Singapore Journals

Swingin' with a Singapore Sling

A November 2002 trip to Singapore by uyyek

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Quote: Stopped in Singapore several times with the US Navy. This town has something for everyone!

Swingin' with a Singapore Sling


Street Market Photo, Singapore, Asia
You MUST see the Singapore Zoo, both during the day and for the night safari. Sentosa Island is fun for the family, with rides and a resort atmosphere. Visit the various ethnic neighborhoods for good food, crafts, and gifts. Visit the Raffles Hotel and its famous Long Bar (around back) if you want to try a Singapore Sling (but only if you have a little spare cash, because they're pricey).Quick Tips: Bring water; it's hot year-round. See what events and specials are available on the Singapore Tourism Board website: Way To Get Around: With few exceptions, the subway/train system is the best way to get to most of the places you'll want to see. Get a one- ...Read More

Imperial Herbal

Restaurant | "Imperial Herbal Restaurant"

Imperial Herbal Photo, Singapore, Asia
Not exactly for the faint of heart or light of pocketbook, but definitely worth the price for the experience if you have an adventurous palate. This Chinese restaurant has two menus: one for the casual diner with standard Chinese fare, and one with suggestions for possible dishes with more unusual ingredients. The restaurant has its own apothecary and herbalist on-site who can recommend dishes to cure what ails you. We had crocodile soup, frogs' legs, eel sauteed with peppers, even fried scorpions on toast, along with more standard duck, shrimp, and vegetable dishes. Definitely a destination restaurant for those of you looking for something new to try.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

Imperial Herbal
3rd Floor, Metropole Hotel
Singapore, Singapore
+65 6337 0491

Long Bar

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Restaurant | "The Long Bar"

Long Bar Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
I visited this iconic bar several times over the years; its central location near the major tourist area made it a convenient place to meet up for a drink or four before heading out to see more the city. Located within the sprawling Raffles Hotel, the bar is the place to go to enjoy a Singapore Sling in the establishment where it was invented in the early 1900s (or just about any other libation you can imagine). The atmosphere is distinctly casual, with bowls of peanuts on each table and an open invitation to throw the shells on the floor. The decor is distinctly British-inspired Southeast Asian Colony: dark woods, shiny brass, woven grass fan blades on the lazily rotating fans. Although the signat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Long Bar
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
Singapore, Singapore 189673
+65 6337 1886

Singapore Zoo

Attraction | "Singapore Zoological Gardens"

Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
In a word, WILD: The zoo is designed on an "open zoo" concept, with guests sharing the same space with many of the animals. Obviously, the more dangerous the animal is, the more safeguards are between you -- moats separate you from the Komodo Dragons, for instance, and the big predators are in enclosures with plexiglass windows. Still, it's a little disconcerting for U.S. visitors to see monkeys and lizards scampering across the pathway you're walking on, but once you get used to the idea, it's pretty exciting. A must-see, both in the day and at night!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411