Singapore’s Hawker Centers


One of my favorite things about Singapore is its incredibly good food and how cheaply you can get it. Singaporean cuisine is a combination of Chinese, Indian and Malay and the best place to get it is at one of the city’s famous Hawker Centers. Most of these 90 centers were built in the mid-‘80s […]

Lo Hei or Yu Sheng


Speaking of Chinese New Year, almost everyone in the city goes to a Chinese restaurant to get Lo hei or Yu sheng for lunch. It’s a uniquely Singaporean dish which has shredded carrots, salmon, jellyfish, ginger and some other ingredients I didn’t catch. But everyone around the table stands up and tosses it together as […]

Singapore’s Candlenut Kitchen


The first night of my Singapore trip our hosts took us for dinner at a restaurant called Candlenut Kitchen that was located in a budget hotel in a residential area. I thought it was weird until I got the back story, met the chef and saw that all the patrons were locals not tourists. Self-trained […]

Singapore’s Changi Airport


You can’t write about Singapore and not mention Changi Airport. That’s because it’s one of, if not the best airports in the world. They are always ranked in the top three in polls. For starters the airport is clean, efficient and easy on the eyes. There are five gardens, including a rooftop Cactus Garden at […]

Raffles Hotel Singapore


I was in Singapore last year after Natalie and I took the Eastern and Oriental Express train down from Bangkok. We stayed at the swanky Ritz-Carlton but this trip I stayed at three different hotels. My first stop was one night at Raffles Hotel. It’s by far the most famous hotel in the city as […]

Gardens by the Bay


Singapore’s newest development is Gardens by the Bay which cost one billion Singapore dollars and is located near the new Marina Sands Hotel (the first phase is slated to open in June, 2012). It occupies more than 250 acres of prime reclaimed land by the water which will soon become known as the “Central Park […]

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel


My last night in Singapore, I stayed at the nine-story, 320-room Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel. I heard this airport hotel was special and it is. Everything from the exterior, interior, and service to the location is done right. What’s also key is it’s just steps away from Terminal 3 and the free skytram that […]

Shangri-La Singapore

Hotel sign

A 15-minute drive from Raffles took me to the Shangri-La Hotel. It’s in a quiet part of the city so you won’t hear many cars. The hotel has three distinctive wings with a total of 750 guestrooms and suites. The main is the Tower Wing. Then there’s the Garden Wing, which overlooks the tropical atrium […]