singapore East Coast is more a park than a beach hangout – so don’t expect to see bikini-clad girls playing beach volleyball or semi-naked bodies baking in the sun.  🙂 Nope, sorry, none of that. If you are looking for a place to get that beautiful tan while sipping pina colada under the swaying coconut trees, then you are better off at the Siloso beach on Sentosa. The 1.85 square kilometre East Coast Park is a Singapore park that is actually built entirely on reclaimed land with a man-made beach. Yup! you heard us right, Continue Reading